Tessa over at Half Square Quilts is hosting a monthly 18-inch finished block swap. I have seen many online swaps and thought I'd give it a try.
My partner for the month of August is from Texas, and she requested reds and golds for her fabric choices.
She asked for one of these block designs:
Here are the colours I chose to make a Churn Dash block:
It took a long time to find an online pattern/tutorial that had the measurements for an 18-inch finished block, but I finally found it over at Delaware Quilts.
And the finished block.
I've decided not to continue with this swap as the expectation is that your partner shows you the fabrics she has chosen to make your block and the pattern she will be using. And you receive a photo of the finished block before you actual receive it. I don't see the fun in that. If I'm choosing the fabrics and the pattern and then I see the block before it arrives, then I might as well have made the block myself. Where's the surprise?
Maybe I'll try a different swap in the future. I'll definitely ensure that I understand the expectations before signing up.
Have you tried a swap? What was your experience?