1) Spoonflower has a bazillion fabrics you won’t find anywhere else.
|Some of the round 1 haul|
- Sign up by commenting on this post including your e-mail address. The first 54 commenters are in and commenters #55 and #56 will be alternates.
- I’ll e-mail instructions to you and invite you to the new Flickr gallery which will be closed to non-participants until after the fabrics have all been added.
- You choose two prints and add them to the NEW Flickr gallery.
- A moderator will approve your choices, or discuss if there is a question. (We’re looking to make sure the scale is appropriate for I Spy and to ensure that we don’t have duplicates or very similar prints. For example, only one print that includes an item like a “sewing machine”.)
- After seeing the approval, you order 2 different yards of quilting-cotton fabric. (
$18/each$14.40/each* + $6 total shipping in the USA ) *special I Spy Swap discount!
- Each participant cuts fifty-six 5″x5″ squares of each fabric and mails them to me along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. (No cash please!)
- I sort them and send them out so that each participant gets 112 different Spoonflower I Spy squares in return!
- Your squares must be uploaded to Flickr by Saturday, November 12th and must be received by Susan by December 5th. They will be mailed out on or before December 8th.
- If you fail to follow the swap rules, you’ll be replaced. Sorry, but that’s the fair thing to do for all of the other folks that ARE paying attention.
- International participants are welcome. You’ll ship your fabric to me or to another participant to cut. Relatedly, if needed, I’ll be asking for volunteers who wouldn’t mind helping with the international participant cutting.
So, to look for I Spy fabrics on Spoonflower, I suggest starting with the “whimsical” section. Then view a fabric as a “test swatch”. That will give you the best idea of the scale of the print to be sure that a recognizable object is included in every 5″x5″ section, remembering that at least 1/4″ will be lost on each side for seam allowances. Because of the cost, we want to avoid fussycutting, unless you want to buy extra yardage for fussycutting. The two yards assume you’ll only waste an inch or two on the edges and that you’ll cut very, very carefully. For demonstration purposes, here’s an example. When you’re looking at a fabric to determine whether it’ll work for the swap, be sure to select the Test Swatch 8″x8″ view.
Then use some scrap paper to limit your view to the 5″x5″ area. Is there enough of your imagery in that space that the items will be recognizable? Would a child be able to say “I spy some… stamps?”