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Welcome to Turquoise Threads’ Shoebox Shuffle© page.  We are currently nearing the finish line of our first ever Shoebox Shuffle©.  On this page you will find more information about the Shoebox Shuffle©, photos of finished quilts for inspiration, and comments from others who have participated in the Shoebox Shuffle©.    

FAQs:

What is “Shoebox Shuffle©”?

This concept was brought to us by customer & teacher, Marcia Rowell.  Marcia has started groups in New Hampshire, California, and Wisconsin.  Her Wisconsin group is in its 10th year.  Simply put – 12 quilters get together, create a block once a month using fabrics of another member of the group.  At the end of 12 months, each member’s box is returned with 12 completed blocks.  You are then challenged to put the completed blocks together into a quilt.  Continue reading for more detailed information.    

How much does it cost?

The one-time registration fee is $20.  This covers registration and cost of the shoebox.  Registration is once per year. 

What do I need to bring?

Your box which you picked up at registration, inside the box a personal journal which tells a little about yourself, your fabrics, likes & dislikes.  And most importantly – about 5 yards of coordinating fabrics.  You may also wish to include a zip bag for scraps.  You may also wish to set aside some fabric for the final settings for your quilt.  This would not include backing fabric. 

How often do we meet?

We meet once per month to exchange the boxes

How many times do we meet?

We meet once as a general meeting to ensure everyone is on the same page, then we meet a total of 12 times, once per month after the initial gathering. 

What happens if I need to miss a meeting?

Simply make arrangements with a friend in the group, or Turquoise Threads staff to ensure your box is in the swap in the event you are unable to attend.

What do we do when we meet?  Do we sew or ?

We do not sew.  We meet, exchange boxes, do a show & tell of projects we’re working on or have finished, exchange sewing tips, discuss problem areas, learn about new patterns and products at Turquoise Threads, and sometimes there will be a short lesson on a particular skill.  Sometimes we have a light, tasty tidbit for snacking, or chocolate, or …. 

I’m not a super experienced quilter.  Is this for me?

If you are confident with your ¼ inch seam and are comfortable with your rotary cutter, rulers and mat, this is a good project for you.  You will learn to work outside your usual color zone, and you will have an opportunity to select a block pattern each month for the box.  This is a good way for newer quilters to stretch themselves.  If you need help – Marcia or Turquoise Threads staff are always available to help.

 

 

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