Wow … 40 participants (39 plus me) in just 4 days … and several continents too!
The last swap was a lot of fun and included 18 states and Canada! I’ve been asked by many to host another … so here it is, I-Spy Fabric Swap 2.0!
Join the I-Spy Fabric Swap flickr group and see what other’s are making with their squares!
- Mail 200 squares to me by July 31st. Get 200 squares back, all different, by August 20th.
Nuts & Bolts:
- The first 30 40 people to comment are in.
- Purchase 10 different I-Spy fabrics (100% cotton, “fussy cut”, juvenile & novelty prints)
- Pre-wash fabric
- Cut 20 (twenty) 4 inch squares out of each of the 10 different fabrics for a total of 200 squares.
- If possible, please group your squares into “charm packs” of 10 – one of each fabric.
- Please include $4 for return postage (for international postage, lets talk first)
- Mail squares to me by July 31st. Live outside the U.S.? Please mail your fabrics a little earlier.
- You will receive 200 different 4 inch novelty squares back. Packages will be sent by August 20th.
In order to make friends and share creative blog love,
I will post the list of swap participants and their blog links (unless you request otherwise)
What is an I-Spy quilt? Just like the I-Spy books except made with fabric! The quilt is made up of fussy-cut fabrics, usually children’s prints or other types of novelty fabrics with motifs that depict objects the child can “spy” when looking at the quilt. Take turns spotting something in the quilt, maybe “I spy, with my little eye, a monkey” And then the first person to point out the monkey on the quilt goes next. Lots of fun to be had!
- Fussy Cutting – When cutting the squares, it is important to make sure you can see the objects clearly in each square (3.5 inch finished size). Try centering each design in its square. The images don’t necessarily have to be perfectly lined up or exactly right side up, as long as you can see them. There could be more than 1 item in the square – for instance I have a cute fabric with fish, but I will make sure at least one fish is fully viewable within the square.
- Try hard to search for unusual prints. Fabric not available at chain stores will help avoid duplicates. And check out the novelty fabric sections for fabric with objects on it, not just prints – if you love it, other swappers will love it too!
- Please stay away from “licensed” or “team” prints: No Disney, Sponge Bob, John Deere, Green Bay Packers, etc.
And we’re all filled up … see who signed up!
Taking a break from the potholder swapping, I’ve joined a pincushion pass for the summer! Hosted via a flickr group
by Ashley of During Quiet Time
.. everyone who signed up was randomly matched with someone .. we chat and talk about our color preferences, etc .. and then have until the end of August to make and mail a fabulous pincushion!
My partner loves blue, green and tans, is into trendy/modern/current designs and likes owls! I can do owls :) Time to sew!
Two new cocktail experiences … one winner and one … not so much.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of dining in some great New York restaurants. I also came across a fabulous summer cocktail – Cucumber Delight from Wallse a German restaurant in NYC.
This delicious drink includes pear infused vodka, muddled cucumbers, elderflower syrup, fresh lemon juice and Sekt (German for sparkling wine)
I haven’t had a chance to recreate and play with amounts, but my first try will be … 3-4 cuke slices, shot or shot and half of vodka, 1/2 shot syrup, splash lemon and top with Sekt. I happen to have both elderflower syrup and elderflower cordial … I might need to try one of each! As for the Sekt, I’ll see what my local liquor store has quality-wise, and look for a taste between dry and sweet.
Deep, dark, blue
Next … Los Arcos is a new-ish Mexican restaurant in the Milford area and had to be tried. Sadly, the food was a big yawn – not much flavor, not enough salt … really, just bland. And the Blue Raspberry Margarita special was very dark, very blue, very sweet, and very hard to finish drinking. Even my friends “classic margarita” had an unappealing and un-classic taste.
Try. Taste. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose.