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Thread: Do you do quilt swaps?

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    Senior Member momto4's Avatar
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    How many of you do the different swaps (doll quilt swap especially) I have been looking at the swaps and they look like a blast but I am so new that I hate for my partner to get something that is not nice to them =/ Maybe I will practice more and sign up some other time in the future.

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    You will be fine. We are a very friendly group of wonderful quilters. We all have different skill levels. I am almost blind and they let me join in. Sometimes simplicity is the best choice. It doesn't need to be expensive either. It is supposed to be fun, friendly and a place to learn. So come on, click on the October doll quilt, cut some squares from your scraps and make a small quilt. You can use flannel for a batting if you don't have some.

    There are many easy and free patterns on the internet. If you want help, click on the private messages link. My name is Gwyn and I would love to answer questions or encouragement. Gwyn

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    :) THANK YOU so much! :) I will go sign up right now. I will definitely try my best and hopefully my partner will love it as much as I love making it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto4
    :) THANK YOU so much! :) I will go sign up right now. I will definitely try my best and hopefully my partner will love it as much as I love making it!
    Good for you. You will have so much fun joining this swap!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    Hi Momto4 - I saw you joined the doll quilt swap! Well done you! I know I was a bit scared at first - it's one thing to show pics on here but another to send your stuff in person to someone else! But everyone on here is so friendly and encouraging and most of all - it's fun! I love getting quilts from all over the world - so far I've got one from Canada, Japan and two from the USA. So pleased you joined in! :D

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    Just jump in and do it!
    We are all very nice and I haven't heard a bad word about any of the mini's that have been out there.
    Everyone has to start somewhere.
    I take the mini's as a project to learn how to do new things.
    I figured out HOW to hand stitch binding by doing the mini's!! Pretty cool, huh? Now, I don't have to machine sew the bindings and they look 100% better, in my opinion!
    I can try different patterns to see if I like the blocks too.
    It's all in what you want to do.
    Your mini will be just as loved by someone else as it is loved by you. No worries!!

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    I'm so glad you joined the doll swap. It's great fun as you'll find out! Don't worry about being a beginner, make something for your skill level, add a little heart and your partner will be thrilled.

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    My first doll quilt swap was the july one. That was also my very first "finished" quilt. to make it easier on myself I tried to keep to the smallest overall size. But I did good and my partner loved it :mrgreen: and after getting the one from her I was addicted!!! it is great getting these from allover. Glad you signed up you will love it! :D

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    I agree with everyone else! Join in on the fun! We all quilt at different levels but all the quilts made are loved and enjoyed. I would fall out of my chair if I ever saw a disparaging comment. It just doesn't happen here.

    There are many tips given right on this board and you can find even more instruction on the internet. The mini quilts give you the chance to practice your skills and learn new techniques. It's fun!

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    So glad you joined. You are going to have alot of fun.

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    I did a round robin a while back and loved it. I challenged myself to try new techiniques for ever round and was really pleased with how each border turned out. I don't normally do piecing--mostly applique but these blocks just cried out for pieced borders so I attempted it. Everyone had nice comments about their tops once the swap was over and they got their blocks back. What did surprise me was how much time it took. I was also working at the time. But it was a great experience.

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    One of the things I love best about this site is the support you get from everyone. I am a newbie compared to a lot of the wonderful quilters here, but they are always supportive and have wonderful things to say. I love the quilt block exchanges. They are so much fun.

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    So glad to see you have joined for the doll quilt!!!
    They are so much fun. So just relax and have fun with it!! :D :D

    What ever you make will be loved! :D :D

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    Am thinking about joining one of the swaps to get out of the box. Have
    been quilting since 1997. But I don't feel like a quilter. There is too
    much that's new, especially to me. Guess what I do is like my Mom and
    Grandmother did. I need to learn all over again. :oops: :lol:

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    If I joined you should definitely join!!! :)

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    OK momto4 I'll get out of this box and try it! Now How? :mrgreen:

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    Senior Member momto4's Avatar
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    I just googled "free doll quilt pattern" and found quite a few. Im just going to try one of those first since they seemed fairly simple. I am not sure where the rest of the ladies get their quilt patterns....and just pick out some fabric and away you go!!! :D

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    O.K. momto4. I will,if you tell me how :wink: Hugs Marilyn
    :oops:I think I answered you twice.Sorry. I have a lot of stash, mostly
    scraps. :lol:

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    JOIN!! It is fun and exciting to see what you will get. I was a bit nervous also, but that is me. I need to get out of my shell. I feel the same way when we have show n tell at our guild. I feel inferior to the other quilters. I guess that is a trait I have always had and it is SOOOO hard to change.

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    I signed up for the Oct doll quilt swap and it's my first time. I feel kinda as you do, but figure it the person I send my quilt to doesn't like it, they can stick it in a dark closet to chase away the bugs...


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    I have only done 2 swaps...the block swaps...
    But, I have learned so much from this board and the members and have truly enjoyed my time here.
    It is a place for everyone, for everything related to quilting and life!
    Everyone here is very caring and generous and supportive.
    I think you should just jump in and have fun!!!
    That's what it's all about.
    Kirsten

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    I know partners were assigned, but I would say that I can speak for the crowd: we'd be honored to get a quilt from a novice, as much as an experienced sewer. We all know what it takes, start to finish, and I think we can all appreciate what each of us brings to the table (or the quilt!).

    I'd be honored to be your partner....

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    Glad you signed up! I just love the swaps....I'm a fairly newbie quilter myself and I just have fun with them. Its such a hoot to get something in your mailbox from no telling where and know that one of your friends on here made it...especially for you! How cool is that?

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