on reading if you're interested in participating in swaps for the retreat! You may take part whether or not you signed up during registration.
If you want to do the Secret Sewist Swap, you must fill out the
Google Form by February 12 at 11:59 PM EST.
We will be having
two different swaps this year at MOD. You can take part in one,
both, or none at all - you will have a blast at Mid Atlantic MOD no matter what!
In 2014, we swapped tote bags featuring Essex Linen, and in 2015 and 2016, we swapped mini quilts. This year, we will be swapping sewing themed bags!
Sewing Themed Bag Swap
There are no official
signups for this swap - just bring it to the retreat and you'll come
home with one! The exchange is random so you are not making the bag for anyone specific.
- You will make a bag that is at least 10" x 13" x 2" (should at least fit notebooks - so, tote bag size). It can be larger if you'd like. You can make a simple tote bag, use any pattern, or draft one if you wish. It could be a bag that your recipient would bring to a sewing retreat like this one, or to a guild meeting.
- You use your own fabric to
make this swap item.
- For the sewing theme, think about including any of the following on the bag itself: a sewing machine, selvages, spools of thread, sewing words, fabric featuring sewing words/objects, notions, etc.
- It does not need to be quilted but it should be lined in some way (i.e. not just one layer of fabric).
- Consider adding pocket(s), a zipper, or special zipper pulls if you'd like, etc. - not required, just extra for fun.
- Extras - you may add a surprise to the inside of your bag, but please keep it to less than $10 retail value. Not required.
- Please keep in mind this is a modern retreat. For example, no
appliqued baskets of flowers, Sunbonnet Sue, etc. Some ideas for you:
using solid, bold fabrics, improvisation, a modern block surrounded by
strips, several blocks pieced together in modern fabric, low volume
fabrics as a background, etc. You might want to make
something functional that your recipient can use on a daily basis or when going to retreats like this one.
- Please bring the quilt in a paper bag so it is not visible and without your name on the outside. You can post
pictures of your bag on Instagram etc before the swap (tag them with
#midatlanticmod), but if you do, don't show how yours is
wrapped so everyone is surprised when opening them (we will likely swap them around in their bags).
Here is a Pinterest board with lots of ideas. Go crazy! Use your creativity!
Secret Sewist Swap (read on for sign up link)
- This swap goes on for
three days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
(morning/early afternoon before the person you're sewing for
leaves). You will be assigned
a particular person and you leave something for them
each of the three days! Be sneaky and leave the gift at their
sewing station when they’re not looking. We'll have name
tags on our spots because you might not yet know this person. :)
- You will be sent the
personal information of your assigned sewist after sign-ups are
complete so you can sew specifically for them. Look for it the week of Feb. 12.
- At least one of the days
has to be a significant handmade sewn gift. Examples: pouch(es),
fabric basket(s), pillow cover, sewing machine mat, sewing organizer,
mini quilt, tote bag, etc. The more unique, the better!
- For the other 2 days,
smaller handmade gifts are appreciated but not required.
Something small like a key fob or lanyard, mug rug with a mug,
something in their favorite color and/or tailored to their interests,
etc. would be nice. You could also include any other crafts you
do (knitting, jam, candles, lip balm, etc.) but you still need your one
sewn item. If you want to leave generic notions, fabric, or
chocolate for your partner in addition, that's great, but you must also
try to leave them something unique that you think they will love.
- There is no set dollar
value for the gifts because it’s impossible to value our time.
People tend to be generous and leave small group of gift items each
day. You are totally welcome to spoil your sewist and it will
likely be very appreciated. If you want to make something sewn or
crafted for each day, go for it! But be aware that the
requirements are at least one hand sewn item and a gift every day
that includes unique, thoughtful, or fun items. So, for
example, if you make a twin sized quilt, other hand sewn items and
include a dozen fat quarters and several spools of Aurifil, it’s
very likely you’re not going to get the equivalent in return. We
just don’t want anyone to be disappointed, but have fun spoiling your
- You can only participate
if you will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You're not required
to leave a gift on Thursday, but feel free if you're both there.
- The swap is anonymous on
Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, you must leave your name!
Then your Secret Sewist can come find you and thank you. :)
this link and fill out the form even if you
already indicated during initial registration that you were interested.
The information will be available to all who sign up for the swap, so that your partner can access your likes and dislikes.
*Check out the Mid-Atlantic Mod hashtag (#midatlanticmod) for lots of past examples from our retreat goers!
&Here is a Pinterest board of some ideas and tutorials
you could follow:
Pictures from Instagram of some similar
Here is a mosaic of some ideas for your sewn item
(some of the pictures include extras):
1. inside sewing case,
2. Hanging Hoop
Wall Pocket Swap, 3. Zip Organizers from
Zakka Style, 4. Rainbow hexie
sewing machine mat, 5. Rainbow swap
recieved from mandalin18, 6. Thank you Marcia!!,
LOVE LOVE LOVE! @singallyouwant you knocked it out of the park! Thanks so so
much for such an amazing gift and super sweet note. I am so honored that you
made this amazing bag for me and can't wait to use it right away! Xo post
#sewsouth sw, 9. for Dana, 10. Saskatoon Modern
Quilt Guild Mini Swap 2014, 11. Solids Squared
Pillow, 12. Circle
of Kites, 13. Drunkards
Path for Amber aka One Shabby Chic - PTS 6, 14. Saskatoon Modern
Quilt Guild Mini Swap 2014, 15. Rainbow Bright Mini
We can't wait to
see what you make to swap! Happy sewing!