Sew To Swap

Chrissie Grace

Chrissie Grace

Features

• In Sew To Swap, readers are introduced to the superpopular world of quilting swaps by Chrissie Grace and
her team of contributors, all well-known quilt bloggers!
• With 12 modern patterns featuring fantastic designer
fabrics, readers will learn how to start, join, and participate in community-oriented quilt projects.
• Each project is explained step-by-step with clear
illustrated instructions, and features a photographed
skills tutorial that will advance readers deeper into the
quilting arts.
• These beautiful quilts will appeal to both modern and
traditional quilters. For those not interested in group
projects, these quilts can be easily crafted by one person.
• Insights, tips and advice from regular swappers and
popular quilt bloggers adds a “virtual” element that
younger quilters will be attracted to.

About the Author

Chrissie Grace is the North Light author of Wild Tiles,
Tiles Gone Wild and Sharing Stitches. In addition to
honing her skills as an accomplished mosaic artist,
Chrissie has recently embarked on licensing and is currently creating designs for stationery and wall décor.
She has had a passion for fabric for years and enjoys
sewing for herself and family during her free time.
Chrissie resides in Orlando, FL.

Krause Publications
Cincinnati, Ohio 

ISBN 13 . . . . . . . . 978-1-4402-1590-2
ISBN 10 . . . . . . . . . . 1-4402-1590-1
UPC . . . . . . . . . . . 0 74962 01319 4
EAN . . . . . . . . . . . 9 781440 215902
SRN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y1783

Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace

Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quilting
Price . . . . . . . US $24.99, CAN $28.99
Trim . . . . . . . . . . . 8.25"wx10.875"h
Page count . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Binding . . . . . . . . Paperback with flaps

Publication month . . . . . . . . Oct. 2011
Word count . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 000
# of color illustrations . . . . . . . . . . 200
# of b/w illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Interior color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4c 

Table of Contents
Introduction

9

Chapter 1
The Secret to Swapping . . .

10

Section 1:
Swaps and Why We Love Them

12

Why a quilt swap?
How do I get involved?
Local swaps vs. virtual/online swaps
Swap leaders and how to become one
Troubleshooting

13
14
15
16
17

Section 2: The Best Part . . . Fabric!

20

Why we use 100 % quilting cotton
How to buy fabric
Precuts vs. off the bolt
Info on fabric grain
Great fabric trends

Section 3: The Must Haves and

How to Use Them
Sewing machine
Scissors
Rotary cutters
Acrylic rulers
Rotary cutting mat
Threads
Pins
Batting

Section 4: Quilting How-To’s
Rotary cutting basics
Making a quilt sandwich
Adding Borders
Binding

Basting
Pressing
Quilting techniques
Finishing the quilt
Labels

21
22
23
24
25

26
27
28
28
29
29
30
31
31

Chapter 2
Super Small Swaps

The Hexagon Table Runner Swap
The Doll Quilt Swap #1 & #2
The Pillow Talk Swap #1 & #2

Gallery
46

48
56
68

Chapter 3
Marvelous Medium Swaps 70

A Few of My Favorite Things Swap
The Diamond Block Swap
The Stashbuster Swap
The 12 Month Curved Blocks Swap

72
80
90
94

Chapter 4
Gorgeous Gigantic Swaps 108

The Disappearing Nine-Patch Swap
The Vintage Double Hourglass Swap
The Wonky Signature Stars Swap

110
118
124

Resources
Templates
About the Contributing Artists
About the Author
Index

130
134
136
141
143

The Hexagon Table Runner Swap

32
33
34
35
36
38
39
40
44
45

The Stashbuster Swap 

Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace

A Few of My Favorite Things Swap

The Disappearing 9-Patch Swap 

Table of Contents
Introduction

9

Chapter 1
The Secret to Swapping . . .

10

Section 1:
Swaps and Why We Love Them

12

Why a quilt swap?
How do I get involved?
Local swaps vs. virtual/online swaps
Swap leaders and how to become one
Troubleshooting

13
14
15
16
17

Section 2: The Best Part . . . Fabric!

20

Why we use 100 % quilting cotton
How to buy fabric
Precuts vs. off the bolt
Info on fabric grain
Great fabric trends

Section 3: The Must Haves and

How to Use Them
Sewing machine
Scissors
Rotary cutters
Acrylic rulers
Rotary cutting mat
Threads
Pins
Batting

Section 4: Quilting How-To’s
Rotary cutting basics
Making a quilt sandwich
Adding Borders
Binding

Basting
Pressing
Quilting techniques
Finishing the quilt
Labels

21
22
23
24
25

26
27
28
28
29
29
30
31
31

Chapter 2
Super Small Swaps

The Hexagon Table Runner Swap
The Doll Quilt Swap #1 & #2
The Pillow Talk Swap #1 & #2

Gallery
46

48
56
68

Chapter 3
Marvelous Medium Swaps 70

A Few of My Favorite Things Swap
The Diamond Block Swap
The Stashbuster Swap
The 12 Month Curved Blocks Swap

72
80
90
94

Chapter 4
Gorgeous Gigantic Swaps 108

The Disappearing Nine-Patch Swap
The Vintage Double Hourglass Swap
The Wonky Signature Stars Swap

110
118
124

Resources
Templates
About the Contributing Artists
About the Author
Index

130
134
136
141
143

The Hexagon Table Runner Swap

32
33
34
35
36
38
39
40
44
45

The Stashbuster Swap 

Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace

A Few of My Favorite Things Swap

The Disappearing 9-Patch Swap 

A Few of My Favorite Things Swap
Swappers: Chrissie • Nova • Kerri • Heather • John • Crystal • Jessica • Jennifer • Corey
Quilted by: Chrissie
Block Size: 16" x 16"
Finished Size: 45" x 45"

*

*

To lead this swap, you’ll need:
Materials

This project is a
modern take on
redwork. Embroidery in quilting
has become very
popular again,
and I wanted to
work this traditional technique
into a modern quilt.
Inspired by fellow
contributor, Nova, I
came up with nine
drawings of some of
my favorite things
that I thought would
make for an interesting composition
in a redwork quilt.

15 complementary fat quarters
(divvied up 9 ways,) *
(9) 8" x 10" pieces of off-white
solid fabric **
(9) matching skeins of
red embroidery thread
Off- white thread
Water-soluble fabric pen
52" x 52" low-loft quilt batting
52" x 52" fabric square for backing
Complementary fabric for binding
*City Weekend fabric line by Moda
used in sample
**Kona eggshell used in sample

Tools
Rotary cutter
Rotary cutting mat
Acrylic ruler
Iron
Embroidery needle
Scissors
¼" foot for piecing
Walking foot for quilting

Other
8 swappers, plus you!
8 envelopes
8 stamps
9 favorite things as inspiration
9 sheets of copy paper
Black fine-tipped marker 

How The Swap Works
You’ll need 8 swappers plus yourself to make a total of
9 blocks.
Draw simple images of 9 of your favorite things on a
piece of paper in black marker. Each image should be
no bigger than 7" x 9", or use the images from the sample
quilt (found on page XXX).
Send each swapper their Swap Kit (see below). Ask
them to make a block using the instructions and the
drawing provided, and to return the block to you on a
specified date.
When I received the blocks back from my swappers,
I laid them out next to each other in various ways until
I was pleased with the arrangement. I then stitched the
blocks together using a standard 1⁄4" seam. After sewing
the quilt top together, I decided to use simple straightline quilting with an off-white thread; I really wanted the
embroidered centers to be the focal point, and I didn’t
want to quilt over them.
Take turns like this until each member of your swap
group has had a chance to make their own, very special
quilt representing his or her favorite things!

A Few of My Favorite Things Swap Kit
• (1) 8" x 10" piece of off-white solid fabric
• (9) fabric strips, each cut from a different fabric
fat quarter (see step 2 on page 6 for strip sizes);
• (1) skein of red embroidery thread
• (1) of your “favorite things” drawings
• block instructions

A Bit of Trivia:

Redwork embroidery has quite a history. As the
Victorian craze for making crazy quilts subsided,
redwork embroidery took its place. While the popularity of redwork embroidery peaked around the
turn of the century, it wasn’t a new craft. Beginning in
the 1880s, women had been willing to pay extra for a
thread called “Turkey Red” because, unlike most colors, it was colorfast. At first, redwork was done on a
variety of useful household items, but not on quilts.
It wasn’t until the turn of the century that women
began to use redwork embroidery for bedcoverings.
Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace 

1

Making the Block

1. Tape your drawing to a table.
Tape your 8" x 10" piece of Kona
eggshell over it, right side up,
making sure to leave at least 1⁄2"
all the way around the image.
Use a water-soluble fabric pen
to trace the image onto the
fabric.

2

2. You should have recieved
strips in the following sizes: (1)
21⁄2" x 8", (2) 21⁄2" x 10", (2) 21⁄2" x
21⁄2", (1) 21⁄2" x 12", (2) 21⁄2" x 14",
(1) 21⁄2" x 16". Press them well.
3. Using a standard 1⁄4" seam, sew
a 21⁄2" x 8" strip to the left side
of the embroidery piece and
press.

3

4. Sew the 21⁄2" blocks to the 21⁄2"
x 10" strips, press open. Sew
the pieced strips to the top
and bottom of the embroidery
piece. Press.

4

5. Sew the 21⁄2" x 12 strip to the
left side of the block and press.
6. Sew the 21⁄2" x 14" strip to the
top of the block. Press.

5
6

7
8

7. Sew the 21⁄2" x 16" strip to the
right side of the block. Press.
8. Sew the 21⁄2" x 18" strip to the
bottom of the block. Press.
9. Using the red embroidery
thread, embroider your center
piece. I recommend using a
hoop to hold your you fabric
taut as you embroider. (NOTE: if
you are more comfortable embroidering your piece before you sew
the block, that is fine as well.) 

Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace

9

Better Know the Swappers: Nova
• What’s your favorite song to
listen to while you sew?

I have an old record player & love
stacking up a pile of old classics.
Can’t beat that scratchy wobbly
sound. I really like to listen to talking books, too; sewing plus being
read to equals bliss.

•W 
hen you need to take a snack
break from quilting, what’s your
favorite quilting food?

I’m a savoury girl & anything
cheesey always hits the spot.

• Do you like for your quilting to
show on the back of your quilt?

Oh yes! For me, the backs of quilts
need to be as interesting as the
front, even if it’s something very
simple.

• Do you tend to give your quilts
away or keep them for yourself?

I only have about 3 or 4 quilts in
the house. The pile is growing
though! I’ve made heaps more
and given them away to family &
friends. Quilts make the perfect
gift, like a wrapped-up hug.

• What’s your favorite quilt
you’ve ever made?

They all hold a special spot in my
heart so it’s really hard to pick a
favourite. Each one I start is a new
fave.

quilted quilt. Right now I have too
many ideas waiting in the quilt
queue, so that that dream is a little
way off yet......
• What’s your all-time favorite
swap?

Easy, aPillow Talk Swap for me. I
just can’t resist that one. L.O.V.E it.
Pillows are such a fun canvas, and
you can have so much fun with
them! And let’s be honest, a girl
can never have too many pillows,
right?!?!

• What’s the “dream quilt” you
hope to make one day?

It would be amazing to think that
I would one day achieve a completely hand pieced and hand 

1

Making the Block

1. Tape your drawing to a table.
Tape your 8" x 10" piece of Kona
eggshell over it, right side up,
making sure to leave at least 1⁄2"
all the way around the image.
Use a water-soluble fabric pen
to trace the image onto the
fabric.

2

2. You should have recieved
strips in the following sizes: (1)
21⁄2" x 8", (2) 21⁄2" x 10", (2) 21⁄2" x
21⁄2", (1) 21⁄2" x 12", (2) 21⁄2" x 14",
(1) 21⁄2" x 16". Press them well.
3. Using a standard 1⁄4" seam, sew
a 21⁄2" x 8" strip to the left side
of the embroidery piece and
press.

3

4. Sew the 21⁄2" blocks to the 21⁄2"
x 10" strips, press open. Sew
the pieced strips to the top
and bottom of the embroidery
piece. Press.

4

5. Sew the 21⁄2" x 12 strip to the
left side of the block and press.
6. Sew the 21⁄2" x 14" strip to the
top of the block. Press.

5
6

7
8

7. Sew the 21⁄2" x 16" strip to the
right side of the block. Press.
8. Sew the 21⁄2" x 18" strip to the
bottom of the block. Press.
9. Using the red embroidery
thread, embroider your center
piece. I recommend using a
hoop to hold your you fabric
taut as you embroider. (NOTE: if
you are more comfortable embroidering your piece before you sew
the block, that is fine as well.) 

Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace

9

Better Know the Swappers: Nova
• What’s your favorite song to
listen to while you sew?

I have an old record player & love
stacking up a pile of old classics.
Can’t beat that scratchy wobbly
sound. I really like to listen to talking books, too; sewing plus being
read to equals bliss.

•W 
hen you need to take a snack
break from quilting, what’s your
favorite quilting food?

I’m a savoury girl & anything
cheesey always hits the spot.

• Do you like for your quilting to
show on the back of your quilt?

Oh yes! For me, the backs of quilts
need to be as interesting as the
front, even if it’s something very
simple.

• Do you tend to give your quilts
away or keep them for yourself?

I only have about 3 or 4 quilts in
the house. The pile is growing
though! I’ve made heaps more
and given them away to family &
friends. Quilts make the perfect
gift, like a wrapped-up hug.

• What’s your favorite quilt
you’ve ever made?

They all hold a special spot in my
heart so it’s really hard to pick a
favourite. Each one I start is a new
fave.

quilted quilt. Right now I have too
many ideas waiting in the quilt
queue, so that that dream is a little
way off yet......
• What’s your all-time favorite
swap?

Easy, aPillow Talk Swap for me. I
just can’t resist that one. L.O.V.E it.
Pillows are such a fun canvas, and
you can have so much fun with
them! And let’s be honest, a girl
can never have too many pillows,
right?!?!

• What’s the “dream quilt” you
hope to make one day?

It would be amazing to think that
I would one day achieve a completely hand pieced and hand 

Sew To Swap
Chrissie Grace

Chrissie Grace

Features

• In Sew To Swap, readers are introduced to the superpopular world of quilting swaps by Chrissie Grace and
her team of contributors, all well-known quilt bloggers!
• With 12 modern patterns featuring fantastic designer
fabrics, readers will learn how to start, join, and participate in community-oriented quilt projects.
• Each project is explained step-by-step with clear
illustrated instructions, and features a photographed
skills tutorial that will advance readers deeper into the
quilting arts.
• These beautiful quilts will appeal to both modern and
traditional quilters. For those not interested in group
projects, these quilts can be easily crafted by one person.
• Insights, tips and advice from regular swappers and
popular quilt bloggers adds a “virtual” element that
younger quilters will be attracted to.

About the Author

Chrissie Grace is the North Light author of Wild Tiles,
Tiles Gone Wild and Sharing Stitches. In addition to
honing her skills as an accomplished mosaic artist,
Chrissie has recently embarked on licensing and is currently creating designs for stationery and wall décor.
She has had a passion for fabric for years and enjoys
sewing for herself and family during her free time.
Chrissie resides in Orlando, FL.

Krause Publications
Cincinnati, Ohio 

ISBN 13 . . . . . . . . 978-1-4402-1590-2
ISBN 10 . . . . . . . . . . 1-4402-1590-1
UPC . . . . . . . . . . . 0 74962 01319 4
EAN . . . . . . . . . . . 9 781440 215902
SRN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y1783

Sew To Swap by Chrissie Grace

Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quilting
Price . . . . . . . US $24.99, CAN $28.99
Trim . . . . . . . . . . . 8.25"wx10.875"h
Page count . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Binding . . . . . . . . Paperback with flaps

Publication month . . . . . . . . Oct. 2011
Word count . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 000
# of color illustrations . . . . . . . . . . 200
# of b/w illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Interior color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4c 

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