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Stitch n Swap Book GiveawaySo excited. Jake Finch, co-founder of Generation Q Magazine, has compiled a new book, Stitch ‘n Swap. It’s not out yet, but soon; the publication date is June 1, 2014. The subtitle says it all, 25 Handmade Projects to Sew, Give and Receive. Jake and Melissa explain in the March-April issue of Generation Q:

 The 25 projects we collected are generally fast to make, allow for lots of creative expression and all are useful to the recipient.

I’m going to give away a copy to a lucky Craft Gossip reader. All you need to do to get a chance to win is make a comment telling me about your last swapping experience. If you don’t swap, why not?

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Contest ends May 11th, 10 PM CST. Good luck everyone!

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120 Comments so far

  1. mary g on April 24, 2014 10:43 am

    The last swap I participated in was for 5 inch quilt blocks. It was an abc swap. Each person had a letter of the alphabet and we each picked something that began with that letter. A for apples, b for berries, etc. I am currently signed up for a swap and am busy picking out random fabrics for it.

  2. Karmen Burke on April 24, 2014 10:48 am

    This sounds like a great idea! I have never heard about this but I am going to mention this at our sewing group! Can’t wait to see this book!!

  3. Lisa M. on April 24, 2014 10:58 am

    My last swap didn’t go so well. I sent out my package but never received one back and then couldn’t get hold of my swap partner again. I hope she’s still alive.

  4. Regina on April 24, 2014 11:07 am

    I haven’t swapped finished projects in many years -I’ve done fabric swaps (red and white – yummy) and a bag swap about 5 years ago (got a GORGEOUS turtle tote – love it!) Right now I don’t sign up because of deadlines.

  5. Rachel on April 24, 2014 11:14 am

    I did an international quilt block swap in Dec13. Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

    I have the most wonderful quilt to show for it! :)

  6. Shelley on April 24, 2014 11:37 am

    Have not swapped in awhile, mainly due to time constraints. I used to participate in swaps for fabric and floss but had a few bad experiences with folks that signed up but then flaked out. I believe that swaps are better moderated now and so I’d love to try it again!

  7. Anita Spears on April 24, 2014 11:40 am

    I would love to participate in a swap! I’ve just never been in the right place at the right time!

  8. Errin Frank on April 24, 2014 12:48 pm

    I’ve swapped some homemade dress up clothes. They are so much fun to make!

  9. Stephanie on April 24, 2014 12:57 pm

    Well I am a member of sew swap it on FB and we swap all the time. Last one I did was Valentines. I got the cutest kitchen towel. I have done tree skirts, totes, table runners. I have also done the doll swap on flicker. Thanks for the chance.

  10. Michelle Taylor on April 24, 2014 1:11 pm

    I never have participated in a swap. Mostly because all the swaps I have ever seen are for quilting, and I am not a quilter. This looks like fun.

  11. Laina on April 24, 2014 1:38 pm

    Never heard of it till I just seen an add on facebook. It would be interesting to learn more since I am a crafter of sorts. Just need new ideas and would like to trade items for items of useable nature to want I am doing at the time.

  12. Penny Couzens on April 24, 2014 1:43 pm

    I swapped a metre of blue fabric with white waves on with a textile artist and received a ceramic heart with a butterfly on.

  13. Tracy sabo on April 24, 2014 1:45 pm

    I would love to swap! There is a Facebook site? Would love to join.

  14. Sherry V. on April 24, 2014 1:47 pm

    My last on-line swap was a while ago, through a group on Delphi. It was a swap where we made a quilt for another member of the group, and a different member of the group was making a quilt for us.

    I had participated in the same swap a couple of years in a row & it was great fun.

    My quilt guild is doing a Row Robin swap currently and I am involved in that as well.

  15. CINDY on April 24, 2014 2:00 pm

    My swaps have not been very goo… but am always ready to try again !!!

  16. virginia on April 24, 2014 2:21 pm

    Unfortunately there’s no swap in Brasil.
    I would love to try!

  17. Sue Hunt on April 24, 2014 2:58 pm

    I haven’t swapped but can’t think of any good reason not to :-)

  18. Honora on April 24, 2014 3:55 pm

    My family is full of artists. Not giving a handmade item is pretty much unforgivable. Every gift is a swap!

  19. Kelly Gardner on April 24, 2014 4:00 pm

    I have never been in a swap, I am very creative with sewing and needle felting and I would love to have this book.

  20. Rachel Howe on April 24, 2014 5:13 pm

    I swap toys all the time so my son gets variety and i swap craft knowledge too – i am teaching a friend to cross stitch and she is teaching me to crochet!

  21. Shirley on April 24, 2014 5:19 pm

    I am in charge of creating and holding swaps for a Facebook group I belong to… We are currently doing a tote bag swap. The last swap was a decorative pillow cover.

  22. Emily on April 24, 2014 5:35 pm

    I would like to start a swap with a few friends in my sewing group, I’ve been looking for some good ideas to start with. Hanks!

  23. Emily on April 24, 2014 5:36 pm

    I would like to start a swap with a few friends in my sewing group, I’ve been looking for some good ideas to start with. Thanks!

  24. Ellen Lai on April 24, 2014 6:26 pm

    I have swapped a lot of paper crafts from postcards to inchies, paper dolls to button fairies, fabric bookmarks to fabric books. Can’t stop swapping and I’m always looking it for interesting swaps.

  25. Debbie Kellogg on April 24, 2014 7:02 pm

    I have never participated in a swap. My quilt guild has done lotteries which I think are great. A decision is made on what type of quilt square and size. For each one you submit you get a raffle ticket. Last month was nine patch I pika dots. Great fun

  26. Reba on April 24, 2014 7:16 pm

    Ii am new to quilting so I have never been involved in a swap. I would so love little, fast projects. I have lots of friends and family that would e very happy with a little…or big…quilted gift.

  27. Danielle on April 24, 2014 8:17 pm

    I’ve never done a swap, but I do craft most gifts I give.

  28. Krissy Duley on April 24, 2014 10:12 pm

    The last swap I participated in was for preschool activity bags! Not exactly creative, but pretty fun.

  29. Stacey on April 24, 2014 10:18 pm

    I’ve never done a swap before but my family and friends are just getting back into crafting so we should have one soon would be wonderful to share this book with them.

  30. Pat V. on April 24, 2014 10:18 pm

    I’ve participated in several online swaps with only one negative experience. My guild does a monthly swap of 5-inch squares which is fun.

  31. lysa on April 24, 2014 11:42 pm

    my last swap was kind of a dud. I got a project that was done half nice, half rushed. The real bummer was knowing what it was *supposed* to look like, since I had seen the original on a blog I follow. oh well!

  32. mad14kt on April 25, 2014 1:23 am

    My last first swap was a horror story. The person didn’t do their part. I look forward to a successful one ;) Blessed are the Peacemakers :)

  33. Maria on April 25, 2014 3:02 am

    I did a swap once, but my swap partner never completed the exchange. I was sooooo disappointed! I’d be willing to try one more time before dismissing the idea totally though!

  34. Tessie on April 25, 2014 3:04 am

    The only thing that I have swapped are craft envelopes.

  35. Ann Miville on April 25, 2014 4:35 am

    Our knitting group swapped Christmas gifts last year. Using a computer program, I designed a cover, and adhered it to, a school composition theme book. It was well received and I had so many nice comments that I made each lady their own miniature version for the new year. Thanks for offering us such a nice book.

  36. Sharon on April 25, 2014 4:44 am

    I don’t generally swap. Why? Because I have stung EVERY time I joined a swap, or one of my good on-line friends has been stung. There is always one bad apple in every barrel even quilter barrels. So I no longer swap. It is tempting though.

  37. Louise Marie on April 25, 2014 6:15 am

    i have not done a swap before, but look forward to my first.

  38. Michelle Waldo on April 25, 2014 6:56 am

    What a cool concept! I’ve never heard of it before, but can’t wait to learn more with my FREE book :)

  39. Willferg on April 25, 2014 7:17 am

    I was part of a swap where we exchanged 10″ squares of white on whites and squares of something that made us think of spring. I received a bunch of cheery florals and a great assortment of different kind of WOW fabrics. It was fun!

  40. Gina S. on April 25, 2014 7:27 am

    Never done a swap. Most of the time i don’t have time to finish my stuff and don’t want to disappoint someone else.

  41. Cheri on April 25, 2014 8:27 am

    I have done 2 swaps recently. I quilt so I swapped 2.5×2.5 inch fabric squares! They all had to be different. I cut 900 sqs out of 100 different fabrics and swapped with 9 other ladies for same! A Postage Quilt is what the point is to make, but we can make whatever we want!

  42. superstitches on April 25, 2014 8:28 am

    I used to swap miniature stuffed animals and decorated matchboxes. What fun! I’ve gotten some great items.

  43. jane d on April 25, 2014 8:33 am

    Haven’t doe the “swap thing” yet, sounds like fun though!

  44. Linda Rumsey on April 25, 2014 8:43 am

    I haven’t swapped yet, but it sounds like fun, so I might give it a go!

  45. Anna on April 25, 2014 8:44 am

    I’ve never done a swap, per say, but I did receive a handmade purse for my birthday and gave a baby toy I sewed.

  46. Cindy F. on April 25, 2014 9:02 am

    I haven’t participated in a swap, but liked reading how others have done so. This is something I will bring up with my quilting buddies.

  47. Faith on April 25, 2014 9:20 am

    I have not swapped before because I always feel that the quality of my projects may not be up to par but maybe this book will give me some ideas and confidence!

  48. Christine B. on April 25, 2014 10:39 am

    I am SO hooked on swaps, both through our quilt guild and via snail mail! Lately I’ve been doing a lot of mail/postcard/fun stuff swaps, but my favorites were 12 Days of Christmas swaps where we sent the hostess 12 of each item and she mixed them up, sending each of us back 12 from other people. All the items were handmade: I made snowmen icicle doll ornaments and the gift I received that I liked the best was a little pin made from an upside down thimble with miniature fabric, batting, thread and scissors glued inside!

  49. JillB on April 25, 2014 11:40 am

    I have only participated in two fabric swaps…one was scraps and the other 5 inch squares for I Spy quilts. I have never done a completed block swap.

  50. Shari J. on April 25, 2014 11:50 am

    The last swap I participated in was for hand stitched book marks. I was very happy with the one I received. Before that it was for pincushions and the one I got was done from a tute I believe was first seen on Craft Gossip. Next month, the swap I am going to do is for needlework patterns that directly relate to our Mother Land and ethnic embroidery of our ancestors. Fun stuff. I could sure use this book!

  51. candy on April 25, 2014 11:52 am

    Looks like a very fun idea book. Thank you

  52. lyn lewis on April 25, 2014 12:24 pm

    The last things I swapped were ATC cards and before that I took part in a journal round robin.
    this book looks an interesting idea!

  53. Theresa on April 25, 2014 1:05 pm

    One swap I was in did not end well for me. I arranged a beaded bottle swap for my bead group. I got vaccine bottles from the vet, cleaned them out, mailed some to the members out of state. Beaded a gorgeous one and sent it to my partner. Never got one in return. First she said she had been too busy. Then she had been ill. But it was coming. And coming. And never came. Then she stopped answering all emails. Everyone in the group got a gorgeous bottle in return, except for me. That left me thinking, why should I swap again?

  54. Karey on April 25, 2014 1:13 pm

    I actually run a swap group. And everyone is fantasic and we have so much fun!!

  55. Alexis Abell on April 25, 2014 1:35 pm

    I love to swap with jewelry makers and a friend that makes homemade soaps. I usually make them satin pillowcases or something extra special!

  56. OHSue on April 25, 2014 7:37 pm

    I did a block swap with my quilt guild, I still have to make my scrappy flying geese blocks on black kona into a quilt for my son.

  57. Dorothy S. on April 25, 2014 8:28 pm

    Our quilting group swapped fabrics for a quilting project and the Christmas tree wallhangings turned out great.
    The book would be great to own.

  58. etta williams on April 26, 2014 3:34 am

    Where I used to work several years ago we did a swap project. It turned out beautiful. We were all asked to complete 2 8X10 blocks quilted or appliqued or embroidered or anything of our choice then turn them in. Our supervisor then mixed them up before sewing them together. They turned out great.

  59. Donna McGraw on April 26, 2014 5:33 am

    I’ve never done a swap as I am relatively new to quilting, but I may mention it at our next Quilt guild meeting :)

  60. Joanne Carpenter on April 26, 2014 9:17 am

    I haven’t swapped yet but I want to. So, I really need to win this book!

  61. Mary Rokisky on April 26, 2014 10:57 am

    My best friend and I swap hand made fabric flowers for hand made cards.

  62. Bea on April 26, 2014 10:38 pm

    I’ ve always wanted to trying swapping. It would be really fun to swap with someone for something awesome. :)

  63. Vanina on April 26, 2014 11:05 pm

    My friend and I swap a mosaic class for a hand sewn custom Frida Kahlo apron.

  64. linda on April 27, 2014 7:41 am

    i don’t belong to any groups but i think it wold be great fun

  65. kim on April 27, 2014 7:01 pm

    Havn’t done an official “swap” before, but we swap yarn at knitting club all the time!

  66. Angela on April 28, 2014 6:32 am

    No swaps for me…I am afraid of letting someone down if my life gets to hectic…I prefer to make things as gifts instead.

  67. Fred on April 29, 2014 11:54 pm

    I never have the occasion to do a swap, but I’d like to! Why not, I love to make gifts.

  68. Sara on April 30, 2014 5:16 am

    Never had the opportunity to do so but I think it’s a wonderful idea and would love to give it a whirl.

  69. Lawana Groth on May 2, 2014 11:18 am

    I have never done a swap but will look into it in the future. I am slow with my quilting.

  70. Trudy on May 3, 2014 6:20 am

    looks like a fun book :)

  71. Peggy dusenka on May 3, 2014 6:28 am

    Never thought do doing swap before. What a great idea!

  72. Carrie on May 3, 2014 6:35 am

    I’ve never done a swap. But sounds like a fun idea! Would love to win this book!

  73. Susan on May 3, 2014 6:41 am

    I do not know much about a swap, but I am interested in learning and participating.

  74. Betsy on May 3, 2014 6:47 am

    Sounds like a great idea. I have participated in several swaps ans even hosted one.

  75. Debbie on May 3, 2014 7:18 am

    I have not participated in a swap yet, but it sounds interesting. I try to make most of the gifts that I give.

  76. Jackie on May 3, 2014 8:22 am

    Perfect ideas for my get craft get togethers with my friends! Awesome idea!

  77. Tracey McLeod on May 3, 2014 8:30 am

    I’m part of a site that has so many swaps and groups for different interests. The last swap was stitching with papercraft and that was great fun, my partner was on my wavelength. I’m currently in several paper based swaps with a range of requirements. Really looking forward to the crafting with a book page one.

  78. Cindy S on May 3, 2014 8:36 am

    I swapped some fabric at a sewing meet. Everyone brought their ugliest fabric to trade and then we had to make something of it and bring it back for “Show and Tell”

  79. kate on May 3, 2014 8:43 am

    I haven’t swapped but sounds like a wonderful idea and would love to start one up!

  80. alejandra vitovich on May 3, 2014 9:10 am

    Hola la verdad que la ultima vez que intercambie fueron proyectos y me resulto muy lindo , lo hicimos a traves de dvds , espero poder participar !!! gracias

  81. Bill Gatton on May 3, 2014 9:16 am

    I have never been in a situation to swap but love making little items for gifts, etc. Would love to be in a swapping situation will look a little harder now. :)

  82. Heather Mentzer on May 3, 2014 9:29 am

    I participated in a pin cushion swap. I loved making the cushions but even better was seeing what all the participants made. The only bummer was a couple didn’t follow through. It wouldn’t deter me from doing it again.

  83. Helen K. on May 3, 2014 9:35 am

    I’ve never done a swap, I’d love to try one, but haven’t joined the right group, I guess. :-(

  84. Christine Bolin on May 3, 2014 9:55 am

    I’ve never done a swap. I guess I would like one if I ever tried. Sign me up.

  85. Miya on May 3, 2014 10:29 am

    Haven’t quilted yet but would love to start!! I just bought my first sewing machine last week; just have to start compiling fabric. I do sew, mostly to fix and mend.
    I would love to win this book to help me get started in a new hobby ??

  86. Rose S. on May 3, 2014 10:35 am

    I have never done one because I am a bit of a perfectionist and I worry my swap product would not be good enough. :-(

  87. Pat on May 3, 2014 10:40 am

    I’m new to piece quilting and would love to have this book to start my new journey in quilting. Thanks for sharing with us.

  88. Femi Roecker on May 3, 2014 10:53 am

    Haven’t done swaps because most people at the time were hand sewers and I was more of a machine person!

  89. christine on May 3, 2014 11:33 am

    I have never participated in a swap, but I think I would really enjoy swapping with someone! This book looks wonderful and I would really enjoy winning it! Thanks for the chance!

  90. Barbara on May 3, 2014 11:43 am

    I have not participated Ina swap but I think it would be fun to do.

  91. Karen in KS on May 3, 2014 12:02 pm

    It has been awhile since I swapped. My last one was a birthday knitting swap. I enjoy them but just haven’t done one lately

  92. mad14kt on May 3, 2014 12:45 pm

    YES!!! :)

  93. Claire C on May 3, 2014 1:49 pm

    Never heard of this before, I can not wait for the book to be released to understand it more as to how it works. It would be great to win it…

  94. Cindy Dahlgren on May 3, 2014 2:03 pm

    I’ve never done a swap before, because I wouldn’t know what to make. I would love to do one though.

  95. Jeri Niksich on May 3, 2014 2:22 pm

    I don’t swap yet, I am a beginner and I’m too far out to go to classes and on top of it I don’t drive due to back problems. But someday I’ll be good enough to swap via friends on quilting blogs

  96. Carly on May 3, 2014 2:25 pm

    I am quite new to this so am doing a lot of giving but no receiving yet! Looking forward to my first opportunity to swap! I would love this book so I may be able to get closer to swapping one day. Thanks :)

  97. Jacqueline VH on May 3, 2014 3:53 pm

    I used to do some swapping when I was pa\en-palling, but have never swapped a made-by-me item. Would love to win the mag!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  98. Kathi everett on May 3, 2014 4:08 pm

    I’ve done many a swap.
    Look forward to seeing this book in stores

  99. Connie on May 3, 2014 4:28 pm

    Last time I swapped I got way more than expected. It was machine embroidery.

  100. Judy Cornell on May 3, 2014 4:46 pm

    I don’t swap because since my disability I really don’t have many people around.

  101. Wendy on May 3, 2014 7:04 pm

    I’ve never done any kind of swap, but this would be something that would be cool to do for our church to pull the younger and the older people together – give them some ideas, then let them run with it. I’m quite a bit younger than most of the other people that normally organize things there, and I’m always looking for new ideas!

  102. Debra Kay Neiman on May 3, 2014 7:49 pm

    Did three pin cushion swaps – lots of fun. Finishing a mug rug swap with a lady in Australia now. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  103. MPaula on May 3, 2014 10:02 pm

    I loved reading the other comments. I had no idea there were so many types of swaps going on. Back beyond the time of the internet, I was involved with a group of quilters. We had a swap of fabric blocks. I don’t remember what I made but one woman made a water-colour quilt that made me weak in the knees.

  104. MelodyJ on May 3, 2014 11:40 pm

    I’ve never done a swap. But I would like to do a Craftster swap someday.

  105. Janis Altman on May 4, 2014 1:02 am

    I have several crafting across the US and I think it would be fun to swap with them. Putting the swap date and crafters name on the item would make them extra special.

  106. Janis Altman on May 4, 2014 1:05 am

    I have several crafting friends across the US and I think it would be fun to swap with them. Putting the swap date and crafters name on the item would make them extra special.

  107. ginny d on May 4, 2014 4:21 am

    I have never heard of swapping…id like to learn and show my mom!

  108. leslie on May 4, 2014 4:41 am

    just started swapping a few months ago and quilters are the best swappers! thanks for the inspiration!

  109. Nancy Gonzalez on May 4, 2014 6:33 am

    Never done a swap but would definitely go for it!

  110. Dennis Mullins Sr on May 4, 2014 7:05 am

    Hi, thanks for having this giveaway. The only swap I enjoyed was a fabric postcard swap it was a lot of fun.

  111. Mary tatsme on May 4, 2014 10:33 am

    My last swap has been with a girl who sent me from east europe a wonderful tiny amigurumi… Loved it!

  112. Susan Samuel on May 4, 2014 11:13 am

    I have never come across swaps in UK.I tend to give away more than anything else.

  113. Bev C on May 4, 2014 5:23 pm


    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter for this book. It sounds a great and useful read.
    I have participated in a few swaps but not lately, too busy with my own things and family.

    Happy days.

  114. Lacy on May 4, 2014 6:29 pm

    I haven’t participated in any sort of swap….yet. I guess I haven’t been exposed to any yet?

  115. Cath T on May 4, 2014 9:15 pm

    Gosh, I never thought about swapping. I guess I’m a little insecure about somebody wanting something I made. Maybe this book will be the boost in confidence I need to start swapping. I’ve read about them; they do sound like fun.

  116. Linda on May 5, 2014 9:11 am

    I swapped some paper die cuts for some fabric scraps. Worked out well and got a lot of convenient small pieces of fabric to craft with. I really need some project suggestions-inspirations.
    Thank you

  117. becky d on May 5, 2014 4:28 pm

    I have never participated in a swap but have seen a lot of blog posts which people have I am envious but guess I don’t know how to get “involved”. Thanks for the great giveaway chance.

  118. Rokiah on May 5, 2014 4:53 pm

    Interesting..love to have one. Hope I can win.

  119. Melissa B. on May 7, 2014 9:26 pm

    I haven’t ever participated in a swap before, but I think the concept is real interesting and would love to try one.
    Fingers Crossed.

  120. Marci on May 10, 2014 6:44 am

    I used to participate in stamping swaps, but life and work got in the way! I would love a copy of this book :)

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