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Thread: Boom 23 Sign-ups now open thru July 17

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    Boom 23 Sign-ups now open thru July 17

    Sign-ups for Boomerang Friendship Swap 23 are open! They will close no later than Wednesday, July 17, 2019. ***If sign-ups go quickly, I will close full groups early*** and I will start a waiting list in the event of a last minute drop. Each group will probably have 14 to 20 swappers. You may choose the 2 or 3 month swap or both if you are a repeat Boomer in good standing. All skill levels are welcome but you must be able to consistently sew a well-constructed 12 ½ inch block. Details follow below but anyone who has participated in a recent Boom knows the basics.

    In general, this is how the Boom works: You will receive a list of Board Names of those in your group. You choose your fabric, prepare it and send it to me for distribution to the other members. You need one Fat Eighth (no smaller than 18” x 10”, a little larger is welcome but no selvages) for each member. Send all F8s to me along with any special requests for your fabric. I will distribute them to the other members. You stitch a block for each member using your pre-washed 100 percent cotton quilting fabric out of the F8 you receive. When you have finished all blocks, you ship them to me to sort and return to the owner.

    Please note: 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 this sign-up post. If you wish to join the swap, please understand it is your responsibility to read all posts and post at least weekly. If something comes up and you cannot post, please have somebody email me. Absolutely no disappearing please!

    Anticipated schedule:

    Sign-ups end 11:59 pm EDT, Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
    Groups likely post by Monday, July 22, 2019

    ALL F8s due to me Thursday, August 8, 2019
    I ship F8s to you Monday, August 12, 2019

    2 month group’s blocks due to me Thursday, October 10, 2019
    I mail 2 month group’s blocks Thursday, October 17, 2019

    3 month group’s blocks due to me Thursday, November 14, 2019
    I mail 3 month's blocks Thursday, November 21, 2019

    Rules/Guidelines:
    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. Remove selvages before cutting into Fat Eighths, no smaller than 18” x 10” but a little larger is welcome. No exceptions. (Packages that come to me with smaller pieces will be returned to you unswapped at your expense. Please keep off-sized pieces for your own use.)
    2) When mailing your f8s to me, please make sure they are individually sealed in a small ziploc-type bag, no hard zippers please. The smaller the baggie, the better. Please label each baggie with your board name (make it easily visible to me) along with any instructions or color requests for your fabric. This may be a note inside or a label on the outside. (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 but do not place the label over the opening as I will be checking fabric sizes. Please then take all the individually wrapped F8s and put them in a large Ziplock-type bag onto which you have written your name and address. This you will then put into your mailing envelope. Later, when you send your completed blocks back to me, please seal and label them with the owner’s board name and your board name easily visible to me in a similar manner as you did the F8s.
    3) Please mail your F8s to arrive by the due date. 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.
    4) Carefully handle all fabric received and completed blocks, placing them somewhere safe until mailing time comes.
    5) To help keep track of the fabrics and blocks made, I will continue the online Gallery found at boomerangswaps.weebly.com.
    6) You are required to keep in touch with your group by posting your progress to the dedicated Boom group threads at least once a week, even if you have completed your blocks early. This is a requirement. Nobody likes to make a slew of blocks and not have them acknowledged. If you do not keep in touch with me or the group for any reason, you will not be able to participate in the next Boom. If you don’t wish to keep in touch, this is not the swap for you.
    7) All blocks must be completed within the time frame for the group and mailed to me with a tracking number.
    8) All blocks must be 12 1/2” unfinished. This means you must measure. Blocks may be traditionally 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, join in and show their talents.
    9) Most importantly, let’s keep this space a positive and enjoyable place to be! We’re all here to have fun, even me.

    Important Shipping Details
    You must supply me with tracking numbers on all parcels sent to me and I will do likewise when mailing to you. All shipping costs are your responsibility. Be sure when you ship to me that you have covered the cost fully as I will not accept packages with postage due. You may ship to me in whatever tracked package you like however I will only ship to you in USPS Padded Priority Envelopes (unless other arrangements have been made) at the rate in force at the time of shipping, currently $8.00. Please send a pre-paid envelope or label or you may send me $8.00 in well-concealed cash and I will supply the envelope. Envelopes with “regular” postage stamps will no longer be picked up by my carrier but must be taken in person to the post office so please don’t send them. Please note: There is no guarantee all blocks will fit in a single padded envelope if you join multiple groups. I will contact you to discuss options if that happens.

    Keep in mind the following:
    You must be in good standing with previous swaps on the QB. Anyone with a poor track record of fulfilling swap commitments will not be permitted to join. If you sign-up and do not fulfill your commitment, negative feedback will be given.

    All skill levels are welcome but you must be able to sew a 12 ½ inch, basic, well-constructed block. The block doesn’t have to be detailed but it must be stitched well. All seams should be ¼ inch or a scant ¼ with at least 12 stitches per inch. All fabric should be cut on the straight of grain to avoid "wonkiness" and fraying whenever possible. 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. We all respect new quilter’s need to learn and that will be taken into account. If you cannot consistently construct a 12 ½ inch block, this is not the swap for you. Please note: when you measure, measure under an acrylic square at least 12 ½ inches square, not on top of it, squaring the block on a corner 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.

    Please pre-wash your 100 percent cotton quilting fabrics without any fragrance residue. Please note that that some swappers may be smokers or have pets. If either is a problem for you, this isn’t the swap for you.

    No public complaints or criticisms for any reason are permitted. All complaints must be addressed by Private Message (PM) or email to me at [email protected] but I will accept constructive comments only. No exceptions!

    To join Boom 23, please email me (not PM) with "Boom 23" in the subject line at [email protected] with the following information:

    Board Name
    Full Name
    Complete Address
    “Best” Phone Number (home? cell? work?)
    Email Address

    Have you fulfilled all your swap/exchange obligations on the QB in the past?
    *2 Month Group or 3 Month Group or both? (Newbies to the Boom should select only one group, preferably the 3 month group if you are unaccustomed to piecing on a deadline.)

    *Group lengths and group sizes are fluid and will be determined by sign-ups. You may be asked to adjust to fill vacancies as needed. If changing doesn’t suit you, you may withdraw at that time.

    Thank you for your interest in Boom 23. We hope you'll join us!
    Last edited by Janice McC; 06-30-2019 at 12:43 PM.
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    Super Member Kassaundra's Avatar
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    I'm in for the 3 month group.
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    I’m in for the 2 month group.

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    I’m in for both

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    Quote Originally Posted by terriamn View Post
    I’m in for both
    I’m in for both too, just need to decide my fabric

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    Good morning and welcome Boom 23 swappers! We have 7 people signed up so far but I haven’t replied to your emails yet. I will send those confirmation emails later this morning. Nice start!
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    Janice I'm in for both. I have my fabrics already.

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    I've replied to all emails received as of a few minutes ago. Anyone who sent an email and hasn't received a reply, let me know here. FYI, we have 5 signed up for the 2 month group and 7 for the 3 month group with some of you doing both. Nice!!!
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    I’m in for the 3 month group. Email sent. Look forward to it!

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    You know I'm in...for both groups.
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    I’m in for the 3 month group, looking forward!
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    Hi boomer's! I don' know if many of you know this or not. I found that after I washed a 1 yard cut of fabric it shrunk about 1/2inch. If you cut 3 - 11" x WOF you can have 6 - 18" x 11" pieces. I learned after I had accidently cut strips at 11" instead of 18" x WOF. I hope this some of you. I wish I'd known that before I started cutting my fabrics.

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    Good Tuesday morning, folks! I've been replying to sign-up emails this morning as well as answering some questions from newbies possibly interested in joining us. As of this moment, all emails have been answered. We're halfway to full in the 3 month group with one newbie. (Yay for newbies!) We have 5 for the 2 month group. Not bad for 36 hours, give or take.

    Don't forget that if someone posts questions here, many of you the repeat Boomers will know the answer so don't hesitate to share your experience and wealth of information. (Yay for Repeat Boomers!)
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    I would like to be in for the 3 month group.

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    QBJ, thanks for the reminder about the shrinkage factor. (Yes, you must pre-wash!) Some fabrics definitely shrink more than others but all will shrink. It's the nature of cotton. Ideally, buy a bit more fabric than you think you'll need for the Booms to account for shrinkage. If you are using fat quarters, they must also be pre-washed but it must be done carefully. I'd use a sink and a gentle swishing motion and then hang dry. However, once dried and selvages removed, you may not be able to get 2 full 18x10 inch pieces from it.

    Everyone, once your fabrics are washed and dried, be sure to press them (not iron!) and remove the selvages -the whole selvage, not just a sliver - before cutting. I'd prefer fabrics come in at 18x11 but the absolute smallest acceptable piece is 18x10. Yes, that one inch does make a difference. Please be sure to cut on the straight of grain or your 18x11 inch piece may not be fully usable if it's cut off-grain. There can be a lot of waste. Last round I had a number of people say the pieces they got were way off grain so please slow down and be careful.

    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenbarbiej View Post
    Hi boomer's! I don' know if many of you know this or not. I found that after I washed a 1 yard cut of fabric it shrunk about 1/2inch. If you cut 3 - 11" x WOF you can have 6 - 18" x 11" pieces. I learned after I had accidently cut strips at 11" instead of 18" x WOF. I hope this some of you. I wish I'd known that before I started cutting my fabrics.
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    Thanks QB, every time I go to cut my fabric I second guess myself. Will write this down and put on my pegboard



    Quote Originally Posted by Queenbarbiej View Post
    Hi boomer's! I don' know if many of you know this or not. I found that after I washed a 1 yard cut of fabric it shrunk about 1/2inch. If you cut 3 - 11" x WOF you can have 6 - 18" x 11" pieces. I learned after I had accidently cut strips at 11" instead of 18" x WOF. I hope this some of you. I wish I'd known that before I started cutting my fabrics.

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    I'm in for the 3 month group. I don't want to over extend myself with joining both. I have another project that needs to be finished by October. Maybe next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queenbarbiej View Post
    Hi boomer's! I don' know if many of you know this or not. I found that after I washed a 1 yard cut of fabric it shrunk about 1/2inch. If you cut 3 - 11" x WOF you can have 6 - 18" x 11" pieces. I learned after I had accidently cut strips at 11" instead of 18" x WOF. I hope this some of you. I wish I'd known that before I started cutting my fabrics.


    That is how I cut my fabric too. I cut it 11" X WOF, then I take the selvage off and cut 18" from the selvage side of piece. What's left is on the fold and I use that for extra blocks for me and to practice new-to-me blocks I want to try.
    I usually start with 3 1/2- 4 yards and I have plenty for one group with fabric for me to play with. The first stop for any fabric in my house is the washer and dryer. Then it gets pressed and cut.
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    One of my fabrics. Going to be for a couple gender neutral baby quilts. Will add bright sashing to give it a pop of color

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    edited to add: I opened some older Boom pix in the gallery if anyone wants to take a look.

    Cute fabric, terriamn. Who doesn't love bunnies?
    Quote Originally Posted by terriamn View Post
    One of my fabrics. Going to be for a couple gender neutral baby quilts. Will add bright sashing to give it a pop of color

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    Here is my fabric. The background looks white but it is actually yellow. I love the bright colors. Really different from the grays that I had last time. I think everyone will have fun with it.

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    Terri, that bunny fabric is adorable and will be great for a gender neutral baby quilt.
    Klaws, your fabric is awesome and I love all of the colors! It's going to be so much fun to play with.

    This time around I will be just doing the three month group. So many projects going on that I am trying to complete, one of them is the Sooner quilt top from the last boom. It's loaded on the long arm and is ready to be quilted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klaws View Post
    Here is my fabric. The background looks white but it is actually yellow. I love the bright colors. Really different from the grays that I had last time. I think everyone will have fun with it.

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    Love this! Going to be fun playing with this one.
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    take time to build memories with the kids

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    With fabric being 42-45" wide its hard to use it efficiently. What I do is get 4 pieces from each width. They will be between 10 1/2 and 11 ' wide. Then I add a few inches and send 20 - 22" long. This way I don't have any wastage. I get 20 pieces out of 2 3/4 yards 100" fabric. (10 1/2 " wide x 20 " long) This helps, especially if you are using stash fabric and don't have more than 3 yards or are on a tight budget. I do try to be meticulous about straight of grain when cutting.

    As usual I've got a lot of projects going but I love playing with boom fabric so I can't resist joining. I look forward to Boom23.
    Last edited by mjpEncinitas; 07-02-2019 at 11:41 AM.

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    I would like to be in both groups.
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