Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friendship x and + Swap

When I read what fellow Mid Century Modern members Carla and Susan had up their sleeves, I was ready to sign up. Granted, the holidays are around the corner. Granted, I already can't keep up with obligations. But there was no way I could turn down this opportunity.

The guidelines:

Friendship x and + Swap Guidelines:
1. Pick a friend to swap with: An invisible one (blogging friend that you have never met in real life)  even!
2. Pick a palette for your blocks (we used Design Seeds to find ours). Or decide to just go scrappy.
3. Check out Amy Badskirt's tutorial to learn how to make the block.
4. Add the Friendship x and + button to your blog sidebar.
5. Decide how many total blocks you want for your quilts. Suz and I are going with 64 blocks and will be dividing them out for 8 months, making 8 each month.
6. Every month you will make a set of blocks for yourself and an identical set for your swap partner. She will do the same for you. In my case, then, I will make 4 different  xand+ blocks and an identical set of 4 to mail to Suz. With the 4 she sends me that month, I will have 8 blocks for that month.
7. Blog about your blocks on the last Friday of each month. Also, feel free to use Instagram with the hashtag #friendshipxplusswap to show off your block and color palette.
I had barely finished reading this post when I sent an email to Carla, another MCM friend, to see if she would be my swap partner.  She agreed and we went to work on a color palette. Using the suggestion of Design Seeds, we quickly agreed on a color scheme. Now I would love to share the photo that actually inspired this color palette,
but it involved a creature of undetermined nature that neither of us really wanted to spend time trying to figure out (if you are curious, it was posted on 10/4/13).

See #7 above. So I'm a day late, which is actually pretty good for me.

I think this is going to be a fun swap.


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Vicki said... #

Ohh..lucky Carla! These are beautiful. Your color palette is yummy! Have a great time.

Deb said... #

What a good idea. I should do this too, so I can get my x plus quilt finished as well.

Katy Cameron said... #

Oh my! Good idea, but doing 5 of these for a swap last year nearly pushed me over the edge lol

Swedish Scrapper said... #

Fabulous! I love seeing how the Design Seeds informed the final blocks. I'm going to give this swap idea some careful thought........

Lorna McMahon said... #

Love the colour palette you are going with! Your first blocks are looking fine! What a fun idea!

Needled Mom said... #

Your blocks look fabulous. I saw your partner's blocks too and they will be great together.

Carla said... #

Well, just look what I woke up to : ) Very nice Cindy. I think hubby and I are escaping for a night down to the coast. I need more blue! My new daughter in law saw the blocks last night and said she really liked them. Perhaps a lap quilt for the newlyweds? Thank you Cindy. This is going to be fun!

Debbie said... #

great fun and hard to resist - still one of my favorite blocks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

Beautiful! Wait 'til you see all my pinks together (soon I hope)!!

Susan at said... #

Neat! Sounds like fun. :)

Anne said... #

Those are gorgeous! I love x and + blocks!!
Also, for the record, that's a chameleon. :)

The Luedtke Family said... #

This all sounds either a bit greek or gibberish to me. Not quite my lingo. Anyways, have lots of fun! Does that mean this Friday will be the first update on the blocks? I always did enjoy checking in on Friday when it was "Farmer's Wife Friday" - or something like that. Thursday's are just as entertaining. And any other day's post is nice too. I'll stick with yarn; and non-blocked sewing tasks!

Carla said... #

Cindy, I just love your blocks!! Be sure to upload them to the Flickr site too....can't wait to see them next to Carla's! I'm so excited to have you guys joining us. Since Suz is in Australia, the mailman still hasn't gotten her blocks to her yet, so we decided to wait till the last day of the month to do a joint post.

Rachaeldaisy said... #

These blocks are so beautiful! The colours you've chosen are dreamy with a twist of lime!! Absolutely gorgeous!

Michele said... #

I love this idea but there is no way I can join in. I already have a ton on my quilty plate.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Love the color scheme for the x & + blocks!!