Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Brown bagging it

I will be brown bagging it.

I entered a Brown Bag Quilt contest. The idea is to swap 2 yards of fabric (4 half yards or 8 fat quarters) from your stash with someone. At least 90% of that fabric must be used in a quilt, combined with any amount of fabric in your stash, to create a quilt in the size of your choice. If you buy fabric, you may only buy one piece.

This BBQ (ha! love the acronym!) is being sponsored by the ladies over at Stash Manicure, who work hard to create quilts from their bountiful stashes, as opposed to purchasing new fabric, in the effort to reducing the amount of fabric in their personal stashes--and to encourage you to do the same. This is supposed to be a nice way of having an "ugly quilt" contest, they said. Actually, to be clear, it is a way of passing onto someone else some fabric you are no longer in love with, or are just not using and may never use. So, it's as if you are getting more quilt fabric for free--not only did you not pay for it, but you didn't even increase the size of your stash to get it! Like that!

I'll be sending my fabric to my partner tomorrow. Once she gets a brown bag from me, and I receive a brown bag from her, I'll share pictures of the fabric with you. This is one project I can justify, because it will ultimately mean more fabric out of my house!


  1. I have also entered the BBQ contest. I have never done anything like this and I am excited to get started.

  2. I am in this one too! I am super excited, because it is the first swap I have ever participated in, and since it will be staying in the house, I can experiment and try something new, without being worried about my partner not liking it!

  3. I am happy to see you are back!
    What a great idea! I am looking forward to seeing your quilt in progress.
    I have been planning little donut fabric food baggies, and am about to get to work on them - it is about time!

  4. It is so exciting doing the BBQ, yes this is the very first time I have ever done something like this.... So Hello Partner, I am looking forward to getting your parcel in the mail....mmmmmm will then have to get the thinking cap on...

  5. Can't wait to see what you create! So wishing for time to craft...

  6. I'll look forward to seeing what you create!
    How are you doing Laurel? School started again I suppose. Hope you are encouraged and doing well? How is your Aunt doing these days? And your mom holding up?

  7. Will be fun to see what you come up with!! I would just love to sew ONE quilt in my life... ha ha!! ;) one day! Glad Merlin makes your girls laugh! Can they come care for him once a week! haha!


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