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Boom 23, Night Owls 3 month group

Old 07-21-2019, 05:36 AM
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Night Owls, 3 month group


Everyone sends 19 F8s

Important Dates!

ALL F8s due to me Thursday, August 8, 2019
I ship F8s to you no later than Monday, August 12, 2019

Night Owls’ blocks due to me Thursday, November 14, 2019
I mail blocks no later than Thursday, November 21, 2019

Board participation is an essential ingredient in making this swap successful. So much information about the swap is found there, much more than I can possibly write in a sign-up post. By joining the swap, you understand it is your responsibility to read all posts and in turn post at least weekly. (It’s helpful to subscribe to your group’s thread.) If something comes up and you cannot post, please have somebody email me. Absolutely no disappearing please! The Boomerang Friendship Swap is meant to be a fun experience, pleasant and light. Please be kind and positive. I will always accept constructive criticism at the end of the swap. Should you find problems with the swap or the blocks you receive, please keep the comments concrete. Concrete issues can be handled (blocks too small, wrong color thread used, block dirty, etc.), personality issues with other swappers are not in my wheelhouse so please keep those to yourself. Please be aware that we consider this a real commitment. If you sign-up for the swap and disappear or otherwise do not complete your obligation, negative feedback will be given. You will be expected to return to me anything that belongs to others in whatever shape they are in. If problems occur, please get in touch with me right away and I will work with you.


Please make sure to also refer to the basic policies that apply to all swaps through the board: Rules for Swaps and Similar Activities - Updated 8 December 2010.

Fabric, Completed Block and Package Preparation:

1) Use only 100 percent quilting cotton. Please pre-wash and press your fabric without any fragrance residue. (Please note that that some swappers may be smokers or have pets. If pets or smoke is a problem for you, this isn’t the swap for you.) Remove selvages before cutting into Fat Eighths, generally about 18” x 11” but no smaller than 18”x 10”, no exceptions! Please keep off-sized pieces for your own use. If you send me smaller pieces, I will return them to you at your expense.

2) Before mailing your F8s to me, individually seal them in a quart-sized or smaller ziplock-type bag, preferably smaller if you are in both groups, no hard zippers please. Label each F8 baggie with your board name easily visible to me along with any instructions or color requests for your fabric. (Do not specify a recipient unless a fabric is being directed to a particular person.) Labels are useful to help the recipient prevent fabric mix-ups, something that’s easy to do. Please then take all the individually wrapped F8s and put them in a single larger ziplock-type bag big enough to accommodate them onto which you have written your real name and address. (When you send your completed blocks back to me, please seal and label your completed blocks with the owner’s board name and your board name easily visible to me in a similar manner as you did with the F8s.)

3) Shipping: All mailings costs are your responsibility. When you mail to me, please do so in whatever manner you wish as long as you do so with tracking. Be sure to send me the tracking number as soon as you get it. I will ship with USPS Priority Padded envelopes only (unless other arrangements have been made), currently costing $8 each. Your total cost for the mailings I will make for you are anticipated to be $16. (There is no guarantee shipping rates will remain the same or that all blocks will fit in a single padded envelope if you are in both groups. I will contact you to discuss options if either happens.) You may pay it all up front or separately, it’s up to you. If sending cash, please send correct amount as I will not make change. Any overage you send will be put into my slush fund to help cover expenses. If the money/prepaid labels are missing, I will hold your package until I receive it. No checks or PayPal please

4) Please mail your F8s to arrive by Thursday, August 8, 2019. The sooner everyone gets them to me, the sooner they go out! Be sure to send me the tracking number as soon as you ship.

5) Carefully handle all fabric received and completed blocks, placing them somewhere safe until mailing time comes.

6) To help keep track of the fabrics and blocks made, I will establish an online Fabric Gallery.

7) Historically, F8s remnants are kept by the block maker.

8) You are required to keep in touch with your group by posting to the dedicated Boom 23 threads at least every week. This is a requirement. If you don’t wish to keep in touch, this is not the swap for you.

9) All blocks must be completed within the time frame for the group and mailed to me with a tracking number. Due dates are firm, not a suggestion.

10) All blocks must be 12 1/2” unfinished. Blocks must be well-constructed, sewn with complementary thread and may be regularly pieced, paper-pieced, appliquéd, whatever the block maker decides to do. It is up to each individual. Please do not request specific blocks as the idea is to let everyone, of every skill level, select their own blocks to showcase their talents and your fabric. Please make sure you use a significant amount of each person’s F8. It usually needs to be the primary fabric in the block, not a minor player. If in doubt, please contact the fabric owner.

11) Most importantly, have fun!

General block information:

All seams should be ¼ inch or a scant ¼ with at least 12 stitches per inch if not more. All fabric should be cut on the straight of grain to avoid wonkiness and fraying whenever possible. Complementary threads should be used in the block. Blocks should not leave your hands until you know you have made every reasonable effort to get them as close to the 12 ½ inch size as you can get. We all respect new quilter’s need to learn and that will be taken into account but if you cannot consistently construct a basic 12 ½ inch block, this is not the swap for you. Please note: when you measure, measure units with an acrylic ruler as you go so you can pick up errors before the entire block is made. When complete, measure under an acrylic square at least 12 ½ inches square, not on top of it, after pressing. Also, be sure to allow yourself enough time to complete your full set of blocks. In other words, don’t leave them to the last week! The results can be hit-or-miss. And please be sure to clean up the blocks. Turn them over, trim your threads and cut dog ears.

Important: No public complaints or criticisms for any reason are permitted. All complaints must be addressed by Private Message (PM) or email me at [email protected]. No Exceptions.

Time to have some fun, Night Owls!

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Old 07-21-2019, 06:14 AM
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Good Morning Ladies.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:49 AM
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Hi Night Owls! Ready to roll....
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Old 07-21-2019, 09:51 AM
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SBG and Lstew have checked in. Woo hoo.
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Old 07-21-2019, 09:56 AM
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This night owl is ready to fly! I just got done at the USPS site getting my return labels done and they are now in my sealed package ready to mail tomorrow. I can't begin to say how excited at being in this swap. It has been a very long time since I was in one and can't wait to see everyone's expression of what I have in mind.
I keep thinking of the sandy beaches along the golf coast in and around Venice and Ft. Meyers. Warm winters and mild springs. I only wish I could experience it more than I have. Florida beaches. We have the great lakes and all the lakes that surround us where I live but there is nothing to compare to the gulf's white sands and salty air.
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:27 AM
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All my F8s are packaged and ready to go. Let the fun begin!
Welcome to all of our new Boomers. I look forward to playing with all of you. We love newbies, but most of all, we love pictures! Time to oil up your babies, give them a new needle and get them purring. Oh, and don't forget to keep your cameras charged up!
juliasb- you and Jaba are living on the same wave length.
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:47 AM
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And it begins! Welcome to the newbies. I’ve got my fat 1/8ths ready to go. I’m excited to get started! Mom and I will be traveling for a few weeks, first to a reunion and then on to MSQC for a quilt retreat. I’m sure I’ll still have time to check in. Wish I had your 1/8ths already for shopping time at MSQC, but I’ll probably still do some shopping using the gallery.
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:37 PM
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Mine are ready to mail tomorrow. I'm so wanting to sew blocks I even made a sample for this quilt to get it started.dscf4044.jpg
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I've gotten replies to my email from about half of you already. Terrific! Those who haven't replied yet, please check your emails. Thanks!

Juliasb, I love an enthusiastic newbie! I'm happy to have 4 newbies this round.
Jaba, love the block. That blue is beautiful.
Libster, I'm sure your F8s will be one of the first to arrive. (I'm ready to get going, too!)
PamelaOry, your trip with your mother sounds wonderful Hope to get out to MSQC one day soon.

I'm logging off until tomorrow. Have a lovely evening!
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I should be working on packaging my squishy, but I have been working on the corners of the striped wibbly wobbly border, and my brain hurts but it is figured out!!!!! I have 2 done.

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