Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Shades of Grey Fabric Swap update

Hi everyone!
I'm so excited about the gray charm square fabric swap, and thrilled to see that you are too!
A couple questions have come up, so I'm going to do a short FAQ here. Let me know if you have other questions; I can always add to this.

8/22/12: The swap is now full! First, there are still 7 spots open in the swap (as of August 17 at midnight EST). Tell your friends! Let's get this swap filled up!

I have been trying to keep up with sending Flickr group invites to participants as they sign up. I'm also going to post the link so you can simply visit the page yourself.

Visit the Shades of Gray/Grey fabric swap Flickr group HERE

See the original post about the swap HERE, and if you want to join in, sign up on the spreadsheet HERE. Please feel free to leave a comment as well to share the excitement, but you need to sign up on the spreadsheet to be a part of the fun. 

Now onto the FAQs:
Q. Can I use two different 1/2 yard cuts, or 4 different fat quarters rather than 1 yard of the same fabric?
A. I'd prefer you just used one fabric. However, if you have 2 generously cut 1/2 yards (my math says it'll be hard to get more than 24 squares out of a 1/2 yard), you can use two different prints. No fat quarters, please.  

Q. Do black & white fabrics count, or should it be just gray fabrics?
A. If the black & white fabrics "read" as gray (i.s. small pattern), that's fine. If it looks distinctly black and white, please choose a fabric that reads as gray instead. 

Q. What is the due date for sending the fabrics in to be swapped?
A. September 20. Once the swap is filled, I'll email everyone with details and my home address for sending the squares.

Q. What's the deal with the Flickr page?
A. We're trying to avoid duplication so that all participants have a wide variety of gray prints to work with. Please take a photo of your fabric and upload it to the Flickr page so that everyone else can see what you bought. If you can, also list the collection name and fabric company. I'm excited to see all the different grays that people are finding! 

Any other questions? Let me know!
Thanks! I look forward to swapping with you!


  1. Thanks for doing this - it is going to be fun.

  2. I just signed up! This is my first Fabric swap :-)

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  4. It's my first swap too. I'm ready.

    1. Welcome! I think it will be lots of fun! Lots of first time swappers, too! :)

  5. Thanks Ellie for organizing this. I love fabric swaps! I've just uploaded my fabric picture to Flickr (I'm xsquilter) but since that's new to me, I didn't know how to leave a comment. I wanted to say that the picture seems to show the fabric a bit darker but it's a charcoal grey.

    1. Great! I imagine everyone's pictures will be slightly different, but we'll all end up with plenty of shades of gray to play with!

  6. I just finished cutting mine. It's ready to ship :) My first time too. It was weird cutting fabric without washing it first (I did iron though.) And, I noticed I was being real careful with my cuts because I know someone else is going to use the charms :) If it's just for me, I never waste time trying to be so exact!!!

  7. Thank you again for organizing this! Sure looks like a lot of great fabrics!
    I'm back from my trip and cutting my fabric. It should be in the mail this weekend.

  8. Where do we mail the squares to??? I can't find the info anywhere, and I know I am not the only one. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ann Marie,
      I sent you an email. Please let me know if you didn't receive it. Thanks!

  9. Ellie,

    I don't see that I got an email from you re: shipping address.


    (Or send me a message on my blog.)

    1. Just emailed you. Let me know if you don't get it. thanks!