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Thread: Need Input for questions on Secret Pal Swap

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    Can you give me a general idea when the post would be listed so I can be sure to watch for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLHughes
    I also believe that the more questions we have and also the more detail we give the easier it is to shop for. I know one of my Secret Pal's said they made Christmas ornaments as another hobby ... well I wasn't sure if they made them out of beads, sequins, ... also when they say they also like to read ... what category do you like to read? Fiction, Non-fiction, Mystery, True crime.

    I guess for the one answering the questions should give more information ... elaborate a little more.

    But there is nothing wrong with adding more questions either.

    I also agree with the question on what type of quilting do you do ... and also the kind of beverages ...
    I thought all of these would be covered under the section that says, "TELL your SP as much about you and what you like as you can!" Perhaps, a person just needs to write what they are really looking for and then we all need to actually READ that part when we get the details/name of whom we send to that month!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mscupid804
    I have read and re read all suggestions but can't find the person who suggested a WISH LIST. That's a great idea because I belong to another board where we do have a place to list things we WISH for. We can either put it in the revision of the SP swap as a question or if admin is willing, set something up in a thread where we can add our name and our wishes (as well as edit it) and make it so all we have to do is type in the person's board name so we can pull up their WISH LIST.
    I love this idea...I wish for a Day Stretcher..any length/color is fine, and some Spare time...in any amount! :lol:

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    [quote=Havplenty]Lori, the question of do you have allergies is already part of the template as well as what type of quilting means (i.e. fmq, embroidery).

    You k now I read this everytime and it has never dawned on me to list 'smoking'. I don't consider it a allergy per'se but the smell of smoke I get in some SS packages from smokers is hard on me when I first open the package up and 'smell' the smoke. I have even had to sit my package items outside on the patio for a few days to get rid of the smell.

    **So maybe a more specific ? regarding the smoking would be helpful??
    **I also like the idea of maybe a ? regarding coffee/tea and what kind. These would be about the only 'kinds' of drinks we could send in the mail. :)
    **I also like the ideas about magazines,
    ** BUT as mentioned above all this could be put in the 'more about you' part at the end.

    I would not want to make things harder for Lori or cause others to think .'there is too much to fill out'. Ya know?

    Lori you are doing an AWesomE job at this. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! :D :-D :wink:

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    Here's a thought from sik1010
    "I thought about some quicker alternatives for our international friends. I thought if we knew of a local fabric/quilt store, we could order a gift card. I mean if they had a local place where they shopped. Instead of the usual $10.00, I would be willing to buy one that included what shipping would cost me" She pm'd and asked my thoughts, i think it is a great idea :). I hope that she doesn't mind me putting her suggestion forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanda lou
    The one thing I want most is______________.
    What a great question.

    And I like the used magazine question.
    I really like this one too!

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    If there are some who have a sensitivity to smoke or animals does that mean Lori would have to sort thru names and only match up smokers with smokers and non-smokers with non-smokers? That might be asking alot of her

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    lori...you are the best hostess!! always trying to make life easier for us swappers!!! i would like to point out that (and i know i do it sometimes) that it may be hard for a person to say "i would like this, or that" coz they may feel greedy....i want it to be very easy and fun for my sp to get my package ready....so i just say "whatever you pick is fine" come to realize that this attitude makes it much harder for my sp to get my package ready!! i think if we all just really get specific and write a lot about us, and the things we need, want, wish for, etc, it makes it easier.....and after all that is said, i like the idea of more specific questions, like reading, what kind of books, old mags, what level of sewer are you etc.....all good things to make it easier for everyone...!! gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by koko
    If there are some who have a sensitivity to smoke or animals does that mean Lori would have to sort thru names and only match up smokers with smokers and non-smokers with non-smokers? That might be asking alot of her
    I want to make this the best that it can be. I can not absolutely guarentee it will be perfect but will do my best to make it as good as I can get to a perfectly taylor made gift to you. But you have to help by answering the questions fully. This will be trial and error to begin with. Please bear with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koko
    If there are some who have a sensitivity to smoke or animals does that mean Lori would have to sort thru names and only match up smokers with smokers and non-smokers with non-smokers? That might be asking alot of her
    I agree, this should not be made any harder than it is right now, for Lori's sake.

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    All the ideas are great-- I love the wish list--also we as swappers need to remember to update our info not just copy and paste!!

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    I think list "pets" is a good idea.

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    What about quilting tools, favorite colors, favorite fabric designers, kids/grandkids colors. Hope I haven't repeated anyone's suggestions. gift certificates maybe. I am not sure how elaborate the swap gets. tea/coffee mugs, placemats, table runners or toppers.

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    What about quilting tools, favorite colors, favorite fabric designers, kids/grandkids colors. Hope I haven't repeated anyone's suggestions. gift certificates maybe. I am not sure how elaborate the swap gets. tea/coffee mugs, placemats, table runners or toppers. notions

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I love this idea...I wish for a Day Stretcher..any length/color is fine, and some Spare time...in any amount! :lol:
    Me, too! If you get one, Jacqui, can we share?

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    Scents..There have been quite a few times, that I have wanted to send either scented candles, bath goodies but was unsure..and now that the weather is turner colder, would love to send scented soaps..But, was unsure because I know that some people do have a sensitivity or allergies to smells..Me, I love all things like that :-)

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    Is the swapper an expert or beginner quilter? Do you like/not like quilty notions? Fabric colors/types you do/don't like.Coffee,tea or hot chocolate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mscupid804
    I have read and re read all suggestions but can't find the person who suggested a WISH LIST. That's a great idea because I belong to another board where we do have a place to list things we WISH for. We can either put it in the revision of the SP swap as a question or if admin is willing, set something up in a thread where we can add our name and our wishes (as well as edit it) and make it so all we have to do is type in the person's board name so we can pull up their WISH LIST.
    Great idea!

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    I also agree with asking in relation to the skills level of quilters, I would feel slightly intimidated/ nervous swapping with a absoultley Quilting queen knowing I'm a totally novice lol

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    Good morning y'all.
    First of all, Lori, you are doing a fabulous job keeping us swapping, I know it is very difficult, and you do great.

    The suggestions mentioned about being specific about books,Pets and holidays are great, I want to add that maybe one should also mention of they sew (as in clothes) in addition to quilting or not. Your pal may have some sewing patterns they like to send.

    All that being said, I think that I really like the questionnaire as is, and I think that many of the people who are, ummm, wordy have already written a book in there( :mrgreen: ) , and many others have left some questions unanswered. So I guess what I am trying to say is that you don't need to wait for the perfect question, for example, your favorite color is purple, but you are collecting reds for a quilt, put that in there just like that, you put in your other hobbies that you like to read, just add what type of books, just be more wordy that is,lol, it does make it so much easier for your pal.

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    I like the questions about what type of pets do you have (I love getting treats for my pets) I also think being more specific about allergies and allergens is a very good idea. The question as it stands now makes me kind of think of things you eat or might be a food source like peanuts etc. I also like the idea of religious preference, I've had people answer the question tell us as much as you can about yourself with religious projects the are working on and resource they are doing and it gives us another source of things we can include in the package. Most of all I agree with others - Lori, don't make this swap to hard on yourself. We want you to enjoy it to!

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    I thank you do a very very good job with SPal i have enjoyed everything I have received.we could tell a litttle more about what we do and are working on.So it will help you more .
    Thank you Lorie for all you do Cindy

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    Just want to add 1 thing about the wish list I posted earlier, ADMIN can also put this category under our profile so all can get to it to just by clicking on ones name. But yes, we have to keep it updated. I also agree with we need to answer MORE about ourselves in the last question on our list about telling more about ourselves BUT I would like to see a question about pets and what type of quilting on there as a standard question. Otherwise, I agree with all, the list is nicely done already and Lori, this was my 1st swap and I think you did a great job like you've been doing this forever! Thank you for doing this and trying to make it easier for us all but I also agree, keep it simple and just enjoy and leave a little up to the exchangers imagination!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Lynne
    Scents..There have been quite a few times, that I have wanted to send either scented candles, bath goodies but was unsure..and now that the weather is turner colder, would love to send scented soaps..But, was unsure because I know that some people do have a sensitivity or allergies to smells..Me, I love all things like that :-)
    I think this is a good one to include. Not everyone likes the same scents and if you are sending an item with a scent such as soap or a candle it would help to know which ones they like.

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