pokey's ponderings

Thoughts on Crafting a Life

I have spent some time this week looking at all of the Pinterest boards people posted in the comments section of this blog post, and I am mightily impressed by the sheer number of pins! I admit, I’m not a prolific pinner…and that’s simply because I know I would while away my nights pinning on Planet Pinterest rather than stitching in my studio.

Even if I only pin sporadically now, there is something to be said for surfing other people’s Pinterest boards because you never know what great ideas they may inspire. Take for instance this “radial” board by Hilary Frye. I love how she is using her board to explore and celebrate a simple geometric shape.

Hilary Frye’s “Radial” board. Great images and I especially like her request at the top of the board: “Please keep any photographer or artist credits associated with photos when repinning. Thank you for this courtesy. Also, please make note in the comments if credits are unidentified and you know the proper associated identity with the image.”

I also discovered a fantastic tutorial through Lynn Provencher’s ATCs–Quilted Postcards–Mug Rugs–Tags board. (What I circled below on this board caught my eye.)

I then clicked the link to the photo where this was sourced and discovered this cute little mug rug tutorial by Darci of stitchesandscissors.com.

And it got me thinking…IQF/Houston will soon be upon us, and wouldn’t it be fun to expand the trading opportunities on the show floor beyond just ATCs?

So here is my Free Fabric Friday question:
If you could create your dream trade or swap at a quilt show, what would it include?

Would it be mug rugs, or perhaps fabric postcards with recipes on the back? Or maybe ATCs in the modern quilt aesthetic, or something else entirely? Please share your ideas and thoughts in the comments area, and on Monday morning I will randomly select a winner who could win this set of fat quarters by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics:

Have a great weekend!

61 thoughts on “Free Fabric Friday Giveaway!

  1. Lois says:

    I think a MugRug Swap would be fabulous !!!

    1. Judey says:

      I think Humbug bags – all bright fabrics to share would be fun to exchange

  2. Carmen says:

    I love the idea of quilted recipe cards. You know I love recipes!

    Also, quilted hot pads would be nice – my family always needs more of these on the dining room table during our big holiday dinners. Seems like they always come in handy!

  3. karen says:

    I could dream of having fabric flower lapel pins for those who love bright colored flowers, but who are allergic to most, like me..:(.. I could dream of creating them in all sorts of prints, colors and not ever have to sneeze, or wheeze when being around them.

  4. I think I would make the cup cozies, and I love pot holders.

  5. I love the idea of fabric postcards with recipes on the back!

  6. Those scrappy mug rugs are so fun! That sounds like a great idea for a swap to me.

  7. Debbie Rhodes says:

    wasn’t sure about this.. until I saw Leslie’s idea that is a great one.., recipes on fabric postcards.

  8. Maria L. says:

    Hmmm. I think I would like to swap mini quilted ornaments that can be hung to celebrate a holiday or…just because!

    Heavens, I am drooling over those fat quarters!

  9. Ana says:

    The mug rugs look great! What a neat idea. I remember seeing some done with selvedges and they looked so nice with all the writing and the colored dots. So many ideas, so little time.
    Beautiful fat quarters!

  10. Becky Greene says:

    I think I would choose to trade Artist Trading Cards – a tiny little microcosm of the artist as a person and as a maker.

  11. MarciaW says:

    What is easy so many skill levels can make it, and no extra purchases required ? mugrugs or coasters. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  12. Denny says:

    I like small, functional things. That way, when I use them (often), I think about the giver and the occasion. So I like coasters, potholders, mug rugs. I really like this mug rug and that the “centers” don’t need to match up. Fun and easy. Thanks for the giveaway, too.

  13. Michele T says:

    I think that all sorts of bags would be a hit!!! Thanks for your giveaway and the chance to win!!

  14. Nancy Martin says:

    I think a swap of fabric postcards with recipes on the back would be great.

  15. JoAnn L says:

    Small quilt art pieces wrapped around 4×4 (or larger) canvas.

  16. jeannievh says:

    I think it would be fun to exchange little bags. Like the Kemshalls made (triangular shaped), I think in one of the earlier QA Gift magazines? You could set up an assembly line and small ones would be quick and fun. Or little flags (3-5 or so) simple, fun, and easy squares or triangles of “precious” fabrics attached to bias tape, ribbon, etc.

  17. Deborah Woolley says:

    Mug rugs…fast, functional and fun!!

  18. Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    Mug rugs sound like a fun project; quick to make, a place to play with color and design…and wow, another fabric give-away

  19. Sandy B says:

    My dream swap would be hand-dyed fabric, including batik, painting, dyes, etc.

  20. Karen G says:

    I like the idea of mug rugs. But after reading the comments , I like the idea of fabric jewelry too!

  21. Cathy Brose says:

    I am liking teabag wallets, like those at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=tea_wallet

    Make sure to use the whole url. Yummy stuff!

    Cathy B
    cathy@threadbenders.com

  22. threadbenders says:

    I like the idea of tea wallets, like those found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=tea_wallet

    Use the whole url. Yummy!

  23. Kit Lang says:

    surface design books!

  24. Ali M says:

    I’d say quilted trivets – I never have enough for by the stove and on the table.

  25. Marie-Anne Munger says:

    I thank you for the chance to enter. My favorite swap would be A kerchief or a head cloth. My husband works where it is very hot and uses three or more of these a day. They could pieced or whole cloth, cotton batt to absorb moisture and wick it away from the eyes, either square or triangular.

  26. Helen in NZ says:

    I’d enjoy swapping a Christmas decoration that somehow represents where the maker lives, i.e. their country or area.

  27. I vote for mug rugs! I’d use them every day for snacks and a drink.

  28. coolquilting says:

    mug rugs would be great

  29. peggy says:

    since fabric flowers or fabric birds are so popular now and they are smallish, I would suggest those

  30. Deborah says:

    Mug rug, coaster, or pot holder…needle case, pin cushion…I’ve got lots of ideas!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  31. Mickey Ellis says:

    I think it would be fun to create and then swap a square of fabric that has been enhanced with some surface design technique such as discharging, painting, etc. Then challenge the group to make something with the fabric and post pictures.

  32. cindylarsen says:

    I like the idea of swapping useful things like mug rugs and potholders. Those tea wallets are cute!

  33. I think fabric accessories such as bracelets, cuffs or barrettes would be fun and useful. I think a fabric bangle bracelet would be neat to swap…gotta get sewing! :)

  34. Grace says:

    I actually use bookmarks, so that’s my vote. I make them out of paper, fabric, and anything else that shows up to volunteer.

  35. FryeStyle says:

    Oh My! I’m so honored you like my Radial board on Pinterest! Thank you, Pokey! I just love Pinterest. It is such a visual feast. It’s my inspiration go-to place!

  36. I think an art trade would be awesome… anything flat(ish) and small (you could designate a size, like anything goes under 5″ x 7″), and then people could knit, paint small canvases, create mixed media picture frames, over-sized ATCs, small quilts, anything they wanted!

  37. Joan Ferguson says:

    I like the idea of quilted postcards with recipes on the back. You would come away with not only a piece of art, but something yummy to cook when you get home! New recipes are always welcome in my home!!!!

  38. FryeStyle says:

    I was so excited, I forgot to answer the question! You know what I’d like? How about modern ATCs with magnets on the back so you can display them on your fridge. Whoa…I think I’m going to start making some of them this weekend! What a great way to start the day…seeing quilt art on your fridge as you reach for the milk!

  39. I’d love a swap of Mug Rugs…they are just so fun to make…love making “do” with the bits and pieces I have gathering…and turning them into something useful without spending weeks….and OH WOW…YEY…you liked my “board” (yes, I’m Lynn P…lol)..so THRILLED you could find something there to inspire your post.

  40. M says:

    I’ve never been to quilt show before but mug rug swap sounds good:)

  41. Pam Biswas says:

    I would like to swap mug rugs. I have never done it, but it sounds like a great swap.

  42. Lisa says:

    I like the postcards with recipes on the back or charm squares of hand dyed, surfaced designed fabric!

  43. Deborah says:

    It would be fun to have a swap of coffee cosies!

  44. Paula Young says:

    If a “swap” involves making and sharing items with lots of other quilters, I’d vote for fabric postcards – recipes would be nice on the back. Something a bit larger than the ATCs, postcards could become ‘frig. magnets or decorations if you so chose.

  45. mjlart says:

    Bookmarks are useful….

  46. barbara says:

    christmas ornies are always fun

  47. Linda says:

    Fabric pins or small “bags” would be fun to swap, all made from “found” or upcycled objects, fabrics. Thanks for the give-aways.

  48. Jo Mrvichin says:

    Art pins to wear… any favorite subject or abstract. Also like cup cozies! I’d do either of those. Thanks, Pokey, see you in Houston.

  49. Wanda Myers says:

    I like the idea of mug rugs, one could always put a magnet on the back to make the fridge mags. I love Pinterest, but I have to be careful. Time does fly when one is pinning!!

  50. De Robinson says:

    I would love to get a fiber art/quilt wall hanging

  51. julie says:

    Great gift idea! I think I would like to make soup mug rugs, I always make soups and my guests always want the recipes. A soup mug rug with a pocket for the recipe card on the back would make a great gift and memories of that lunch visit!

  52. ruth briggs says:

    Thread…..I can’t seem to get enough of it.

  53. Jackie W says:

    Recipes with a cake rug.

  54. BarbaraC says:

    Quilted tampon holders. Odd, I know, but I just started making them for my girlfriends, and they LOVE them (Basically a pencil holder style bag w/ zipper)

  55. cindylee says:

    love the idea of bangle bracelet swap but i also thought about quilted pencil/brush case swap. or purse size tissue holder. everyone needs one of those!

  56. Judi Kirk says:

    Having swapped postcards, ATCs – even plus-sized inchies – at Houston over several years, I know that, unless the swap is something quick and easy, people just won’t get to it. On that basis, I’d love to swap mug rugs.

    Please, please remind swappers to add their name and home state or country – it’s definitely part of the fun!

    Wonder if I should get started yet…..

  57. Devon says:

    Hmmm I think I’d like to swap some fabric scraps! It’s always fun to have pits and pieces to play with!

  58. fabric pins sounds like fun

  59. sunspot2 says:

    Did anyone say Dish towels? or Hot pad mitts (what are those things called?) or Hand puppets (for the kids ;-) of course.)

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