A Divas’ guide to antique quilt-block patterns (+ fabric giveaway!)

We took this new book to Market—and the response to it was tremendous!

But why wouldn’t it be, with the Patchwork Divas at the helm?

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A common love of antique quilts and reproduction fabrics brought them together. Now, 20 years after the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ block-exchange group was formed, they’re celebrating—by letting YOU become an honorary member.

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Delectable Feathered Star by Diva Sue Troyan

In the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts, the Divas share their all-time favorite quilt-block patterns with you—from timeless Ohio Star to teeming-with-triangles Pine Tree. You’ll see how members transformed their piles of patchwork blocks into jaw-dropping quilts, each more spectacular than the last.

Inside you’ll also get the Divas’ advice on how to start a successful block exchange with your quilting and sewing friends. With these incredible quilts from the Divas, your group will never run short of inspiration.

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Diva Sonja Kraus’s quilt from the Ohio Star block exchange

Not only will you get 10 of the Divas’ quilt patterns from favorite exchanges over the years—you’ll also see 3 more versions of each pattern to inspire your own quiltmaking.

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Clockwise from top: More Ohio Star quilts from the Divas—Stars and Hexagons by Peggy Morton; Pheasant Stars by Mary Freeman; Show Me a Star by Julia Berggren

We asked coauthors (and coDivas) Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle to answer questions about their new book and about the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas—and the questions came from you via Facebook and Instagram. Get inspired by their answers below.

But first…


FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our pals at Moda Fabrics generously gave us a beautiful fat-quarter bundle of Betsy Chutchian’s new fabric line, Rachel Remembered: 1820-1850, to give away!

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Find out how to win the fabric and a copy of the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts book at the end of this post.


Betsy-Chutchian-and-Carol-StaehleFrom Mary: Does the fabric inspire the design, or do you design the quilt and then pick the fabric?

Betsy: Mary, in general I’m inspired by fabric. But when creating a block exchange, it’s almost always an antique quilt and its blocks that set the stage for fabric choices. Since we exchange blocks, we may or may not set our quilt like the original inspiration. This gives us a creative opportunity to design a unique quilt.

In the case of Indigo Basket, we started with fabric and a block. We didn’t have an antique inspiration, just a strong desire to exchange an Indigo- and cheddar-colored basket. The resulting quilts are so different!

Carol: Sometimes it’s the fabric, but for our exchanges, we choose the block or quilt we want to make first, and then make fabric selections.

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Somerset Baskets by Diva Marilyn Mowry

From Susan: What’s your favorite group of quilts in the book?

Betsy: Susan, that is hard to answer! Each group is so special. My favorite group is the Album. I fell in love with Deb Otto’s antique top, our inspiration quilt, the day she showed it to me at Quilt Market several years ago. We spread the top on her bed at the hotel and drooled over it for hours! The blocks are so much fun to make, and the quilts our members created are stunning.

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Album Redux by Diva Deb Otto

A very close second favorite group is the Pine Tree. Like the Album, the blocks are full of tiny pieces, which I love. Our members also created a wide variety of settings for gorgeous quilts.

Carol: For me, probably the Log Cabin chapter because of all of the different ways the blocks can be arranged. The Log Cabin block can be traditional or modern just by changing the fabric selection. There are no limits to the design possibilities.

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Point of No Return by Diva Carol Staehle

From Lindsey: What do you think is the most important thing to do (or not to do) when starting a quilting group?

Betsy: Lindsey, in my opinion, the most important thing, besides gathering friends of like interest, is to set rules. Colors to use or not use. What time period. Due date. Thread color. Scant ¼" or regular ¼". These are just examples. Whatever rules you set, the goal is for all participants to do their best work and give to others the same kind of quality you would want to receive.

Carol: There are a couple of very important things to do when starting a group. First, invite people who like the same type of quilts that you do, so everyone will be on the same page. Second, invite people who have comparable sewing abilities. Exchanges are successful only if all members make blocks that they would like to receive, doing their best work. It’s disappointing to receive blocks that can’t be used because they aren’t the right size, or don’t follow the agreed-upon fabric palette.

From Gayle: What has been your favorite Divas’ block exchange, and why? What’s been the most challenging exchange?

Betsy: Gayle, in nearly 20 years of exchanging, and well over 40 exchanges, it’s pretty tough to pick a favorite! Years ago we made simple 3″ brown-and-cream Nine Patch blocks. So simple, yet the possibilities for settings were endless. In more recent exchanges, my favorite is the Album. The 5″ blocks are SO cute. I love small blocks. As one of our Divas said, they’re like eating potato chips—you can’t eat just one—just like you can’t make just one Album block.

The most challenging exchange for me, from years ago, was the Blindman’s Fancy, because the pieces were so big! We weren’t very restrictive in fabric selection, which meant the wilder the better. You would think it would be easy. NOT! I have yet to set those blocks.

More recently, the most challenging block for me has been the paper-pieced Sunburst. While I had paper pieced before, this was my first circular paper-pieced design. It’s not a quick block to make, and I like that it made me slow down. We had an early 1800s time period set for the fabrics, which added to the challenge. I love searching for just the right fabrics! We appliquéd the circular blocks to a background before setting the blocks together. Check out the method I used for appliqué—super slick, and detailed in the Sunburst chapter.

Simple blocks are quick to make and offer stunning options, but it’s a wonderful experience to take on more challenging blocks that require more time and thought. Regardless, enjoy the process!

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Daybreak by Diva Betsy Chutchian

Carol: My favorite exchange was Blindman’s Fancy because the blocks are so scrappy. Almost any fabric works as long as attention is paid to value and contrast.

The most challenging was the Sunburst and Sunflower exchange. It was offered as one exchange and members could choose which one they wanted to do. One block used templates and the other used paper piecing. Both used hand appliqué as well. For some members, templates were a new thing; once one block was made, the rest was easy. We found the same to be true of the paper foundations.

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Fields of Color by Diva Carol Staehle

From Tina: Do you have any tips for making the cutting or sewing of the kind of blocks you make easier?

Betsy: Tina, scrappy blocks are ideal for a block exchange among friends. That way, you select fabrics to cut in order to make several like blocks at a time. Say you are exchanging with five friends; you would cut and sew six identical blocks. When you meet to exchange, you keep one and give your friends one block each. They do the same in return. Everyone goes home with six different blocks. That exchange would be for one set. Repeat the process per set, to equal the total number of blocks you need for your quilt. That’s much faster than selecting different fabrics for each block in the quilt.

To make sewing easier and quicker, chain piece like parts before moving to the next step. To speed up cutting but maintain accuracy, layer no more than 4 to 6 fabrics at a time. A consistent pressing plan makes the entire sewing process go smoothly.

Carol: One tip I would give is to make a test block first, before jumping in and cutting everything for an exchange. As with most everything we sew, there’s a learning curve. The more you make, the better and faster the sewing becomes. But don’t get caught up with speed. Accuracy is extremely important.

One more thing with exchanges—don’t wait until the last minute to start sewing. Many times the sewing takes longer than anticipated, and then you are rushed to complete the blocks. It’s possible that quality will suffer.


Did you know? A special exhibit of quilts from the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts was on display at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival just a few weeks ago in Houston, Texas. Martingale was a proud sponsor of the exhibit along with Moda Fabrics. You’ll get an exclusive look at the spectacular quilts in the exhibit soon in a special video we’re producing. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you won’t miss it!

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From the Divas’ Special Exhibit at Quilt Market


19th-Century-Patchwork-Divas-Treasury-of-QuiltsWhat’s your experience with block-exchange groups:

  • I’m in one right now!
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before.
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win the gorgeous bundle of Betsy’s fabric from Moda Fabrics and a copy of the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts! We’ll choose one random winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Can’t wait to join the Divas? Buy the book now and instantly download the eBook version for free.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Jeanette, who says:

“Guild block exchanges in guilds–great fun and you get different viewpoints.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Jeanette—congratulations!

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801 Comments

  • I have done block exchanges and I love them but now with postage rates being so high they are very hard to afford

    —Betsy on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges.

    —Emily C on November 16, 2016
  • I love block exchanges. Have done many. It is always a challenge to get the blocks to be the same size so planning for that is helpful.

    candy on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in exchange groups before.

    —DebrafromMD on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. These quilts are beautiful!

    —Karen Watkins on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges sound like fun. I’ve only been quilting for 4 years now, so there are lots of new things to explore!

    —Anita Captain on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a couple block exchanges.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on November 16, 2016
  • I too am new to block exchanges, but love the quilts. Would be so much fun to do it

    —Marilyn on November 16, 2016
  • Love, love, love all of them! I need to put this on my Christmas shopping list so I can do this with my quilting friends!

    —Sandy N. on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. I’m kind of a loner when it comes to quilting. I don’t have any friends that quilt and rather than go to a group by myself I just quilt on my own.

    —Joanne O'Neal on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before. It was fun and I can look back and see the signatures of friends that have passed on. It is a great way to make and keep memories.

    —Sheila on November 16, 2016
  • Always concerned about correct sizing…haven’t been in an exchange.

    —jackie norwood on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges but they sound fun! I’m ready for one.

    —DanyseF on November 16, 2016
  • I would love to participate in a block exchange group. I won some blocks in my quilt group once and made a LOT more and sewed and hand quilted a quilt from it. I adore antique quilts! What a wonderful way to use up scraps too!

    Averyclaire on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange 🙁

    —Marie Gerow on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange so…sign me up!

    —Claire on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges.And they’re fun.

    Trina

    —Trina on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges are a great way to build a quilt that has "coordinated variety." I am a long-time participant in the online group Block Swappers, which began in 2006. We’ve done a couple swaps with reproduction fabrics. I am also in the monthly Block Lotto (a lottery is a sort of cousin to a swap — especially if you’re the monthly winner!). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Nann on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange.

    —MoeWest on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before.

    —Christine Prager on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before, loads of fun!

    —Diane on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done block exchanges and really enjoy them. Makes for interesting quilts, made with fabric designs from different areas of the country/world.

    —Kathleen Shuford on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange but think it would be great fun! I love seeing how different people and different fabrics can make such a different in creating the same block!

    —Janice on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange but have heard of them.

    —Kaye Walker on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange but I’ve made blocks for a cousins wedding quilt from her mom.

    —April Lopez on November 16, 2016
  • I love vintage patterns and quilts. I have never done block exchanges. The selection of fabrics in this giveaway are just super yummy. I would love to have the opportunity to work with these fabrics.

    —Lilia Singh on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges it sounds like fun

    —Janetrg on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchanges and it is wonderful to receive blocks from all around the world!

    —Kerry on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges, but I am intrigued.

    —Barb G on November 16, 2016
  • I have not done block exchanges, but think they would be fun. What beautiful quilts.

    —Suzanne on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, but it certainly looks like fun.

    —Linda Edwards on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to quilting. Block exchange is also new to me.
    Betty

    —Betty on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange but it sounds fun!

    —Sandy on November 16, 2016
  • We did a block exchange at our Guild, 14 participated and the finished products were amazing.

    —Marilyn on November 16, 2016
  • This book looks so wonderful–I can’t wait for the video! I’ve done several block exchanges, and the advice in the article is so true–accuracy is everything!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges can be a challenge because not everyone’s quarter inch seams are the same.
    Did one last year and it was great fun!!!

    —Peggy Wise on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges with my quilt guild and have been unhappy with all the different size block. Am just another anal quilter who likes to do my own or only have a few I know do good work and follow rules. I otherwise hate rules.

    —Rita Haselman on November 16, 2016
  • Have been in many block exchanges. But not one currently.

    —Karen in Texas on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange. I’m very new to quilting.

    —Debra White on November 16, 2016
  • I have actually never heard of one, but I would love to try it!

    —Kristine R. on November 16, 2016
  • I have done several blocks exchanges, a round robin and even a row exchange. It is a lot of fun because you get beautiful parts for a quilt that you would not have come up with yourself – it helps to stretch a quilter and to use a well-used expression "moves you out of the box." I have 2 waiting for assembly now…

    —Janet on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. Maybe I will start small with a few relatives that I know quilt.

    —Eileen on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t been in a formal block exchange, but my mom and sisters and I work on fun projects together!

    —Laura DeVillez on November 16, 2016
  • I participated in an exchange once and had mixed results – some blocks done very well and a few very sloppy. But I would do it again!

    —Jonne Molesky on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. I have not done one before.

    —Lin H on November 16, 2016
  • I am in several block exchanges and have been for years. Love the scrappy look you get without having to invest in all variety of fabrics,

    —Louise on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t been part of a block exchange but I would love it. The quilts are amazingly beautiful, exactly the style and colors I like to use. I am a self taught quilter and so far I have made around 40 quilts. I have given them to family and friends only keeping one for me. I would love to make all of the quilts in the book. It would be hard to pick just one. Block exchanges would be fun especially seeing what you will get and sending my part to someone else. I will probably buy the book even if I don’t win. Sandra Root on November 16,2016

    —sandra root on November 16, 2016
  • I’m in 3 different exchanges right now, and I am behind in getting my blocks completed!

    —Brenda Harrison on November 16, 2016
  • Never been in a block exchange before but sounds like fun. Would like to give it a try

    —Patsy Philson on November 16, 2016
  • I love block exchanges! I have participated in two and they were so much fun. All the different color combinations were exciting! Granted, not all the blocks were the same size, but we made them work, nonetheless. We chose block patterns that could be "framed up to size" and still look wonderful! We had a blast!

    —Janet Leigh on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in an exchange before. It sounds exciting. Would like to find one.

    —Pamela W on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange..how do I find one?

    —Michele Cariveau on November 16, 2016
  • I have done block exchanges within my Friendship Group.

    —Janice on November 16, 2016
  • I have never joined a block exchange. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Elaine on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange—where do I sign up for one??

    Hi Susan, I’d suggest starting with a Google search – you could try phrases like "quilt block exchange" or "quilt block swap." Instagram is also a place where a lot of people follow and participate in exchanges, sharing photos of their blocks along the way. You can also start your own block-exchange – the Divas’ book includes lots of startup ideas. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Susan Canon on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in several block exchanges and have the resulting blocks in my ‘gotta finish someday’ totes.

    —Garnet Underwood on November 16, 2016
  • Most fun of block exchange that went to Germany and someone from Switzerland got one of my blocks. She came to USA on mission trip and we met in Lancaster, PA, that made the fun of exchange so inspiring. Need to get this book what beautiful energies and quilts you have created.

    —joanne on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done block exchanges before. It’s time for another!

    —Karen Seitz on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in one before, and may participate in another one again. It was fun.

    —Amy Cofer on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve particpated in a couple of block swaps, but never an exchange. What a beautiful book!

    —Chiska on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange. However, I have inherited several sets of blocks that were done in block exchanges from my aunt and grandmother. I would love to have the Treasury of Quilts book! for inspiration on how to finish these blocks into quilts.

    —Sharon on November 16, 2016
  • Have been in many block exchanges, some of my most cherished quilts. The book is gorgeous, will order through my local quilt shop.

    —Catherine Stiele on November 16, 2016
  • Beautiful fabic collection. Never did a block exchange.

    —Quilting Tangent on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to it – looks like lots of fun

    —Kathy Luehrs on November 16, 2016
  • I have been thinking of asking my Monday quilting group to do a block exchange for our Christmas gift event. This book and fabrics would fit so well with my other CW repro fabrics that are destined for quilts.

    —Becky DuBose on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done several block and fabric exchanges, some more successful than others. The fun part is the variety of things your recieive, even when the blocks aren’t exactly perfect. Antique quilts aren’t always perfect either!

    —Ellie on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a couple and love seeing what I get in return. I just put this book on my Christmas list.

    —Rina on November 16, 2016
  • I love block exchanges! The variety that you receive beats any combos that you could get from just your stash.

    —Lewcrese S. on November 16, 2016
  • I have not been in a Block Exchange group. My friend is in one and it sounds so fun.

    —Loretta on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, but people have given me some "wayward" blocks and it’s always fun to come up with blocks to make a baby quilt for the NIC units that I make quilts for. The book looks very interesting and the fabric is fab!

    —Kathy on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve only done block exchange at a retreat … each retreater brought 20 blocks in a fabric representing their state. It was amazing!

    —Rebecca Wilson on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done block exchanges before with cross stitched blocks, but never with quilt blocks. The exchanges sound like they’d be very fun and a bit stressful, but I’m ready to sign up. Debra Hall

    —Debra Hall on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange. Guess it is about time to try !! Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabric bundle. I love 19th century reproduction fabric and quilts.

    —Nancy Johnson on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges but they sound fun! I’m ready for one.

    —Doris Cardno on November 16, 2016
  • Love the fabric!!!!! Never been in a block exchange.

    —Linda Seevers on November 16, 2016
  • I just love block exchanges we do 1 or 2 in my guild. Love the book and fabrics.

    —Charlotte Ceeko on November 16, 2016
  • I just started participating in block exchanges with my guild. That means I am eagerly awaiting the first set of blocks–we turned them in to the exchange coordinator last month. They were easy blocks–half-square triangles. Taking the time to ensure that the size of each small block was consistent slowed me down, but that was an important step toward quality. I am starting as an exchanger with baby steps!

    —Pam on November 16, 2016
  • I have not been in a block exchange, but I would really like to get in one. I think it would be interesting to see colors and fabrics others would chose and use. I think we learn from others’ choices and expand our creativity.

    —Linda Thomas on November 16, 2016
  • I love the colors and shapes. Been hoping for a new book for inspiration. The fabric line is beautiful. Can’t wait to put the book and the fabric line together and see the result.

    —C Shoemaker on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange before but would love to attend one.

    —Heather on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. I have watched as others have participated and have not always been impressed with the results. Maybe I am just too picky.

    —Janey Cook on November 16, 2016
  • Love the idea and am waiting for my skills to catch up.

    —Donna Briggs on November 16, 2016
  • I did an exchange for a quilt called Flower Seeds of Time. I love how my quilt turned out.

    —Debby Thompson on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done block and row quilt exchanges with a friendship group, and it was fun. Thanks for the info and inspiration.

    —Maryellen on November 16, 2016
  • I was in a block exchange one time. It made a fun quilt of many different prints in size and color. There was a little problem for some of us including myself new to Quilting and not all blocks were cut to the correct size. It made me realize I love scrapy quilts and I enjoyed working as a group of friends and all of us had a quilt after we shared our blocks. I would love to win the Moda fat quarters and the book.

    Montios Snyder on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchange.

    —Janie on November 16, 2016
  • I’m so new to quilting, I’ve never done one! Sounds like a plan for the new year!!

    —Cindy M on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in quilt groups that made quilt blocks for each other but would be fun to do a block exchange from someone in another state or country. The book and fabric are lovely.

    —Susan on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange but it sounds like it could be a ton of fun.

    Milly Fessler on November 16, 2016
  • I belong to a small "bee" and we have had a number of block exchanges, and also have tried an exchange of quilt rows. It is so much fun!

    —Colleen on November 16, 2016
  • Don’t think I ever actually heard of them before. Groups I have participated in who each made blocks were doing them with a purpose, for a specific quilt in mind. Interested in the authors’ comments about starting a group, as I have just started a charity project with some gals from my Women’s Club who have a variety of skill levels. (WHAT was I thinking?!) Would love to win this fabric–gorgeous–thank you

    —Lill on November 16, 2016
  • I have not participated in a block exchange yet, the newly form quilting guild I belong to has discussed doing a block exchange in the new year

    —Jody Hogan on November 16, 2016
  • I started this year. I’m swapping several blocks.

    Monica on November 16, 2016
  • I have been part of exchanges in the past. So excited for my LQS to get the book! Gorgeous fabric!!!

    —Alice on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a fabric exchange but it sounds like fun.

    —Vicki on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, but would like to join one "some day." The new fabric collection looks beautiful as does the book.

    —Shari K. on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. The book and fabrics look wonderful.

    —Debbie H on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. I don’t know anyone in my area who quilts.

    —Cathy on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, though I really would love to do one (or many). My problem has been finding people who love what I love and who are accurate enough in their piecing to form an exchange. I will keep looking!

    —Terry on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve only participated in 1 block exchange. Would love to do more as I find it presented me with a new kind of challenge…. it made me work with some fabrics I would not normally choose.

    —Alison deHaan on November 16, 2016
  • Have been interested, but didn’t know where
    to start.

    —Eileen Suderman on November 16, 2016
  • I have experienced both ways in block exchanges. The best was with close friends and our blocks turned out great. That quilt has been in use several years. The other one wasn’t with close friends and several of the blocks were not sewn with good seams. To use them I would have to take them apart and sew them again. I haven’t done that yet.
    Choose well who you exchange with.

    —Velva on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange. Would have to start with a simple pattern because wouldn’t want to send blocks that weren’t perfect.

    —Carolyn on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. I’ve never had the opportunity to join one, but it makes me a little nervous for the reasons listed in the post above. It would be fun to try and see how it works out.

    —Darlene B on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been involved in a block exchange. I am a relatively new quilter. Have often read about exchanges, but have typically been too late to get involved, but they sound fun and interesting.

    —Ganene Branson on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange, it sounds like fun! I like the idea of a scrappy exchange and seeing all the different fabrics others would use.

    —April Olive on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done a couple of block exchanges and they were fun. I have a special quilt made with blocks exchanged with friends years ago.

    —Marsha B on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange.

    —Vicki H on November 16, 2016
  • I did an online block swap when I first started quilting. I haven’t done one since then, though. I still have the blocks and really need to put them into a quilt (someday….)

    Barbara Johnson on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to Block Exchanges-where so I sign up?
    Would have creating new blocks wit Moda Giveaway!
    Thank you!

    —Shannon on November 16, 2016
  • What a wonderful book! I participate in several groups, making blocks. It is always so much fun tp collect what has been made and put them all together into a quilt!

    —Nancy, OKC on November 16, 2016
  • I have been involved in many exchange block groups, but never as interesting as the Patchwork Divas! I love 1800 reproduction fabric and The Patchwork Divas would be my dream group to exchange blocks with. I already own the book and have enjoyed looking at the pictures. Next step is to read it. Thank you

    —Linda Ferguson on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to exchanges.

    —Sandy K on November 16, 2016
  • I’m in one right now, I hunt them down on the Internet.

    —Melody Lutz on November 16, 2016
  • I have done many guild block exchanges and my mini group as well. They are all very special quilts to me. Love some of these quilts. Just beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Mary

    —Mary on November 16, 2016
  • *do

    —Shannon on November 16, 2016
  • love to do block exchanges.

    —patricia Geishirt on November 16, 2016
  • I am rather new to quilting and have never done a block exchange, but would certainly be interested in trying one! Reprouction quilts are my sole interest, so the new Patchwork Divas book is definitely one that I would love to own!

    —Karen L on November 16, 2016
  • I have done several block exchanges and usually have lived doing them. As a caveat, I recommend getting groups either with the same skill level and having one fabric that is a constant.

    —Judi R on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange. Sounds fun and would love to try.

    —Barbara D. on November 16, 2016
  • I love Betsy’s new fabric collection!
    The Patchwork Divas’ book looks like it would be a lovely read as well as a reference book.
    I’ve never participated in a block exchange before. It sounds like fun – as long as the exchange wasn’t large (6 sounds good) or extremely complicated.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange, & likely never will. It’s not really my type of thing.

    —Aimee on November 16, 2016
  • The quilts in this post are awesome. The fabrics, blocks and settings are well chosen. I love them all.
    I’ve been in block exchanges before, but this book is so inspiring, I’ll be looking to join or find a group soon!

    Maribeth on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. Beautiful quilt inspirations!

    —Jaci Emerson on November 16, 2016
  • I am not fortunate enough to belong to a group but have material from my mother that would make some lovely quilts as you showed.

    —Sue on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange before. It sounds both scary and exciting.

    —Cindy Fraher on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in several block exchanges, two of which have resulted in favorite and most treasured quilts! I see the skill and love that went into each block created by friends over the months of our exchanges.

    —Leslie Tidaback Hilmer on November 16, 2016
  • I have only participated in one block exchange and it was with members of a guild. We each provided fabrics that were to be used in our blocks that the other members made. I was totally disappointed to receive blocks that contained other fabrics that the members incorporated. Several blocks contained black fabric- something I would never use. Next time I would add notes to my fabric to give members ideas of what I like and do not like or state that I only want the fabrics used that are provided. So there sit the blocks that I will never finish in a quilt…..

    Lyn Seaver on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges are so much fun! I’ve participated in many and have made beautiful quilts with the blocks I received. The latest is an exchange of 12 inch blocks in 30’s fabrics with a black background. This one has me stumped because of the non-traditional background.

    —C. Delostrinos on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchanges in the past. Two that I remember very well didn’t turn out as expected. Most of the blocks I received were not the right size and could not be used in the quilt. Some quilters consider me a perfectionist, I don’t. However, I do like rules and adhere to them in block exchanges. The advice that Betsy and Carole gave about starting early and taking your time in making exchange blocks is right on target. I would like to win Betsy’s fabric and the book so that I can become an honorary Diva.

    —Bertha Mallard on November 16, 2016
  • I have enjoyed block exchanges with Guilds. The new book looks amazing.

    —Paula zillmer on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to it , as in, I’ve not personally been in an exchange. These ladies produced many fantastic quilts featured in the book!

    —Karen on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but I’d love to participate. And this fabric is drop dead gorgeous!

    —Sheila on November 16, 2016
  • What is not to love about this book. It has everything I like about quilting!!

    —Lenny Truitt on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to Quilting; I have never done a block exchange.

    —Jeanette Stewart on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchange, but sounds like a lot of fun. Love the fabric collection and book looks great.

    —Lynette on November 16, 2016
  • I have not done a block exchange but love what the divas say and would like to do a block exchange, and I love what I have seen of the book so far in the promos.

    —Lisa Sweet on November 16, 2016
  • I have always wanted to participate in a block exchange and have had numerous opportunities. The problem is I’m nervous about the 1/4 inch rule. Once you submit the completed block, the organizer always measures it for accuracy. Well that’s where I don’t pass the test. So I stick with art quilts with wonky and curvy lines. Yes, I do enjoy viewing the the completed block exchange quilts.

    —Linda G on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a swap group and would love to hear more about where to get in on the action! Beautiful quilts and antique designs. Thanks for sharing!

    —Kristine Clay on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been a block exchange and it sounds exciting. We have made blocks together for community project and that proved to be fun and as sense of pride when we donated them. Exchange blocks seem to be a bit more of a challenge. Carol

    —Carol on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, although my guild has run a couple of them; just never had the time to commit to it. This book looks like it has some wonderful possibilities!

    —Dottie Macomber on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done an exchange. In fact, I am really considered new to quilting. Would LOVE to be part of an exchange….seems like a great way to learn while having FUN!!!!

    —Donna Wentzel on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in several block exchanges in my local guild. They can be a lot of fun, but I agree – strict rules must be followed! The problem becomes, what to do when the rules aren’t followed. A selective group like the Divas would be extremely fun!

    —Mary on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange…sounds interesting!

    —Joanne Larson on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges and hope to do more. The variety is awesome!

    Loris Mills on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in many block exchanges before. They can be a lot of fun. These quilts are gorgeous!

    —Susan L. on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been part of a block exchange as I’m A new quilter – as in less than a month, but I’m so excited. I’ve made my first pieced wall hanging and am starting a mini. I’d love this collection! Thank you for sharing!

    —Elizaberh on November 16, 2016
  • Never done a block exchange, but sounds like fun!

    —Bea on November 16, 2016
  • Never done it but think it would be cool.

    —Brenda Giblin on November 16, 2016
  • Have never been in a block exchange, but sounds interesting.
    The book looks amazing!

    —Sylvia B on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in online fabric exchanges before, but never a block exchange. The closest I’ve been is a guild group where, each month, a member would request a specific theme/block design/fabric, etc., and we’d all make blocks for her. (When it was my month, I requested "quilters’ choice" – everyone got to do what they wanted – and I got quite a variety!)

    —Pam on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been a part of a block exchange. Sounds interesting though.

    —Cheryl Turner on November 16, 2016
  • I have never joined a block exchange. I may have to try it. Sounds like a fun experience.

    —Jean on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges.

    —Liz F. on November 16, 2016
  • I took my first quilting class about 2 months ago and am now on my 4th quilt. A block exchange sounds amazing!! Will look into it when I get a bit more experience.

    —Marti Engle on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done one block exchange and it was a lot of fun! I’d like to do another one.

    —Terri E on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block swap!! I think it would be interesting though!!

    —Bernadette Schultz on November 16, 2016
  • Beautiful quilts! I have never done a block exchange. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Deb G. in VA on November 16, 2016
  • New to block exchanges. Sounds like so much fun!

    —Ashley on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. I’m fairly new to sewing and quilting, but am completely addicted! I am in the process of finishing up a Project Linus mystery quilt along and now I am thinking a block exchange could be a fun thing to try!

    —Christine Elkin on November 16, 2016
  • I enjoy block exchanges. I find it much better if the fabrics are coordinated in the exchange. It makes it easier to combine blocks for a quilt.

    —Virginia Johnson on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to it, where do I sign up? Beautiful fabric and would love to win this time. Thank you.

    —Karen H on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges but I would love to give it a try!! the nineteenth century patchwork quilts look amazing!

    —Kathy Kranenburg on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been involved in a block exchange. Would love to know more. I am a fairly new quilter.

    —Susan Robinson on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange but it sounds fun – where do I sign up?

    Jean on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. It sounds like fun! Thank you fir the opportunity to win.

    —Carolyn on November 16, 2016
  • I have done one block exchange with ladies in my quilt group.

    —Janet Wiener on November 16, 2016
  • I exchanged blocks with other quilters through an email group led by a popular quilt designer and book author. In that instance, the blocks were fabulous! I am just realizing that I have not yet put together the 2 quilts!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on November 16, 2016
  • Have never been in a block exchange but think it would be fun !!!

    —Karen Hickman on November 16, 2016
  • I was in a row by row block exchange last year! It was a wonderful experience and my finished quilt turned out so well.

    —Sara Byman on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done this, but ready to have the experience…sign me up!

    —susan on November 16, 2016
  • I belong to a Civil War group and we exchange birthday blocks done in repro fabric as well as a bee where we have exchanged blocks. Love the book and t he fabric.

    —Judith Berna on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange before. Never come across a chance to do it.

    —Denise Cabral on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange group before but I’m interested in joining a group

    —Valerie Thompson on November 16, 2016
  • We do block exchanges in our guild and they are lots of fun. Love the new book and the fabric is fabulous. Love to win it. Repro fabrics are my favorites.

    —Judy Purcell on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchange groups before, especially when I belonged to a hand-piecing bee.

    —Suzanne on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges-it looks like a fun thing!

    —Annie R Heney on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange, but it sounds like fun. It’s always so interesting to see how other people use color. What a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Lisa on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in many block swaps and I am currently in a Christmas one. I enjoy them and looking forward to when I retire and can do more.

    —SUE GOODIN on November 16, 2016
  • Have only done one block exchange before – just got the blocks and am trying to decide on a setting. Lot of fun and a variety of fabric even when it was all red and muslin. What fun !

    —Carol on November 16, 2016
  • I am a member of a small quilting group and we did a block exchange last year. Each member decided the block type, size and colors for their quilt. We picked a member each month and each member of the group made a block based on that person’s requests. It was fun to see what each member requested. Some of the over-achievers in our group have already made their blocks into quilts!

    —janice on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, where do I sign up.

    —Georgina on November 16, 2016
  • As a member of a Heritage Mini quilt group, we enjoy, study, date and occasionally repair antique quilts. Treasury of Quilts is a book I would love to add to my collection of quilt books!

    —Judi Rizzo on November 16, 2016
  • My satellite group has done block exchanges from time to time, and I have had lots of fun with our projects. One of my favourite blocks was a simple 9-patch, and I assembled it simply with a favourite vintage fabric. Our group is now interviewing other blocks so that we can start a project.

    Gail G on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done one and it was fun and a great way to meet other quilters. I would love to do more.

    —Julie Janitscheck on November 16, 2016
  • I am such a beginner level quilter that I haven’t participated in any block exchanges.

    —Susan N. on November 16, 2016
  • Fabric is beautiful. Never tried a block exchange.

    —Nancy on November 16, 2016
  • I like block exchanges and would love win the fabric and book
    if not will order it soon.

    —Debra Effinger on November 16, 2016
  • Hello,I have not done a block exchange but it sounds fun!Great Post today and great Giveaway too!

    —LINDA on November 16, 2016
  • I would love to be in a block exchange group since I’ve never done this before! It would be awesome!

    —Kathy E. on November 16, 2016
  • I was in several exchanges with mixed results; we didn’t have the RULES of color or seam allowance. We used focus fabric and went from there it’s hard to put different size and funky color (to me)blocks together.

    —Barb Jenson on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a couple of block exchanges, most successful. The one that wasn’t, well, my blocks disappeared in the black hole of USPS, the blocks I got were wildly varying sizes and one wasn’t even the agreed upon pattern. But that’s okay, I will ‘make it work’!

    There are no mistakes, merely moments of creative opportunity!

    —Denise Penn on November 16, 2016
  • Interesting post. Liked the quilts and the comments. Never been in a block exchange before but am in a mini-group and think I’ll suggest that we do a block exchange.

    —Liz Adams on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in an exchange group. Sounds like fun!

    —Nadja on November 16, 2016
  • I have never tried a block exchange. I think it is time to try.

    —Sherry Sartin on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in several online exchanges. It’s always fun!

    —Pat V. on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t ever been in a block exchange group, but this book looks just stunning!! I’d say that Diva is the perfect name for the two authors!! Great article!! Thanks!!

    —Helen LeBrett on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before, but not in a long time. Mega block swaps back in the 1990s. Might be fun to do that again with the new generation of quilters!

    —Marilyn on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange. Still working full time and barely enough extra time to keep up with projects as it is. But the pictures are fabulous.

    —Gail on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before thru our quilt guild.

    —Carolyn Dell on November 16, 2016
  • Love the book and the pictures of the quilts are outstanding. I have never done a block exchange before. This sounds like a fantastick idea, one I could share with my quilting friends!

    —Jean on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve participated in a block exchange with a small group of women for several years. 🙂

    Nita on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges before and have mixed feelings. However, I do have a favorite block shown on this blog – love the baskets that are turned to create a spectacular star effect. I may have to work on my points!!

    —Sandy Navas on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to the idea! Frankly, I’ve never met a group of Quilter’s who I thought could agree to the rules prior. But like others I’ve been given finished blocks from another’s exchange that were never finished – orphan blocks.

    —Stephane L. on November 16, 2016
  • I have been quilting for a year now and have joined a quilt guild and am loving it. I have joined a fabric exchange but really would love to try a block exchange! How do I join? You book looks awesome and I sure would love to win and make some lovely blocks out of Betsy’s fabric from Moda! Thanks for the chance to win!!! I really loved learning about the Patchwork Diva’s.

    —Leslie May on November 16, 2016
  • Love Betsy’s new line! Never done a block exchange before.

    —Pat on November 16, 2016
  • What a great idea for my quilting buddies. Antique quilts and a block exchange. This book will be on the top of my Christmas list.

    kathy on November 16, 2016
  • take part in guild block of the month program

    —debby parry-evans on November 16, 2016
  • A small group of friends exchanged red and white plus one additional color of the quilters choice. It was fun and I’d certainly do it again.

    —Sandy on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange but it’s on my list of things to try next year!

    —Sue Raymond on November 16, 2016
  • I would be a newbie at a block exchange. Never have done it since there isn’t a group of ladies to exchange with. The joys of living in a very rural area!

    —Karen DH on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in an exchange, as I am a new quilter. Would love to try one though.

    —Cathy on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange.. so new to it. The collection is beautiful.

    —Anne on November 16, 2016
  • Over the 15+ years I’ve participated in block exchanges, my experience has been mostly positive.

    —LauraJean on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, but I did a round robin quilt with a group once – it was a fun experience and my quilt is amazing!

    —Diane Nishri on November 16, 2016
  • My friends and I did a round robin type of quilt top, I guess you could say it was sort of an exchange except each person furnished their own fabric and we could add one of our own to it if wanted. Was totally fun! And we also did x amount of blocks of the same pattern and then gave each other x amount of blocks to complete a quilt.

    —Susan on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in many block exchanges. They’re great fun and the rules, whether they are color, period, or size, are an important part of the exchange.

    —Sharon Howe on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a block exchange and loved it. I would love to be in another!

    —Ginia on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been part of a block exchange but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Love the fabric collection and the quilt patterns!

    —Katherine Cronn on November 16, 2016
  • I have done block exchanges for years. First with a large guild and many times those blocks woukd become a raffle quilt .
    The real challenge of block exchanges as that you assemble a group
    With similar ideals as receiving off size blocks can present assembly problems.

    All That said I still enjoy swapping and now love to do very small scale block swaps on
    Internet groups. The fabric looks great and the book a winner. Thanks fir the opportunity to win them

    Jane Modjeski

    —MJ Modjeski on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done online exchanges the past few years, but next year I’ve arranged one for my quilt guild. I love them.

    —Kathie L on November 16, 2016
  • I love block exchanges I have done several in the past.

    —Deena Drevs on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in several, Love it!

    —Kathy Gaines on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in many exchanges. My first was a friendship exchange where we made a tulip block , wrote our name on it and exchanged. Then did a cat exchange where patterns were used. A Christmas block exchange with only size as the rule, heartbock exchange where we were in groups, one was pieced, one was appliqué. I have many memorable quilts from those exchanges and still some blocks to put into a quilt. Waiting for inspiration and time.

    —Judie Oler on November 16, 2016
  • I have done several block exchanges in the past. Also have done a couple of "round robin" exchanges. The fabric bundle is beautiful!

    —Rose on November 16, 2016
  • I have several 9-patch exchanges within 3 guilds. One guild also did a 4-patch and a half-square triangle exchange.

    —Jill Ellis on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t participated in a block exchange but am willing to try one. This book looks great. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

    Judy Kufahl

    —Judy on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to quilting and have never done a block exchange. Looks like an interesting book and lovely fabric.

    —Denise on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in several block exchanges but the experience hasn’t been great—I wound up with a handful of blocks that were usable after putting in a lot of time, effort, and premium fabric. I wish I had had the advice here!

    —Joana on November 16, 2016
  • I love block exchanges. This looks like a great book.

    —Andrea on November 16, 2016
  • Amazing quilts – I’ve been in a few block exchanges – some disappointing and some awesome. I love the quilts in the book.

    —Deborah K on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a block exchange before, it was fun!!!

    —Mary Van Kleeck on November 16, 2016
  • It’s new to me but sounds like something I would really enjoy.

    —Joan Hanson on November 16, 2016
  • I still have the blocks from a block exchange I did probably 10 years ago. That’s the only one I’ve ever done and I really should put them together somehow.

    —Judith Martinez on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to quilting and really don’t understand what a block exchange is.

    —Sandi on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. They look interesting though and I know some of my friends have participated.

    —Louise on November 16, 2016
  • Have never done a block exchange, but it could be fun

    —Jamie Graham on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participate in a block-exchange but it sounds like fun.

    —Hildy on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, so I guess I’m new to it! Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂

    —Debby E on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. I think it would be a fun, yet challenging, experience. It looks like the book has some great practical advice. Would love to win it ( and not to mention the gorgeous fabric bundle!)

    —Elaine Bishop on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in several, some great and some not so much. I would try it again but only with people that are committed to the cause. Correct size, quality fabric and would be able to stick to the rules.

    Gorgeous fabric!

    —Deb Praus on November 16, 2016
  • I have done a couple of block exchanges and they turned out well. I enjoy doing them when time permits.

    —Phyllis on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange.

    —Lisa Marie on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in a few block exchanges and been so lucky to receive many beautifully pieced blocks.

    —Cassy L. on November 16, 2016
  • I am relatively new to quilting……7 years as compared to many of my quilting friends…..so have never participated in a block exchange. It sounds like a lot of fun. Where do I sign up?

    —LaVerne Mullane on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new!

    —Diana on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done one but would love to do so.

    —Leti on November 16, 2016
  • I’m fairly new to quilt making and I think joining a block exchange group would be fun. The book looks wonderful.

    —Juanita Martin on November 16, 2016
  • Love the DIVAS! Block exchanges not so much. Would love to win the fabric!!!

    —Barbara Wiggins on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in an exchanges, but my new guild does one annually so I’m looking forward to that!

    —Cathy on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a block exchange several times. Usually very satisfactorily.

    —anne-marie wener on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but would love to be involved with the local guild if they would do something like that.

    —Ruthi Rayford on November 16, 2016
  • These are my kind of quiltls

    —Judy Smith on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in half a dozen exchanges and love them. I am challenged by designing the set and the quilt means so much more because it has a piece of my friends.

    —Brenda on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges and love them.

    —Linda on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchange. where do I sign up

    —Jancarall on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchange groups. I’ve received some wonderful blocks and some that are not so great.

    —Carol W on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before and would love to get into one again. I am just getting into 19th century prints and these are very inspiring.

    —Jeanmarie K on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges…and just fabric exchanges to make specific quilts. They are fun and great to get many different fabrics in a quilt…some you might not have used yourself, but totally add to the quilt. They are really fun and bring memories back of friends when cuddled under a quilt.

    —Kristie Michalowski on November 16, 2016
  • To have been in them before.

    Mayme on November 16, 2016
  • Have never done a block exchange before, but it sounds like fun !

    —Lois Capper on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange – could be fun! Love vintage, scrappy quilts so this book would be my "cup of tea"!

    —Robin on November 16, 2016
  • I did block exchanges many years ago. Not only was it fun to receive the blocks at the time of the exchange, but even now the blocks bring back memories of good times and treasured friendships.

    —Deborah Fetch on November 16, 2016
  • I did an exchange once – the results were iffy, and took a lot of work to make useable.

    —Kathy on November 16, 2016
  • I am a member of the global quilting project. We exchanged blocks with quilters from all over the world.

    —Linda Vargas on November 16, 2016
  • What a beautiful choice of quilts, would love to make ne of these! While I have never been a participant in a block exchange, it no doubt would be a fabulous experience😀

    —Carol Jiles-Davis on November 16, 2016
  • I love fabrics and books, but to get them free is even better!

    Barbara Winkler on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but it sounds like fun. Great way to meet quilters from around the country.

    —Leah K on November 16, 2016
  • Guild block exchanges in guilds–great fun and you get different viewpoints.

    —Jeanette S on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange before but would love to!

    —Ann O. on November 16, 2016
  • Its really nice to get your friends’ artwork….love exchanges.

    —Marlene S on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange.

    —KATHY on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in several block exchanges. It is always fun to see how others use the fabric and guidelines.

    —marlene k on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange.

    —Marcia Hoekstra on November 16, 2016
  • I participated in a few block exchanges early in my quilting "career." They were fun, interesting, and fruitful. I received many very nice blocks that are still waiting to go into a quilt! I’m just starting to be very interested in vintage quilts, so this new book would take its place in my every growing library!

    —Pat Onderdonk on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange.

    elr on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges that were all disappointing. I really liked the advice given here by the authors…I might try another exchange using their guidelines.

    —Shelley Dionne on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a couple block exchanges with two different guilds. Unfortunately, not all quilters have the same standards as far as the product they produce. I think block exchanges work best if you handpick the people who will be participating.

    —Susan on November 16, 2016
  • I have never tried a block exchange before.

    —Myra Sattler on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in several exchanges, with mostly good experiences. I was in one where I was not happy and made mention to the group leader. She must not have appreciated my comments and dropped me from the list. Oh well, live and learn I say, and go make a block or two.

    —Lerlene Nevaril on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange before but it sounds like fun.

    —Sharon Browne on November 16, 2016
  • I love block exchanges. Sometimes you do have to play with blocks that aren’t quite up to the standard set, but it is a great way to remember friends that have moved on. I have 3 stunning quilts that were block exchanges and everyone loves them. Two are currently hanging in the church where we quilt on Tuesdays.

    —Vickie Keith on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange group before. But our quilting group which makes quilts for wounded warriors does a block of the month. One person provides partial fabric & a pattern for a quilt block. Everyone who wants to participate pays $1, adds red, white or blue fabric from their stash along with the provided fabric, makes a block & returns it the next month. We draw names of all who participated & the "winner" get to make a quilt out of the blocks which will be donated to the American Hero Quilts. The money made is given to our long-armers who finish the quilts to buy thread.

    —Carol Gearey on November 16, 2016
  • "I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?" is where I am at!

    —Vicky on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a few exchanges. Some are absolutely wonderful, some not so much!

    —Pat on November 16, 2016
  • I did a block exchange once several years ago through an online crazy quilt group. Since then I’ve moved on to more traditional quilting but have yet to do an exchange.

    Victoria on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange but it sounds really fun!

    Nancy Roraback on November 16, 2016
  • I have done a block exchange once a long time ago….it was fun to do!

    —Estie on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. Would be fun to try.

    —Susan Milani on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange.

    —Jo-Anne Cooper on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in 4 block exchanges and 2 pin cushion exchanges in the last 3 years. These are sponsored by a forum I am on with participants from all over the world. I love seeing were all the blocks come from. Some of the fabrics are not what I would pick and the occasional seam is not real straight. I don’t let that bother me because it means that someone is sewing and hopefully learning as they go.

    —Lori on November 16, 2016
  • I was in a block exchange once. I would like to do it again now that I have more free time. Where can I get more information?

    Hi Judy, start with a Google search – try phrases like "quilt block exchange" or "quilt block swap." Instagram is also a place where a lot of people follow and participate in exchanges, sharing photos of their blocks along the way. You can also start your own block-exchange – the Divas’ book includes lots of startup ideas. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Judy Magner on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve enjoyed many quilt block exchanges but really prefer sewing my own. Then I will know they will all be the same size and will be my fabric choice!

    —Kathleen on November 16, 2016
  • We each choose a block, and then every month we make a block for the person of the month. I am excited because my month is December and I chose any 12″ finished star block in brights and white. With my other guild I chose the same and now will be able to make a larger quilt that is from both guilds!

    —Lorriane B on November 16, 2016
  • Great advice !!! Have tried several times, usually end up fixing many of the blocks or make new ones to get the quilt done. But never quit helping others till they get it right. It makes us all HAPPY !!!

    —Debbie M. on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve participated in several block exchanges, and am always excited to see the finished blocks. I love old fashioned patterns and scrap quilts, and have a bunch of scraps ready to use!

    —Sally on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a exchange before but prefer to sew on my own.

    Mry Lou Palmer on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange, but it sounds like a lot of fun!

    —Dianne on November 16, 2016
  • The only time I participated in a ‘block’ exchange was when one of my friends got married and each of us had to produce an 8-inch square block with her signature on it, either embroidered or in glued-on letters.
    It was a mishmash of materials but still very much appreciated by the bride.

    —Hedda Boon on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. I’m a last minute person so am not sure that would be any better then my block of the months that never got started.

    —Betty Drake on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, would like to learn, not a novice to sewing but to block quilting.

    —Betty Flinchbaugh on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges sound like fun! Beautiful fabrics!

    —Nyla-Jean on November 16, 2016
  • I love block swaps…..always get something that I have never seen before. This fabric is perfect for this time of year, makes me want to just cuddle up with in in front of a crackling fireplace and watch a good old-fashion movie!

    —Karen Ferguson on November 16, 2016
  • Always find beautiful quilts here

    —sara h on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, but they sure sound like fun!!

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on November 16, 2016
  • I was in an exchange once but prefer to have more control over colors and fabrics. But maybe if I did more exchanges I would not have as many UFOs.

    —Nancy C on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange. I guess I have been a "lone" piercer/quilter for many years. I think I would like to participate and hope my quilt shop may begin one. As for the fat quarters and book — wow, can’t get over the vibrant colors used in the quilts featured and the collection of fabric is beautiful. Thanks, Jan

    —Jan Dudley on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. However, I have been gifted blocks that were made by others and I understand how important the sewing accuracy is. Not fun to unsew and correct but worth the extra effort to make a nice final project.

    —Jeanne on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange. It could be a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Shaireen on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, though I’ve known many people who have done those. They seem to really enjoy it, and it’s interesting to see the variations people come up with.

    —Laura B. on November 16, 2016
  • I have done block exchanges. Prefer small ones within a guild or friendship group.

    —Beverly on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in local swaps as well as online swaps. You never know what you’re going to get, but it’s a fun challenge to make it all work! I’ve ended up with beautiful quilt tops from exchanges.

    —Summer on November 16, 2016
  • I participated in a nine-patch block exchange several years ago. Those simple blocks became one of my favorite quilts ever.

    —Julie in GA on November 16, 2016
  • I have never taken part in a block exchange but it sounds like fun x

    —Claire Ross on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. I would give it a try. The closest I’ve done is participate in some group quilts that were gifts, such as for a retirement.

    —Linda S on November 16, 2016
  • I have done a few exchanges as well as group quilts. The quilts in this book are spectacular!

    —Vicky graham on November 16, 2016
  • I did a small quilt group block exchange. Would love to win – beautiful fabric collection. And the book is going on my Christmas gift list. 🙂

    —Sheila Fernkopf on November 16, 2016
  • I have done block and other exchanges in the past. For the most part, I have been pleasantly pleased with my exchange. The last one I did was a pincushion exchange and it was so cute! Not only did I get 3 pincushions, but lots of chocolate goodies too…..
    nettiecrain@live.com

    Annette Crain on November 16, 2016
  • Awesome fabric and book. Congrats to the Divas!

    —Janet Carver on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. I think it would be fun.

    —Robin Adair-Marshall on November 16, 2016
  • Looks like fun!! I have not done a block exchange yet!

    —midge english on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange, but love 1800’s fabrics.

    —Kirsten on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. The quilts from this book make me interested in joining an exchange. This book is added to my Christmas wishlist!

    —Connie F on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in many block exchanges and am currently in two different ones now. The key thing to me is knowing your group, their sewing expertise and ability to use the right fabrics.

    —Jacque Wright on November 16, 2016
  • We were talking about them last night at our guild. I have never done one, but it sounds interesting…..we do a BOM every month at a guild, so I have experience with blocks done by many people…..not always exact size, etc.

    —Nancy Bart on November 16, 2016
  • A Block exchange sounds so fun! I’ve never been involved in one nor have I been aware of any such groups. I guess I don’t get out enough but would Love to try one!

    Pamela Eversull on November 16, 2016
  • Yes it’s great ; i am crazy about old quilts and these are gorgous

    —Laurence Durth on November 16, 2016
  • Love this sweet bundle and it would sew up in to some lovely quilts. I sew with a small group of ladies and we make comfort quilts for children locally that are less fortunate. We have a fun time learning new patterns. We would love to win this bundle to sew up. Thank you for all of your inspiration this year!
    Blessings to you and your team.
    Smiles,
    Sue

    Thank you Sue, that makes our day! 🙂 –Jenny

    Sue parks on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done block exchanges.

    —Janna on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges…I would rather make my own and keep them…

    —Diana Gates on November 16, 2016
  • I’m in one now, love them. It’s a challenge to make all your blocks but when you get them from the others in the group, it’s like Christmas. The different fabrics and how they all go together is wonderful.

    —connie b on November 16, 2016
  • Love our 19th Century Quilting Circle that does exchanges patterned after the Diva group. Thanks for sharing.

    —Barbara Cissne on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange-it sounds like fun!

    —Kathleen Goodrich on November 16, 2016
  • The last exchange I did, was the same block in Red, White and blue colors. The quilt came out very nice.

    —Angie Little on November 16, 2016
  • Being new to quilting, I am intiminated about block exchanges. Would love to join one, but am afraid my patchwork is not up to par. 🙂
    craftyccain@gmail.com

    —Connie Cain on November 16, 2016
  • This is a smile. Putting it on my wish list.

    —Patricia Hersl on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but it sound like fun! From my experience in a Round Robin Quilt I think the advice regarding skill level and similar interests of participants is spot on. I look forward to owning and enjoying this wonderful new book!

    —Shaun on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in several block exchanges–some work others don’t. Love this book!

    —Karen Rowland on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a few block exchange groups(swaps) over the last several years. I find that they are both challenging inspirational in that I am usually encouraged to stretch my knowledge!I also get anxious hoping that my blocks are "perfect"!

    —June Sommer on November 16, 2016
  • I love doing block exchanges. Am currently in a block exchange group and we use 1800 reproduction fabrics.

    —Barbara Brooks on November 16, 2016
  • I love block swaps. I think I did 4 this Summer. Wot,inn on putting the tops together.

    —Becky in Georgia on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. It sounds like fun! I recently started quilting so I am learning lots!

    —Elizabeth Hogueison on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in an online block exchange group. It was such fun. To anyone who has never done it, I say go for it.

    —Bridget on November 16, 2016
  • Just learning about block exchanges..awesome. Absolutely have to share this with my quilting buddies. Was at Houston show for the first time this year. What an experience and inspiration!!

    —Kathy Wray on November 16, 2016
  • I have not participated in a block exchange before..
    This sounds like a new adventure for me to try.

    —Monique MacIntyre on November 16, 2016
  • I started quilting exactly one year ago. The grandma of my fiance gave me her books and some advices. Till now I do it on my own without any groups. But it must be a lot of fun with block exchanges!

    —Joanna on November 16, 2016
  • Beautiful patterns, beautiful quilts!

    —Sue on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchanges. They are fun, it’s even more fun when the maker can impart a bit of their own personality in each block they make.

    —Cherrie on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges.

    —Donna G on November 16, 2016
  • Yes, I’ve done block exchanges, but I prefer Round Robin types of projects where I have more freedom. The results can be inspiring, refreshing, an bring unexpected joy! – Karen Alexander

    Karen Alexander on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. I like the idea, but would never feel my quilting was good enough. I think it would be very stressful for me.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on November 16, 2016
  • I’m completely new, where do I start? I have done cookie exchanges, so this is just my style!!😂

    —Jessica Rampelburg on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in four exchanges of red+white+blue 12″ blocks which went to . Two had everyone doing a great effort for lovely blocks of mixed fabrics in the patriotic theme. But the other two had several participants opting to do minimal work so the swap wasn’t so nice for some who had put much effort into their submission (one memorable block had just unattractive ‘blobs’ appliqued onto a white background instead inclusion of stars, strips, shapes or flowers). The difference seems to be the facilitator and whether some of the same fabric is to be used by all participants: well explained expectations before sign-up help all the participants’ results, and coordinating fabric unifies the varied blocks.

    —Marty on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange- always afraid that people would be disappointed by my (lack of) skills!
    allisonpogany at gmail.com

    —allison pogany on November 16, 2016
  • Have been in block exchanges before, and am also in one now. I have some very nice quilts to show for it!!

    —Kathy on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange.

    —Jen B on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but had heard of them on a quilting forum. I think it could be fun. 🙂

    —Becky on November 16, 2016
  • All kinds of good ideas for that fabric. It’s beautiful.

    —Rebecca Marzano on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve not been involved with a block exchange, but it does sound interesting. Thanks for the opportunity

    —Sandi Kelly on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

    —Katie Higgins on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges are great quilting fun! Have participated in lots of them using Civil War fabrics, 30’s, scraps and batiks. I would highly recommend a block exchange.

    —Jean Gilbertson on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a few and they are great, you make one or twenty of the same block and get the same in return, and a quilt is made of different fabrics that are not in you stash.

    —Linda on November 16, 2016
  • Beautiful, I love it

    —els on November 16, 2016
  • I want to try a block exchange- it sounds so fun!

    —Claire on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before. The one thing I had to do is be creative in the setting of the blocks as they were not all the same size. Have loved doing this as it gave me a memento of each person to cherish!

    —Diane Heller on November 16, 2016
  • I love looking at all the wonderful creations made by your various contributors and dreaming of when I will have the time to spend doing similar things. Winning the fabric and book would inspire me even more.

    —Lorraine Koenen on November 16, 2016
  • Fabulous book of beautiful quilts….and Betsy’s fabrics are always beautiful….both she and Carol are long-term acquaintances/friends of mine….would love to win!

    —Jackie Galubenski on November 16, 2016
  • "I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?" Would be my option. I’ve never even heard of a block exchange before. Quilting is not very big where I live but there is one guild in town. Maybe I should ask them. Would that be a good place to start?? P.S. love the fabric bundle!

    —Alicia Richardson on November 16, 2016
  • Love the fabrics in the bundle and the book is very inspiring.

    —Janet on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange either.

    —Becky Wolfe on November 16, 2016
  • I would so love to be in a group like this,but every one around where I live only does machine piecing and I am a hand quilter. Those patterns are so lovely and I would love to make one and the Moda bundle would be a wonderful start.

    —Sara Bates on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange.

    —Lorie Bugaiski on November 16, 2016
  • Beautiful fabrics; the creative possibilities are endless with the sweet fabric bundle!

    —Cheryl Smith on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done exchanges but would love to try it sounds like fun

    —April Paramore on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve only been in one block exchange. It was a great experience. All the quilters involved were experienced and the guidelines were detailed and easy to follow. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case.

    —Carol C on November 16, 2016
  • he blocks were not all the same size and the quilters had different skills and tastes.

    —Margaret Dalmer on November 16, 2016
  • I got so excited over the book and fabrics that I forgot to answer your question in my comment above. I have never been in a block exchange but there are some great ideas for making it a success in the interview. I would have never thought of deciding whether to use a quarter inch seam or a scant quarter. That would sure make a difference when putting it all together!

    —Rebecca Marzano on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges…love the book and fabrics!

    —Sally Bean on November 16, 2016
  • I have not done this, or heard of it outside quilt classes at the local schools. Would be fun and interesting to see what you can receive.

    —Linda Tucker on November 16, 2016
  • Ive learnt a lot this morning – and I haven’t even left my bed. I’m fairly new to quilting and all the different styles. I was amazed to learn people exchange what a terrific idea – to share your talent and express your individuality. I get so excited when I see such glorious fabrics and I would love to win and be able to use both the book and beautiful fabrics to try and express my version of the beautiful quilts.
    Good luck everyone

    —Helen Andrews on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in an exchange group and it was an awesome experience!

    —Sherill V on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. Sounds like fun though!

    —Tamrey Davis on November 16, 2016
  • This book has me on pins and needles!, haha😊It certainly speaks to my love of vintage quilts! Thank you for pulling this together and sharing with all of us! I can’t wait til you let me know I won! Once again just kidding but hopeful👍

    —Tracy Cowden on November 16, 2016
  • I have been involved in several block exchanges. I love them and they give you an opportunity to make scrappy quilts without having to decide on the fabrics for every block.

    —Pat on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange!

    —Cathie Smith on November 16, 2016
  • They can be great fun. I enjoy them

    —Teresa on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t been in a block group but now I can see the potential to use civil war fabrics and everyone will be happy with the result!

    —Louise HD on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve participated in block exchanges before. Love this book too.

    —Lynn D in NC on November 16, 2016
  • Our sewing group has been working through the divas previous book and my favorite part has been the different settings demonstrated for each quilt – even when you can identify the same blocks all of the quilts are unique. I am still pairing fabrics for my own version of the Blind Man’s Fancy block – so addictive! We quickly discovered that our blocks wouldn’t match if we didn’t use the same techniques to make the units. Lots of Triangulations papers help with precision. Sometimes we will just exchange fabric dombinations to get a scrappy look. We all have deep stashes, so it is a lot of fun!

    —Susan Putman on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been part of a block exchange. The quilts in the book are stunning-I’d have trouble deciding which to make first!

    —Arlyn Parker on November 16, 2016
  • Not really a joiner…did so much of that when my kids were little, now its just "us" and a couple of wild puppies. Still quilt all day almost everyday. LOVE the new book!

    Joyce on November 16, 2016
  • I would love to have Betsy’s new book and fabric. I haven’t done a block exchange. It would be fun to do with some new fabric:)

    —Nancy Bush on November 16, 2016
  • I absolutely love the pictures of the quilts presented in this book. I love the traditional quilt blocks using reproduction fabrics. I love reproduction fabrics.

    —Judy Hunsberger on November 16, 2016
  • I’m an antique quilt, block and fabric collector. I love using my old blocks in New quilts and for inspiration for new quilts.I’ve been in quilt block and Round Robin exchanges and love them!

    —Linda Gabrielse on November 16, 2016
  • I have done block exchanges and would love the new book and fabrics by Betsy!

    —Sydney Holmwood on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in at least a dozen block exchanges. Now to sew all the blocks together!

    —Gloria Sanders on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve quilted off and on for many years but never realized there were block exchange groups. Truly sounds like fun – and a new way to get a quilt finished sooner! Thank you for the idea – and the tips to make it a success

    —Cynthia L Wolf on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange. This post has some great tips, not just for exchanges, but for all quilting projects. I love the beautiful quilts shown from the book.

    —Kris Searle on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in many block exchanges. From paper pieced blocks to scrappy pieced themed blocks. You must go into them with eyes wide open to the different levels of sewing skill and quality if materials swappers use. The majority of the swaps I’ve been in have been fabulous!

    —Sheri Rhodes on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before in a couple of guilds I belong to.

    —Penny on November 16, 2016
  • I love the idea of block exchanges. I’ve done one but was very unsuccessful with others meeting deadlines, shipping to the correct person, being too thrifty in selections, and losing my blocks. I suggest doing the exchanges only with a trusted source or quilt group that is familiar. Round Robins are wonderful and so are quilting bee friends!

    —Anita Jackson on November 16, 2016
  • What a lovely book. There are so many beautiful quilts in it. I’ve been in a block exchange many years ago. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    Christine M on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t done a block exchange but would love to give it a try!

    —Delinda on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges – I’d love to be part of one though

    —Pauline C on November 16, 2016
  • Would love to give a block exchange a try

    —Delinda on November 16, 2016
  • I have never had the opportunity to be in a block exchange group.

    —Diane P. on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchange. Daniela

    —daniela on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve participated in a few block exchanges and like the idea; however, many times the blocks I received were not precise making them difficult to combine into a quilt.

    —Donna Vunderink on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in many exchanges
    I think the most important thing is that everyone does their very best work,but also that each participant recognizes that there are different skill levels, and be willing to accept each block they receive without being judgemental.

    —Ruth Newell on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in them in the past; I’ve just been too busy this past year, but I really need to get back in the game and have some fun!

    —Michelle Cyr on November 16, 2016
  • I have done block exchanges and had fun with them.

    —Verna T. on November 16, 2016
  • I have only participated in one exchange. After reading all the tips and suggestions, it is something I would try again. Found the information very informative. Thank you for the chance to win. Both the book and the fabric are on my wish list.

    —Mary Ann on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve organised Block Swaps in the past.
    One month, 9-patch, another month different blocks
    Also been invoked in ‘Round Robin’s’. You have to be careful who you choose to be in it.
    One time, the work of one the members wasn’t very good, and the person who came after her, had to redo that border before she started on her border.

    —Bridget Fletcher on November 16, 2016
  • I belong to several block exchange groups. I love doing them because they challenge me to use fabrics I hadn’t thought of using or making blocks that I might not have otherwise made. I also like the fact that the groups I belong to give the option to say, "No, I can’t do it this time."

    —Marcia Brenner on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges are something I have never tried, but they sound very interesting. Love the photos in the book and the yummy fabric – glad I have an opportunity to win.

    —Kathy on November 16, 2016
  • What a lovely idea. I have never been participated in a block exchange but I think it would be great fun as long as the colors were right and the other criteria was met. It would be so interesting to see how everyone interpreted the challenge.

    —Valerie Towers-Telford on November 16, 2016
  • I have rediscovered quilting, and replenishing my stash. I think a block exchange would be fun. Especially if it was for a civil war quilt or a vintage pattern.

    —Tracy Gatlin on November 16, 2016
  • The new book is something I am very intrigued to look thru as I love the vintage patterns so much and Moda is my favorite fabric designer. This collection looks awesome.

    —Mary Bruemmer on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a block exchange before.

    —Karen Bergt on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve read about the "hives" and exchanging blocks. Don’t know if I could make and keep the commitment. Thank you for the information.

    —Rochelle Summers on November 16, 2016
  • I have only ever done small block exchanges before involving my local quilt group and would like to do a larger one asi think it would be fun.

    —Sonia McMartin on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but I’d love to try it!

    —Katie Sprugel on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange group.

    —AS on November 16, 2016
  • Our quilt guild does a lotto block. Everyone makes 2 blocks of the same pattern with a different color for each month. One of the blocks goes for a charity quilt and the other gets awarded to one of the participants. You might not win a set of blocks, but by the end of the year we’ve made several quilts for donation and we’ve gotten really good at a particular block.

    —Karen A on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve only participated in one exchange, many years ago. I was amazed at how many different sizes a 2.5″ 9 patch could actually be.

    —Shan Fawcett on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve participated in bee, guild, and Internet swaps. If there are large disparity on tastes, skill levels, and commitment there is a higher risk that the swap will be disappointing to participants. If you’ve made a lovely centerpiece, don’t send it to a round-robin unless you have let go of your own vision for the finished piece. Try to have fun.

    —Sandy Wilcox on November 16, 2016
  • Have never been a part of a block exchange.Beautiful book.

    —Rivka Hamdani on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange before….it sounds kind of fun in the right circumstances!

    —Kelly on November 16, 2016
  • I agree with Sandy. If you are particular about the choices you make and the quality of your sewing be ready to be disappointed with the results of a round robin. I’ve been in several exchanges and have decided that it doesn’t work for me. I love scrappy but not everyones choices will go in your quilt.

    —Karen J on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchanges at my guild. They are always fun.

    —Stephanie on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in one block exchange with ladies I did not know. My birthday is this month and winning this bundle of gorgeous fabric would be a great way to celebrate.

    —Dottie Alexander on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange. The book is lovely.

    —Pauline Perry on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. It sounds interesting.

    —Pat B on November 16, 2016
  • I was in a wonderful block exchange where we each did a block and passed it on for someone else to do a block. It was anonymous and at the end we got a completed quilt top and only then did we find out who did what. Betsy is a favourite of mine as I love traditional.

    —Tracey Payne on November 16, 2016
  • I would love to be in a block swap. I have done group fabric swaps and then made a quilt with the fabric – was fun. Thanks for the chance to win

    —Ellen Easter on November 16, 2016
  • Block exchanges can become difficult when everyone does not measure accurately.Love the colors in the fabric and the book would give great ideas and patterns a must

    gracelynne mulcahey on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been a part of a block exchange, although my quilt guild used to have everyone who wanted to participate make the same block each month and then one lucky member would win all of the blocks the next month. I was fortunate enough to win a couple times.

    —Tawna on November 16, 2016
  • I was in a block exchange for Christmas gifts once. The blocks were so different from each other that it took me almost 20 years to come up with an idea to put them together. Now it’s one of my favorite snuggle quilts and I always think of the friends who made the blocks when I use it.

    Emmie Seaman on November 16, 2016
  • The Divas are amazing quilters and amazing women. I’d love to have these fabrics as I’m wanting to make one of the Log Cabin patterns.

    —Rhonda Weddle on November 16, 2016
  • I have no experience with block exchanges. How do they work?

    —Vicki Krausz on November 16, 2016
  • The first block exchange didn’t go well. I had to redo several blocks and it’s still sitting in a box waiting to be assembled.

    Since then, I participated in 2 exchanges with my bee and the quilts from that exchange were breath taking. I agree that you need to choose people with like sewing skills and be specific as Carol explained in her answer to the question about starting a new exchange.

    It would be exciting to win the fabric and/or the book so I’ll be waiting for someone to contact me with the good news. 😉

    —MaryAnn Rainey on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange – it would be fun!

    —Lee on November 16, 2016
  • Been in a block exchange before…love the fabric…

    —nel fraker on November 16, 2016
  • What gorgeous quilts and in my favorite 19c repros! I’ve participated in a block exchange just once. It was fun to participate in but I admit the quilt top is still awaiting quilting many (many!) years later.

    Vivian on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange, could be interesting. This new fabric line is beautiful!

    —Christine Tracy on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve only done a few block exchanges. I enjoy creating something that will be treasured by the owner and joined with other blocks.

    —Susan Stanton on November 16, 2016
  • I did a block swap just once over 15 years ago with some wonderful ladies in an internet group. We all stitched bright chickens on black background. They looked fantastic! But since my children have grown now, I prefer traditional colours and patterns. I just love reproduction 1800s quilts so much!

    —Linda Bullard on November 16, 2016
  • I LOVE FABRIC………I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING IT FOR YEARS.
    I USE ALOT OF IT. YOUR GIVEAWAY LOOKS GREAT AND IM SURE I COULD USE IT.

    —BETTY JOHANSSON on November 16, 2016
  • Now that I am retired and have more time, I would enjoy being part of a block exchange! Never have. We live in our cabin, in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin. Perfect place for quilting beautiful fabrics and reading beautiful quilt books! Thank you for sharing this beautiful fabric and book! Would love to add to my stash and quilting books.

    —Ginger LaMotte on November 16, 2016
  • I am in a block exchange right now with the local Quilt Guild in my area. The blocks are all red and white blocks. We will each assemble the blocks that we win and create quilts to display in time for Canada’s 150th birthday! (July 1st, 2017)

    —Marg on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been a part of a block exchange. This sounds like a great way to get some blocks to be creative in creating a quilt.

    —Nancy Harvey on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges-
    These quilts are beautiful! I love the fabric and would love to have the book.

    —Donna G on November 16, 2016
  • Love love love your book. I’m a novice quilter but like the exchange idea. Will bring these ideas to my quilting buddies. Thanks for the article.

    —Nikki on November 16, 2016
  • I have been involved in four Christmas block exchanges in past years. This year we just finished patriotic blocks. We had to sign up for the exchange by Primary election day, and turn in finished blocks on November 8th election day.

    —Candy Gawne on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange group before. Love these patterns and fabrics

    —Laurie Quick on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but I think it sounds interesting. Maybe in the future.

    —Etta on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in one — and I still have the blocks in a nice neat pile — need to work on an idea to put them together.

    —Carol Vickers on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges. Sounds intriguing. How do you start one?

    Hi Carrie, there are lots of different ways to start a block exchange, both in person and online. The Divas have shared their tried-and-true ideas for starting a block exchange in their book – hope that helps! –Jenny

    —Carrie ciak on November 16, 2016
  • I took part in a 9-patch batik block exchange 6 years ago in an on-line quilt group I belonged to. You got back the same amount of blocks you sent in. It was my first time and a wonderful experience. When I committed, I did not know that I would be having chemo at that time. I spent most of my time in bed from all the side affects I was having. I managed to make 6 blocks so that’s what I got back. I added solid blocks and sashing so with a border, I have sandwiched a decent quilt that I will use for a charity quilt when I get around to quilting it. Too many other commitments…..

    —Roz Agulnik on November 16, 2016
  • Sometimes I think I would like to be in a block exchange but I’ve heard horror stories of inaccurate piecing and cheap fabric selections. Maybe I should give it a try tho and see for myself.

    Anne Bryson on November 16, 2016
  • I have done Yahoo Group exchanges & have been very pleased! Would love to be part of a reproduction swap group! This book looks like a "must have"!

    —Mary Ellen Allenbaugh on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange but it sounds interesting.

    —Allison Evrard on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange as I am a self taught quilter and never think that what I do is quite good enough. I think it would be fun to try though.

    —Regina DeCapite on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange .

    —peg on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. One of the Yahoo groups I am part of started one a short time ago, but I had trips planned so I wasn’t able to participate. I would love to in the future.

    —Susan on November 16, 2016
  • I am in a block exchange right now! I love getting blocks with fabrics I wouldn’t normally choose…it stretches me!

    —Irene Chandler on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve participated in three block exchanges in the past. I loved it.

    —Linda Webster on November 16, 2016
  • The only block exchange I have been in is half square triangles and we all used triangle paper so size was not a problem.

    —Maureen Klebe on November 16, 2016
  • I love the book and the fabrics. It would mean so much to win something as beautiful as these I have never won anything before and my life is just a mess after getting sick and my husband walking out on me and telling me I died according to him. So much for 30yrs together

    —Jenny Roth on November 16, 2016
  • I belong to so many mini-groups. I want to get started in Roseville, CA. Where do I begin?

    —Fran Claassens on November 16, 2016
  • I have been quilting for over 50 years and have never participated in a block exchange, sounds like fun. thanks for the giveaway.

    —Janet Crossman on November 16, 2016
  • I love block swaps, love friendships that
    develop from them! Interesting when all the
    block patterns are the same but look so different
    with various fabrics.

    —Laura on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges. I’ve never done one, but I’m intrigued.

    —Christine M on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange group! How sad for me..I would LOVE to be in one! Not sure I could
    handle starting one myself, so I will definitely have to look for one or two to join. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Laurie Hackett on November 16, 2016
  • Já troquei papel ingles 10 anos já.Gostaria de fazer de novo,obrigada!

    Translation: I have already done English paper for 10 years already. I would like to do it again, thank you!

    —Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in an exchange, but it sounds like so much fun! What a neat way to end up with a scrappy quilt! Beautiful book!

    —Snoodles on November 16, 2016
  • I enjoy Betsy’s patterns and fabrics. Looks like a great book!

    —Beverly Macbeth on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to the block exchange idea–sounds like it can be a fun and result in a creative quilt in the end….

    —Joni Giancola on November 16, 2016
  • I have done exchanges in the past. I have admired the divas quilts for years. Hated I missed their display in Houston this year.

    —Donna on November 16, 2016
  • Have not done so as of yet. Hope to do so with a group that uses non electric sewing machines.

    —Maria Goetz on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges in the past, but not recently. They are fun to do as long as there are set rules that are followed.

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges. I’m too much of a control freak. There were blocks that weren’t the right size

    —Patty on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange but I would love to do one… I make sure I get in my quilting room after work everyday because it relaxes me..I would love to exchange blocks with others but I don’t know where to go

    Sandy on November 16, 2016
  • I’m fairly new to quilting, but I’d like to try a block exchange. I love seeing how people view colors and patterns differently than I do.

    —Peggy on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never had the pleasure of being in a block exchange

    —Lisa D on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done several block exchanges. Very nice experience especially if you like scrappy quilts. Congratulations and Blessings to Betsy and Carol–both were my first quilt making teachers. And, I have several friends in the Patchwork Divas Group. Congratulations and Blessings to all!!!

    —Papetra Zeno Morgan on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges.

    —Rosemary Gregoire on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but it sounds like fun. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    —Bonnie on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in one, but it looks like it would be lots of fun. The fabrics are gorgeous and would make any quilt come to life. The book looks wonderful and I would love to make several of the quilts. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity.

    —Holly on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a quilt block exchange before- but it sounds fun! These blocks would make someone be in anticipation of the finished project. Love this book of reproduction fabrics and quilt blocks.

    carol on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participayed in a. Lock exchange, but I would like to do one.

    —Jean Greene on November 16, 2016
  • I have done several block exchanges over the years. They are a lot of fun – and a great opportunity to learn something new. ENJOY!

    —Leslie on November 16, 2016
  • I have only participated in a few exchanges. They were fun and interesting and I would like to try more.

    —Cindy F on November 16, 2016
  • I have not participated in a Block Exchange but I am interested.

    —Regina Harris on November 16, 2016
  • Beautiful quilts and yummy fabrics! I’ve been in a block exchange with a former quilt guild. We all did Christmas blocks and the quilt I put together from the exchange is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. I’ll always treasure it and my quilting friends.

    —Janet Meeks on November 16, 2016
  • I was in a block exchange once and the blocks varied alot in size so I had to add varying widths of framing to get them to the same size.

    —Kaye M. on November 16, 2016
  • Having been quilting for only 4 years, I’m anxious to do something new. A block swap should be an interesting experience.

    —Donna G on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. I can see the importance of the rules – like colors, fabrics, scant 1/4″ or not; dates due; I think I would be so anxious if my blocks were "good enough."

    —carol on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve made quilts with groups, eg. round robins but never an actual block exchange. Would love to try one. And these quilts and fabric are beautiful!!!

    Jody M on November 16, 2016
  • I did a block exchange that was with only one other person. We’d picked out fabrics together, divided them, & each made twelve blocks (two of each). My friend designed a neat center block for the twin size quilt that had our hand prints appliqued on it. It would be super fun to do something with a bigger group 😊

    —Paula Rooyakkers on November 16, 2016
  • Please, that’s all.😍

    —Lynne garver on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve decided sewing blocks for myself is a more fulfilling use of my time than a block exchange.

    —Tesuque on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to Block Exchanges. Interesting reading from the Divas.

    —Diantha Howard on November 16, 2016
  • Fabric is gorgeous!!!! Love it! 😍❤️

    —Cindy Hicken on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange and fear it is not for me. I like to finish a top within a month or so, and think I could not wait until others finished their blocks. But I sure love the quilts in this book.

    —stephane woodward on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve done blocks exchanges with sweet friends. Not I think of them each time I see the quilt!!❤️

    —Mary on November 16, 2016
  • What a beautiful giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win such an amazing prize. I’ve never been in a quilt exchange. They do sound like fun though.

    —Karan C on November 16, 2016
  • I haven’t participated in a block exchange. I sounds like fun and I would consider it in the future.

    —Darla Zimmer on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been part of a block exchange but it sounds like it would be fun.

    —Kelli Marshall on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in many block exchanges! Lots of fun!

    —Ali on November 16, 2016
  • Never have exchanged blocks- not in a quilting group- not sure that my quality is up to snuff, but would love to read your book 😉

    —Karen Palmer on November 16, 2016
  • The fabric is beautiful. The quilts are gorgeous. It might be fun to do them in modern fabrics, too.

    Sharon Nungester on November 16, 2016
  • I’d love to be in a block exchange group as I’ve never participated in one before!! Sounds like fun!!

    —Michele on November 16, 2016
  • I have been involved in several block exchanges. We usually set a color we like. Such as I like blue so everyone made a blue basket block for me. Another exchange everyone followed the color scheme of brown and greens except for one. She did it purple. I will have to use it on the back. Love block exchanges

    —Barbara lotthammer on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up? This sounds fun and exciting.

    —Stella Altman on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in one – sounds like fun!

    —Terri on November 16, 2016
  • Our 2 local Guilds do a Block swap together each year. The idea I like best about it is that it has different groups to sign up for, according to your level of experience. This works really well for Newcommers that want to participate. As a group we also decide on the different themes and catagories. We have a set date we all get together, exchange blocks, enjoy refreshments, fun for all!

    —Barbara H. on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. I am a care giver and never get out much. This book and fabric is full of inspiration!!!! What a wonderful gift to win!

    —Kathy M Boice on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve not participated in a block exchange.

    —Zella on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block excahnges. 🙂

    —Tracey Pullum on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. I really love the antique look of many of these quilts.

    —Mandy Laseter on November 16, 2016
  • These colours are amazing .. as a newbie quilter I would probably sit and look at them for a long time before I could trust myself to curt them!! The photos are beautiful!

    —Nancy Verdin on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange so I’m new to it.

    —Diana Salmon on November 16, 2016
  • I hav never been on a block exchange.

    —Karen on November 16, 2016
  • I have not been involved with a block exchange. I do love your website and would be honoured to receive the Moda Fabric bundle and the book on Patchwork Divas Treasury of Quilts.

    Thank you for considering me

    —Paula Weir on November 16, 2016
  • I did a block exchange once.

    —Sallie on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve new to block exchanges…sounds like a great way to meet and learn from other quilters. 🙂

    —Rose D. on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before and enjoyed them. Nice way to connect with friends who live miles away.

    —Patti on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up? I would like to try one at some point. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilts and for the chance to win.

    —Marilyn Snow on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange but I’d love to do one! I’ve seen on social media sites a few different block exchanges but have no idea how one would take part in that. I love the idea, though. I’d really love to do one in old traditional/reproduction blocks and fabric. I find myself drawn to them.

    —Christy Johnson on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but have heard there are usually some problems with block dimension variations. However, always willing to give it a try!

    —Stephanie Kluk on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange but have had "block envy" at many quilt retreats when I watch fellow retreaters play with the blocks they have received from their exchange. I would love the opportunity to be part of a block exchange. Maybe I’ll start one!

    —Donna Schalge on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange group and do not know how to find one to participate in. Being homebound with an incurable illness, I cannot get out to quilt club meetings but would love to try a simple block exchange one day.

    —Carol Ann on November 16, 2016
  • No, i’ve not exchanged blocks….a little too intimidating!

    Deb on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been involved in a block exchange before. Sounds like fun

    —Rebecca on November 16, 2016
  • Love these quilts!! Just retired and am now getting ready to sew on a daily basis. I would love to win this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Karen Warloe on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to Block exchanges…where do I sign up

    —chris z on November 16, 2016
  • I think a block exchange would be fun. I have done a round robin but not a block exchange.

    —Dana Womack on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange but it does sound interesting

    —mary johnson on November 16, 2016
  • What beautiful fabric. I would love to make a quilt with it

    —Joan jarrett on November 16, 2016
  • I love block swaps and have met some amazing people in them…. but you have to be prepared for a few lemons here and there … then use them up as you can … life is full so live it! Love the books and quilts!

    —Tonie Peterson on November 16, 2016
  • I have not been in a quilt block exchange, but have participated in a two-person quilt which presents some of the same challenges.

    —B J Kinney on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in several. All the Divas advice is spot on–thanks for the chance to win!

    Barbara Black on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but would love to try it. Where can I sign up? Especially if it involves blocks from the book which looks fantastic!!

    —Stefnie Hatch on November 16, 2016
  • Had a wonderful experience with a 6 person row quilt exchange this past summer.

    —Marietta Herinckx on November 16, 2016
  • I have not head about block exchanges. It might be challenging to make them into a quilt.

    —Pat on November 16, 2016
  • The new fabric from Moda is beautiful.

    —Megan Fick on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange. I’ve never been involved with a guild. I’ve watched the online exchanges but haven’t participated.

    —Susan K Quilts on November 16, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange and only just heard of them. Cool!

    —KATHIE on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange before. It sounds like fun!! I am drooling over the quilts from this book. Gorgeous!!

    —Janet T on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but have wanted to try one.

    —Nancy Hutchinson on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in only one block exchange. The directions were very well written & very easy to follow. Make a 9 patch from civil war era fabric. Do not use bright colors & have a dark square in the center! We were attending a quilt retreat & excited to see our exchange blocks. In my bag were 50 of the 9 patch blocks with 23 to be made of poor quality fabric, & some bright colors. I’d love to do more, one bad experience ! With fabric like this, it would be a treat to do! Love to QUILT!

    Armeta Lister on November 16, 2016
  • I did a block exchange the year I turned 50 and was able to put together a beautiful quilt in time for my birthday. It was fun but challenging.

    —Pam V. on November 16, 2016
  • I never been in a quilt exchange I would like to try one.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

    —Elizabeth Olson on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve enjoyed time with block exchanges before. I have a few unfinished treasures as a result.

    —Sharon on November 16, 2016
  • I orgazined a block swap – learned a lot – look forward to more exchanges. I’m a huge fan if the Patchwork Divas – thank you for publishing their book!

    —Saroja on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchange groups before – they’re fun! Thanks for the chance to win the fabric and book! Both look great!

    —Karen N on November 16, 2016
  • My paper piecing group has done a block exchange for several years. I like doing the exchange, but doing the same block over and over again to make one for everyone in the group gets a little old. This year we each picked a particular color or focal fabric to use in the paper pieced hearts we are doing. I just hope the fabrics I choose for the other 13 ladies in the group will go with the other blocks they receive from the exchange. I am looking forward to see what the blocks I receive look like.

    —Pamela Hendrick on November 16, 2016
  • Love the colors of the fabric. Would make a wonderful throw. I shave made baby quilts and would love to make a throw for me

    Marty Artz on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange and I expect it to be fun. I am involved in to many projects to keep up. I have made several antique quilts but that collection of fabrics has my eye on a new projects. Yes?

    Althea Klosterman on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve been in a few block exchanges years ago, but have friends constantly exchanging blocks, strips, squares, or quarters. I’ve also been in a version of block exchanges… that is we all make a block and one is drawn out to receive them all. I won one! It was a pieced tulip. Had problems with them being not all the prescribed size, so they’re still in a UFO drawer.

    —Marianne in TN on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. It would be fun to try with a simple block pattern. Thanks for posting the interview and offering the giveaway.

    Nancy on November 16, 2016
  • The quilts are beautiful. I’ve tried block exchanges but seems like everyone’s skill level is so different it just hasn’t worked for me.

    —Chris on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, but they sound like fun!

    —Cynthia M on November 16, 2016
  • Love the blog, and the book. Espcially the vintage patterns. And love that fabric bundle. Have the perfect quilt in mind.

    Kim carron on November 16, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges!

    —Linda Fleming on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange sounds like it would be fun to do. This is a great choice of fabric colors that would make some wonderful blocks. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    —Sharon Cirillo on November 16, 2016
  • I absolutely fell in love with the Sunburst quilt bordered by flying geese that is pictured above. How I would love to incorporate these gorgeous fabrics! This book looks like it’s loaded with stunning patterns. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Mary Cooke-Jones on November 16, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange.

    —Lou Wotzke on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve only gotten to do a block exchange one time so far and I love my finished quilt!

    —Linda Valentino on November 16, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange. I have had a mother-in law who die quilts the old-fashioned way with cardboard templates. and old wooden quilt frames. My grandmother started the art league in Cedar Key,Florida and did scrappy quilts. I started messing in quilting about 10 years ago but lost a husband and gained a husband so put it aside. I am now back into it and helping my sister also I am not great but I am trying. I am almost finished with the Starry Night quilt that can be found at Fairfield world blog. And thinking about doing THe peace and healing quilt from Piecing from the past free 35 weeks. 6″ blocks. So any materials and books would be lovely. I checked out to library patrons sewing and quilting books for 20 years and now I get to do some of my own. Thanks for listening.

    —Pamela Powers on November 16, 2016
  • I was involved in a few exchanges but found I didnt have a lot of time for it. One was a birthday block exchange with 25 people.

    —Debby Ritchie on November 16, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. I would love to!

    —Pam S on November 16, 2016
  • I would love to try a block exchange. I won a set of blocks at my guild several years ago and this reminds me I should put them together.

    —Lee T on November 16, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchange in both the quilt guilds I belong to. Block exchange can be a lot of fun.

    —Denise Campbell on November 16, 2016
  • I do swaps of anything but never exchange of blocks 🙂 it should be fun to sign up for this type of swap.

    —Zuzana on November 16, 2016
  • I have been in a number of block exchanges before and they are really fun. The types of fabrics to be used was identified in each exchange and sometimes even the specific quilt being made with the blocks. It was so exciting to see what each person put together. The Divas create such beautiful quilts and it is difficult to pick only one to make first.

    —Patty E. on November 16, 2016
  • I am new to Block exchanges. But I am also new to my area and after 1 year have not found many quilters or groups.

    —ELIZAJANE on November 17, 2016
  • I have been in a group before and it is great fun and quite exciting but you need to choose the block carefully. Everyone works slightly differently and with different tools and so the sizes of the blocks may not be exactly the same. Depending on the block this can be worked around, but the exercise is worth doing for all its faults.

    —Sue Wege on November 17, 2016
  • I have never participated in a Block Exchange before and would love to join in one. It sounds so fun.

    Sandra on November 17, 2016
  • I received a block requesting me to send a number of blocks out, all in shades of purple. Somehow or other this was intended to multiply by people sending blocks to the top name/names on my list. Can’t remember exactly how it was supposed to work, it was a long time ago. The theory was I would then receive a number of blocks back to make a small quilt. I didn’t receive one block back. A great disappointment, sad use of my fabrics and time and expensive on postage stamps. Love the book and fabrics. The book will be on my Christmas wish list, beautiful.

    —Dawn Batty on November 17, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

    —Fernanda Watts on November 17, 2016
  • I was in a block a month exchange once when we did a theme each year. It was with thirties fabrics. I won the blocks one month in maple leaf pattern.

    —Karen M. on November 17, 2016
  • I have never been in a quilt block exchange. It does sound like alot of fun.

    —Sandra Edelmaier on November 17, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange. I think it would be fun to try to participate in one.

    —Lillian Keslar on November 17, 2016
  • I’m new to quilting and have never done a block exchange.

    —Barbara on November 17, 2016
  • I have been in material exchanges but never a block one before. The book looks interesting.

    —Pat Z on November 17, 2016
  • I’m new, sounds exciting!

    —Debbie on November 17, 2016
  • I have been in a couple block exchanges. They are fun to do but can be challenging to set in the end. I have loved and cherished the quilts I have made from these exchanges. I know I will Love this new book! Thank you.

    —Debbie M on November 17, 2016
  • I participated in an exchange a few years ago. Received interesting combinations which I have used in more than one project.

    —Diane Yager on November 17, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchanges through my guild. I love the traditional quilts and Betsy Chutchian is a favorite of mine.

    —Renie M on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never done an exchange. This book looks amazing. I love learning the history and back stories of traditional quilt blocks. Thanks grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

    —Linda Williamson on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but I love reproduction fabrics and traditional patterns.I would love to win this collection.

    Myra Gutzwiler on November 17, 2016
  • These blocks are amazing. I’ve never been part of an exchange, it looks like fun. I would love to try a log cabin quilt in these beautiful fabrics !!

    Maureen on November 17, 2016
  • Love the color combinations and patterns. Drooling!

    —Sandy on November 17, 2016
  • Love the colors. Drooling

    —Sandy Raphael on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve done block exchanges in the past.
    Looks like great fabric and a wonderful book.
    Thanks.

    Sandra on November 17, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange, it sounds like fun.

    Carolyn Sweetman on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve participated in a block exchange. Great fun to receive blocks from others.

    —Beth B on November 17, 2016
  • I never did a block exchange. It takes me about an hour to get to quilt shops. None real close to me. Book looks exciting.

    —Sharon B on November 17, 2016
  • I’m in a crazy quilt block exchange now. I’ve done Ba altimore exchange in the past. I love reproduction fabrics and historical info about quilting. Thanks!

    —Debra on November 17, 2016
  • Never tried it. Would need to learn more about the specifics.

    —Marcia P. on November 17, 2016
  • Haven’t ever been involved in a block exchange.

    —AS on November 17, 2016
  • I Have never been in a block exchange, but I might be interested in giving it a try. I will look into it further! Thanks for the opportunity to win a lovely prize.

    —Mim on November 17, 2016
  • I have ordered several books from Martingale and found them all to be fabulous. The people are extremely helpful. Moda Fabrics are my favorite and are always beautiful. Hope I win!!

    —Chris Day on November 17, 2016
  • Only been in one block exchange group, it fizzled after month 4. I did finish all mine tho and turned the blocks I received into "kennel quilts" for rescue dogs.

    —Diane B on November 17, 2016
  • How often can we enter this give away? I read some of the other posts and got a great idea about googling for an exchange group. Thanks

    Sounds fun, Becky! Only one entry per person for the giveaway, but if you’d like to leave one comment here asking people to join you online somewhere, feel free to post! –Jenny

    —Becky DuBose on November 17, 2016
  • I have done one before, maybe will again.

    —Linda on November 17, 2016
  • Love your fabric and enjoyed your blog😀

    —Barbara Boyles on November 17, 2016
  • Love this beautiful new book. Would be fun to try a block exchange

    —Lois Capper on November 17, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges

    —Carole on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges in my quilt guild before.

    —Susan on November 17, 2016
  • The book and quilts are beautiful! I have never been in a block exchange group. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I would love, love, to win!

    —Marsha on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but my guild does them regularly. I like the idea, but am a little hesitant because of my lack of skills.

    —Lynda Chiotti on November 17, 2016
  • • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

    Deb Graczyk on November 17, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, I do think it sounds like fun.

    —Judy on November 17, 2016
  • I haven’t done a block exchange but my guild has block challenge each month. It looks like a great book to have.

    —Margaret Andolshek on November 17, 2016
  • I believe this is a fabulous collection of vintage blocks and quilts
    The fabrics would be a lovely selection of warm and cuddly designs
    reminiscent of days gone by.

    —Diane Goonan-Smith on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never been in one, but it might be fun.

    —Moki48 on November 17, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange, would love to receive a copy of your book.
    Sandy

    —Sandy on November 17, 2016
  • never been in a Block Exchange group but it sounds like fun! Where do I sign up? …and I can’t wait to get my "Diva" book!

    —Katherine Schaffer on November 17, 2016
  • So limited. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t make it myself if I had to!

    —Patricia Hersl on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange but they sound fun.

    —NancyB on November 17, 2016
  • I have never been involved in a block exchange, but I am very curious as to how it works. I would love to have your book as well as the fabric. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

    —Tina M on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. They sound very interesting. I may have to initiate one in my area. I would love to have a copy of your "Diva" book!

    —Vicki on November 17, 2016
  • Have never been in a block exchange…what can I do about that?

    —Melanie on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve done group quilts, and the best one was a paper pieced one, since we all ended up with exactly the same size blocks – everyone brought in fabrics in the agreed upon colors and we divided up the work, some cutting, some sewing, some pressing. We made several fund raiser quilts that way. I’ve also done some exchanges via a guild I used to belong to, but often the results were disappointing, so I’d love to try again.

    Mimi Kriele on November 17, 2016
  • The best thing is to know the skill level of the people that you exchange with. If you don’t you will get a variety in the size of the blocks.

    Donna Hendricks on November 17, 2016
  • This book looks awesome! I am new to block exchanges – where do I sign up. Thanks!

    —Delaine on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but would be open to it.

    —Kathleen W on November 17, 2016
  • Have been in many block exchanges and round robins, I love them! They bring forth the presence of all the makers into your final quilt and that is so special. One of the most exciting was an international Dear Jane block swap organised over the Internet… SO much fun!!!😁

    —Kirsten on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve not participated in a block exchange but would like to give it a try.

    —Diana O. on November 17, 2016
  • I have never heard of a block exchange but it sounds like fun. I have done several block of the month quilts. I would love to win a copy of your "Diva" book.

    —Karyn MacKell on November 17, 2016
  • I have been in swaps before it was great fun especially the Christmas ones. What a lot of work people put into their blocks but then we are doing what we love!

    —marty on November 17, 2016
  • Have not done an exchange nut have heard from others how hard it is to have consistency is finished product. Looking forward to reading your book!

    —Kathleen Guldberg on November 17, 2016
  • Yes I have been I several block exchanges and the final results are always so wonderful!

    —Diana Wylie on November 17, 2016
  • I live in a small place and I suppose to be the only one who quilts – no chance for a block exchanges but I would be very glad to could do it!

    —Joanna on November 17, 2016
  • I have done many block exchanges and have a couple of beautiful quilts as a result. Also have 4-5 UFO’s as a result. My experience has been that it is a lot of fun to do and look forward to finishing my UFO’S. Oh, for more time in a day……

    —Gretchen on November 17, 2016
  • I used to do block exchanges when QuiltXchange was an active group, but I haven’t done one for several years. If my locak quild did one, I’d be interested however.

    —Michele on November 17, 2016
  • I have never been part of a block exchange. I would love to try one. Pick me to win….it’s my birthday week.

    —Kim Leachman on November 17, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. Can’t wait to read your book

    —Tammy on November 17, 2016
  • I am a member of an internet quilting group. With so many of us internationally we have our monitor/ head quilter share choices that get voted on. The majority win and an exchange is started. I really enjoyed the ones I in which I have participated. While there are many I make a square for, there are also many who submit a square. I give us lots of variety for our quilt. Love it!

    —Elizabeth Stone on November 17, 2016
  • I’d like to try one, but now is not the time.

    —Andrew Kosmowski on November 17, 2016
  • I was in a block exchange many years ago, started by a local quilt shop. After reading your tips I can see why it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. I ended up making a few table runners with the blocks I received. Although the blocks were pretty, they didn’t all work well together and some were different sizes – just enough off to make joining a little difficult. Although many of my friends are ‘crafty’ I am the only one that leans towards quilting. I do hope to try a block exchange again sometime.

    —Lynn Darcy on November 17, 2016
  • I would love to be in a block swap and plan on starting one next year. Several of my quilting buddies have belonged in the past and it’s neat to see all the different blocks!

    —Gail Lockhart on November 17, 2016
  • Our quilting group had a similar exchange a few years ago – but it kind of fizzled out. One member’s name was drawn – they had a pattern picked out – everyone else made a block & gave it to her. The next month someone else’s name would be drawn. Etc Etc. The plan was that eventually everyone would get a quilt made by ALL the members. But members gradually quit taking part – it’s not everyone’s cup of tea! But the first few members got very lovely quilts, They chose the pattern and the colour range, and then put all the blocks together.

    —JanG on November 17, 2016
  • I also have been in several block exchanges and have loved every one of them. Meet lots of people and how they construct the piecing process. Would enter into an block exchange again or even an fabric exchange to add to my stash.

    —Angie on November 17, 2016
  • I have participated in 3 swaps with an on-line group with quilters from the US, Canada and even someone from New Zealand. Everyone mailed their blocks to one host location. Loved the results

    —Sharon C on November 17, 2016
  • Never did a block exchange but did do a fabric exchange on a monthly basis with a quilt guild once. Still haven’t done anything with it!

    —Theresa Powers on November 17, 2016
  • I am doing my first block exchange with my quilting group.
    Traditional blocks are a favorite.

    Joyce on November 17, 2016
  • I work with a very talented group of women. We have discussed a block exchange.

    —Linda Thurber on November 17, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange! Sounds like fun! Point of No Return by Diva Carol Staehle is outstanding!

    —Nicole Sender on November 17, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange but would love to try. The quilts are beautiful! Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    —Alesha K on November 17, 2016
  • I’ve been looking for an exchange gruop in my region since long time, unfortunatelly there is nothig…

    —Margaret on November 18, 2016
  • I would like to! But there is no exchange gropu in place I live.

    —Joanna on November 18, 2016
  • I have taken part in several block exchanges. It is a wonderful way to start new friendship with sewing buddies around the world.

    Dorothy Ramage on November 18, 2016
  • Never been in a block exchange but it sounds interesting.

    —Lesa L on November 18, 2016
  • I have never been in an exchange and it sounds like a fun thing to do!!!

    —Fireside Quilter on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but sounds like fun!

    —NancyB from Many LA on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges…where do I sign up?! I also love vintage quilts! Thanks for a chance to win the fabric and book!

    —April J on November 18, 2016
  • I haven’t been in a block exchange, but I do collect unwanted blocks from other quilters in my bees or guilds and use them in Child Protective Service quilts or other projects.

    —Rosalie on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange but I’m still new to quilting.

    —Dee Beck on November 18, 2016
  • I would love to try a block exchange. Sounds very interesting.

    —Elaine on November 18, 2016
  • I have not done a block exchange. I’m not in any organized quilting group.

    —Kathy on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before. I’ve participated in 2 block exchange groups. One was a good experience and one was not. Its hard to get blocks from others that do not meet my standards. It sometimes makes it so hard to put it all together. I was in one Round Robin, years ago. There was a section in my quilt that I did not like. I ripped it out and replaced that section and love the quilt now. I had someone tell me, ‘you can’t do that’. Well, its my quilt and I can and I did and love the quilt now.

    —Donna McTague on November 18, 2016
  • I have not done block exchanges. Not sure they are for me.

    —Joan on November 18, 2016
  • I have organized several passaround quilt projects with 15-20 sewing friends. It seems like there is always one or two that need help with their sewing skills. What a great opportunity to share and encourage a fellow sewer to perfect those skills.

    —Mary Smith on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never taken part in a block exchange but am willing to try.

    —Linda Haan on November 18, 2016
  • I used to do block exchanges but haven’t for the past few years. It’s interesting what you get in exchange – some fabrics that are ugly look great in these exchanges.

    —Paula Hammer on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never been part of a block exchange, but it sounds like fun!

    —Mary on November 18, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange before.

    —rachel on November 18, 2016
  • I was in a nine patch exchange in 2015. Have designed a layout and working on putting it together.

    —Louise Mease on November 18, 2016
  • I’m in a block exchange right now with gals from around the world. Love them!

    Moira McSpadden on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

    —beth dalton on November 18, 2016
  • I have not had the experience of doing a block exchange before. I know several people that do ones thru the mail and have had good luck.
    Might just have to give it a try.

    Kandy Krieser on November 18, 2016
  • I am a new quilter so I did not know that block exchanges existed. I am going to go on the internet and find out more about them in my area. Thanks for the information and for the giveaway

    —Virginia Bronner on November 18, 2016
  • i’ve always loved log cabins – this one with the dark and light is fantastic!

    —Diane Beaudoin on November 18, 2016
  • Our quilt club exchanged blocks a couple times. I have a beautiful Christmas quilt and a civil war era churn dash/monkey wrench quilt. But we haven’t exchanged blocks in a few years.

    —Judy B on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve been in several exchanges and love the variety. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    —Evie H on November 18, 2016
  • NOT A huge fan of block exchanges …but am currently doing a round robin that is very exciting.

    —jenny on November 18, 2016
  • I have been in many block exchanges over the years. I rarely do them now because I have had more bad experiences than good. Some people either waited to the last minute, didn’t bother to read the rules and follow them or just don’t take care with their sewing skills for work being given to others.

    —Debbie Miller on November 18, 2016
  • The only block exchange I have ever done was with 2 quilting friends in other states and we agreed to each make a friendship runner. We each chose one of the fabrics and one of the blocks to make.
    I would love this beautiful bundle to make a quilt for my bed. My bedroom walls are yellow and this would go so nicely!!

    —Nancy on November 18, 2016
  • I have never been part of a block exchange.

    —Sheila on November 18, 2016
  • I have never been in an exchange but have seen some very interesting blocks shown on one of the blogs that I follow. It looks like fun. I think I will have to try it after I get the three quilts with deadlines done.

    —Nancy Angerer on November 18, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange, but feel that I have the skills now to participate. I love antique quilts and have passed the quilts my mom and grandmother made down to the next generation.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on November 18, 2016
  • I participate in a block of the month activity with my quilt guild, where one lucky person wins all the blocks for that month. But I’ve never done a real block exchange before, and that sounds like fun!

    Lissa Mayer on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but would be very interested in participating (it would have to be starting in February 2017 because I have my whole house torn up right now in remodeling).

    —Marcia on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges, they do sound fun!

    —Renee Welton on November 18, 2016
  • Never participated in a block exchange. Maybe one day!

    —Gail on November 18, 2016
  • I have never participated in an block exchange. It sounds interesting to me. I would give it a try. You don’t know until you try if it is a fit.

    Tonia L. Conner on November 18, 2016
  • I have never had the opportunity to be in a block exchange, but I do participate in Block Lotto and have won blocks a few times. It is fun to see how different people (from all over the world!) interpret the block requirements , and they are some of my favorite quilts. This book and the fabrics are gorgeous – thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kathleen T on November 18, 2016
  • i’m not in a group so have never done block exchange but sure looks like fun

    —linda on November 18, 2016
  • I’m a newbie at block exchanges, looking for more information!

    —Carol K on November 18, 2016
  • I have participated in several block exchanges and enjoyed them.

    —Tac on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve been is several block exchanges- with local quilting friends. As others have said, getting consistent sizes is always a challenge. I recently worked with blocks that were supposed to be 12.5″ unfinished. What I received were as small as 10.5″ and as large as 13″. I think my friends need some lessons. Also one block was layed out a different way from the instructions. She said she wanted to try something different. Sigh…
    But I still like block exchanges and will continue to do them on occasion, knowing the pitfalls.

    —Marcia on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—this book looks wonderful!

    —Sally Bean on November 18, 2016
  • I’m interested in the idea of a block exchange. I have no idea how to join or start one. Sure sounds like fun. I could use the fabric I WIN for the blocks in an exchange 🙂

    —Mary Ellen Perry on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

    —Sandy on November 18, 2016
  • I have not done a block exchange, but we did a row robin last year at guild. The only problem was the varying levels of experience and craftsmanship, some didn’t know (or care) about their work, yes I know I am picky.

    —carol n on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges before. Some have been good, others have been a nightmare. I have several quilts that I’ve made from block exchanges.

    —Martha Johnson on November 18, 2016
  • I have been in several block exchanges. i am always pleased with the different blocks I receive.

    —Marilyn on November 18, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange, but definitely am open minded about them!

    —Tammy Maki on November 18, 2016
  • I have never done a block exchange.

    —Linda Christianson on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges and would like more information. Maybe I should start one at our guild?

    —Tarnia on November 18, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. What a beautiful book and fabric!

    —Caryn Goulden on November 18, 2016
  • Loving the block exchanges I’ve participated in~~makes a great variety to work with.

    Becky on November 18, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges but it sounds like fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Gloria Cotten on November 18, 2016
  • I have never done block exchanges. I have had bad experiences with "exchanges" of all kinds in the past. I usually buy a nice gift and get junk in return. My rule…never do an exchange!

    —Nancy Magee on November 18, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange, although I have read about them and they look like fun.

    —Deborah B. on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done block exchanges. I’m just not organized enough

    —Joanne Roberts on November 18, 2016
  • What a fun book, full of great information!

    —Kathy G on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges. Where do I sign up? This has always sounded fun to me!

    —Roseanne on November 18, 2016
  • I live in a very small town and don’t even know of any other quilters here so not part of any kind of group. I would enjoy a monthly meeting for sharing but probably not gonna happen. This book looks wonderful. I would love to have it. And the fabric bundle. They really do inspire me! Thanks for the chance to win them.

    —Helen on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, but would love to try with those beautiful fabrics!

    —Bea on November 18, 2016
  • I have not been in a block exchange.

    —Cindy S on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange before. Might be something fun to try.

    —Pearl on November 18, 2016
  • I’ll have to research block exchanges … sounds interesting, though! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    —bookboxer on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve done a couple of very small-scale exchanges with local groups. Love the fabrics and the book. These ladies are so inspiring.

    —Nancy Atkinson on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new at block exchanges but it looks great. I love the book .. my favorite chapter would be the log cabins.

    —Mary on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange, but sharing similar likes and time period of quilts would be such fun. I love antique blocks and would so enjoy making the quilts in this book.

    Paula Hedges on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve done many exchange groups. Fun results and makes you step out of your box sometimes.

    —Carina Z on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges before but not this year.I have enjoyed them and they have pushed me to try new patterns and techniques. Thanks.

    —Mom C on November 18, 2016
  • I participated in one years ago. I would like to try it again-it was interesting.

    Debby on November 18, 2016
  • I have not done block exchanges.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. The book and fabric look wonderful!

    —Michelle on November 18, 2016
  • I keep trying to get my small quilt group to do a block exchange, but can’t get them to try it! I would love ideas for how to do this and hopefully can talk my quilting buddies into what sounds like a lot of fun!

    —Patty on November 18, 2016
  • I’m in a block exchange group now. We only exchange one block a year, as we’re all busy with other things too, but the exchanges are always fun.

    —Barbara K on November 18, 2016
  • I have been a part of numerous block exchanges and am currently in one. Love getting blocks from my friends near and far. What a fun way to remember the special people in my life.

    —Cindy on November 18, 2016
  • Not sure we have these in the UK: sounds like a good idea though! Thanks for the chance to win that beautiful fabric.

    —Suzanne on November 18, 2016
  • I have participated in block exchanges with a small group and with my large guild. I found the small group had more consistency in the quality of the blocks and the fabrics.

    —Pat on November 18, 2016
  • I have been a couple of block swaps. I really love seeing the wide variety of fabric you get back. There are unfortunately a few people who don’t use quality fabric or haven’t used a true quarter inch seam, but for the most part the majority of blocks are beautiful. Well worth the few blocks I have to rework or put on the back of the quilt.

    The quilts are beautiful in the book! I am very much a traditionalist. Absolutely love the "classics"!

    —Pam C on November 18, 2016
  • I have been in many block exchanges and I love them. It’s so much for to see the variety of fabrics and to remember the friends who made the blocks. Make a label and have everyone sign it.

    —Elizabeth Teerlink on November 18, 2016
  • While I’ve done Layer Cake exchanges and fat quarter exchanges, I have never done a block exchange. It sounds interesting but not sure I could get enough people up for it. (insert pout here)

    —Nancy Eriksen on November 18, 2016
  • Ive done block exchanges in my quilt quild and talk about so fun. Everyone should do at least one

    —Rebecca on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges–where do I sign up? And I’m new to quilting–everyone else seems to have way more time than I do, but I sure like to dream and hope for time to quilt!

    —Linda M on November 18, 2016
  • I have done other group things but not a block exchange. It would be fun!

    —Sharla on November 18, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges. It sounds like a great deal of fun.

    —Linda Cejnar on November 18, 2016
  • I was in a block exchange when I was a new quilter about 25 years ago. I found it very stressful. I may try it again.

    —CheriB on November 18, 2016
  • I have never participated in a block exchange, but it does sound like fun. I’ve no idea how to get started. I can check it out on-line, but then there is the question of – "Is one better to join then another?" I love antique quilts and have several that I purchased on eBay. The quilts in the book are beautiful.

    —Dianne H. on November 18, 2016
  • I have done the block exchange before but not really sure it is my thing. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea Yarolim on November 18, 2016
  • Haven’t had the opportunity for block exchanges. Maybe I should start a group as it sounds like fun.

    —Linda on November 18, 2016
  • Never done a block exchange, but this book and those fabrics certainly inspire me to give it a try, and soon!

    —Mary C. on November 18, 2016
  • I’m in one right now! In fact, I’m always in one. I like block exchanges. I love every single quilt you showed on this post. Thank you for sharing them, and thanks for the chance to win the fabric and the book, too. That looks like a wonderful book, just right for me!

    Susan on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. I would like to find one that is a good place to start. Love reproduction fabrics.

    —Judith on November 18, 2016
  • Wonderful quilts, beautiful fabrics and exchanges are fun.

    —Kris on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never been in block exchange before, maybe now is the time to start one!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —maureen on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange.But I’m screaming with desire for some of your patterns!!!!!

    —madeline wallace on November 18, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges, it’s tough to make them fit together. Rather make my own blocks.

    —Susanne Frailey on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve been in exchange groups before and they are fun.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges.

    —Kris B on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up? Thanks and God bless!

    Rose Santuci-Sofranko on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange. I’ve thought about it, but never been brave enough.

    Joy P on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges.

    —Renee G on November 18, 2016
  • I have done a fabric exchange before but not a block exchange. The book looks wonderful! Log cabin chapter would be my favorite.

    —Julie on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve only done 1 block exchange, but would be interested in trying one in the near future. Love to see other peoples color and pattern choices!

    —Deborah Fields on November 18, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges and love them.

    —Ida Tendam on November 18, 2016
  • I’ve never done a block exchange. Sounds fun.

    —Cindy Kahrs on November 18, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges. It sounds like it might be fun.

    —Karen Hootman on November 18, 2016
  • I was in one block exchange and it resulted in one of my favorite quilts.

    —Beth T. on November 18, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before. In fact, that is how each quilt was made for all 10 of our members. Accuracy is key to having a successful exchange!

    —Linda Towers on November 19, 2016
  • I have done many fabric exchanges but never a block exchange. It sounds fun.

    —Nan Hohenstein on November 19, 2016
  • I have done them. They are fun and interesting to see what others do.

    —nancy in IN on November 19, 2016
  • Haven’t participated in a block exchange, but it could be a neat challenge. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —JLouise on November 19, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange before, the experience of meeting and/or corresponding with new people would be great! Love anything vintage quilts etc.

    —Heather Beckett on November 19, 2016
  • Never been in a block exchange.

    —AS on November 19, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange and am just starting one now – I’m excited and a little nervous!

    —patricia ludwiczak on November 19, 2016
  • I have not yet done a block swap, but have signed up for one that starts in 2017! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kimberly Smith on November 19, 2016
  • As a novice quilter, I’m very insecure about my sewing skills; having said that, my friend accepted one of my attempts at curved sewing to include in her quilt. It was not bad, looking at my block among her other ones. Thanks for the opportunity. Lovely book!

    —Carmen Rowan on November 19, 2016
  • I have only been in one block exchange and it did not turn out good. The ladies did not follow the rules and the blocks came out different sizes and did not look good together. I would like to experience a good block exchange where the rules are followed

    —Susie coates on November 19, 2016
  • I participated at a round robin and loved it : is that the same thing?

    —Marina on November 19, 2016
  • I have never been in a block exchange group because I am still learning and am not good enough to exchangre blocks yet. I hope to in the future
    gandn74@ymail.com

    —Nancy Hilderbrand on November 19, 2016
  • I have been in a block exchange through my quilt guild a few times and also once at my local quilt store. This fabric is lovely and the diva quilt book has some lovely projects which I’d love to start on! Thanks!

    —Marie Eddins on November 19, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange before but would like to try. This bundle would be a great way to try it!

    —Cathy Wilson on November 19, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchange groups before.
    That book looks great…beautiful quilts + photography = inspiration!
    Even if I don’t win, I’ll have to buy the book.

    —Celine K. on November 19, 2016
  • The last time I was in a block exchange was 15 years ago. It seems there is always one person who doesn’t follow the rules. 😃

    —shellie on November 19, 2016
  • I’ve never been in a block exchange, when I joined my local guild, they had just done one and haven’t done it again since (almost 2 year)…I will have to talk it up, maybe by offering this book as a prize…and see if they’ll do it again??!!

    —Jade on November 20, 2016
  • Since I am new to quilting, I have never done a block exchange. Not sure anyone would want my wonky blocks.

    —Laurie lit on November 20, 2016
  • I’ve never participated in a block exchange, but think it would be a lot of fun. However I’ve heard good & bad about exchanges from members of my guild. Maybe the key is keeping the group small and people you know?

    —Lynne on November 20, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges, but would love to learn more about them.

    —Debbie Hawn on November 20, 2016
  • I am not in a block exchange but it certainly looks like a lot of fun. The book looks amazing and gosh…I LOVE MODA fabrics!

    —Sharon on November 20, 2016
  • I’ve not ever been in a block exchange, but it looks like a fun activity!

    —Janet L. on November 20, 2016
  • I love all kind of swaps! I just finished a mug rug swap, now I’m in a secret santa swap.So much fun!

    —Regina Herbster on November 20, 2016
  • Oh I love block exchanges!

    —Regina Herbster on November 20, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up? 🙂

    Susana Jiménez on November 20, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up?

    Sounds like fun!!

    —Annette J. on November 21, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges—where do I sign up? It sounds great fun. I am making a quilt with a friend and I like the social aspect of sewing together, but an exchange could be best of all worlds. 🙂

    —sue on November 21, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before and they have been fun.

    —Nancy N on November 21, 2016
  • I have only been in exchange groups a couple of times. But, I think it is time to do some more.

    —Donna W on November 21, 2016
  • I do them from time to time if I like the block.

    —Caroline Rohrer on November 21, 2016
  • I’ve been in scrap exchanges, but never in a block exchange. I think it sounds like fun!

    —Cindy Lyons on November 21, 2016
  • I have been in block exchanges before. Always helps to know who is in the group though. They can be so fun, and it is great to see everyone’s take on the same block.

    —Karen B. on November 21, 2016
  • I have been in a block exchange before.. loved the concept, however not every quilter sews with a perfect quarter inch seam (including me) and their blocks do not necessarily come out to the required size (mine were 1/16 of an inch off.. I felt so bad, almost dropped out).

    In the future, I will only do an exchange among my quilt group friends, whose work I know..and trust to be accurate.

    —Darrell on November 21, 2016
  • I’ve been in block exchanges, it’s so much easier when the group is local. The mail is expensive now and sometimes people don’t follow through. I will continue to participate though I love them, so neat to have all the creative people sharing with each other.

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    —Karen Propes on November 21, 2016
  • I’m in a block exchange now – some members go back 20 + years. Very fun.

    —Susie on November 22, 2016
  • It’s been a while and don’t want to do anymore.

    —Amy Whitney on November 22, 2016
  • I have not done a block exchange, but thinking about it!

    —Marian Allen on November 22, 2016
  • Wish I knew enough people who quilted:( Sounds like it would be a blast.

    —Mary Stephens on November 22, 2016
  • I’m new to block exchanges but its a great idea.

    —lydia reading on November 22, 2016
  • I am new to block exchanges but would love to try! Would love to have this book 🙂

    —Nancy Garabrandt on November 23, 2016

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