Angie Wil­son of Gnome An­gel talks us through the dos and don’ts of a quilt swap in the lat­est in­stall­ment of her col­umn.

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Par­tic­i­pat­ing in swaps is a great way to grow your skillset, make friends and hope­fully re­ceive some fab­u­lous mail! On the down side, swaps can bring some un­needed drama into your world. I’ve put to­gether some dos and don’ts to help you make the most of your swap ex­pe­ri­ence to en­sure you’ll want to do again and again!


Mea­sure a in seam be­fore start­ing and en­sure blocks are as close to the re­quired size as pos­si­ble.

Read the swap re­quire­ments so you know what’s ac­cept­able for the ma­te­ri­als – for ex­am­ple, whether fab­rics have to be pre-washed and how to press your seams. File them where you can find them again. Stick to the dead­lines and check-ins. Main­tain con­tact with the swap leader. Be proac­tive in let­ting them know of any is­sues and when you’ve posted the par­cel.

Pay for par­cel track­ing and in­sur­ance (if you can af­ford it), when things go wrong, it can come in handy.

Read the swap re­quire­ments, then read again! I can al­most guar­an­tee you missed some­thing you’ll need to know later on.

Look af­ter your swap items and pack them for safe travel so they ar­rive clean and in one piece.

Say thank you – to the per­son who made your swap item, the swap leader who has looked af­ter you and the swap or­gan­iser who’s do­nated their time.


Ig­nore what your part­ner asked for. If, you work in re­pro­duc­tions, but they want mod­ern fab­rics, you’ll need to step out­side your com­fort zone. You’re mak­ing some­thing for your swap part­ner, not your­self.

Air your dirty laun­dry in pub­lic! You may be un­happy with how the swap turned out, but avoid vent­ing on so­cial me­dia. Con­tact the swap leader and work to­wards a res­o­lu­tion.

Sign up to a swap just to get some­thing amaz­ing in the post. Re­mem­ber: it’s

Most im­por­tant of all: be gra­cious. Swaps are a mixed bag with no guar­an­tee you’ll get some­thing you love. Keep in mind that some­one, just like you, spent his or her pre­cious time and re­sources to make the item, do­ing their best to send some­thing they thought you’d like, so be re­spect­ful and say thank you. Kind­ness is free and the one thing you should al­ways in­clude in your swaps.

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