My fabric is in my Boom 10 album. I have my 18 x 11 pieces cut and just need to get them into envelopes. Can't wait to start playing with everyone's fabrics!
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To the newbies - I know it is hard to envision material and what may come back. Take a look at all the other boomerangs and all the pictures of the blocks together. That has been my inspiration.
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I still need to decide on my fabric. I think I know what I am going to use, will make final decision here soon.
Cindy R in Dallas, TX
"My day is not complete until I play with fabric in some manner......whether be sewing, cutting or just fondling for a new project."
Generally -- from past experiences -- I'm not in this Boom but here's the hints I have for everyone
Fat 8ths -- please make a note on the thread (April will create a new thread for "your" assigned group) that you are assigned to when you receive a F8 from someone. This way the sender can check off (if so desired) to be sure everyone received their squishie (squishie is a wonderful envelope you get to squeeze because of fabric in it). After about a month, please post a listing of the f8s you have NOT received yet and check with the member to see if one has been mailed. If they mailed it but you haven't received it ( given ample mail time ) it would be up to the 2 of you to work out alternative plans -- mail another F8 if possible or whatever you agree to do.
Blocks you receive -- Please post a note on your assigned thread to let us know you have received a block and who it was from.
I love when you post pictures the blocks you receive so we all can see the pretties. This can help get the creative juices flowing and sometimes helps up decide what to make with similar fabric.
Blocks you mail -- When you mail a block out, please post a note on your assigned thread telling who you are mailing it out to and when you mailed it. This helps the receiver watch their mail even closer. I'd suggest taking a picture of all the blocks you mail out so if there is any confusion later on (and there will be ) about who sent a block, you can post a picture of it.
As much as the anticipation kills us, I'd rather wait for the receiver to post the picture so they get first crack at seeing their block. If the receiver is unable to post pictures, then they can kindly ask the sender to post a picture if possible
For me, I create another thread in the picture section and post pictures of the blocks I am sending out so the receiver can get a sneak preview of it if they so wish. The link to the new thread will appear in my signature line of each post so it's easy to find.
The worksheet April sent out is wonderful to help track your exchange progress -- use it faithfully and your exchange will be a pleasant experience. I add in a couple more columns (my choice) and put in little thumbnail photos of the blocks I receive and send out so I have them at a glance. I also put in a photo of the f8 when I get it. It's your worksheet so adapt it as you so desire.
When the squishies come in, I date the envelope, open it up carefully, make a note of what the fabric looks like on the envelope and then I actually take a picture of the fabric so I know what was sent (in case it gets separated from the envelope).
I put each envelope, fabric and any notes into a large ziplock baggie. I keep them in a box in the order they were received and that's the order I work on them. I only take out 1 baggie at a time to match up fabric and pattern. You'd be surprised how easy it is to get the wrong fabric back to the wrong baggie otherwise if you have several f8s laying out.
I record my progress in the worksheet each time I have f8s in, blocks in and blocks mailed. I don't try to "remember" to do it later.
These are some of my hints...hope they help and hope y'all have a great Boom.
Moonwork....this is a fabulous process you have outlined. Greqt for beginners as well as helpful hints to repewt swappers!
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When I open the envelopes, I snip a tiny edge of the fabric and scotch-tape it to the envelope right next to the return address. As long as I keep the envelopes, I know which fabric belongs to whom.
"Stash Enhancement" makes buying fabric necessary, even when you have no idea what you will do with it! ----Jupiter aka Marilyn
Shoot...I forgot the very very very most important hint to me.
When finished sewing your block to go home please double check to be sure it is 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" --- not almost 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" when you send them back.
I have a favorite "square" for this.
Absolutely love it along with a rotating cutting mat. Don't know what I'd do without these 2 things. Don't know where I got it but wish I had 2 of them in case something happens to this one.