Block swaps are a great way to connect with other quilters and make gorgeously scrappy quilts! We share what to expect in a block swap and tips for hosting one! We also share a story of a woman in Montana sewing mittens and how to choose the right rotary cutter for the job.
Episode 506

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Tips for a Successful Block Swap

Jody, the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, has participated in block swaps for 30 years. Block swaps are a great to way connect with other quilters and make gorgeously scrappy quilts. Through her years, Jody's learned many tips for participating in them. She shares her knowledge, as well as those from top designers in the industry, for what to consider when participating in a block swap or starting one of your own (including some common pitfalls).

What's On Your Work Space

Jody then shares that she's currently working on the Nine-Patch Square Dance quilt by Sherri McConnell, which appears in the April 2021 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. It's the official 2021 quilt-along for the magazine, and comes together so quickly. To join the fun, visit

Quilting Changes Everything

Alison, the designer for Quilts & More magazine, shares the story of Darlene Newstrom of Billings, Montana, who came up with the idea of creating durable mittens from recycled wool fabrics. She soon began receiving requests from various organizations asking for mittens for the houseless population. In the past four years, she has sewn and donated nearly 3,000 pairs of mittens. If you're interested in donating wool materials for Darlene's mittens, you can contact her at

Sewing Toolbox

Joanna, the editor of Quilts & More magazine, shares info on choosing the right rotary cutter for the job. There are a variety of shapes and sizes of cutters on the market, which leaves you a lot of freedom to pick cutters that appeal to you. Joanna chats handle options, blade sizes, and specialty blades you may want to try.

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