Saturday, March 29, 2014


Welcome to our 10th swap! I’m soooo excited to see how far we have gotten in just a little over one year! To celebrate, we are “doubling” up our swap—a total of FOUR themes you can play in.

Just to add a bit of fun, we will be having interesting games, contests and prizes! Just a few items I will be giving away are hexagon books, fat quarters, quilting bags and a grand prize of a $50 Paper Pieces gift certificate! If a contest or game is on the point system, this will be tallied and you will get one ticket for each point put into a bag to pull the grand prize, so the more you play, the more tickets you win and you better your chances are to win! I’ll also keep your point standing updated on the hexie blog post so you will know how you and others are doing towards the grand prize. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone J

As a thank you for all our past swappers, you will earn one ticket for each past swap you have participated in (swaps 1-9). I’m pleased to honor Patv82 for a perfect score of 9! As our swap continues, I will post games for you to play to earn tickets or a prize. It will be very important to check out the hexie blog on a regular basis (if not daily!) to take advantage of these events. You never know when I will post a new challenge J If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

**NOTE: The prize photo and winner’s name will be posted to the blog, but not mailed out until after the swap is complete. To be fair to all, this will keep anyone from joining in, winning a prize, but not ending up sending in their swap. Prizes are for those who participate from the start to the finish of the swap. If a prize winner drops out of the swap or doesn’t fulfill their commitment, the prize will be awarded to the runner up.

**SIGN UP BY APRIL 18, 2014 (30 swapper limit!)—SWAP IN DUE IN MY HANDS NO LATER THAN MAY 31, 2014** (Note: Due to overwhelming response, I extended the in-house date by two weeks).

>>We welcome International swappers<<

This swap will have FOUR separate themes (join one, two, three or all of them!)


*Tone on tone (TOT)

*Fall colors

*TRUE B & W prints

In collaboration with the great ladies at (see their contact information at the end of this post), we will offer you the opportunity to join our 10th swap with other quilters and save 20% not only on your precut shapes of English paper pieces, but for all other merchandise on their website! Please note this discount doesn’t include the shipping charges. They offer an extensive collection of hexagon books to spark your interest and I especially recommend “Piecing It All Together” and “English Paper Piecing”.

The code number will be emailed to you once you officially sign up at with your full real name, HGTV board name (if you are a not a member, see link at end of post. You do not need to be a member to play), address and phone number and the swap(s) themes you be joining. Paperpieces will do their best to get your shipment out ASAP so you will have plenty of time to work on your sets! I will do my best not to send you back any duplicates.

This a fantastic bring-along project while waiting in the doctor’s office, sporting events, watching TV, etc. The hexies just about make themselves! Check   for lots of motivation, books and patterns!

Be sure to check out the blog and please feel free to send along pictures to share with others of your progress.


Below you will find what seems like a copy of “War and Peace”, but I run my swaps with open communication so there are no surprises and complete consistency from all swappers. Follow the guidelines? Great! Don’t follow the guidelines? Your swap will be returned. I need to be fair to all swappers who play. And I know what you are thinking and yes, I am a type A personality!

We will be swapping 1” hexagons (Paperpieces item # HEX100). Please note that these measure 1” on each side. Each “set” will be of six of the same fabric with the papers left inside. This will allow you to make the outside edges of a flower and use your own center fabric to bring consistency to your finished project. Please do not use any glue to hold down the paper piece on the fabric. You will be sewing through the paper and be sure to check the blog for the details. See the tutorial on how to make hexies for this swap on the blog under favorites.

Check out the right side of the hexie blog for photos of suitable fabrics for the above themes. Remember, you can only send in a maximum of ten sets (60 hexies) of the same print. And no, you cannot duplicate or use the same fabric for another theme (such a sending in a fall print and also including it into the Stashbusters theme).

> TONE ON TONE (TOT) is just that--the same color family with various shades or tones of the same color.*NO other colors are allowed in the print.

>TRUE Black and white/white on black prints—just that—only black and white! No grey, ecru, off white, cream or any other color allowed! You might find it helpful to put your questionable white prints over a piece of computer paper to determine a clean white color.

>Fall colors-think eggplants, deep greens, burnt oranges, golds, rich browns, deep reds, maroons and wines. NO Halloween or Thanksgiving novelty prints allowed.

>Stashbusters-use the guidelines below for selecting fabrics.

*PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING TO THE SWAP OR CUTTING YOUR FABRICS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK!* As always, if you send in hexies using fabrics not allowed in the swap, they will be returned.

*Use only 100% cotton fabric.

*NO solids, homespun, glitter, batiks, novelty prints—this includes holiday prints and children prints, flannels, thin or plastic-feeling fabrics. Please do not send in any WOW (white on white), COC (cream on cream), etc. They really don’t make a colorful flower. Just remember we want each flower to stand out--not become a wallflower in your finished project!

*NO large prints—be sure your fabrics selected are to the 1” hexagon scale! Leave your open background and large prints for other projects—use smaller prints that fill in your hexie!  If you have a question on a fabric, please do not hesitate to contact me at  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ALSO PLACE A 1” HEXAGON PAPER ON THE QUESTIONABLE PRINT SO I CAN SEE THE SCALE.

*Be sure when cutting directional fabrics they do not end up looking off-bias or wonky once the hexagon flowers is put together.

*Be sure to REMOVE your selvedges (and pin marks) BEFORE cutting your fabrics. Check fabric for flaws, such as runs or stains. Since the sets will be stacked and tacked by a thread, I will not be able to double check your work. Remember the golden rule of swapping—do not send anything in that you wouldn’t want to receive in return.

Our players (we have a maximum of 30 swappers):


1.  Patv82 (9)
2.  SewFun2 (8)
3.  Patimcf-new swapper!

4.   KC_1930
5.  Susan R-new swapper!
6.  Kathy H. (1)
7.  Chris M.  (5)

8.  Mary M.( 1)

9.  Lilly14  (5)

10. Melody M.  (7)

11. Connie D.  (1)

12.  Wippy58  (4)

13.  Jennifer L.  (2)

14.  Robin L-new swapper!
*Tone on Tone (TOT) prints:

1.    Ruth50  (4)
2.   Patv82  (9)

3.  SewFun2  (8)
4.  Patimcf-new swapper! 

5.  KC_1930

6.  Kathy H. (1)

7.  Chris M.  (5)

8.  Emily P.  (4)

9.  Lilly14  (5)

10. Connie D.  (1)

11. Chatwell18  (2)

12.  Wippy58  (4)

13.  Patti V-new swapper!  (9)

*TRUE black and white/white on black prints:

1.  Patv82  (9)  
2.  SewFun2  (8)

3.  Patimcf-new swapper!
4.  KC_1930

5.  Kathy H. (1)

6.  Mirka (5)  Mirka is from the Czech Republic

7.  Darleenm (2)

8.  Melinda F.  (5)

9.  Melody M.  (7)

10. Coccinelle (1)  Christelle is from France

11. Connie D.  (1)

12.  Goofyquilter (1)

13.  Wippy58  (4)

14.  Patti V-new swapper!  (9)

*Fall color prints:

1.  Ruth50  (4)
2.  Patv82  (9)

3.  SewFun2  (8)
4.  Patimcf-new swapper!

5.  Kathy H. (1)

6.  Mirka (5)  Mirka is from the Czech Republic

7.  KatznQuilter  (5)

8.  Melody M.  (7)

9.  Connie D.  (1)

10.  Wippy58  (4)

11.  KC_1930

12.  Goofyquilter  (1)

13.  Tracy H-new swapper!

*PLEASE SHIP IN PLENTY OF TIME AS ANY LATE PACKAGES WILL BE RETURNED BACK TO YOU UNSWAPPED AT YOUR EXPENSE!* I will be sending out a “gentle reminder” notice two weeks before the swap is due. THIS WILL BE strictly INFORCED! If shipping parcel post, plan on two week shipping time. For international shipments, please plan on at least three weeks to arrive in time to swap out.

If you wish to be a member of the HGTV Quilting boards, click on the HGTV registration link on right side of the blog page (or at the bottom of this post). After you sign up (this is free!), you can join us on the “Quilting & Needlework” board. Any problems, just contact me. I will have a running discussion there if you want to communicate and share with the other swappers. Again, it is not necessary—just duplicate information on the blog.

While I advocate using Paperpieces papers (#HEX100), you can also take lightweight card stock and cut your own. You cannot use regular computer paper or cardboard for this swap as they are subsequently too light and too heavy ensure a sharp point when turning corners and will be returned! If you do use your own inserts, be sure they are consistent while cutting. I will be doing a spot check to be sure they are not too small or too large and that once you sew down the corners they are not pulling up the tips. Check out the blog for a tutorial as to how we would like the hexies made. Please do not use any glue or adhesive to hold down the hexie paper to the fabric. Please use a straight stitch, not a whip stitch for easy paper removal.

Your swap guidelines on how to make of the hexagons will be posted on the blog. Please DRY press your hexagons when finished. Be careful NOT to use steam if using printed inserts as the dyes may come off on the fabrics! Yes, we will be sewing through the paper, but as you see in the tutorial, it will be easy to remove the papers for reuse once you sew your hexagons together and remove the basting stitch.

As mentioned before, each set will be six-1” finished hexagons of the SAME print with a knotted basting stitched (PLEASE USE THE SMALLEST NEEDLE POSSIBLE TO AVOID HOLES!) down the middle and back up to the top to hold each set together (with papers left inside each piece). You can only send in 10 sets of the SAME print! (Total of 60 hexagons of the SAME print) to ensure a nice variety of prints. I found cutting 2 ½” strips of fabric and sub cutting them into 2 ½” squares work PERFECT for this project.

NOTE: I know life sometimes throws you curve balls, but it has happened that people get excited and want to play, only to wait two months later when the swap is due in a day or so to say they didn't have time. By that time you should have already been ready to mail the package. That leaves me hanging to replace your swap with my stash and totally unfair IF you know you cannot make the deadline to begin with. I give you ample notice so you have plenty of time to make an informed decision. Also, another player may liked to play in your place. Be honest with me up front, or a repeat offender might not be able to play in the future The success of this swap depends on your ability follow through your commitment to our group of players. Thank you for your understanding!

By all of us being honest and accountable, I'm sure we will have a great 2014 swapping year! I really do enjoy hostessing and want to continue to enjoy it, so by coming up front with any issues is not really a complaint, but a way to correct it so my frustration level (and blood pressure!) stays at an even keel. Probably the MOST important thing I can say about a successful swap is the high level of communication between all parties. Without that, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Be prepared for me to contact you several times during the swap for an update on your progress and invite pictures of your hexies to share with other swappers!

**I’m allergic to pet dander and scents, so please do what you can to control the fur. Some packages come in with so much pet hair that they look like they need to be brushed! For health reasons, I cannot handle them and they will be returned untouched at YOUR expense. My health depends on it and I thank you in advance for your understanding.

PACKING YOUR SHIPMENT-We found that using dollar store sandwich Ziploc bags package nine sets nicely and make it easier to swap out. If you “burp” the air out of the baggies before you seal them they pretty much stay in place during shipping. Also, please ID each baggie with your name and state so that the other swappers can know where their hexies come from! Some swappers like to use those address labels they get in the mail. You can put all your separated themes in a larger Ziploc bag with your HGTV board name (if you have one!), real name and address, phone number and number of sets in the main bag AND a separate piece of paper with your mailing address in case the package is damaged in shipment so the post office can still return it to you.

>>Please see packaging guidelines on the blog post>>

POSTAGE or POSTAGE money must be included in your package. Be sure to add a stamp or two to your stamped envelopes if not going priority mail flat rate boxes. They also seem to weigh more returning than coming in! If you are a frequent swapper, you can also send in $20 or so and I can keep it on “account” and deduct your postage from it. This was worked nicely with some swappers in the past and that way you don’t have to worry about sending in money each time. Once the swap is complete, I will PM you your postage balance on account for your records. If you wish your extra postage money returned, I can certainly do that also (minus the stamp money for return postage).

If you wish to include a self-addressed mailer for the return trip back to you, remember NO metered postage or ACP postage on the return mailer. Stamps only. Our post office will not allow more than a 13 oz. pre-stamped mailer in any mailboxes nor can mail carriers accept them (since 9/11 our East coast mail guidelines have been modified). While your local p.o. may say it is okay to use metered or ACP postage, our p.o. will NOT accept anything that has been pre-dated. I’m just trying to make it as easy as possible for all concerned. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

For Priority mail packages, I have plenty of mailing envelopes and boxes here so there is no need to send a new one. I do, however, try to recycle the boxes if possible. IF YOU ARE SENDING YOUR SWAP IN A MANILLA ENVELOPE OR PADDED MAILER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SEND IN A RETURN ENVELOPE. Remember, I am not responsible for the packages once they are mailed back to you.

>>NOTE: Some of your local post offices allow you to pack a flat rate envelope or legal size envelope to the bulging point, but mine won’t accept them as they are intended for FLAT items only. So, if you can get away with it on your end-fine-just be aware they may not be returned the same way.

Paper Pieces:

 (Use the search box to find the HEX100)

Call toll free in the US: 1-800-337-1537

Hexagon Swap blog:  (Check out the helpful links on the right side of the page)

HGTV Registration: (Once you sign up, go to the “Quilting & Needlework” Message Board)   (follow the instructions to set up a free account)

 ***My NEW HGTV board name is KC_1930**

Friday, March 28, 2014

Official 10th Hexie Swap Posting March 29th

Can you believe it? It’s our 10th hexie swap! We are pulling out all the stops to make this one you will remember.
Don’t forget our great gals at Paper Pieces will give us a 20% discount for all items they carry (this discount doesn’t apply to shipping charges).

“Double Up” is the theme of this swap—we will have FOUR themes instead of the usual two. Based on the poll votes, the top four will be selected. Play one, two, three or all four! The official sign-up will go up on the hexagon blog tomorrow on Saturday, March 29th
>>The sign up ends on April 18th or after we hit the 30 swapper maximum, so sign up early! The swap in due in my hands no later than May 31th.  You may also note that due to popular demand, I have moved out the original May 17th in-house date two weeks to give those who are participating in the 9th swap extra time.

To make this swap special, we will have games and contests to win items such as hexagon books, fat quarters, sewing bags and win points towards the drawing of a $50.00 Paper Pieces gift certificate!
If you have participated in past swaps, you will get one point for each swap. Additionally, any points earned during the swap will be tallied and one ticket for each point will be put into a drawing for the gift certificate. Play in our other games for prizes! It will be important for you to check the blog often (if not every day!) as you never know when a new game will start!

>>NOTE: The prize photo and winner’s name will be posted to the blog, but not mailed out until after the swap is completed. To be fair to all, this will keep anyone from joining in, winning a prize, but not ending up sending in their swap. *Prizes are for those who participate from start to finish*
Want to play? Email me at with your full name, address, phone number and what themes you want to play. I will forward you the welcome guidelines and special discount code.

Questions? Please email me at the address above and I will get back to you.
I hope you can join us and learn about fellow swappers!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Suitable Red & White Prints

Yes, I know, we haven't selected our four themes for the 10th swap yet, but I was putting away some new fabrics and decided to pull my red & white prints that are suitable for the 1" hexie swap and take a couple of photos.

Red and white--that's it--NO other color--no cream, off white, ecru or any additional colors other than red and white. Here are some photos with 1" hexies so you can see the nice tight prints with little open background:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Swappers Shares Photos

A new swapper, Connie D., shares her current project--a very scrappy 3/4" GFG.

The finished quilt below is what she is using for inspiration for this project. This is a perfect example of a EPP project for those of you who participated in our brights, small floral or tone on tone (TOT) swaps!

The third photo is also from a new swapper, Susan R. Don't you love those yummy fabrics?

Please share with us what you are working on or any past projects in paper piecing. We all need a little "eye candy" during these last few days of winter. Thanks Connie and Susan!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Poll for the 10th Hexie Swap

Isn’t this exciting? Our 10th swap! We are going to do this a little differently—it’s double the fun! Instead of only two themes, we are having FOUR J

You can play one, two, three or all four. The more you play, the more chances to win prizes (more on that when the official sign ups begin) ;) ;)

In lieu of a poll, you can email me your FOUR top theme selections to

I’ll keep you up on the latest tallies so you can see how your favorite themes are doing.

The poll will stay up until March 28th; official sign ups begin on the 29th and ends on April 18th. The swap is due in my hands no later than May 17th.

Guidelines would be the same as the previous swaps, but always feel free to contact me if you have any questions on fabrics.

Vote for: (running total of votes are listed to the right of the theme)

*Stashbusters prints (like in the past nine swaps)-11

*TRUE 1930's repros-no children’s novelties-5

*TRUE 1930’s repros-only children’s novelties-1

*TRUE Civil War repros-2

*Batiks (must prewash your fabrics for this theme, please)-3

*TOT (tone on tone)-7

*TRUE black and white prints-7

*Spring colors (pastel colors)-2

*Summer colors (bright colors of summer flowers)-1

*Fall colors (deep reds, maroon, dark oranges, golds, browns, etc.)-7

*Winter colors (white and blues)-4

*TRUE red, white and blue prints-2

*BRIGHT prints-2

*Small floral prints-6

*Children's novelty prints-1

 *Novelty prints-not children’s-1


*Neutrals (black, cream or white)-1

*Red and white prints-5

Friday, March 7, 2014

Can you believe it--our 10th swap!

Yes, the big 1-0 is coming up! I want to make this special, so be looking for an upcoming post with all the spectacular details!
If you swapped with us in the past, but not lately, this is one you will want to join in. Never swapped with us? Perfect time to play! "Double" is the theme of this swap, so be ready for chances to earn chances for great prizes!
So, stay tuned for more details, the swap poll and sign up. Remember, you can't win if you don't play! :)