This is a Good Ol' Summertime Block Swap with the block sets in sets of six. (Up to four sets per swapper)
The signups are open now and will close March 30th, 2012. The deadline to have them here to me is April 30th. I will mail them back out swapped by the 30th of May back to the group swappers. (Or a few days before if possible) That will give us time to put a finished piece together before Summer to display. LOL!
The swap is open to all levels of quilters. Please do use 100 percent good quality COTTON fabrics that are prewashed. I understand that if you are using pre-cuts (jellyrolls, charm packs) that is impossible. Just let me know when you send the blocks so I can advise the reciever (s).
Please make your blocks before you sign up for this swap. To re-cap ... The signups will close on March 30th and the blocks should be to me by the assigned deadline (April 30th) or unfortunantly they will have to be returned to you unswapped. This is very sad but, has happened.
I am happy for you to send them as early if you wish to after this swap opens. Finishing early has it's rewards..LOL! Please pm me and I will give you the address of where to mail them.
Please send me a detailed pm to sign up for the swap. I can miss any members trying to let me know they want to sign up on the board swap thread pretty easily.
The finished block size can be any size block divisible by threes. Don't forget the seam allowances!! Please! So the smallest 3 inch finished block would be a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 Unfinished and so on. (The size of a send- in block will have the half inch seam allowances included ) For example...
The send in unfinished sizes can be 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 , 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 , 3 1/2 x 9 1/2, 3 1/2 x 12 1/2 or the same with the six or twelve inch sized blocks.
The max sized block is 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" .
*** Please note. One set of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch blocks per swapper!! It is not fair to others to send more than that.
Please do not send just a cut piece of fabric as a block. It won't count towards your block sets and would have to be returned to you. But if you wish, you can send some fabric that goes with the smaller blocks to help the person add to it. Just place it in with the smaller blocks and include a note with it so the reciever will know where it came from.
Remember make something you would like to recieve! There are so many summertime images that are wonderful for this swap. And Holidays that go along with these months.
*This swap will be for sets of six (6) blocks. The limit is 4 sets per swapper, please.
The 4 sets do not have to be all the same. And it is possible that you will not get the exact same sizes back that you sent. Also, please note, you could or could not be getting any of your blocks back, so if you wish to have one of your blocks, please make another for yourself if you really like your blocks. But, if for some reason you do get one of yours back, please do not be upset. It has happened in the past.
Place the individual block sets into plastic baggies marked with your board name. Then attach your board name to each block with a pin,or sew it inside the seam allowance or even staple it to the very edge in the seam allowance. Some people have used those sticky return address labels and it works pretty good but stick them on the back side so no sticky stuff stays on the block front In other words identify each block.
Please do not use sticky notes unless they are pinned on , they fall off and are hard to keep them with the blocks while swapping.
The block images can be anything accociated with the Good Ol' Summertime and summer Holidays. We will be using any colored backgrounds you wish for this swap. Darks or lights... Which ever you think goes best with your images. Remember backgrounds are 100 per cent cotton!
There are many summertime (or summertime holiday) images and blocks available on the web, or make something up on your own. Embroidered blocks work too! Lets have some fun with this and have some great blocks to share with each other!
Just remember, if you are doing applique, you must sew it to the blocks in such a way that it is washable later. You can't just iron it on.
*Mail your block sets to me in a priority flat rate envelope using only a postage stamp (stamps)on both the return envelope and the main envelope by April 15th. That should ensure that I have received them by the deadline on the 30th. There has been a problem with the post office accepting the pre-metered envelopes, and I would hate to have your envelope held up because of expired postage. So please use a stamp!
Inside... Place a return envelope, self addressed flat rate priority in with the postage stamp (s) attached along with your individually bagged and marked block sets. Address it to yourself and use your address as the return. That way there is no question where it is coming back to.
With a US Post Offfice flat rate envelope we don't have any problems returning them to you and assures you recieve them back promptly.
Please Note ***The metered envelopes are a problem, as the date will expire and not be any good by the time they are mailed back out. I can not be responsible for any postage due. I am not rich ! LOL!
* I will mail them back out to you by may 30th at the very latest.
Should you have any questions or problems please contact me by pm. A person can opt out if there is a problem with getting the blocks here to swap on time. Life sometimes gets busy and I understand.
Please read all the general swap rules of the board, these also apply to this swap. They are located on the top of the swap board written by the administration. Or, here is the link ...
~~The rules had to be posted, but now to the fun stuff!!
Lets share our blocks when they are finished and talk about our blocks till the swap is done on this swap thread. That really makes the swap fun for all and gives you a chance to get to "know" each other a little better. Swapping is a social event after all and oh so fun.
Come on Everyone let's have some Good Ol' SummerTime fun in the cold days of winter. Lets see what blocks you can all come up with to celebrate the summer months!