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    June 9 Patch Block Swap Signups

    June 9 Patch Block Swap

    Join us for our second 9 Patch Block Swap, a very fun way to use up your scraps! Please read this entire post! There are changes since last time….

    Sign ups require a commitment to communicate. You will be required to check in with your thread at least once a week, so we know you are still involved. Post your pics of blocks or anything else you are working on, reply to other’s pictures and comments, or chat a bit. We had a nice community last time, because of the ones who participated in the thread.

    Also, anyone who does not respond to my pms and/or emails will be subject to banning from this and future swaps. If I contact you, you must respond in a timely manner (not longer than 48 hours). I am not going to tolerate the silent treatment. Period.

    Sign ups are open until May 31. Blocks to me no later than June 26.

    This swap is open to International swappers, too… providing they send the additional postage for return shipment. Please research how much return shipping you will need (from Mississippi, USA) and include it.

    We are swapping sets of 10 blocks per bag, up to 10 bags. Bags must contain 10 completely different blocks (no fabric repeats in a bag.) Each bag can contain the same set, just no duplicates in any one bag. I need the bags ready to swap bag-for-bag.

    The finished blocks will be 6.5” and will be made of two different fabrics only. Please look at these examples:

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    Please try to use different fabrics than you used in the last swap

    You will need quart size bags (not sandwich) to accommodate the size of the blocks. Please put your board name on each bag. Before mailing, put all your bags into a big gallon bag with your name and address clearly on the bag, along with your board name. Then ship in either a tyvek or padded flat rate envelope. No paper envelopes, as they don’t hold up. Be sure to include your return postage! It’s $7.25 now for the padded flat rate envelopes I will use for U.S. shipping. I will not be making change this time, so if you send $8 or $10 I will consider it a donation towards the printer ink and tape fund.

    Please use good fabric in your blocks… like you would hope to receive. 100% cotton, only. No thin fabrics. If you have to starch it to make it acceptable, don’t use it for this swap. Prewashed or not really doesn’t matter in pieces this size, so just use what you have.

    We are doing the same theme as last time: Colors!, making two fabric blocks, checkerboard style… 5 of one fabric and 4 of another in each block. No solid white, cream, WOW or COC. Let’s use color! Prints on white or cream backgrounds are fine. However, if your fabric reads as ‘white’ from across the room, the block will be returned to you, unswapped.

    Use your scraps, but please use different ones than last time. If you can cut your scraps into long strips 2.5” wide, strip piecing is actually the fastest way to make a lot of blocks. Here is a link to a tutorial on this method:
    https://www.connectingthreads.com/tutorials/Nine_Patch_Lesson_2_Speed_Strip_Quilting_for_a_Bab y_quilt__D3.html

    Choose two prints that look fun together, but not necessarily matchy-matchy!

    Your finished blocks must measure 6.5”. In a follow-up post I will tell you how to insure they do. Everyone did great with this last time… let’s continue!

    As always, regular Quilting Board swap rules apply: https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...-a-t20154.html

    Sign up by pm’ing me your real name and address.

    Let’s have fun again!

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    How to Make Perfect 6.5" 9 Patches

    Many of you are pros at making perfect 9 patches, but for those who struggle, I have some tips. Blocks must be 6.5" square to be eligible for this swap (so they fit with everyone else's... ), and not just because I am mean. So how do we get that?

    Start by squaring off a straight cut across your fabric or scrap. When you cut your 2.5" strips or squares, pay attention that your ruler line is on the fabric, not the mat. Then get your true 2.5" cut.

    I have found that I have to sew a scant quarter inch seam. If I sew a full 1/4, my blocks come out too small. Every time. I have a scant quarter foot on my Juki that I use, but if you machine does not, you need to experiment and find a line on your machine bed, or place a piece of tape where that scant quarter line is. Then follow it!

    After sewing, I press to the dark, and my little checkerboard 9-patch will have beautifully nesting seams. I also check to see that the center block or strip is measuring exactly 2", as it should.

    When cross cutting strip sets, again square off a straight line perpendicular to the long edges and measure from there, with the ruler line again on the fabric and not the mat.

    There are online tutes about how to spin seams at your four intersections, if you need them.

    Lastly, take your 6.5" ruler and place it on your pressed block and sliver trim the edges. If something doesn't quite reach the 6.5" edge, you may have to pick open a couple of little seams and alter them slightly. You wouldn't believe how often I do this, so I can send the right size block.

    Remember, 6.5"... not 6.25" or 6.75" or 6.5"x 6.25".
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    I'm in...can't wait!

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    I want to join! :-) I didn't read post #1. lol Just kidding.
    It's #2 I didn't read. lol Oh, no... just kidding again!

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    Quite the jokester, Givio! Not everyone will need post #2... But #1 is a requirement, so everyone is on the same page. Last time people made some mistakes that let me know they did not bother to read the instructions. (I love it when I get to use the green face!)

    One thing I wanted to mention to all players in this swap: The hostess gifts I received last time were awesome, but I want you to know it is not necessary! If you want to bless me with a gift, please just send an extra 9patch or two for me. I would be thrilled with that.

    Let the 9 Patches begin! I've been making some tonight, myself.
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    DH and I are going to be on vacation in a few weeks (30th anniversary - woo hoo!), so I needed to get a jump start on my blocks. Here are some of my favorites. I sent a PM to sign up a little while ago.

    I'm using a different version of my photo editing software, and it's very different than the previous one. They moved all the buttons around! Ahhh! (There's that "green face" again! ha ha) Hopefully the pictures are a good size (not too big, and not too small). Any blocks that might look crooked are just my rushed photography.

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    I'm in

    Awesome blocks moon here are some of mine I have been working on

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    I just PMd you to join this swap. I am unable to do pictures. I haven't been able to figure it out. I know there is a tute on the board somewhere. The blocks are beautiful. I have a lot of material left over from the Red White and blue swap so I am going to use some of that up, material from my disappearing quilt I made my Grandson. So the sewing begins.

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    Fun, fun, fun! Round two!!

    Lovely blocks shown already, moonrise and Billi! You are on top of things!

    I'll be watching and chatting with you ladies, but unfortunately I won't be able to participate this time. Such a shame, as I have so many scraps from my last thrift store haul-- something like 8 yards, lol!
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    NZQuilter, you have bigger fish to fry right now... moving is an ordeal so don't worry about this swap. Hope you join another one later. Glad you will still be participating in the thread as much as you are able. Good luck with the move and hope everything goes smoothly!
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    Swappers! I failed to include one important thing in my introductory post. Smells!! I had a problem last time with one package that arrived smelling of cigarette smoke, and another reeking of perfumey fragrance. Both make me ill.... I had to take the packages outside and lay each block out to air for about 12 hours. The open air really does the trick to remove fragrances and smoke. However, I don't want to have to do this again with anyone's package, as handling those blocks gave me a major headache. So... if you plan to prewash your fabric, please do not use dryer sheets or fabric softeners, or anything with fragrance. If your fabric is already prewashed with such, and is perfumey, you will need to lay it outside to "air" for at least 12 hours (flipping the blocks halfway through that time) to get all the smell out of them, before you bag them up. The same goes for smokers... air the blocks before you bag them up. I am very sorry but if I smell these smells through the package, I won't be able to open it. I'll have to return to sender. I'm just not willing to get sick doing this.

    I know that other women my age are also sensitive to scents, so everyone will appreciated getting blocks that only smell like fabric. We all like that smell!
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    Those blocks are beautiful, Billi and Moon!
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    I hope I am in time to sign up. These will be easy enough to do because all my strips are on a hanger waiting to be used up. This will clean out some scraps for sure. My goal will be for the full 10 bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    I hope I am in time to sign up. These will be easy enough to do because all my strips are on a hanger waiting to be used up. This will clean out some scraps for sure. My goal will be for the full 10 bags.
    Ok ladyfriend, I can tell you did not read the entire first post! Just by your questions... Please go back and read it and then sign up by pm, as it says in that post. When you pm me, confirm that you have read the post in it's entirety and that you agree with the rules. We are so glad to have you swapping this time!

    I posted some additional info beyond the first post, so be sure to read the thread!

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Read thru everything, No smokers in my home and I don't wear perfume. Thanks for letting me in. Am off today and tomorrow, so will start my blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Ok ladyfriend, I can tell you did not read the entire first post! Just by your questions... Please go back and read it and then sign up by pm, as it says in that post. When you pm me, confirm that you have read the post in it's entirety and that you agree with the rules. We are so glad to have you swapping this time!

    I posted some additional info beyond the first post, so be sure to read the thread!

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Oh you mean this phrase? Sign up by pm’ing me your real name and address.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    Oh you mean this phrase? Sign up by pm’ing me your real name and address.
    There was one other clue too...
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    Today I played with my scrap strips, only I made a bunch of garlic knot blocks instead of 9 patches. These are fun and I have a new inload of scraps, so I'm trying to use some up. Then I'll go back to the 9Ps... Plenty of time yet.
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    I’m in again. Looking forward to making and receiving more cute 9P. I sent a PM to you with my info.
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    Since I was gifted an extra set last round, I'm going to sit this round out. I'll wait for the next round to go again. I'm going to lurk and watch all of you having fun with those cute little 9 patches. Meanwhile, I keep seeing different patterns to use these in. I never realized they were so versatile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libster View Post
    Since I was gifted an extra set last round, I'm going to sit this round out. I'll wait for the next round to go again. I'm going to lurk and watch all of you having fun with those cute little 9 patches. Meanwhile, I keep seeing different patterns to use these in. I never realized they were so versatile.
    Oh bummer.... Please come and visit and chat, anyway! Show us some of those great patterns when you find them.
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    Well... end of sign up day 1 and we have 10 already! Here's who:

    Cheesehead
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    Quiltermomma
    D.Henson
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    Great start, everyone!
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    I will send you my PM to sign up again. It was so much fun last time and I want some more. I have my guild retreat this weekend so I will have them on the side for leader and enders so should be able to finish quite a few.
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    I would like to sign up for this swap but I have to wait until the end. I will be moving to Ohio next week and get the keys to my new apartment on May 29. I have to wait and see when the movers will be delivering my stuff. I'm taking my sewing machine, quilting tools and some fabric in the car with me just in case I have to wait a long time. My son has a nice table for me to use so at least I can have something to do waiting for the movers. Sewbiz, I will let you know for sure by the 31st.
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    Hi Sewbiz,

    I'm in. I haven't decided how many sets yet. I love making 9 patch blocks1

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