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Thread: March 2017 I Spy Charm Swap

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    March 2017 I Spy Charm Swap

    Itís time for I Spy Charms again.


    PLEASE take your time cutting and be sure you have correct 5" squares. I will be taking squares out of their bags, to check the cuts if they look off. In one of our swaps, I unfortunately had to return bundles of squares that were cut too small or not fussy cut. This time, your name will be on every one of your bags and if your squares are found to be cut wrong, they will not be swapped out and will be returned to you. Please take the time to cut well and check your squares before you put them in those bags. Letís have all good squares this time.

    CUTTING/PACKAGING METHOD:
    We will be sending 10 DIFFERENT fabrics in each bag we swap. All your bags can have the same mixture in them, or different, but you cannot repeat fabrics in any one bag. We will be swapping bag for bag, so there must be 10 different fabrics in each bag. Please put your board name and state on every bag you are swapping. For instance, "rbwiese TN" for mine...

    You may swap either 8 bags or 16 bags. You will get 8 - 5" squares in one width of fabric, PROVIDING your print does not require fussy cutting. If it does, you may get less cuts out your yardage. PLEASE FUSSY CUT if your print requires it. Send the kind of nice squares you hope to receive. Choose to make and swap either 8 or 16 bags.


    MAILING DATE: Mail by April 15, 2017

    THE USUAL 'STUFF':
    1. Send what you would like to receive, quality-wise. Send only 100% cotton quilting fabric. Please do not send thin or loosely woven fabrics. If it has to be starched to be acceptable or is stiff with sizing, it's probably not a good fabric for this swap.

    2. Try and find new prints you have not sent before or seen in the swap, if at all possible. We all like new stuff! Please select easily recognizable prints that would be acceptable in a child's quilt. No flowers, lines, stars, geometrics, batiks. We need recognizable objects. If I find unusable fabrics in your baggies, I will return all to you unswapped.

    3. Please pm me (rbwiese) and tell me you want to join and how many bags you intend to swap. I need your real name, address and an email address. I will respond to you with my mailing address for you to mail your swaps to me.

    4. Put all your swap baggies in one big ziplock with your name and mailing address, as well as your board name. That will keep them together in your package and if it happens to get torn open in shipping, and your address will be there for the P.O. to return to you. Speaking of "torn open"... those paper flat rate envelopes are the pits. They tear so easily, especially with lumpy contents in them. Do yourself a favor and use something better-- like the Tyvek envelopes, poly envelopes or padded flat rate envelopes. You have to order the latter from the post office online, in packages of 10, but they are free. If you do it NOW, you will have your envelopes in time to mail. If you do use the paper flat rate envelope, please securely add additional tape around the envelope.

    5. Postage: I will be using the padded flat rate envelope. The price of shipping has just taken a big jump. It now costs $6.50 for the padded flat rate envelope using Paypal address labels. Please send cash or you can use Paypal. If you send stamps, it will cost the $7.20 that is required by the Post Office. If you have a Paypal account, you can print single label shipping for $6.50 Ė here is the link https://www.paypal.com/shiplabel/create/
    If you want to use an alternative envelope method, please put the postage on the envelope and enclose the self-addressed envelope to me.


    Remember to send in what you would like to receive back. We had some really good quality fabric last time - so try to find some again this time.

    Letís have tons of fun, and of course you have to follow all the basic QB swap rules, found here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-20154-1.htm

    TO SIGN UP, send me a pm with your name, address, and how many sets you want to swap (8 or 16). Then get cutting!
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    Love the I Spy swaps! I'm in for 8 sets. Sending PM.

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    I'll PM tomorrow, but I'm in for 16 sets again. They are already cut and ready to be mailed out this week!
    If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough!

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    Rena, you mentioned that you would like to see new fabrics. I have lots of fabric that I have used in swaps previously, but don't remember which venue and when they were used. Some fabric vendors I frequent require 1 yard minimums, which will do several swaps. Also, they are sometimes generous with their cuts, so I have lots of fabric I've swapped previously.

    How important is it to have new fabrics? I'm in a quandary. I don't want to waste the fabric I have, but I want to comply with the wishes of the group.

    bkay

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    I got my squares mailed off earlier today, I think they said they should arrive by Friday.
    If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough!

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    I am in for 16!

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    I joined the swap again as I am running low on stuff as I have made several quilts, so wouldn't mind repeats on my end. I can't remember which I had used, so I added some new fabric and pulled some from stash.

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    I am in for 8 bags unless I can come up with more fabric.

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    I gave this some thought before replying. I think, because we had so many duplicates in the last swap, that if you used it last month, wait on sending more of those fabrics. I think it is a case maybe of send what you would like to receive.

    If we have some new people sign up and you want to send some of it then, mark their bags and I will try to distribute it to them.

    Rena
    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    Rena, you mentioned that you would like to see new fabrics. I have lots of fabric that I have used in swaps previously, but don't remember which venue and when they were used. Some fabric vendors I frequent require 1 yard minimums, which will do several swaps. Also, they are sometimes generous with their cuts, so I have lots of fabric I've swapped previously.

    How important is it to have new fabrics? I'm in a quandary. I don't want to waste the fabric I have, but I want to comply with the wishes of the group.

    bkay
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    Reading the rest of the posts, I see some wouldn't mind having repeats - so I guess use your judgement on what you want to do.
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    I sometimes use squares in color blocks, so some of the colors are hard to find enough of. Plus, I have several new babies coming this summer so I need to get busy and put together several tops. I also need to put together several for the charity that our guild supports, so I need to get my act together. My husband has recently retired and he doesn't get moving real fast any longer, so there is breakfast and coffee, dog in the lap, look at Facebook for several hours, then maybe work in the garage or not....it has been hard for me to get much done with him so "around". I know everyone adjusts, so I have hope! Plus he has worked hard all of his life and I have been on disability for quite a few years, so I know not having a set schedule is something he has looked forward to. We spent the morning going to several estate sales, and I am happy to say, we walked out without any purchases. We have enough for our kids to get rid of one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingdragon View Post
    I joined the swap again as I am running low on stuff as I have made several quilts, so wouldn't mind repeats on my end. I can't remember which I had used, so I added some new fabric and pulled some from stash.
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    I also found this quilt - I think it would be pretty with our I Spy charms - not sure if I would need to cut them down to make it work or not. Will have to graph it out a bit maybe...

    https://3and3quarters.net/2012/08/15/unexpected-starts/

    Scroll down to her Jacob's ladder.
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    We have a good group going.........

    moonrise 16
    sleepyhollow 16
    pinkflowers 16
    kele 8
    jannie 8
    Irene C. 16
    clmay 16
    quiltingdragon 16
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    If we had a lot of duplicates on the last swap, then that would indicate that several swappers bought their fabric from the same sources. Duplicates from one swap to the next might indicate the same swapper using the same fabrics over and over again.

    jmho

    bkay

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    I' m in for 8. will pm you. I am ok with duplicates because baby quilts are small and I do them for charity. I just want them cute. If we don't swap, we all have way too many duplicates from one yard of fabric, and that is not cute!

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    You are right - we had several duplicate fabric purchases last time. Also, didn't have enough swappers to give everyone different assortments.

    But, overall, duplicates have been rather minimal since I started hosting the swap. Most of us make multiple quilts with the charms, so some duplicates are not a problem. Moonrise uses her fabrics in several ways in craft shows, some have indicated that they like to make "matching game" quilts so she uses 2 of each square. Then, I have one swapper who indicated she wouldn't be participating any longer because of duplicates - so the "can't please everyone all of the time".

    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    If we had a lot of duplicates on the last swap, then that would indicate that several swappers bought their fabric from the same sources. Duplicates from one swap to the next might indicate the same swapper using the same fabrics over and over again.

    jmho

    bkay
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    I am going to ask one more thing as each of you are selecting your fabrics - try to find bright colorful fabrics. The tone on tone items, while they are novelties, are not great I Spy quilt fabrics.

    Thanks!
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    Have added you, Jane Quilter, to my list. Received my first package yesterday!
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    I don't think there is anyway to always please everyone. I think it is fun and I get alot of different variety of fabrics than I would be able to otherwise. I don't mind having repeats as long as it is from the good quality material. The thinner see through stuff I really don't care for repeats of as I won't use those to begin with but it may not bother others. So if there is someone who will use those then let me know and I would be happy to send them to you ( the thinner and stiff fabrics). I will be doing 16 bags and my Mom will be doing 16.Thanks so much for doing this swap
    Last edited by Bullock2us; 03-18-2017 at 08:24 PM.

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    Here is another thought. I've bought cute panels like this before:

    https://www.fabric.com/buy/0327957/m...ork-panel-grey

    Now, months later, who got the spaceman, who got the rocket? If I got the alien, or all three, I would not consider it a duplicate...but there is a chance someone will get 2 rockets in two swaps. This is hard to be perfect, but I am determined to be happy no matter what the delivery or turn out.....I even got my own package back one swap, but I was happy because I sent out all cuties.

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    Our list is growing!

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    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    rbwiese , i mailed you my spy's today.....Janet

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    Is there enough interest to have an I Spy FLANNEL swap? The flannel is on clearance right now. Let me know! Also tell any of your friends know about our swap - would love to have another swapper or 2.
    One day, when I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end, please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt that I might keep a child comforted.

    Winter I Spy Swap

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    I would like to do a flannel swap. If we could use any design would be better for me, just not kids flannel. At our Joann's there were more everyday flannel then kids flannel on sale and clearance. I'd kind of like to use the blocks to make a winter quilt for myself, it would be fun to use all kinds of designs.

    But any is fine with me, count me in.
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    My charms are on their way! Delivery on Monday

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