Saturday, January 7, 2012

Let's Get it Started . . .

Sing along with me if you want.  Let's get it started in here. . .  Are you ready?  Welcome to all the new readers and followers for joining in on my blog and this new swap.  Like I said before, I think this will be a fun project for the year and a great swap surprise. 

The Stocking Swap
Each person makes and/or purchases the item designated for that month.  In December I will ask for all participants to e-mail me their snail-mail address.  I will randomly assign you a partner and you will send your stocking full of goodies to them.  You, in turn, will receive a stocking full of goodies.  All I ask is that you use good quality fabrics and do your best work.  Since you don't know who you will be trading your stocking with, be mindful of the appropriateness of your items. (nothing too risque, etc.) You can choose to have a theme to your stocking (for example: Apples - then everything in your stocking has to do in some way with apples OR a color: blue - everything is a tint or shade of blue) That is your choice.  You don't have to have a theme, but for some people, that may be an easy way to play this game. 

Expand your skills and broaden your vision with this swap.  If you try a new pattern, make a couple of different versions.  Then select the one to give for this swap and keep the others to give as Christmas gifts.  This swap could help us stay ahead of our Christmas gifting, if we make more than one of the same item each month.

So, here we go. . . . THE STOCKING SWAP

January - a mug and coordinating mug rug
February - Pillow cover for a 14" pillow form (just the cover, not the form)
March - 2 matching pillow cases (for a standard bed pillow)
April - a pin cushion and a package of your favorite pins
May - a table runner
June - a bag - any type and size
July - The Stocking  (Christmas in July!)
August - an ornament
September - a journal with a made cover and a nice pen
October - Pot holder (be sure to use and insulation)
November - a book
December - candy and nuts (no stocking should be without these on Christmas morning)

There you have it.  All the requirements for The Stocking Swap.  Each month I will remind you here on the blog what to make along with some ideas.  My next posting will be about January.  Have fun with this project and if you have friends that you want to join in on the fun, send them to my way.  (If they don't read blogs or even Internet, doesn't mean they can't join in the fun - you can be their go between person) Enjoy!


  1. These sound great. This is going to be fun.

  2. Count me in, this will be a full year of fun.

  3. Hi Nathalie! If Ellen's in, count me in, too!! I've joined your site and the stocking swap--sounds like so much fun. C'mon by my place and leave a comment or "join" me, too. Thanks, this swap is a great idea!

  4. Hoping I can be included in this fun year project... I'll learn new skills. Mail is 7128 Woodridge Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73132 for Beverly Kirk (Bquiltin Studio) Thanks... Let me know if I'm matched

  5. I am so excited about this swap. I just made the mug rug. You can see it on my blog. I hope everyone stops by to visit my blog and sign on as a follower1