SHOE BOX SWAP
It’s back, with a brave new facilitator (and with modified rules, so read carefully) – the Shoebox Challenge Exchange!
Explanation: This is a 2 month (at a time) commitment. You bring a donor box of fabric for 1 quilt block in exchange for receiving a box of fabric to make one block during the next 30 days. You must return the completed block in the box and return it at the next Ocean Waves Quilters meeting. You may use the block for any purpose you want, ideally you will complete the year and have enough blocks to make a quilt.
1. You must be committed for 2 consecutive months. If you participate in the exchange, you MUST return the completed block the following month.
2. Every block must be consistent in size measuring 10 ½ inches by 10 ½ inches, so that everyone’s block will fit into a quilt of the same size blocks.
3. The fabric must be 100% cotton, good quilt quality, prewashed and pressed. The box may include several fabric choices, but the recipient may add 1 fabric, and is not obligated to use all the fabrics provided.
4. The donor of the box may make 1 request but cannot ask for a specific design or block by name. You cannot request: “Please make a Twisting Log Cabin” but you can say “Please do not add any prints.” Or “I am a Traditional not a Modern Quilter”
5. You must have respect for the donor’s fabric. Cut only what you need and return any leftovers in good condition because the leftovers may be used for more blocks.
6. Please use your best sewing skills, like you are sewing for a Blue Ribbon Award! Be very accurate about using ¼” seams with matching corners if needed and the final size of 10 ½ inches square. Do not use batting, or backing, or do any actual quilting or tying.
Some blocks from last year’s shoebox exchange.
7. Put a short note in the box with your name and one sentence of what inspired your creation.
8. A SHOCK AND AWE REVEAL will be done immediately after the meeting before lunch so each participant can meet the creative designer of their block. At that time the new boxes will be handed out.
9. You may donate 2 boxes only if you are going to take and complete 2 boxes.
10. If you know you won’t be able to attend the next meeting, do not donate a box or pick up a box.
11. If something happens like illness or some emergency please make arrangements to have your completed box returned to the meeting.
This is a fun and very rewarding way to energize the creative side of your brain! It is an exciting, mysterious and surprising way to have someone else make your quilt for you. All you have to do is put the blocks together whenever you want and finish with batting and backing. Please have fun and let the creative juices flow!
This game will begin at the April meeting. And, for this first exchange only, you will have two months to work on your block. So bring your box of fabrics to exchange in April, and return at the June meeting.
Endorsement from a previous participant (L.Pope):
“Of course it was always exciting to receive blocks, but it was really fun to make them too. I looked through books, magazines, and internet resources for blocks I’d always wanted to try. Here was my chance, with no commitment – just one block! And the fabric choices were made already. I even like the challenge of finishing the block at 10 ½ inches square. All these things were good practice of basic quilting skills.”