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    Ok now to post the fabrics I'm sending this time..........


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    The previous I Spy swap was my first. I sent in 6 sets of colorful, kid-friendly charms, four of which I bought specifically for the swap. Among them were Hoffman California and Timeless Treasures. I don't remember the other manufacturers but none of them were low thread count or see-through. I used a Shape Cut ruler and cut them all very carefully, to 5" square. You can see most of them, in last month's swap photos. All I expected in return, was for the majority of my received charms to be suitable for use. I really don't see how that is so unreasonable. I received many very nice charms. However, like already mentioned by others, a lot of the others were cut incorrectly, several with rounded corners or jagged edges. Those cannot be used, period. At least one had a selvedge still attached. That one cannot be use, period. A good handful are thin enough, to see through to the squares beneath them. They look as if they're of very low thread count and are starched, to hold them together. I will not use a charm that looks as if it will fall apart, in the wash. Then there are those that I simply would not put into a young child's quilt, such as skulls, 'hot' lip prints, faded out prints, along with many that are otherwise just not at all interesting, to young children. I didn't count the usable ones but would be very surprised if there are even half as many charms, as I sent. Now, I had no intention of sending back the badly cut ones, as I wouldn't wish those on anyone. However, I was hoping to send back some of the 'pink princess' ones (a little girl needs only so many of those), as well as some other similar charms and the ones geared more toward older children/teens.

    Charlotte and Sandra have been very understanding and generous, about this issue. However, it seems quite a few of you resent the fact that I asked about returning some of the blocks. Therefore, I'll withdraw my request, as I would never, ever expect special treatment, from any group. I do thank you, for letting me know your feelings.

    As for using the unwanted charms in charity quilts, I would never give a lesser quilt to charity, than I would give to a friend. But that's just me.
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    Sewmany.................the twist is 10 pairs (two of the same fabric) of I spy squares in one baggie..........you can't use the same fabric that you used in your 6 swap baggies............

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    Neesie, there is nothing wrong with asking! I didn't see any badly cut charms in the 6 sets I got, but I did get back several of my own. I am not upset... just figure it is pretty confusing to swap for so many people without mistakes!

    I think we all are going to get a few that don't quite fit the bill for us. Maybe we should label those seperately if we are sending them back in, if the coordinator is willing to pick them out to send to new people. I wouldn't want to get the same fabrics over again.

    I think it should be up to the coordinator to make the rule to re-swap or not to re-swap, as it's more work for her to be sure reswaps go to new people only.

    Just my two cents... I will live with it either way and still enjoy the fun!
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    I guess I'm confused about the returning of squares...if you are allowed to have a mixture of fabrics within the set of 20 how would anyone know if it was from a prior swap or if you just had a hodge podge of squares in one baggie? If they meet the swap rules I'd think a mixed baggie would be fine.

    To not expect to get back some fabric from a prior swap would require the memory of 10 elephants for the poor hostess...I don't see how anyone would ever know who got what previously. I'm in awe of their abilities to sort and swap them anyway I tip my hat to all the hostesses.

    6 sets of 20 each is 120 squares. If your set of 20 is all the same, things are a little simpler...if not then it really gets hectic.

    6 sets from 20 different swappers (keeping the math easy here for me) is 120 different fabrics (if they are all the same fabric). I can't see how within that 120 fabrics there won't be a few duplicates. (Increase the number of swappers and that increases the number of possible duplicates)

    This is a swap...you take your chances at what comes back so you can have a variety of fabrics to choose from to use. We say "thanks for swapping" and use the ones we want and re-purpose the others. If you aren't getting back what you think you should, I'm sorry (even though I haven't swapped squares this year) you aren't happy. I'd like to think everyone IS sending the best they have and wish to swap with.

    I was going to sign up but now I will rethink it for a little bit ... these use to be fun but they seem to have become some what well, un-fun?
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    catpawski - thanks for answering Sewmany's question. I have been really busy today.

    Sewmany - Sorry I didn't respond to your question. Hope you join our swap.

    Quote Originally Posted by catpawski View Post
    Sewmany.................the twist is 10 pairs (two of the same fabric) of I spy squares in one baggie..........you can't use the same fabric that you used in your 6 swap baggies............
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    Thanks for your input. Since this is my first time hosting, I haven't had to do the swapping yet. I think Sandra has done a great job. If I get a charm that I sent in, I just figure that someone else also sent in that fabric too. I hope you do join our swap. I think it usually goes smooth, we just hit a hiccup. Everything will work out fine.



    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    I guess I'm confused about the returning of squares...if you are allowed to have a mixture of fabrics within the set of 20 how would anyone know if it was from a prior swap or if you just had a hodge podge of squares in one baggie? If they meet the swap rules I'd think a mixed baggie would be fine.

    To not expect to get back some fabric from a prior swap would require the memory of 10 elephants for the poor hostess...I don't see how anyone would ever know who got what previously. I'm in awe of their abilities to sort and swap them anyway I tip my hat to all the hostesses.

    6 sets of 20 each is 120 squares. If your set of 20 is all the same, things are a little simpler...if not then it really gets hectic.

    6 sets from 20 different swappers (keeping the math easy here for me) is 120 different fabrics (if they are all the same fabric). I can't see how within that 120 fabrics there won't be a few duplicates. (Increase the number of swappers and that increases the number of possible duplicates)

    This is a swap...you take your chances at what comes back so you can have a variety of fabrics to choose from to use. We say "thanks for swapping" and use the ones we want and re-purpose the others. If you aren't getting back what you think you should, I'm sorry (even though I haven't swapped squares this year) you aren't happy. I'd like to think everyone IS sending the best they have and wish to swap with.

    I was going to sign up but now I will rethink it for a little bit ... these use to be fun but they seem to have become some what well, un-fun?
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    Thanks Owlvamp for your post to help clear thing up.

    There is 14 days left to sign up for this swap. I hope we can get some more to sign up. Lets all have fun and swap some fun fabrics.

    If you have signed up and your name isn't on the list, pm so I can get you listed. Thanks
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    Those look like cute squares catpawski!

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    oh? Can we have a mixture of prints in one baggie? I thought each bag should contain all the same print.

    Moonwork42029-- C'mon and join! It is fun! It's fun to choose a print, it's fun to mail it and wonder what you'll get back, it's fun to be in a group of other like-minded hobbyists who are creating something too, like you. :-)

    If everyone uses the swap rule 'send something you'd like to receive' then, sure, it's fun! I thought about some of the comments here today... and now I like all the fabrics I got, even the ones I wasn't keen on before. When I look at each one, I think-- this woman (or man?) has taken the time to choose this fabric and cut it for me. She's either spent her time shopping and paying her hard earned dollar for it, or she's looked through fabrics at home that's she's collected one way or another. She's made the trip to the post office for postage, she's packed it up for me and mailed it. Maybe she's young and full of energy. Maybe she's quick. Maybe she's well-to-do, can afford to buy what ever she likes, has a rotary cutter and whipped out the charms in rows and finished cutting in 15 minutes. Or maybe she's elderly and slow... maybe she's living on social security, maybe she took a fabric from her closet she had for 20 years and now at last she's decided to use it. Maybe she has arthritis in her hands, who knows? maybe she's using a scissors to fussy cut areas she selects, and leaning over her table, cutting each squares separately from that pile of pieces for two hours has made her back ache... I've come to appreciate all the charms I received. It might be someone didn't like them and I got some returned ones, but originally they came from somebody who hoped they would be well-received. :-) They sent something they'd like to receive!

    I'm glad for the opportunity to be in a group of people who are sewing and making things and sharing. I have been to a couple of countries where the people were poor and there was economic struggle. Believe me, orphans love even a piece of paper! Any quilt made from any kind of fabric would be a wonderful treasure to them. Check out this blog-- they would love to receive your work if you haven't found another outlet yet for your donations: http://quiltsbeyondborders.wordpress.com/

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    Catpawski, I love your fabrics and hope I get some of your squares!
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    Thank you for this!
    I have to say that not everything I have received was something I would have wanted. Your words give me a new perspective, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by givio View Post
    oh? Can we have a mixture of prints in one baggie? I thought each bag should contain all the same print.

    Moonwork42029-- C'mon and join! It is fun! It's fun to choose a print, it's fun to mail it and wonder what you'll get back, it's fun to be in a group of other like-minded hobbyists who are creating something too, like you. :-)

    If everyone uses the swap rule 'send something you'd like to receive' then, sure, it's fun! I thought about some of the comments here today... and now I like all the fabrics I got, even the ones I wasn't keen on before. When I look at each one, I think-- this woman (or man?) has taken the time to choose this fabric and cut it for me. She's either spent her time shopping and paying her hard earned dollar for it, or she's looked through fabrics at home that's she's collected one way or another. She's made the trip to the post office for postage, she's packed it up for me and mailed it. Maybe she's young and full of energy. Maybe she's quick. Maybe she's well-to-do, can afford to buy what ever she likes, has a rotary cutter and whipped out the charms in rows and finished cutting in 15 minutes. Or maybe she's elderly and slow... maybe she's living on social security, maybe she took a fabric from her closet she had for 20 years and now at last she's decided to use it. Maybe she has arthritis in her hands, who knows? maybe she's using a scissors to fussy cut areas she selects, and leaning over her table, cutting each squares separately from that pile of pieces for two hours has made her back ache... I've come to appreciate all the charms I received. It might be someone didn't like them and I got some returned ones, but originally they came from somebody who hoped they would be well-received. :-) They sent something they'd like to receive!

    I'm glad for the opportunity to be in a group of people who are sewing and making things and sharing. I have been to a couple of countries where the people were poor and there was economic struggle. Believe me, orphans love even a piece of paper! Any quilt made from any kind of fabric would be a wonderful treasure to them. Check out this blog-- they would love to receive your work if you haven't found another outlet yet for your donations: http://quiltsbeyondborders.wordpress.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by givio View Post
    I have been to a couple of countries where the people were poor and there was economic struggle. Believe me, orphans love even a piece of paper! Any quilt made from any kind of fabric would be a wonderful treasure to them. Check out this blog-- they would love to receive your work if you haven't found another outlet yet for your donations: http://quiltsbeyondborders.wordpress.com/
    givio do you make quilts for orphanages? Some of my children used to live in an orphanage or in very difficult circumstances. I currently quilt donation quilts for Vietnam vets and hospice and can not add another project but I am so glad to read about this project.
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    Oh my gosh ladies . I'm sorry Charlotte you have to go through this. I've seen so much drama in the swaps this past few weeks. I won't join swaps because of it. I'm not a drama person and started the I SpY Swap for fun. I wanted everyone to have FUN! But it doesn't seem that way now. I. Sorry you all but some people can not afford high quality fabric. And in the rules not by me but the board the swap has to be open to everyone. You have no idea what the person disable issues are and they are doing there best. I did not come across one with selvage that couldn't be hidden in the 1/4 seam. I think there was one and if you are unhappy with it send it back to me and I will replace it. As a hostess I have done a lot to keep some that weren't quite perfect and I will use them in mine. Even if a corner was a tad off it will be hidden in the seam and no one will notice. I am proud of every quilt I send to charity. I do my best at everything I do.
    I believe there is something in the air the last few weeks. Just stop and look around and how many people are without jobs or in financial pinch. Those ones here in our swap are doing there best. Please let's send in fabric you want to receive back. But remember you might can afford high quality fabric but another might only can go to Walmart , Joann's or wherever and that's there best. If anyone can't handle that then this swap is not for you. I thought this swap was so much better. Unfortunately I can not take orders there was so many in the swap. I honestly thought everyone did wonderful on choosing their children's fabric for the last swap.
    So let's have fun! Let's be thankful for what we receive and have tons of fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by givio View Post
    If everyone uses the swap rule 'send something you'd like to receive' then, sure, it's fun! I thought about some of the comments here today... and now I like all the fabrics I got, even the ones I wasn't keen on before. When I look at each one, I think-- this woman (or man?) has taken the time to choose this fabric and cut it for me. She's either spent her time shopping and paying her hard earned dollar for it, or she's looked through fabrics at home that's she's collected one way or another. She's made the trip to the post office for postage, she's packed it up for me and mailed it. Maybe she's young and full of energy. Maybe she's quick. Maybe she's well-to-do, can afford to buy what ever she likes, has a rotary cutter and whipped out the charms in rows and finished cutting in 15 minutes. Or maybe she's elderly and slow... maybe she's living on social security, maybe she took a fabric from her closet she had for 20 years and now at last she's decided to use it. Maybe she has arthritis in her hands, who knows? maybe she's using a scissors to fussy cut areas she selects, and leaning over her table, cutting each squares separately from that pile of pieces for two hours has made her back ache... I've come to appreciate all the charms I received. It might be someone didn't like them and I got some returned ones, but originally they came from somebody who hoped they would be well-received. :-) They sent something they'd like to receive!

    I'm glad for the opportunity to be in a group of people who are sewing and making things and sharing. I have been to a couple of countries where the people were poor and there was economic struggle. Believe me, orphans love even a piece of paper! Any quilt made from any kind of fabric would be a wonderful treasure to them.
    You hit the nail on the head exactly for me! Thank you for your clear thoughts from the heart. My day is looking better already.

    Thank you to all the hostesses for all the swaps...YOU do a fantastic job

    I've slept on it and will pm you at lunch to join up too. (I gotta get ready for work now darn it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by owlvamp View Post
    Oh my gosh ladies . I'm sorry Charlotte you have to go through this. I've seen so much drama in the swaps this past few weeks. I won't join swaps because of it. I'm not a drama person and started the I SpY Swap for fun. I wanted everyone to have FUN! But it doesn't seem that way now. I. Sorry you all but some people can not afford high quality fabric. And in the rules not by me but the board the swap has to be open to everyone. You have no idea what the person disable issues are and they are doing there best. I did not come across one with selvage that couldn't be hidden in the 1/4 seam. I think there was one and if you are unhappy with it send it back to me and I will replace it. As a hostess I have done a lot to keep some that weren't quite perfect and I will use them in mine. Even if a corner was a tad off it will be hidden in the seam and no one will notice. I am proud of every quilt I send to charity. I do my best at everything I do.
    I believe there is something in the air the last few weeks. Just stop and look around and how many people are without jobs or in financial pinch. Those ones here in our swap are doing there best. Please let's send in fabric you want to receive back. But remember you might can afford high quality fabric but another might only can go to Walmart , Joann's or wherever and that's there best. If anyone can't handle that then this swap is not for you. I thought this swap was so much better. Unfortunately I can not take orders there was so many in the swap. I honestly thought everyone did wonderful on choosing their children's fabric for the last swap.
    So let's have fun! Let's be thankful for what we receive and have tons of fun!

    Thank you for saying this so perfectly. I was one who was somewhat critical of some of the squares that I got but as I mix them with others, my project is turning out wonderful, something a child and parent will have fun talking about at cuddle time. I'm so glad someone is organizing this swap because I have no experience in this area and taking the time to collect all these fabrics by other means would take so much time.

    Thank you Charlotte for doing the organizing! I admire you more than you will ever know.
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    My first swap with QB was August I believe? As soon as I cut my squares and send them out, I look for postings for the next one I find myself, whenever out, looking for fabric for future swaps! Novelty fabrics are just fun and now I have an "excuse" to buy them.

    I have to say, I'm disappointed to hear people are "re-swapping" what they don't like. With 120 different fabrics, there are bound to be a few that I don't care for as much. I just set them aside - they will find a home in some future project. There were comments before about squares that weren't even novelties. If I receive something like that, it just goes into my scrap pile and again, will find a home eventually.

    Givio - I love your posting! I could visualize all the different people you described We all have different stories and it's fun to imagine what they might be.

    Owlvamp - you got me hooked on these swaps! Charlotte - you have my admiration and thanks for taking on the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlotte37830 View Post
    I Spy Swap with a Twist Dead Line to Join is Oct 31, 2013

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    3. Please send 100 percent cotton only. Prewash or not prewash is exceptable . Squares should be carefully rotary cut from 100% cotton fabric. Keep in mind that your squares could end up in a child's quilt. Select fabrics that will hold up to a lot of love, wear, tears, draggin', cuddlin', washing, and trips through the dryer. Fabrics that fray easily, or are fairly easy to see through are not good candidates for this swap.
    FTR - Please notice the part, in boldface. No one has complained about 'inexpensive' fabric, only see-through and very low thread count, which means lots of fraying, especially with a 1/4" seam. Applying starch does not keep the fabric from fraying, once it's washed. Inexpensive colored fabric costs no more than inexpensive white see-through fabric. There are many inexpensive fabrics, at WalMart, and at least half of them are not white and are not see-through.

    I've found quite a few nice quality fabrics, at WalMart. I have several pieces from the bargain bin, for which I paid $2 a yard. I have many pieces from Hobby Lobby, for which I paid about $4 a yard (after the 30% everyday discount). I've found several dirt-cheap pieces, in Hobby Lobby's remnants (slightly less than a yard, marked down several times, to less than $2). I also shop a lot online, for great LQS brand bargains. It just isn't hard, to find decent non-see-through fabric, for very little money! If the rule of a swap is no see-through fabrics, there should be no see-through fabrics. Period. Just my opinion, of course.
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    I am not in this swap because I have been in the last three hosted by owlvamp and have enough charms at this time. I think everyone should just be grateful someone is willing to do this work and give us an opportunity to receive a lot of different fabrics without having to buy them all in a store or online. There will be some charms you won't be able to use but the majority should be fine. If you are not happy with the results then don't join again. Just mho.
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    I also truly enjoy this and other swaps I take part in. One remedy I have to duplicate charms is to make a Matching I Spy Quilt. I use 2 of the same square not close together. Then the game is not only I Spy but it can also be I Spy a Pig. can you find another pig? This way you get 2 activities in 1. For the other charms that I receive that I don't like or think inappropriate, I put those in my scrap box and use for other quilts (scrappy, 4 patch, to yoyo, etc.
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    Thank you everyone for the positive remarks that have been posted. I thank Owlvamp for starting this swap. I offered to help so she could have some time to get her strength back and we could continue with the swap.

    The way I look at it even if I don't exactly like one of the charms, the quilt isn't for me. Maybe the child it is for will. If the child isn't old enough to know what something is on the charms, it is a learning opportunity. The only I Spy quilt I have made was for a 2 year old. I figured he may not know what each item is, but his mama can use it to teach him with. Example: This is a butterfly. This is green. How many lady bugs? 1, 2, etc. If I don't think it is suitable for a child's I Spy, I just add it to the scrap pile or it is cut down to four 2.5" squares for another project. As givio and Owlvamp said: Somebody has spent their time and money to share with me. Some can afford better some can afford less. As my mom would say: If somebody gives $1, but all they have is $2 then they have given more than the millionaire that gave $1,000.

    I haven't joined other swaps because they have said no JoAnns, Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart. While I do buy from a quilting store on occasion, it isn't very often. I have 6 children and 9 grandbabies so there is always somebody that needs something. Swaps are a way for me to have a wide variety of fabrics without having to spend as much money.

    If anybody is trying to decide if you want to join, please do. It really is a lot of fun. Choosing what fabric to use, cutting, mailing and then getting your charms in return. It is like Christmas getting to open the package and seeing all the different prints.
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    I recently made an I SPY for a 2-year old. Her parents used sign language with her and she will sign rather than verbalize so this may help her be more verbal. Duplicate blocks? one went in the quilt and the other laminated so it can be used as a matching game....I was just asked if I would sell them a couple they could give their nieces for Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I'm short on blocks right now...but searching my stash to see if I have the proper prints to join the new swap. Also, these aren't restricted to 2 year olds. I'm making one for my grandson who is 10, but using squares to represent his favorite things (more of a memory quilt).

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    Marybrace, I hope you join us. I really like the idea of laminating blocks to use as a matching game. I may use that idea for my grandbabies quilts if you don't mind.
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    I received packages from wendiq and sewbizgirl. Thanks for sending them in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marybrace View Post
    I recently made an I SPY for a 2-year old. Her parents used sign language with her and she will sign rather than verbalize so this may help her be more verbal. Duplicate blocks? one went in the quilt and the other laminated so it can be used as a matching game....I was just asked if I would sell them a couple they could give their nieces for Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I'm short on blocks right now...but searching my stash to see if I have the proper prints to join the new swap. Also, these aren't restricted to 2 year olds. I'm making one for my grandson who is 10, but using squares to represent his favorite things (more of a memory quilt).

    I also like the idea of laminating a square. I think that's so neat.thanks for sharing that and thanks everyone for being so understanding.

    Hats off to Charlotte for her first swap and doing an awesome job. I hope more come and join and have fun!!
    Sandra
    Treat people the way you want to be treated!!

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