some more ideas:
the stop, drop, & roll quilt along has a quick block made from charms! this could be great with all our colors.
here's a fast fun way to make 4 half square triangles at once! pair each 4 inch charm with another charm. you could use a solid white or gray. or a contrasting color (it could be a light and a dark, or a red and turquoise, etc.) and sew along all four outside edges. then, cut in half along the diagonal, then in half the other way. tada! 4 perfect little bitty half square triangles. ready to become a pinwheel, or perhaps a value quilt, or an amish triangle quilt?
you could, of course, just make a patchwork quilt. a nine patch in each color would be nice.
and now, if you want a surprise in the mailbox, stop reading now!
you should be getting your packages this week! please let me know when they arrive - i will worry until they are safely home. i got half sent saturday, the other half today. i didn't think it would take me so long to package them up. but my ocd kicked in, and i couldn't send them without sorting and counting each square. in each package.
until the wee hours of the morning.
it was a good thing, too, because a few charms had stuck together, which would have meant someone got an extra and someone else would have been short one.
(um, not in MY swap!)
so i'm hoping i got them all straight now. but if not, please be gentle with me.
also, some peeps sent a variety of charms within a color, so if you don't get the exact same ones pictured, that's why. but i love what we got!
i sent along some of my favorite vintage charms. i can't remember if i've ever posted about these before. i got them at an estate sale, or yard sale, years ago, before i got back into sewing. a bag filled with literally a thousand or more of these 3 inch charms (or 3 1/2"? can't remember offhand) that were all cut by hand, using paper templates, which were still with the charms.
i add a couple in every swap i do. my dream is to see all the cool things people have made with them! so far, i've only seen one project with them in it. maybe we're the only two people who liked them? hope not! (here's a link to another! woohoo!)but if you do use them, be sure to send me a link so i can check it out! someday i will figure out a quilt to make with them. but the thought of sewing all those little squares is a bit daunting.
i also made everybody in the swap a little rainbow keychain, with this tutorial. only my circles were way wonky, so i switched to squares and i think they are sweet. they look like little rainbow raviolis!