I think there were five of us who did an exchange that took about 18 months. We had 4 templates (2 people used the same template). We planned to exchange 10 fabrics a month in a particular color family. Each of us drew around the templates and cut out the shapes with 1/4" seam allowances for hand piecing., Fifty quilt pieces were made and exchanged each month. We were loose on the color families - red meant anything from deep burgundy to the lightest pink, blue was navy to pale blue, etc. Colors like rust might fit in either the orange or brown category.
The templates included a half-square triangle which was used by two quilters. One (our East Coast native) used a clam shell, one shape was a diamond and then there was mine that was a pyramid shape.
I moved cross country during the exchange and found that 10 of the fabric shapes could be sent in a #10 envelope for the price of a first class stamp, so each month, I continued to send my shapes to each of the others and they sent theirs to me.
A little Amish Influence.
Christmas fabrics including a fussy cut Christmas bear were exchanged.
Even a vintage Holly Hobby fabric made it into the top. Notice that it is next to an Irish clover leaf.
There is even an "A" for Arnold in the top.
There may be a point or two that need to be "fixed" or maybe they will be left in even if they are slightly off. Maybe it's more important to have this quilt done and quilted than it is to have it be perfectly pieced after 30 years or so!
One of the neatest things about the fabric is that even though the original exchange was with a small group of dear friends in Iowa, as I was finishing the quilt, I needed more fabric to make it large enough. Of course, I used some of my newer stash, but I still needed unique fabrics in some colors, so asked two of my dear Arizona friends if they would contribute the colors I needed and they did! So this quilt includes fabrics from not only over time, but from more friends than the original group.
Isn't that part of the culture of quilting? Neighbors exchanged fabrics, friends contributed fabrics to fill a need and relatives shared their stash. Today just like in the past, these traditions continue and I'm very happy they do, aren't you?
Here's to Quilting Traditions!