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Washington Stars Quilt Guild
Fabric Exchange has been updated to:
Monthly Swap!

See below for Brown-Bag Swap Guidelines

Swap May 7th 2019
Hosts for this month: The Artsy Phartsies Small Bee
Contact: Carolyn Rivera for questions
Project: Coffee Wrap
Inspiration or patterns:
Or search for Coffee Koozie, Java Jacket, Beverage Wrap, Cup Cozy, Coffee Cuff  for more ideas!
Remember, these can be used for other beverages besides coffee!

Swap April 2nd 2019
Hosts for this month: The Lucky Stars Small Bee
Contact: Barbara Anensen for questions
Project: Purse size tissue cover
Inspiration or patterns: 
The Inspired Wren
Two Brown Birds
Or search for TISSUE COVER PATTERN for more ideas!
January 2019
Hosts for this month: The Cotton Club small bee
Contact: Patty Estey for questions
Project: Needle holder/case/book
Inspiration or patterns:
Search FREE NEEDLE CASE PATTERN for more ideas!

November 2018

Pot Holder
Your choice of construction method
Need some inspiration?


October 2018

Crafty Gemini Sausage/Burrito/ Roll up Method


Jenny Doan Missouri Star Company


Sew Very Easy "Pillow Case with a Flap to Hide the Pillow"


The first 2 are great for beginners.  The 3rd has a nice addition for those of you are willing to try something new.  Great Teacher.


You can piece the cuff with a row that you already have or embroider a design since the cuff backside is never seen. 
Try something interesting.

September 2018
Fabric Boxes
2-10 inch squares of fabric open box with fun buttons.
The link to make the box is
For Personal use only.       





July 2018
Chicken Pin Cushions
Visit the Missouri Star Quilt Company for a free tutorial.
Place your completed pin cushion in a paper bag, with your name inside the bag, at the front of the meeting room.




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”
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.

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