Washington Stars Quilt Guild
Fabric Exchange

On Hiatus


What's a Fat Quarter?
A fat quarter (FQ) is one quarter-yard of fabric that measures approximately 18 inches by 22 inches.  A quilt shop cuts fat quarters by cutting a half-yard (18 inches wide by width of fabric, normally about 44 inches), then cutting that piece in half at the fold.  Fat quarters often provide more usable fabric for quilters than a regular quarter-yard cut, which is 9 inches by 44 inches.
A fat eighth is a 9 inch by 22 inch piece of fabric (a fat quarter cut in half at the selvage).  This size, again, yields more usable fabric for most quilting projects than a traditional 4-1/2 by 44 inch cut.
Selvages are the edges of the fabric.  The fabric manufacturer and designer names are usually printed along one selvage, along with the name of the fabric group or "range."
illustration of fat eighth and fat quarter

Brown-Bag Swap Guidelines

  • Collect your fabrics or project according to the Swap theme.
  • Place the designated fabrics or item in a plain brown paper bag.  "Plain" means the donor can't be readily identified by the markings on the bag.  (See more, below)
  • There should be NO Donor-Identity MARKINGS on the bag: Do not put your name or initials on the bag.
  • You can put a sticker or symbol identifier known only to you on the bag. The sticker or symbol prevents you from picking up your own bag.  Don't tell other Swap participants which bag is yours.  Store logos are OK as long as they can't be traced to you individually.
  • It's OK to decorate the outside of the bag, and might be fun.
  • Enclose a note with your name and words of encouragement
  • Add a small treat with your swap item(s), if you like.
  • Fasten, tape, staple, or otherwise fix the bag closed (no peaking!)
  • Bring the bag with the fabric in it to the designated WSQG meeting.
  • Drop off your bag with the Swap Coordinator on your way into the meeting room.
  • Pick up a bag on your way out of the meeting.

General Swap Guidelines

  • Swap quilt-shop-quality fabrics unless the swap calls for something different
  • Fabric or project should fit the designated theme
  • Width of Fabric (if applicable) should be a minimum of 40”

Guidelines for future Swaps involving bundles:

  • Label each small bundle with your name (address labels work great)
  • You would be notified about the number of bundles to assemble
  • Put the designated number of bundles in a large (one gallon) ziplock bag
  • Put your name on the outside of the large ziplock bag
  • Bring your large bag of bundles to the designated meeting and leave them with the Swap Coordinator
  • If you can’t attend the meeting, send your strips with another Guild member
  • Magic will occur, and your bag will include one of each of the swap bundles
  • Participants will pick up their large ziplock bags at the end of the meeting
  • Be sure to designate another Guild member to pick up your large bag if you were unable to attend the meeting