This weekend I went off to Quilt Camp!!
I've written about quilt camp before here at this post, so today I'll tell you about the game we play after dinner on Saturday night, maybe you can play it at your next Guild meeting or Quilty Get together.
It's called a Chinese Auction..and is always a highlight of the weekend, lots of fun and frivolity. This is how it's played -
With our Quilt Camp registration we are told to bring a fat quarter in a particular theme, eg Pretty, 1930's, Spotty, this time the theme was "Funky".
We wrap them in brown paper bags to make them anonymous and they all get placed in The Big Bag.
To start everyone has to pull a number randomly from a hat.
Once everyone has a number the fun begins. Person number 1 gets to pick a fat quarter from The Big Bag, they open it up and wave it around showing everyone in the room.
Then it's Person number 2's turn to choose a fat quarter from The Big Bag, open it and show everyone... but lucky them, they get to choose to either keep their fat quarter OR swap it with number 1's .
and so on with all the following numbers choosing between their fat quarters or any of the ones displayed.
Continue all around the room until you get back to Person number one who gets to choose from all of the fat quarters!
It's an hilarious game to play. There's the suspense as the person having their turn strolls around the circle deciding which fat quarter they want. People either love their fat quarter and try to talk people out of wanting it or try to tempt the current player to swap with them. Seeing people's interpretation of the fabric theme is fun too, especially in our group where we have quilters who tastes range from love Repro, Kaffe, Japanese, Modern, Civil war. There are can be prizes for whoever brings the most popular fat quarter.
This was the fat quarter we voted the most "Funky".
It's not all games, a lot of serious sewing is achieved at these camps. It's wonderful to walk around and see what everyone is working on, so many beautiful projects. I did get some sewing done on my Sis Boom hexis, not a lot because hand sewing is a bit slower and I do tend to stop and chat, but that's the best part of sewing with others isn't it. I really love my sewing buddies, I'm lucky to have met the most wonderful, funny, lovely, inspiring group of women, we really have a great time together!!
A few more quilt camps and I just might get this quilt finished :)