Fabric Trade Guidelines
I am posting fabric trade information for the quilts in the book
Nickel Quilts. These trading guidelines can be used by quilt shops,
quilt guilds, and any group interested in hosting a fabric trade.
Please feel free to share them with any quilting group you know
of. I love scrappy quilts and a great way for collecting fabric
is through trading. Most of the trades listed will yield enough
5" squares for a lap size quilt.
My favorite way of conducting the actual trade at the start of
a workshop is the shotgun start (some golf tournaments start this
- Each person trading is assigned a number
- That number is written on two pieces of paper, one for the
person, one for the spot on the table where that person will start
- Place the numbers on the tables at least 2 feet apart. This
will help cut down on gridlock.
- Position the tables parallel to one another, this allows some
people to walk around the outside of the tables and some people
to walk around the inside of the tables.
- Start at your assigned number. Lay down a pair*
of 5" squares on your number, lay down a pair of 5"
squares on the next number, and continue until all the squares
are laid down.
I do allow for people to do more than one trade in case they want
to make a larger quilt. Just assign them 2 different numbers, keep
the numbers some distance from each other to allow for more variety
of fabrics. They would trade one set of squares starting at the
first number assigned to them, then start at the second number assigned
and trade the second set of squares.
*or single 5" squares, whatever
the actual trade requires
All That Glitters
Flying Home from Bali Bali
Four Patch Plaid
Labor Day Madness &
Ozark Maple Leaf
Paducah Nine Patch
Shaded Four Patch