I have always wanted to do it. I’m not sure what kept me from doing it. But I finally jumped in and signed up for the 4 X 5 block swap on Flickr. There are six people in each “hive”. If you decide to make one for yourself, you end up with six blocks. I only made five though.
It was fun! I found this block in a magazine that I thought would be fun to play with. I tried to see how I could change the look of the block by fabric placement.
I was a little surprised to find how much I liked the colors the other ladies chose. In the last couple of years, yellow has become my favorite color. But I am also leaning towards orange too. It is just a happy color. So making the two blocks with orange, were kind of hard to actually mail out.
I have a friend in my quilt guild who says she doesn’t like purple. But somehow almost every time she makes something or posts images, they include purple. I may have pointed it out a time or two to her, and yet she is still in denial. I have come to understand that I may actually be liking purple now too.
The biggest surprise for me was that I LOVE the block with the black background!
It was a lot of fun to make things in fabrics I wouldn’t normally choose, and discover how I liked them too!
I will confess, I had one block that just wasn’t happy with me. For some reason, the white fabric was just not right. I have used it before. Actually it was the first time I bought white Kona fabric. I don’t know what the deal is, but I don’t like the feel of it. I remember when I used it before, I thought how I didn’t like the feel of it and wondered why I had heard people liking Kona. I know it was Kona, I bought it off the roll at a LQS. I bought a few yards of it at the time. But sadly, I think I am going to have to retire it. I have purchased other yardage of Kona and they are not like that at all.
Have you done swaps? Did you like doing them? I am dying to do a bag swap or something like that now.