This swap is everything girls/women love. That means everything like dresses, shoes, purses, candy, cars, bikes, jewelry, animals, hats, drinks, purfume, vacation spots, words, sayings ...Whatever!! You think of something you love and make a block to swap with us! The sign-up will be for sets of blocks in sets of 6 alike blocks. The limit will be 4 sets per swapper. The swap is now open to sign up for all levels of quilters.
PLEASE use ...100 percent good quality cotton fabrics... that are prewashed. I understand that if you are using pre-cuts (jellyrolls, charm packs) may be impossible. Just write a small note and clip to each block to advise the reciever (s). Many fabrics shrink or dyes run... so please do this first step to make our projects something nice after washing and that we can be proud of.
Make your blocks before you sign up for this swap. This makes it easier on you to have them to me on time and takes the pressure off so you can have fun making them.
The signups will close on august 15th and the blocks should be to me by the deadline October 15th or unfortunantly they will have to be returned to you unswapped. Many swappers all make a point of getting thier blocks here on time or even early, so I can't hold them up. Please understand!!
I am happy for you to send them as early as you want. I have a nice big bin to store them until the swap date.
Please send me a pm to sign up for your block sets. 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 Note*** the smallest is a 6 inch finished block so the smallest will a 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 Unfinished and so on. (The size of a send- in block will have the half inch seam allowances included ) There hasn't been an interest to do the 3 1/2 inch squares, so we are eliminating them this time. For example...
The sent in unfinished sizes can be , 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 , 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 or the same with the nine or twelve inch sized blocks. The max sized block is 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" .
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. Remember make something you would like to recieve! There are darling images out there with
girly type things for our blocks! Or what you, yourself love, it could be horses, cars... even quilts. LOL!
* If you wish your blocks to have eyes (or whatever) that are not embroidered on while making the block, please put the beads or whatever the is the embellishment into a small envelope or baggie pinned onto the block. This is a request from past swappers because of the long-arm or machine quilting and breaking needles.
Attach your board name with a small slip of paper to each block with a pin or even staple it to the very edge within the seam allowance. Place the block sets of 6 into large plastic baggie marked with your board name. Some people have used the small sticky address return labels and it works great to stick them on the back side to identify each block. Just add your board name to it.
We will be using any colored backgrounds that would show off your blocks the best. There are many images and blocks available on the web and magazines, or make something up on your own. Embroidery works too! Lets have some fun with this! 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. We want nice finished quilts... LOL!
*Mail your block sets to me in a priority flat rate envelope addressed to me using only a postage stamp (stamps) on both the return envelope addressed to you. 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!
Place a self addressed flat rate priority return envelope with the postage stamp (s) attached addressed to yourself inside along with your bagged block sets.
* I will mail the swapped blocks back out to you by October 30th . Or before if all of the blocks come early! You know me girls, once they are here they are swapped and gone... LOL!
Should you have any questions or problems please contact me by pm. Any swapper can opt out if there is a problem with getting the blocks here on time. Life sometimes gets busy and I understand that. Please do not send them to me late. All of the blocks will be gone with nothing left but to send them back to you unswapped. That would be so sad for me and you!
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 ...
~~ Now to the fun stuff!! ~~~
I know this quilt could be quite an original from anything we have seen or done before, so lets have some real fun with our blocks! This should be a great swap! And some great friendly, chatty days ahead sharing our blocks.
I will go out and search around for some inspirational images and blocks and post them here on the swap thread off and on. AND... If anyone else runs across any cute ones let us know too. We love to have a little fun looking around and talking about whatever during the swap. JOIN IN... LOL!