View Full Version : Fabric Chunkies: Birds, Butterflies & Bees; Due March 31st

01-21-2009, 11:00 AM
Fabric Chunkies 4”x 4”
Due Date 31st March 2009
Withdraw by 3rd March 2009
Number of pages 4 for 4
maximum number of players 20

As the last Fabric Chunky was such a success, here’s another one…

Theme.... Birds, Butterflies & Bees...they can be realistic or fun and funky, each page can feature all three or just one .. make them chunky but not so thick that you can’t get them in a bubble envelope.

You need to make your pages of two layers of fabric with some sort of stiffening in between, i.e. felt, thin batting, vilene etc.
You can stitch by hand and/or machine. Add fibres and embellishments to make it 'chunky'. The pages can later be stitched together to form a book, held together with ribbons, tied with fibres. The choice is yours.

Please make your pages with care, you can use any sort of fabric and technique, you may paint your fabric, journal with fabric pens etc. The back can be a piece of printed fabric but please don't just leave it plain.

Include your real and username on the pages and your envelope.

Postage, as these will be quite expensive to post can I please ask that you enclose a minimum of 2 in stamps or $5, well concealed, in your parcel as well as an address label, overseas players please send a self addressed bubble envelope. An extra page for me is not necessary, although I did get some beauties sent last time, thank you.

I hope you have fun with this swap, any questions please PM me.

Fabric stashes at the ready again, who’s first to come and join me...

Well GG and Monarch got in first, before I could get my name down...

1. GoatGoddess (re'd)
2. Monarch
3. ME, Susietex (done)
4. Crftyscrapper (had to withdraw)
5. BrightSpark
6. Jonquil (had to withdraw)
7 Spunkygal (had to withdraw)
8. Goodmorningstarshine (rec'd)
9. Yellowden (re'c)
10. Poshscot (rec'd)
11. Micromummy (rec'd)
12. Pippin
13. Chatty (rec'd)
14. Nancy (rec'd)
15. Anne (rec'd)
16. Pennyquilter (rec'd)

01-21-2009, 11:54 AM
Alrighty Already, this swap is in action!

I added your theme (birds, butterflies & bees) to the title; It makes it more clear. If you say so, I'll change it back for ya. :)

01-21-2009, 11:57 AM
Please may I join - I pinky promise to mail early this time :)

01-21-2009, 11:59 AM
Please sign me up, too..............

01-21-2009, 12:05 PM
Wow thanks OY, I was waiting patiently, it's just the others.... see I'm chatting and they jump right in..

Great to see you though girls, I'll put your names down straight away!

01-21-2009, 04:34 PM
I'm in!

01-21-2009, 04:38 PM
Me too please!!

I just got my returns from your garden chunky swap today, so I am looking for some birds to join them.

01-21-2009, 05:10 PM
Hello girls, great to see you.

01-21-2009, 05:13 PM
would love to play please

01-21-2009, 08:28 PM
I would like to play also, please.

01-22-2009, 12:58 AM
I think I would like to join...it will be my first fabric swap. I'll need to join a bunch more to get enough pages for a book!

01-22-2009, 01:42 AM
I'd love to join. My machine was released from the repair shop two days ago!! And I ordered a free motion foot.

01-22-2009, 05:35 AM
Jonquil and spunkygal great to have you play.
Goodmorningstarshine there will be more for you to join soon, meanwhile welcome to your first fabric chunky.
Yellowden, your timing is spot on, it's fate, you were meant to be here.

01-22-2009, 06:04 AM
I'll play x

01-22-2009, 06:42 AM
Hi Sue
Thanks for letting me know about the next fabric chunky. Yes please, I'd love to join you. It was such great fun last time and I got some lovely ones in return.
Kate x

01-22-2009, 08:00 AM
Poshscot and Micromummy, great to see you girls back again, makes me feel good that you enjoyed it last time.

01-22-2009, 09:47 AM
oooooh another chunky swap!!!! Me too please! Bzzz Bzzzz

01-22-2009, 01:56 PM
Hi Pippin, thought I'd try and keep you BIZZY!

01-22-2009, 03:57 PM
Count me in...I just picked up some pellon71 for my fabric pages and cards not to say post cards. Love the theme!

01-22-2009, 06:55 PM
Great Chatty, I'll sign you up.

01-22-2009, 09:30 PM
I got so excited I got out my sewing machine and made the bases today. I have about 12 other swaps due b/f this. Sheesh! :)

01-22-2009, 09:52 PM
Oh, Susie, I would love to play too.......

01-23-2009, 12:43 AM
Meeeeeeeeeee Please

01-23-2009, 04:09 AM
Goodmorningstarshine, that's what I love to see.. dedication. LOL

Nancy and Anne, you're very welcome to join in the fun, welcome aboard.

01-26-2009, 01:32 PM
If you don't have a full house yet, I would like to do this fabric chunky. Just received my others and they are great!

01-27-2009, 06:42 AM
Pennyquilter, we'd be delighted to have you join again, welcome.

02-04-2009, 12:53 PM
Susietex, ..sigh.. I guess I am not going to be able to participate...

I went to the Post Office yesterday to mail off my cards to Chardonnay1965 and discover by accident that it is illegal to send cash (dollars or coins) to Australia got to talking about my swaps. My Post Mistress was asking me what I was sending then looked it up to see if it was legal. I had to send it as a package for it was to thick to go as a letter. Wow, does Australia have a long list of items you can not send. I would attempt to hide it and try it anyway but from past experience once Custom checks, it takes weeks to get it work out, or they take the item keep it themselves.

Anyway, I'm sorry, please take my name off.....

02-04-2009, 01:15 PM
But Chatty hon, I'm not in Australia, I'm in the UK.....

02-04-2009, 07:56 PM
Susie dear I just figure that out ..giggle.. leave me on... It's been one of those days dear!

02-05-2009, 06:07 AM
Chatty I never took you off the list.....

* Susie looks out the window at the further 6 inches of snow that fell overnight and wonders if the Kangaroos in the garden were warm enough? ...... now who's confused?!!*

02-05-2009, 01:32 PM
From what I heard those kangaroos are sitting in front of air-condition with a soft drink in their hands trying to cool down. ..giggle..

02-11-2009, 04:04 PM
Please withdraw me. :sad:

02-11-2009, 06:18 PM
Sure crftyscrapper, thanks for letting me know.

02-13-2009, 12:30 PM
I'm working on mine. One is finished!

02-13-2009, 12:38 PM
Pennyquilter if it's anything like as great as your monochromatic one's ( I sneaked a look!) then it will be a fab page.

02-18-2009, 05:45 PM
Thanks Susie. These wool fabric chunkies are taking me longer than I thought they would. I am now ready to sew my signature on the backs and should mail later this week.

02-18-2009, 05:54 PM
OOo, fab thanks Pennyquilter.

02-20-2009, 10:42 AM
Susie, I am mailing mine out today. Look for the brightly flowered padded envelop, which I purchased at the post office. You can't miss it!!!!

02-28-2009, 11:49 PM
Here are mine. I will be posting them this week

03-01-2009, 04:57 AM
Lovely pages, anne!!

03-01-2009, 05:50 AM
PennyQuilter that sounds great, I didn't know you could get patterned padded envies, something else I've missed out on!

Anne, they look scrummy, can't wait to see them.

My own pages are, I'm afraid lagging behind at the moment, so I really need to step up here!

03-01-2009, 05:06 PM
Yes, Anne, lovely pages...

03-02-2009, 06:00 AM
Wow, as if by magic.. PennyQuilter your fab parcel is here!!!

I couldn't believe how fancy the package was, and inside, the most delightful flock of felt birdies... and an extra one for me too!

Thankyou, you really brightened up a Monday morning, excellent!

03-02-2009, 05:02 PM
Wasn't that envelope lovely? I purchased it at the post office. And, I know you think those birds are felt, but they really are wool - the real thing! Enjoy.

03-02-2009, 06:14 PM
I have my pages done....Um, I do hope you all like them. My pages are all fabric, hand stitch and painted. I took a 3x3 muslin which I gesso then painted with acrylic paint and sealed with a varnish.


Susietex they are all package going out in the mail today.....

03-03-2009, 06:00 AM
Oh Chatty, the're lovely and how original.... can't wait to see them close up. Thanks for posting them here.

Penny Quilter...... real wool, is that not what felt is made from LOL! I know what you mean really, true woollen fabric, I opened mine up to have a feel, it's beautiful stuff, so soft.

03-03-2009, 11:41 AM
Thank you Susietex, I had a hard time coming up with this one. I do not quilt, I do make cloth dolls though ..giggle.. I've picked up a couple of books, going to see what I can come up with for next time. Mine are in the mail to you...snowing here hopefully they will get to you soon.....

03-04-2009, 02:51 PM
Chatty, your fabric chunkies are beautiful! Great job! See, you don't need to be a quilter to do fabric.

03-04-2009, 05:04 PM
Thank you Pennyquilter :D that is true but you quilters are amazing! I just picked up a book and DVD on crazy quilts... :unsure: Looks very interesting. I thought it might help me more on these chunky pages.

03-06-2009, 07:50 PM
I think crazy quilts are hard to do. I like to sew things in straight lines. Crazy quilts have a lot of fancy embordery on them too and I can't do that kind of stitches.
(Darn, I can't find a spell check on this).

03-07-2009, 12:53 AM
Oh dear don't tell me that ..giggle.. I do embroider by hand and I was thinking maybe doing something small wouldn't be so bad. ..*smile*..

03-07-2009, 06:29 AM
You can do crazy quilts entirely by machine, I did one a while ago, I'll see if I can find it and post a picture.

03-07-2009, 01:49 PM
Susie have you put your pages together as a book yet? I would love to see them....

Would you please explain to me how we take these fabric pages turning them into a book. I am having a time trying to figure this out. Someone said make tabs, will I'm not sure how these tabs actually works...I checked the forums here to see if there was an explanation on fabric pages, no, is the answer ..*smile*..

By chance is there a book that explains the different ways of putting fabric pages together as a book? I've been searching so far what I have found they are using another book to apply the fabric on...

Looking forward to seeing your crazy quilt. ..*smile*..

03-09-2009, 05:06 AM
Susie, popping my quilties in the post today.

Lou x

PS assume you've not moved this year and addie the same!!

03-11-2009, 03:10 PM
Susietex have you received my pages yet? Hmm, I was thinking they would be there by now.

03-12-2009, 12:09 PM
here's two - still need to chunk them up - hope to pop them in the mail this saturday


03-12-2009, 02:26 PM
Very cute GG. I still have to start mine!!!! My To do list for this weekend is humongous!! Maybe I can skip the housework!!!!

03-12-2009, 02:39 PM
Hey Goatgoddess - I love your blue birds.

03-13-2009, 12:57 AM
I thought I might be the only one from the US to have not sent my cards yet. Thankfully, I'm not. I plan to have mine in the mail by Saturday. Love the pics so far!

03-13-2009, 12:35 PM
GG beautiful! Just beautiful....

03-14-2009, 07:52 AM
Hi everyone, sorry to be such a bad hostess this week, it's not been a good one!

Poshscot, no I haven't moved, and your lovely pages have arrived thankyou.

Chatty your fab pages are also here, the phot did not do them justice at all, they are so detailed, and thankyou for the extra one, much appreciated.

GG, I love the little birds, can't wait to see them fly into my letterbox.

Pippin, housework! instead of art..... I don't think so!!!

Yellowden, not to worry, I'll give you 5 more minutes LOL.

03-14-2009, 06:36 PM
Susietex, are you all right?

03-15-2009, 08:43 AM
Erm, well Chatty I'm now superstitious....


03-15-2009, 09:07 AM
Sorry to hear you've been feeling so bad, Susietex. I hope you feel better and everything gets sorted out soon.

Just wanted to let you know I mailed my pages yesterday.

03-15-2009, 01:01 PM
WOW, when it rains it pours ..sigh.. well if it helps any, I came down with Kidney stones this past week came to a head on Friday ..*smile*.. never thought of it being Friday the 13th ..giggle.. Hmm, sometime things happen all at once, no reason to be superstition about it just because Friday was the 13th ..giggle.. Take care, both you and your husband get well, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

03-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Hello everyone, I'm back, thankyou for all your best wishes after my bathroom/bedroom flood. All cleaned up now, but even further behind with everything else!!

Still I've been cheered up no end by the beautiful fabric pages I have recieved from,
Nancy (fab birds), Anne (birds and beautiful butterflies, thankyou so much for the extra one, and your package smells great too!) YellowDen (super pages gorgeous colours, thanks for the extra one too) and Goodmorningstarshine (these are pages+, they are fab
little pouches, with extra fibres to play with inside!!!) and an extra for me, I can't wait to get my book put together.
You are all doing fab work for this swap, I'm sure you're going to love your returns.

03-26-2009, 09:25 AM
GoatGoddess your beautiful birds just flew in, thankyou, and for the extra page, just lovely.

03-31-2009, 05:59 AM
Hello everyone, just to let you know that today is the last day, but there are 3 outstanding packages on the way.
I hope you all don't mind waiting just a few more days for the Post Office to catch up with us all.

Oh and Micromummy, your fab pages did make the deadline, and lovely the are too, thankyou.

04-01-2009, 09:29 AM
Holds her hand up in shame! :embarrassed: I am one of the late ones....

They should be with susietex tomorrow, so apologies ladies for holding up the swap.

Just to show I have done them:

04-01-2009, 10:43 AM
:wub:Bright Spark you are forgiven, just 'cus we love you.

04-01-2009, 11:50 AM
I love your pages bright-spark!!!!!

04-01-2009, 06:11 PM
Nice pages Bright-Spark love them...

04-02-2009, 05:42 AM
Thanks Ladies, you are too kind, especially when I am holding things up!

04-02-2009, 07:14 AM
Well it's been a busy morning here, with Birds and Bees flying about, so thank you for the great flocks sent by Brightspark and Monarch. All the pages are here now so I'll get sorting asap, I'm sure you'll all love your goodies when they fly back to you.

Thank you to everyone that played, great work as always from my fabric friends. I hope you'll all join the next one, hey and bring your friends, they don't know what they're missing.

04-02-2009, 03:01 PM
All sorted and packed up, will hit the post in the morning, thanks all for playing.
Don't forget to leave itrader/rep points when you recieve the returns.

Sending out good thoughts and prayers to the Post Office (well every little helps!!!)

04-02-2009, 03:30 PM
ohhh can't wait to see them :jiggy:

04-02-2009, 05:28 PM
On pens n needles waiting patiently :jiggy:

04-03-2009, 02:29 AM
Quick swap turn around Susietex!

I'm still feeling bad I held you up, and knowing that I am likely to get mine before most of the other participants. Unless you have held mine back until I submit my lines.....

I shall not be late for swaps
I shall not be late for swaps
I shall not be late for swaps

04-03-2009, 05:03 AM
BrightSpark, I'll send yours out with the others since you have not only done your lines, but with such neat writing too!:D

You can certainly play in my next swap.

04-04-2009, 09:04 AM
Yeah, last one in, first one out!! Oooops...

I got my lovely returns this morning. Many, many, thanks to such talented textile artists: Monarch, Anne, Chatty and Yellowden.

And even more thanks to susietex for a great swap!

04-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Oh, so glad to hear that tha Post Office are working well today, yippeeee.

04-08-2009, 07:29 PM
Thank you Susietex for hosting such a fun swap. Mine came today from Chatty, micromummy (Kate) and Nancy from FL. All three are wonderful! And, the little bag with fibers from goodmorningstarshine is so unique. Thanks one and all!

04-08-2009, 08:55 PM
So glad that you liked your returns, and thanks for letting us know they arrived safely.

04-09-2009, 01:53 PM
I received wonderful pages from Anne, Monarch, Poshswt, and Brightspark.

04-09-2009, 10:31 PM
My pages are all birds and all beautiful! Thank you so much to Pennyquilter, micromummy, monarch, and goatgoddess! Thank you Susietex for hosting!

04-10-2009, 05:36 AM
I'm so happy that you're all pleased with your returns so far, this was a swap full of talent, thanks to everyone that played.

04-10-2009, 06:35 PM
Hey, don't forget me ..giggle.. my pages came, they are adorable! I love them all.

Susie thanks for Hosting this great swap, also I do hope all is better with you too. I want to thank PennyQuilter, Bright-Sparks, Goatgoddess and Monarch, wow they are all great!

04-11-2009, 01:55 AM
Hi Chatty, I'm happy that your pages also arrived. I'm fine now thank you, just upcoming exams to look forward to in July!!!:eek:

04-11-2009, 08:40 PM
got my pages and they are oh so fab!
off to leave rep points for Chatty, Nancy, Poshscot, and goodmorningstarshine :)

thanks for hosting such a fun swap :)