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Thread: “pick any holiday” home dÉcor swap

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    “pick any holiday” home dÉcor swap

    For this partnered swap, the theme is “PICK ANY HOLIDAY” HOME DÉCOR.

    Signups close: August 30, 2013

    Ship by date: October 28, 2013 (Delivery confirmation required)

    How it works:

    *This is a partnered swap for all skill levels.

    *You will pick a room of your home in which you’d like a homemade quilted or quilt related holiday item and give me your top 2 wish list items. Just to make this fun for those who don’t decorate for traditional holidays, I’m adding the option that you can pick any holiday, real or imaginary, including illness awareness days and special causes.

    *Please make sure that all items have been prewashed and are machine washable on at least the gentle cycle, except wall hangings.

    *All projects must include at least 2 different fabrics, batting of some sort, and some part of the item must be quilted.

    *All items must be new and made by you, not something you bought, unless it's tag along goodies.

    *If you prefer to receive something gender specific, please add that info to your selected room when you send your info.

    *Partners will be completely random, outside of allergy concerns. NO REQUESTS!

    *PM me when you ship or receive your item! Posting on the thread that you shipped/received will not mark you off the list.

    Suggestions for each room:

    By all means you can pick anything else that goes in that room that you wish, and a wall hanging is appropriate for almost any room:

    >Living room: Candle mats, pillow covers, remote holder, mug rugs, tree skirts

    >Dining room: Placemats, table runner, hot pads

    >Kitchen: Insulated teapot cover, bar runner, potholders/oven mitts, casserole carrier, can/mug cozy, apron (must have a quilted section or come with matching quilted potholders!), grocery totes

    >Adult Bedroom: Nightstand mats, pillow covers, bed runner, bed caddy (to hold a book/magazine, reading classes, and remotes)

    >Child (specify gender and age): Pillow covers, jewelry or bow holders, doll quilts, bed caddy, travel case for art pad and crayons or pencils, toys

    >Baby/Toddler (specify gender and age, if known): toys, burp cloths, bibs, busy books, play mats, car seat quilts, changing mats/kits

    >Bathroom: Tank runner, candle mat, makeup bag, toiletry bag, decorative towels, travel jewelry bag

    >Sewing room/Office: Scissor case, scraps/trash bag, sewing caddy, ironing board cover, mug rug

    >Other: Tote bag, quilted purse, purse organizer, hand warmers, cell phone cover, eye/sunglass case, legal pad cover, checkbook cover

    I am required to insist that participants send me a monthly PM to verify that they are still active in this swap and are working on their promised project.

    I am required to insist that participants notify me as soon as they have finished their quilt and are ready to mail it.

    Once I have received notice that both partners are done and ready to mail, I will send both a PM to let them know it’s time to mail. If you mail early, you do so at your own risk!

    I am required to insist that all participants send me verification of shipment, to include tracking information.

    Participants are required to ensure packages will not arrive “postage due.”

    Any and all other fees, such as import duties, taxes, etc imposed by the recipient’s government are the sole responsibility of the recipient.


    Absent legitimate and reported mitigating circumstances, participants who have not fulfilled their obligation to ship by October 28, 2013 shall be deemed “late” and risk receiving Negative [Swap] Feedback.

    Please keep in touch with me as required as well as your partners. Please let me know right away if something happens that will interfere with your ability to complete your project on time.

    Swappers should treat each other as friends and focus on the fun. So … please be prepared to be flexible, patient and understanding if necessary and appropriate. Also, remember that an absent partner is no fun either, so if you sign up, you’re expected to stay in touch! Part of the fun is the social aspect!

    What to submit:
    Board Name:
    Real Name:
    Phone #: (this is for my use only in the event that a problem should arise)
    Will you accept international partners?:
    Any allergies?
    Is your home pet and smoke free?
    Can you take and post photos?
    Choice of room (with gender/age info if needed):
    Your décor colors and/or holiday of choice:
    #1 item choice:
    #2 item choice:

    Please read the swap rules at http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-20154-1.htm.

    Once you PM me your info to join, please post in the group so that your swap members can get to know a little about your tastes and needs.

    DON'T SKIP READING! SOME OF THE RULES HAVE CHANGED!
    Last edited by DustysMomma; 08-09-2013 at 06:21 PM.

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    1St one..... I'm in , Will think about this and PM you tomorrow!!

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    Jaba, are you thinking about it? Made me think of the game Abe's Odessee, where the bad guys are drugging the people and telling them "Don't think. DRINK!"

    Come on now. Surely you don't wanna wait!

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    oh goodie while she is thinking I will sneak right by her and sign up first! TADA! The Brat beat good OLD JABA. emphasis on the OLD this is why she had to think on it. I am sure of this. I am also running fast fast fast .. darn it she runs faster! crud!
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    Well good morning everyone! sign up this is going to be fun. I am hoping for something Christmas. Imagine you could have fun making something and ask for something you can gift for Christmas. It doesnt have to be for you! see how many more options there are here??? I think some of the easiest are table runners, placemats or say a little wall hanging? your not tied to a bunch of stuff or things you havent sewn before. COME ON! SOMEONE HAS TO JUMP IN WITH ME!!!! The chat in this group is oh so very much fun. You know you get a two for one here.. first the items we all make, great ideas and all.. then the group itself. I believe that this is one of the most open, honest and friendly groups I have joined. I think you will find this too. Please? join me, I hate swapping with myself!! (surprise factor goes way down)
    Linda
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    I'm definately in, I just need to decide what to ask for. Haven't made up my mind. Sorry brat your #2

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    oh crud as always someone is ALWAYS faster than me. Its not fun being the slow poke in every single race. back up girl and give me this one! please!!!
    Linda
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    Okay, I'll let you be 1st since I just PM'd my info. Since my kids are coming around Halloween time this year, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas then so that's what I asked for. A wall hanging or table mat for the kitchen or a runner for the dining room or living room, either holiday would work. Guess I'll have to decorate one room for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas. That will be a little strange but at least they will be here....to hard to get off work during the holidays for them. The little trick or treaters are going to think I'm totally loosing it with a decorated Christmas tree and packages.

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    Well you know, you can ask for Thanksgiving on one side and Christmas on the other. Or, one side Easter and the other side Halloween. Or, if you're really a freak, lol, you could ask for a breast cancer awareness and 4th of July! See, the possibilities are endless! I love dual purpose holiday items! I hate the thought that pretties can only be used for a few days, and would rather have something that can be used more than once a year. I was thinking last night that you could also ask for a table mat for "talk like a pirate day" and "shark week" and it would make a great playmat for a gift for a little boy for Christmas. Or, here's some other fun ones...

    Today is national smores day. August 4th was national underwear day (Captain Underpants anyone?) To tie in with our deadline, October's causes and national/international days include: breast cancer awareness, vegetarian, "right brainers rule!" (for us lefties), stamp collecting, kitchen & bath, popcorn, raptors, southern food heritage, I Love Lucy, chocolate cupcakes, cats, and navy day. Oh, and don't forget national friends of the library week is the 3rd week in October every year.

    Also, don't forget that Cookie Monster day is November 2nd, but his birthday is May 25th, so a cookie inspired item is dual holiday.

    I opened this swap up to any holiday, real or imagined, because I wanted us not to be tied to just Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. At the same time, I know that most people will ask for these items. I just want us to have as much fun as possible with this swap and all get something we can either use ourselves or that makes an awesome gift for someone we love.

    Anyone who is interested in looking at the national days calendar, it can be found at http://nationaldaycalendar.com/

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    OK OK, I'm thinking...this could be fun. I like table runners, table mats (at least 24"), perhaps a wall hanging. Of course anything Christmas. ;o) I can't let you 3 be the only ones having fun.

    Oh alright, I'm in! PM'ing my info... Have a good day...(and quit snickerin') hahaha

    Jean

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    Reversible would be nice, just add that to my sign up please. Thanksgiving on one side and Christmas on the other. Then I'll have a choice of which rooms to decorate with what. Thanks for the inspiration Dusty'smomma, although my partner might not think so. But I can always ask....

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    I'm giving it serious thought - there's enough time to get project finished and to the post office for special delivery....hmmmmmmm - stay tuned.
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    Current participants, in the order I received their registrations:

    1. Elisabrat
    2. Jaba
    3. Tam...Moo
    4. Oksewnsew

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    ok girls, you hooked me. This should be fun. I'm already in the tablerunner swap with ya'll, what's one more to make? Holiday???? Anything Christmas, of course, Nautical for my dining room/kitchen would be nice. Falls covered on the other swap. Fourth of July/patriotic is always welcome. Can't think of anything else at the moment. Sending my PM.

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    I use patriotic for the whole summer its bright and 'feels good' then of course comes Veterans Day which is a HUGE day in our house, my dh's favorite day. We hang up his uniform, his fathers uniform and all sorts of fun things like that on display. We make a point of thanking any vet we see and well its all happy for him. red/blue/white holiday lights.. you name it so yes its nice to use these things more than once. I am sneaky I take the blue items out later for winter decorations, the red ones for valentines day. lol I multi use my decorations!

    I am all game for any 'created' holiday real or not. Howabout love a frog day? for the frog lovers? ok and never forget arbor day for those who like woodsy things.. and well I say its a free for all. you created a free for all .. and I love it.
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    Thanks for the FYI Elizabrat, I did not pay attention to any other swaps going on. Will watch for a few to see if I will have time to think of something. i believe the harder part for me is what do I want. More fun to make for someone else than them make for me.
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    Patriotic never has a season.....just all year!!

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    This is so true Cindy! We have so many patriotic holidays & days that are associated with patriotism in this country. Flag day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's day, etc. I would love to get around to making the quilt I designed for my brother with my dad's army ribbons on it. I'm thinking now that I have the embroidery ability it'll be easier to do & i just may be able to do it now. There's a few places that digitize photos into embroidery, which would make it easier to put the photo on it. Perhaps this is an indication that it should be wall hanging or throw size instead, since it won't really be used anyway. Dunno, just a thought. I have all these projects I want to do.

    You ladies are being very quiet in here! Is everyone coercing....er inviting....their friends to come play?

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    What me quiet!!!! Not on your life! I have been busy setting up my table runner swap so many of us that it took a lot of sorting , smokers, non smokers, cat allergies (odd 38 people and only cat allergies not dogs). Then I had this great idea to start another little round robin amongst a few friends and well my good ideas get me in trouble half the time lol. My DH runs when I say I have a good idea. that or he groans. lol..

    I have lots of Christmas fabric glad to use that! oh heck glad to use any of my fabrics I bought them to be used. I now have a good collection of tropical fabrics too.. got on a roll this last summer then someone on the board was selling hers off at 3.0 a yard! well they said buy me buy me.. lol.

    I have a busy day ahead of me. I have to finish my "not your mommas hot pad" swap item it sounds like a fun swap easy to do, sorta like a mug rug only insulated for the table so creativity abounds in that one. And I want to get my wall hanging done for Rhondas swap ok started started I haven't even picked out the fabrics and then there is oh the list goes on as always. today is clinic day reality says clinic, nap, post office pooped out. yuppers. some days are like this.
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    Alright how to inject new blood into the club here.. such marvelous chatter and creative designs and pretty fabrics where are they I want them in here right now! JOIN UP ITS SO FUN! Yeee HAA and all that good stuff fun! Dustysmomma time to get yourself a sticky and keep this on the front page.. I do love your swap and I love the group that plays here. All of you will too if you give it a chance!

    Today I am happy about my little lunch out with jaba and our meeting with themamahauser! A third person for me to meet on the quilting board. How cool is that? and I am thinking breakfast for lunch sounds marvelous. but they have this sticky peach hot wing thing that kept saying but look at me look at me... hum...
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    I'm so jealous! I wanna go! I'd much rather go to lunch with you guys than sit in my office all day. Well, not all day. I have an appt with the new dermatologist today at 3:15. I'm hoping he's quick so I can run grab my sewing machine & go figure out why I can't embroider anything that's not pre-loaded on the flash drive that came with my new machine without it "acting the fool" on me & showing mostly bobbin thread.

    Yep, we need a sticky! But, to get that, we need some activity! Tell your neighbors! Tell your friends! Share it on your other swaps!

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    okay ladies, i am going try this one out. i am very in to making zipper bags right now, they turn out so cute, so i think some more home decor things would be fun... i am not very picky but did my best to answer the questions...

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    paperpieceme you will love this swap! we chat a ton about sewing, life, quilting, life..cooking! (ok that ismy fun spot) and its truly a happy swap you got. PICK ME I can give you home decor joys.. of course that means you get me and well I am limited.. tablerunners? cool! wall hanging? cool! placemats? cool and aprons too.. the rest of those fun items omg challenge central for me. Dustysmomma is much better with patterns than I am!
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    Placemats is what got me back into sewing, so home decor is where the bulk of my sewing and quilting usually is. I'm working on some patriotic pieces for Miss Brat right now, but trying to get my embroidery part of my new machine working so I can finish getting all the pieces together & finally get stitchin!

    Here are the current participants in our little swap, in the order I received their registrations:

    1. Elisabrat
    2. Jaba
    3. Tam...Moo
    4. Oksewnsew
    5. Cindy60545
    6. paperpieceme

    Not nearly enough people signed up yet, so get out there & twist some arms ladies!

    By the way, paperpiece me is the first to truly pick "any" fun holiday!
    (Insert balloons and party hat here!)
    Last edited by DustysMomma; 08-16-2013 at 04:02 AM.

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    I think I may join this one. Just have to psych myself up for making something I possibly haven't before!

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