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This is just a temporary discussion I posted so we can kick around some ideas for next year's Birthday Swap.  (I will delete this discussion after we make the final decision of what we will do for our upcoming swap and you can sign up to participate in the new discussion when we make a decision!)

So, Ladies- when you are brainstorming.....anything goes!  What are some suggestions for next year's swap??  

In 2009 we kicked off our new Iowa Quilter's group with a "Friendship Swap" of 5" charms of three dark fabrics and three light fabrics!

Here are the BIRTHDAY SWAPS we've had thus far:

2010- Three 2 1/2" strips in Red/Black/White OR Brown/Teal/Cream OR Scrappy. 

2011- One 12 1/2" block of your choice made using the Birthday Girl's three color choices (or theme of their choice: such as 30's reproduction, Civil War prints).

2012- One FQ of Birthday Girl's choice of fabrics (Orientals, Halloween, 30s, Jewel Tone batiks, Fall fabrics, etc).

2013- Two 2 1/2" strips in brights OR black/whites---along with a copy of a strip pattern.

2014- Two 10" squares in Birthday Girl's choice of colors.

2015- One 12 1/2" HOUSE block square in bright OR subdued OR realistic fabrics 

2016- Hmmm...we must not have done a swap since I have no info for that year.  I looked back in our IQ Discussion Groups for our 2016 Birthday Swap and found none!

2017- One "Saw Tooth Star" with different center done in Birthday Girl's color choices.

2018- five "Nine Patch" blocks done with five dark fabrics and four light fabrics...no color choices ("You get what you get!")

***Remember- do NOT sign up for next year's birthday swap here...just BRAINSTORM!***

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So is that your way of saying you're NOT FOND of this block, Diane?!!

i would prefer a block with no triangles or flying geese. much easier to get a consistant size when exchanging and since I've been doing a lot of tiny pieces. blocks from strips is appealing

This is true~ 

There ya go, Ladies!  Seven blocks to say "YEA" or "NEY" to!  As I said:  I picked really easy blocks to construct so no one is over-whelmed with the block's directions!  Please comment below each block's photo so I know what you're all thinking!  And remember- if you don't see any block you like....feel free to post a block you do like and let us take a look at it!  :)

Please look them over & comment since I hope to have the final block selected by Jan. 15th!  That gives me time to type up the addresses and the Birthday Girl's color way!

Ok I am voting 5. Question, would we do two blocks - one with a dark center and one with a light center- so we would have an even number of lights and darks?

Second choice 7.

Love all the blocks. Specially the harder ones but I do agree with Diane- no triangles or flying geese- as these make the block time consuming which leads to procrastination and I am so good at that.


Mom (Janice) and I are liking block #6.  Easy with a lot of activity in the block and would make an easy top to put together. I just may get this one finished before the year 2025!!!!!

I like 3,4 and 7 but would like any chosen.

Number 4 is my first choice for this exchange, then 5, and 7.  But I like them all!!  Marcia, you did an amazing job!

#4 and #6 would be my pick, but I'll be happy to do whatever the majority wants. 

It looks like you might have to throw all the options in a hat and pick one!

Four of the block patterns ( #4, #5, #6, and #7) seemed to be the favored ones, so I did just as Lynne suggested!  I threw these four block numbers in a cup and drew one number out.  And the block number I drew out is.....(insert drum roll here)......#6- "The Woven Block"!  I will delete this discussion shortly after everyone reads this post.  I will start the 2019 Birthday Swap discussion for everyone to sign up very soon!  


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