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Thread: Opinions/Thoughts re: Swaps and Robins?

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    Super Member Mad Mimm's Avatar
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    I am considering trying a swap or Row/Round Robin and have never done one before. I was curious what experience my fellow quilters have had with these? Good/Bad, were you happy with the experience, what did you learn? Also, any advice for a newbie who is nervous about "taking the plunge?" Thanks in advance! :-)

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    Lots of fun!!

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    I had fun doing this years row robin. The only complaint I have was wishing our group would have been alot more chatty. I was hoping to make some new friends. They are all very nice and talented ladied but I didn't really get to much about them. One lady did include a journal with some info and we all wrote something about ourselves. That was nice. I will do it again next time. All our tops are beautiful.

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    I participate in the secret pal swap every month, its alot of fun and you never know what you'll get. There is a 10.00 spending limit not including postage. Most of us get away with 4.95 flatrate mailers so its not too bad. You dont have to spend 10.00 its just the limit. Alot of us send stuff from our own stash plus some store bought things.

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    I have been in the doll quilt swap for over a year now, i love it, so much fun and the quilts have all been just darling. Everyone has been so nice. I also have done the block swap, that is fun too, one block a month, easy enough to do. try one, you will like it.

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    I;m in the secret swap too.Lots of fun.Lots of chatter ,lots of teasing[all in fun].I really enjoy it.

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    I enjoyed the round robin I was part of last year. Lots of fun and it stretched my skills:)

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    I've been a bit disappointed in the few swaps I've joined, not to say that they weren't fun.

    One block swap I was in, somewhere else not here, one person did not follow the 'rules' of batiks only ... her block was pretty but did not fit in with the rest.

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    I LOVE doing swaps. You do need to realize that not everyone's work will be up to your quality standards, but when I join a swap I only send my best(which isn't perfect...)

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    I host a 10.5 layer cake swap.. I have to add that as a host we cannot control the quality -or lack there of - in fabrics that are sent in.. I get, but not limited to- LQS, joannes, hobby Lobby, Mil outlets, & walmart fabrics...

    So if you are 'strictly' a LQS fabric quilter please take into consideration that members will send in/use what they can afford if its not LQS stuff..

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    I love the Secret Pal swap. I have learned a lot about other swappers. We only spend $10. Many make hand made items for their partners. It is so much fun.

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    swap are only as good as the host.

    it is up to the host to properly swap out the blocks, coordinate the people in the swap, and make sure everyone follows the rules.

    i've been in some great swaps and i'll always join anything she wishes to host and i've been in some terrible swaps and i'll never work with that host again.

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    Let's see...The BOM's are fun because the Host posts the block you are to make and it's for yourself....
    I joined the Boomerang with 35 other ladies where you swap fabric with them and each of us makes a block out of their fabric...My first 20 blocks I did for others was fun but I think I burnt myself out on the last 15...so it will be awhile for a re join on that one.
    My favorite is Doll Quilts been doing that every mth since Feb.
    Themed block sets are fun...I've joined Sunbonnet Sue, Funky Chicken, Funky Cats and recently Painted/printed loved that one since it was so diff...
    So ck each one out and see what looks interesting and come join in...I'd recommend DollQuilt...

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    They are lots of fun. And you get to 'meet' lots of fun new quilting friends. Plus you get a treasure to keep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    swap are only as good as the host.
    Not sure I understand that comment. How can a host guarantee that the rules are followed?

    I have participated in a few swaps and enjoyed most. However, it is amazing how the rules seem to be interpreted by some participants. Prewashing fabric, size of block, craftsmanship.... AND I am NOT talking about a newbie who is trying her best. In this example, I am talking about someone who whacked off a few hunks of fabric and slapped them together. I was surprised she used thread and not staples. The rules state that we cannot make negative comments in a swap - so at the time, I just took note to never work with that person again. In general, I think the swaps are fun. You tend to get a lot of nice blocks.

    As for Robins, I've been in a row robin and a round robin.

    On both robins, it was a good challenge because it made me broaden my horizon. The row robin is a little easier because you always work with the same size block (word of advice: always measure the row first!)

    The round robin grows as you work on each one in succession. I was in a great group. Everyone did wonderful work and I am soooooo pleased with my top. Other groups were not so lucky for a variety of reasons.
    One thing I learned for me: Never send out a center for a robin that you are emotionally attached to. If someone messes up or if your top gets lost, you will be heartbroken.

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    I love the doll quilt swap and it is not difficult to finish or to become overwhelmed. I am in a boomerang for the first time and am in the small group of only 16. I am really enjoying it to the max, but probably will only do small ones each time as I don't like feeling pressed to finish so many blocks and like to make something special for each swap partner. I am intrigued with the row robins-they look marvelous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillnjo
    I am in a boomerang for the first time and am in the small group of only 16.
    I forgot. Took part in the Boomerang last year and it was so much fun. It takes a bit more fabric in the beginning but it is fun to see what everyone makes with your fabric.

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    I have participated in quite a few doll quilt swaps, and I have some real treasures hanging in my sewing space. It's fun for me to try new techniques on a smaller scale and I love getting a surprise in the mail. They have been great fun

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    I love the monthly Secret Pal swaps. I have participated in it for several months and it's like Christmas every month!

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    I've only done one and I didn't enjoy it at all. And I'm still waiting on 2 blocks that were supposed to be in the mail by Sept. 4. I wasn't happy with the quality of some of the blocks and, thankfully, I have enough of the fabric I sent out to make enough replacement blocks to make a decent sized quilt. I won't do another one. I was really excited at the beginning of the swap but it went rapidly downhill after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I host a 10.5 layer cake swap.. I have to add that as a host we cannot control the quality -or lack there of - in fabrics that are sent in.. I get, but not limited to- LQS, joannes, hobby Lobby, Mil outlets, & walmart fabrics...

    So if you are 'strictly' a LQS fabric quilter please take into consideration that members will send in/use what they can afford if its not LQS stuff..
    I appreciate the head's up, considering I recently admitted in a post that I am something of a fabric snob. I don't worry about other people's fabric though, people buy what they can afford and like. My snobbery is fairly contained to my own stash. I am not the fabric police haha!!!

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    I participated in my first two last year. Swapped table runners. Despite making a runner in the person's favorite colors and motif, I never heard from her or even received an acknowledgment of her receiving the runner. Left me with sour taste in my mouth and disinclined to participate again.

    The other one I did was a pincushion swap, which was much more enjoyable. Got a nice pincushion, and the receiver liked the unique one I made for her. So, mixed experiences.

    I realize we all have different tastes, levels of skill, and busy lives, but I thought it rude to not even acknowledge receiving. Hope your experience is a positive one!

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    Did my 1st Row Robin this year. Really enjoyed it. I am a novice "piecer", but no one objected to my amateur efforts, just lots of encouragement. Will certainly do it again.

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    I have been in several swaps here, monthly block, boomerang, I spy, doll quilt, secret pal. I really like them all I've had good experiences here. With that said I was/am in a row robin not on here somewhere else, it has been over a year and still at least 4 of the 7 quilts have never made it past one person. She still has them as far as I know, no one can get a hold of her. So I really would like to get my quilt back. I hope to maybe join another one on here next time. I can't give up after only one try, I liked it to much.

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    The only finished swap I have been in is the Doll Quilt swap. And what fun it is-lots of encouragement from all players! I have done a couple I spy and cut square swaps to expand my collection for a few projects.

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