Winter, Holiday Sampler Block Swap!
Blocks are to be made in sets of 5, one of which will be returned to you, which will make swapping out sooo much easier for me and makes it so you don’t have to make an extra block for yourself!
You may make up to 6 (six) sets of 5 blocks each for a total of 30 blocks, which can give you enough blocks for a nice sized quilt for the holidays and or winter if you choose! No duplicate sets without prior permission, and sets must be same design, but fabrics may vary.
Block sizes allowed will be anything from 3 1/2 inches unfinished (3” finished) to 15 1/2 inches unfinished(15” finished) and with any combination in between that’s measured in 3 inch increments. *** Please note that if you choose to send in a 3 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch block set, you MUST send in 10 blocks to makeup one set and may only send in one set of those to keep things fair to others sending in larger blocks. These will be exchanged 2 for 1. This give you a lot of flexibility in choosing your blocks…for instance, you may have a cute snowman that measures 6 1/2inches x 12 1/2 inches or a tree that measures 9 1/2 inches x 15 1/2 inches. As long as you stick to the 3 inch increment rule and don’t go larger than 15 1/2 inches or smaller than 3 1/2 inches, you’re good!
All skill levels are invited to participate. We do require that you use good 100% sturdy cotton fabrics & appropriate threads that will withstand repeated washings, and your fabrics MUST be pre-washed. ** If you’re using jellyrolls that won’t be pre-washed, please make a note of that on your block labels.
Blocks will be holiday themed with all the wonderful things that we associate with the holidays, or you can choose winter and all the great blocks that can inspire you there! Please keep your backgrounds NEUTRAL. In other words, please do NOT make busy backgrounds…let’s keep these neutral so it’s easier to put the blocks together. Day or night neutral fabrics for backgrounds are also good.
All block styles and methods are encouraged! Machine embroidery, hand embroidery, traditional pieced, paper pieced and both machine and hand appliqué (if you choose to do appliqué, you MUST sew your appliqué down by some method that looks appropriate and please do NOT use monofilament thread to do this). A variety of methods and colors will make for a fun sampler style finished quilt! I also ask that whatever method you choose to make, please do your best work and make something that you would want to have,because you WILL be getting back a block of your own, so use colors and themes that you are proud to send in and will be happy to get back?
Make sure all blocks are labeled with your user name and real name if you wish, and that they have no holes or tears or have too small of seam allowances that would make them unfit to swap, and that they are the size they are supposed to be, in other words, 6 1/2 inch means 6 1/2 inch, not 6 3/8 inches, etc.
Signups will be opened until Oct 29, and blocks must be in my possession by Nov12. Blocks received after that date will be returned to you unswapped. I will swap them out and get them back in the mail to you by the following week. Please pm me to sign up and give me an idea of the number of block sets you will be making and sending in.
Postagedetails. Please include a self addressedlabel along with stamps or money to cover return postage to you. If you want delivery confirmation, pleaseinclude that as well. I will be mailingthese back in padded priority mailers and the cost is 5.30 for those.
Let’s have fun,and of course you have to follow all the basic rules, found here. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-20154-1.htm
I know this is a lot of information, but itwill help us to have a really smooth swap! I look forward to seeing what you come up with and please, please, postyour blocks and ideas as you’re making them! Weall love to get inspiration and motivation from each other! I hope some of my paper piecing friends willjoin me as we branch out and include many other methods of sewing our blockstogether and hope to make many more new friends and welcome old friends alike!!