Charms Club

Why swap? Well, many quilters like to add variety to their stash. This is a perfect way to build a stash. Participation is voluntary. Any month you like the theme, you can join and you aren’t committed to every month.

How it works:

Suppose that 25 members participate in the swap. Each participant brings in a package with the required fabric (6 – 2 1/2″  strips; 10 – 6 1/2″ squares; 4 – fat 1/8’s). The charms group work their magic and the next month you collect your package with different fabric strips/squares/1/8’s of the same theme.


  1. Four fat 1/8’s per baggie; they do not have to be all the same, they can be different. Just keep the fabrics within the designated theme.
  2. Fabric should measure 21 to 22 inches by 9 to 10 inches, usually 1/2 of a fat 1/4
  3. Fabric must be 100% cotton, pre-washed, with the selvages cut off. Quilt quality!
  4. Put your fabric into a plastic, zip bag with your name and telephone number.
  5. Pick up your new package at the next meeting.

Note: Any pieces that are extremely skimpy will not be accepted as fair trade and will be returned to their owner!


  1. Avoid fabrics with one large object in the centre.
  2. Use a sharp rotary cutter to avoid stretching the fabric as you cut.
  3. Want more fat 1/8’s? Submit more packages.

If anyone has suggestions or questions about the swap, feel free to contact anyone on the executive or leave a comment here.