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Thread: How many don't join swaps and why

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    community benefactor Knot Sew's Avatar
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    At this point I am curious. The ones I have been in 2 out of three have been good. What has been your experience
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    I used to be on a group that was just swaps. and I found that I often .....not always.... but often got dollar fabric from walmart sent back to me or did not get anything back.. at all. Or just really wild fabric that I wouldn't use I think swaps can be great if regulated more.. and specific ;) a good way to increase your stash... and fun time to get mail ;)>> with FABRIC In it ............what is better??

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    I had been in 2 or 3 a few years ago, but was disapointed with some fabric that came from another country. It did not really appeal to me. Also, I prefer not to pre-wash my fabric and many others do, so I wonder if it would work well with mine.

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    I always was worried someone wouldn't like what I sent, and i see alot of people critisize material purchases alot. If you have preferences, that is one thing, but not all of us can afford lqs material.
    But I decided I wanted to try anyway, there are 2 swaps on here that I just couldn't resist, so I hope no one is dissapointed in my pieces.

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    The first one I was in didn't turn out,but so far the other ones have.

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    The swaps I have joined in the past (not from this forum) were disappointing. I felt most of the blocks were made at the last minute to just get it done and sent to me. I don't mind WalMart or chain store fabric but when I asked for any blue color I got blocks made from yellow, orange, black..every color but blue. I think once I was sent orphan blocks just lying around. The only swaps I'll join will be one that has very strict rules no matter what they are only that they are rules and the ones that do not follow the rules be named on the board.

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    i used to join a lot. i still have blocks from years ago waiting to be put into a quilt top. sigh. i love swapping but don't have time anymore. almost no time to quilt either!

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    I joined a few on here....still ongoing. I am enjoying the blocks I am recieving and I guess I am just accepting of everyone's skill levels. I hope no one is disappointed in mine. But I do enjoy the swaps because I have no one in this area to swap blocks or fabric with.

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    For the most part...insecurity. I worry that what I send will either not be good enough, liked, or be enough for the person I send to.

    I did the Secret Santa swap this year, and I still worry about what I sent to Jerrie, and often wonder if she is able to use what I sent! (Now that I see more of Jerrie's posts, I know that the fat quarters I sent could have been MUCH different for her tastes!)

    It boils down to the idea that I usually refrain from swaps because I don't want to disappoint anyone... :)

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    I have been in a few swaps..mostly fabric ones..
    (i-spy,stings(2.5 inch of a certain fabric ,like 30's), or nickel swaps. I hosted a swap once, and 2 people flaked out on it, and i ended up having to make 2 sets of 6 or 12 blocks to make up for it.

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    I am in two swaps now, the Choco/Rasp and the One block a month, and hosting the SunBonnet Sue calendar swap. I have been very pleased with what I have been 'swapped' with. I love to see what others come up with, as it does give me ideas for other blocks that I would not have thought of. Everyone has different skill levels, but we ALL started out the same. Encouragement is abundant here, which is so important to those who are just being bit by the quilting bug!

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    I joined the Christmas row robin last year....loved it! It was hard for me to make myself join it because I am not much of a quilter(very simple things so far). BUT it made me stretch and learn more...I hope everyone was happy with my rows...I loved what everyone else did to my quilt.

    I joined the spring swap last year and got some pretty fat quarters.

    I joined the Christmas angel swap and got the MOST wonderful box of fabric and items for paper piecing....still enjoy looking at it and want to get to have a special day to "use" it.

    Now I am in the February doll quilt swap and am agonizing over what to do. I finally picked a pattern and fabric today and hope to get started on it. I am worried my partner will like it....I will do my best. I think the swaps are great and want to do more....but I often feel inadquate because there are such beautiful quilters on here. However, that is how you learn by DOING...so I am trying to "DO" lol.

    I guess I have been lucky so far with the swaps and maybe would feel different if someone didnt reciprocate...but if you dont try how will you ever know?

    Margie

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    I have only been in one so far and an ongoing one now. I don't joing because of insecurities about my work. :( I sometimes don't feel that my best will be good enough. (I want my blocks and work to look like I really cared enough to everyone who looks at it.) Another reason that I don't join many is financial.

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    I don't join them because I am very strange about what goes with what... I do not like a "busy" block.. I use one fabric in each quilt with a print and the rest are solid colors..

    To be honest it is the reason I have never made a scrappy quilt.. I love the look of them but it would make me insane to put one together....LOL

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    I've only done one completed swap and am now in the Farm Swap. The things I got from the fall colors swap were all nice. From what I've seen posted on the Farm Swap, there will be some great blocks coming out of it, too.

    I can see how color can be an issue. One person's interpretation of pink and cream is another person's raspberry and white. If a perfect color is important, that can be hard to get.

    Mostly, I do the swaps for the fun of being part of the group. We've had so much fun talking back and forth on the Farm Swap thread! At this point, I wouldn't regret sending my blocks in even if I didn't get anything in return. 36 blocks is a small price to pay for the fun and friendship I've had with those ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    I've only done one completed swap and am now in the Farm Swap. The things I got from the fall colors swap were all nice. From what I've seen posted on the Farm Swap, there will be some great blocks coming out of it, too.

    I can see how color can be an issue. One person's interpretation of pink and cream is another person's raspberry and white. If a perfect color is important, that can be hard to get.

    Mostly, I do the swaps for the fun of being part of the group. We've had so much fun talking back and forth on the Farm Swap thread! At this point, I wouldn't regret sending my blocks in even if I didn't get anything in return. 36 blocks is a small price to pay for the fun and friendship I've had with those ladies.
    I agree with you! It is the friendship and fun that goes on during these swaps that makes it not really the product. I feel as though I am "getting to know" new friends on here. That part is invaluable!

    Margie

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    Two reasons I don't:

    1)I like picking out my own fabric.

    2)Animals. I am extremely allergic to cats. Too many people have cats in their houses.

    Sybil

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    Prior to this board, I took part in a swap on another board....and was very disappointed. I came up with my own design, and used fabrics leftover from my lingerie making days, lots of embellishments, etc. The member that had organized the swap gave be a dressing down ...ON the website!!! for making a seasonal quilt. There had been no restrictions placed on this swap other than size. And then my partner didn't come thru', so I didn't get anything in return. After sending an email to the organizer to say how disappointing the swap had been, I did get a return swap, with a small pack of FQ's with an apology. Still...the whole episode left a bad taste in my mouth.

    This board has been a whole different ballgame. I have joined in a few and been very pleased with how specific the requirements have been, and with what has arrived in my mailbox. If I had more time, I would gladly join more on here. Hmmm how much longer to retirement? ;)

    Patti

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    I join swaps on this board! Shadow Dancer has organized a Secret Santa Swap twice since I've been on the board and a Valentine swap once. These were fabric swaps and she's so organized that you could make requests (batiks, 30's repros, etc.) I'm still a newbie, so I don't make requests, I like to see all of the different fabric. I don't do swaps that involve my work because I don't feel experienced enough yet to do block or row swaps. This board is great!!

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    A swap I was in last year turned out to be a bust and the organizer was just awful. Made up the rules as she went along and then didn't follow them herself and did not do what she was suppose to. Made me shy away from them altogether.

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    I've been in swaps on my favorite gardening website but there are always those few who have to cheat the system. So I've avoided even contemplating any kind of swap in recent years.

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    I've never joined a swap on this board but in the past I have on other craft sites.

    In the past I was dissapointed because I felt like they just wanted to get rid of their "junk" or went to the dollar store for a plastic thing and sent it to me, or did not respond at all.

    I guess I'm still a little skittish.

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    Adding to my previous post...The one swap I was in here...was absolutely great. Organized wonderfully and seemed like everyone involved was happy with their swaps. :D Hopefully this will be the case here always. :D

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    I took my time joining the swaps. I was nervous and didn't want to screw up and disappoint others. Now i join lots of swaps here and really enjoy them. Are my sewing skills perfect, no , but when I am doing a block for a swap I use good quality fabric and do my best and I hope whoever gets my blocks realize I am trying my best and we all have to start somewhere. I found found on this board everyone is wonderful about what they send and receive . I also enjoy the fabric swaps and again I make sure I use good quality fabric

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    I don't join the ones that the fabric has to be washed. I don't wash my fabric. I joined one FQ swap where the FQ's came with fraying and strings hanging...I like the feel of new fabric...I have done 4 doll quilt swaps and have been very satisfied with what I got...love to see what other people do

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