I’m sooo excited to have permission to host a Paper Piecing Only Miniature Block Swap! Are you someone who actually enjoys the challenge of paper piecing? Do you get excited at making small precise blocks? Do you love miniature quilts? Or are you someone who’s given thought to Paper Piecing but haven’t quite gotten the nudge to give it a try? Then this swap’s for you!
1)Theme: Home Sweet Home (this can be almost anything you want...literal, figurative, food, garden, people, activities, etc. The sky's the limit here.)
Swap blocks will be in sets of 6. You may make them all the same, or make different blocks for each set. All 6 blocks will be swapped out if possible, so make extra for yourself, if desired.
2) Because paper piecing mini blocks is a bit different than working on larger scaled quilts, you may make any size blocks you wish that fall within the 3" square (3 1/2" unfinished) to 6" square (6 1/2" unfinished) range. Any size that falls within that range will be great! Just remember that the unfinished size that you will send is always 1/2" larger to accomodate for the 1/4" seam allowances.
3) (Leave the Papers on or take them off...your choice)
*Use 100% pre-washed cotton fabrics.
*Seam allowances should be 1/4". Blocks to be constructed to survive machine washing and drying. Make sure there are no “open” spots where seam allowances aren't covered adequately by fabric.
*Use tiny stitches to ensure papers will come off easily.
I desire for us all to have a great time and experience with this swap, but please understand that I will have no choice but to return blocks unswapped that don’t comply with the rules outlined in this first post.
Label the back of each individual block with your real name and user name. Writing your information on the paper patterns is also fine. Enclose each set in a separate ziplock baggie with your name & username on the baggie and each block inside.
*Limit of 6 block sets.
*Limit of 2 sets (12 blocks) of the same design
You need to include postage stamps (cash okay too) to cover the cost of a padded Flat Rate Priority envelope for me to send your return blocks back to you. Please do not send any pre-printed return labels with postage on them. I will provide the return envelopes. You may PM me with any questions or concerns.
Sign up deadline is April 16, 2012. Please sign up when your blocks are ready to mail. "Mail to me" deadline is April 30, 2012. This means I have your blocks in my hands!
I will swap and have your blocks in the mail by May 15, 2012, or sooner.
All general rules for swaps are here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-20154-1.htm.
I hope that some of you will join with me in this fun swap. We’ll chat here and post pictures of what we’re working on and encourage each other. Get your thinking caps on!