"All Things Spring" Paper Pieced Block Swap with a "Twist"!
Are you getting a bit tired of winter and snow and maybe ready for a bit of Spring in your life? Do you love paper piecing, or want motivation to give it a try? Do you like to make friends and share ideas? Then I hope you'll consider signing up for this swap!
Theme: All things Spring!!!
Blocks will be grouped in sets of 4, same pattern, different fabrics okay (all blocks will be swapped out)
Use spring colors (greens, pinks, lavenders, blues & yellows) in pretty pastel shades with white/white on white backgrounds for this swap to keep them cohesive! This is not a bright swap, nor is it a muted swap...let's keep our colors crisp and pretty for spring!
You may make up to six sets or 24 blocks total to exchange. All blocks will be swapped out. There is a limit of 4 blocks of any one design without prior permission.
Block sizes may range from 4 1/2" unfinished to 8 1/2" unfinished. This allows you to find a large variety of patterns to work with, and there are lots of free ones on the internet. Keep the papers on!Blocks must be constructed of prewashed 100% good cotton fabrics (no muslin, flannel, see through or poly blends) & haveĽ” seam allowances with no open areas or “holes” where fabric was not caught in a seam. This also includes tears, or cuts in fabrics and blocks. Please make blocks that you want to keep...that's a good indication that others will love what you've made!
When stitching your blocks, make sure you use a tiny stitch length to allow the papers to be removed easily.
Okay, now for the Paper Pieced "Twist"!
You may also make up to 3 sets (four per set) or 12 blocks of 3 ˝” paper pieced blocks with the same Spring theme if you like. These will only be swapped out with other 3 ˝” paper pieced blocks. They are not part of the original swap, but are an additional swap or “twist”! Same rules apply to these block sets as above…only one set of any one design, and if you join in the “Twist”, you must have different designs than the regular Block Swap blocks.
Packaging and Labelling your block sets
Every block needs to be labelled in some fashion, with your real name and user name included. Each set of blocks needs to be enclosed in it’s own ziplock type baggie. Package well and send your best method taking into account that the post office isn’t always gentle on packages.
Sometimes packages arrive with tears in some envelopes, so take care in your packaging so I get everything you send to me. I encourage you getting delivery confirmation…this will allow you to track your package and know when it arrives. I cannot be responsible for packages lost in the mail. I will post on this thread as packages arrive. Please include proper return postage.
I will mail your blocks back to you in padded flat rate envelopes, which I will provide. The cost will be $5.95, as the cost of priority mail will be going up as of Jan. 27th, 2013. An enclosed priorty stamp is best, but I will also accept well hidden cash if you prefer. Please do NOT include delivery confirmation! I have a shipping program that allows me to do this for FREE! No return mailing labels are required either, as long as I can read clearly your address on your package.
Signups will be open through February 28th with blocks to be in my hands by March 18th. Blocks will be swapped and mailed back to you as quickly as possible after blocks have been received. I'm good about getting these back quickly to you.
Please pm me to sign up and let me know the # of sets you plan on making and if you're going to join in the "Twist" and indicate the # of sets for that. Include your real name as well.
All general rules for swaps are here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-20154-1.htm.
Come join in the fun!