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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The person knows the block stinks and gives it anyway with the Oh well, you can wash it out if it bothers you. No way I'd endorse that behavior by accepting it. The blocks that can be resewn are usually made by beginners and not intended to be ''oh well" blocks but the best they can do.
    I do hope you at least ask that smokers not join the block swap, otherwise if your just going to toss them you have waisted their time. Thats just wrong!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I will take it apart and re make it adding a border around if I need it bigger. I try to use all of the given blocks except if the block smells of tobacco I toss it. If the person asks about where is her block on the quilt I tell her the truth. It smelled of tobacco smoke. No excuse to be giving a quilt block that is saturated with odor.
    You can toss them all my way, I'll take them and make a quilt and wash it and someone will love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    In my experience smokers RARELY realize how much they and their stuff reeks of cigarette smell. In fact the smoking itself basically atrophes the sense of smell. It is only when they quit that they realize how much they, their clothes, etc reeked when they come into contact with other smokers once they are smoke free. I truly do not believe they "know" thier block is offensive smelling to a non-smoker.
    What I was going to say.

    I don't smoke - have enough respiratory issues without exacerbating them - but I do think some smokers are truly oblivious to others sensibilities (addicted????)

    I don't like campfires or bonfires, either.

    Some members have said that they won't buy or trade with smokers or pet owners. I've also noticed some members state that they are smokers - so that others can be aware and decide whether they want to play or not.

    I think there are several threads that tell/suggest how to get smoke odors out.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 04-30-2012 at 04:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The person knows the block stinks and gives it anyway with the Oh well, you can wash it out if it bothers you. No way I'd endorse that behavior by accepting it. The blocks that can be resewn are usually made by beginners and not intended to be ''oh well" blocks but the best they can do.
    I agree with BellaBoo. I have asthma and am very allergic to tobacco smoke. I can't work with blocks that smell like tobacco smoke. I would toss them. The blocks that just aren't quite right can be redone or used in a scrappy quilt.

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    I'm a non-smoker but have received many things from friends, who smoke. I find soap and water works wonders.

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    Anyone that has a block that smells like smoke can feel free to pm me and I will get the smell out and use these blocks in a quilt for some good cause. Blocks do not ever need to trashed. I can understand that you may be very sensitive but please feel free to pass the block on to one of us who can do something with it. We will say thank you
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    A solution of water and white vinegar solves the problem nicely. Air dry out on the clothes line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    In my experience smokers RARELY realize how much they and their stuff reeks of cigarette smell. In fact the smoking itself basically atrophes the sense of smell. It is only when they quit that they realize how much they, their clothes, etc reeked when they come into contact with other smokers once they are smoke free. I truly do not believe they "know" thier block is offensive smelling to a non-smoker.
    You're right, I smoked for 20 years, when I quit (1987), it took me about a year to really regain my sense of smell. Even now if I were to meet someone I had subjected to my cigarette stench I would apologize profusely. BTW, I am now (and maybe always was) horribly allergic to cigarette smoke. My eyes swell shut, my throat closes and I am very sick if stuck in a place with even just one smoker for more than a few minutes. They don't even have to light up, just the smell of it on their clothes is enough. I'm just grateful I got rid of that dirty nasty habit. Besides, it leaves so much more money to spend on fabric, etc.!
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    i'm an ex-smoker, too. but you said, bellaboo, there is no way you would accept that block. well, throwing it away doesn't tell the person who made it anything. so send it back. i rec'd some fabric from a new friend who smokes. i just washed it, voila! no smell, and i am very attuned to the smell of smoke. just because you're angry someone sent you a smelly block is no reason to destroy someone's work. they made the block to share a love for quilting, not to offend you. grow up and deal with it like an adult. if you can't/won't use it, pass it on to someone who can and will.
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    I saw on Simply Quilts with Alex one time that if the block is too small just make a small border around it to bring it to the proper size. I tried this and its looks fine. I have passed this on to my quilters. If the block is too big I have taken it apart and sewed it so it came out the proper size. In a group quilt we all made blocks for I am sure the lady who made it would be looking for her block. Never would I of hurt her feelings by leaveing out her block. I hope these tips may help your delimina. Helen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvel View Post
    I saw on Simply Quilts with Alex one time that if the block is too small just make a small border around it to bring it to the proper size. I tried this and its looks fine. I have passed this on to my quilters. If the block is too big I have taken it apart and sewed it so it came out the proper size. In a group quilt we all made blocks for I am sure the lady who made it would be looking for her block. Never would I of hurt her feelings by leaveing out her block. I hope these tips may help your delimina. Helen
    I consider myself an 'advanced beginner' - and - when putting the blocks together for the first time, it didn't even occur to me to check the sizes of the blocks - until I was trying to put them together and a couple of them weren't fitting together.

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    All the swaps I join it is stated fabric to be from a smoke free home. Why enable the rule breakers?
    Got fabric?

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    Well said, I agree with Tartan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If it's an exchange of friends blocks, I stitch over the seams if they are not secure. If it's the wrong size I set them wonky. Someone on QB set wonky blocks so that the angled pieces came together to form a secondary star pattern. It was great! The different colour choices and skill levels is the whole point to me. I want memories of the friends not perfect blocks. Smelly ones I would gently wash before including it in my quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    All the swaps I join it is stated fabric to be from a smoke free home. Why enable the rule breakers?
    I just re-read part of the rules -

    "5. When an activity includes swapping fabrics, they should be washed, dried and ironed and cut as precisely as your skills allow. Oranizers should not require they be starched or otherwise treated unless it's essential to success in the type of project involved. Those of us who don't normally prewash should make exceptions when joining in group activities. It's a courtesy to others who may have allergies or other health needs requiring smoke and animal free environments/supplies."

    Guess I interpreted it as - one should wash the fabrics -

    oops - I've participated in swaps and I have cats. Sorry if this caused a problem for anyone.

    It seems like many of you are willing 'to do what it takes' to make a block work as far as redoing.

    It does make an exchange a lot more fun when everyone follows the guidelines and all the blocks play more or nicely together. Then one can get right to putting them together.

    (I have learned something from almost every block I've received, though.)
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    I would repair, fix and use it, if not in the quilt, maybe in a one block wall hanging.
    But I would pm them also and kindly give them suggestions on how to do a better outcome on their blocks. We all had to learn and lets face it, it take practice to get better, but if no one tells us we have to get better we would keep on going the way we quilt and never ever become better.
    But always in a kind way.

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