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Thread: March 5" Charm Swap - Color Theme Neutral

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    March 5" Charm Swap - Color Theme Neutral

    March 5” Charm Swap – Color Theme (Neutral).
    Sign up ends Saturday, March 10th. Swaps need to be in my hands by March 21st, with final distribution by March 24th.

    ***The Color Theme for this month’s Swap is Neutral***

    1. Color theme of Neutral means it needs to read Neutral. This could be tone-on-tone, whites, creams, or very very light tan. If you are unsure, please please contact me before sending.

    2. You may swap up to 12 bags with 15 different 5" square charms in each bag. Please fussy cut if your fabric print requires it. Send the kind you hope to receive. Only send 100% quilting cotton squares!

    3. This is not to be considered a holiday themed swap. There are many on the board who would prefer for the holiday fabric to be eliminated or kept to a minimum. If you are in doubt, please ask before sending.

    Do Not Send: thin fabrics, homespuns, dotted swiss, denim, flannel, polyester or polyester blends, eyelet, wool, linen, fleece, knit, broadcloth, seersucker, Etc. Only send 100% quilting cotton, please.

    4. Take your time cutting and be sure you have correctly cut 5” squares. No one wants wonky squares ��

    Cutting/Packaging Method:
    We will be sending 15 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 15 different fabrics in each bag. Please put your board name & location on every bag you are swapping. For instance, "Redstilettos, West Bend, WI".

    5. Put all your swap bags in one big ziplock then affix a tag on it that includes 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 shipment - your address will be there for the P.O. to return to you. Padded flat rate envelopes are the best shipping method, the paper ones have a tendency to break open. You can order the padded flat rate envelops from the post office online, in packages of 10, and they are free. The cardboard type seams to rip too often for them to be realiable.

    6. Postage: It costs $7.25 to ship the padded flat rate envelop. Please include a USPS Money Order for $7.25 in your big ziplock to pay to return ship to you. Very well hidden cash or stamps are okay as well. I cannot ship back to you until I receive payment. No personal or company checks, please. Also, Please put your board name on the outside of your package. I don't open these until I am ready to distribute, and having your board name on the outside allows me to keep track of any I may be missing, or allow me to give feedback to you when your package has arrived.

    7. If I receive All swaps early, distribution back to swappers will be early, too!
    Let’s aim to be early! If I do not receive early, distribution happen by March 24th.



    I’m looking forward to having you!


    If you have questions, please PM me,
    Thank you!
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    Pretty sure I can do this one, all the fabric is packed up, but my sewing room will be organized right after the kitchen!

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    Count me in!

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    I'm in- this is really fun!!

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    Are you looking for primarily solids? I use small prints on white or cream or tan or gray for my neutrals. They may be too wild for this group. I'm pretty crazy with my neutrals, a la Bonnie Hunter.... Here is an example of what I'd use for neutrals:

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    Anything with a neutral background reads as neutral in a quilt. Most of these I pulled from your color swap baggies! I just set them aside in a neutrals collection. Please be honest and let me know if my idea of neutrals is too wild for you. I don't want to ruffle any feathers. And I can send tamer ones....
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    Got my neutral fabrics pulled. I plan to do the max number of bags. That third fabric is showing as a little darker than it actually is in person. I should've used my real camera to take the photo instead of my phone. I'll try to get them ironed and cut by tomorrow evening. Gotta finish another quick project first.

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    Moonrise, I like your choice of neutrals. Sewbiz, not so much ... many of those are too loud and busy to be used as neutrals. Just my opinion ........

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    Sewbiz - I think some of your fabrics are okay, but some of them (to me) read as a different color. Like the one with the darker butterflies ... to me, from a distance, I see the dark color of the butterflies before I see the background color.

    I've marked the ones "OK" that I would consider to be a neutral. I put "RAC" on the ones that, to me, read as a different color. And I put "??" on ones that, depending on the project, could go either way.

    All of this is, of course, just my own opinion based on how I'd use the different fabrics. Luckily we all see fabrics differently, otherwise all of our quilts would be the same. LOL!

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    Moonrise - love your fabrics and those are what I would be expecting based on the description in the original post.

    Sewbiz - nice fabrics, but to my eye many of those are not neutral, but will defer to Red as it is her swap.

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    I think my neutrals are more in line with Moonrise's. Different subject...Moonrise, without getting detailed or technical, how did you put captions on your photo? Is that special software or built into your camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispy_Frog View Post
    I think my neutrals are more in line with Moonrise's. Different subject...Moonrise, without getting detailed or technical, how did you put captions on your photo? Is that special software or built into your camera?
    It's a free computer program called PhotoScape. It has lots of editing features without being excessively complicated. Below is a link to it. If you download it, read everything carefully first. Many times, these days, downloads will automatically include extras (toolbars, etc.) that you probably won't want on your computer. You may need to uncheck a box to keep the unwanted stuff from downloading.

    http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

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    Ok, thanks for the feedback. It’s good to know what the group expects... safe neutrals. Not edgy neutrals...
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    Sewbiz, I am always very happy to receive a bag of your charms! There are really only 3 of your fabrics that don't strike me as true neutrals, the 2 center orange ones and the pink/red one on the left. Bonnie Hunter's idea of neutrals adds a lot of visual interest to a quilt. I have tried to expand my color selection in the last 2 years and it is really paying off. My past quilts seemed bland to me, but choosing a broader range of colors has made a lot of difference.

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    Thanks for the examples of fabrics that have been posted!

    I love the neutrals in Sewbizgirl's picture. They are examples that will lend more 'life' and 'movement' to a project. Quilters that like Bonnie Hunter's patterns often use such neutrals because she has made them popular by suggesting to use them.

    With regard to the picture of Moonrise, it's hard to see on my monitor, but some of them look like white-on-white or cream-on-cream.

    Tone on tone type fabrics often have prints and patterns that make them pretty, cute, or unique in some way-- but with mottled blenders, would there be a lot of point in swapping that type of fabric? Won't such fabric be very similar, with the most difference being just the shades of color of the off-white or cream?

    Could it please be clarified if WOW, WOC, or COC types of fabric will be used in this swap? There was a recent thread on the topic of the white-on-white type of fabric, which gave rise to some good points. There may be swappers that want to avoid that type of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by givio View Post
    Thanks for the examples of fabrics that have been posted!

    I love the neutrals in Sewbizgirl's picture. They are examples that will lend more 'life' and 'movement' to a project. Quilters that like Bonnie Hunter's patterns often use such neutrals because she has made them popular by suggesting to use them.

    With regard to the picture of Moonrise, it's hard to see on my monitor, but some of them look like white-on-white or cream-on-cream.

    Tone on tone type fabrics often have prints and patterns that make them pretty, cute, or unique in some way-- but with mottled blenders, would there be a lot of point in swapping that type of fabric? Won't such fabric be very similar, with the most difference being just the shades of color of the off-white or cream?

    Could it please be clarified if WOW, WOC, or COC types of fabric will be used in this swap? There was a recent thread on the topic of the white-on-white type of fabric, which gave rise to some good points. There may be swappers that want to avoid that type of fabric.
    Yes, nearly all of mine are tone-on-tone, with only three solids in the mix, and one cream with little navy flower shapes (far left of my photo).

    I had an idea that I thought I'd throw out there. What if we had two back-to-back swaps ... one for "safe" neutrals, and one for more "edgy" neutrals? It's up to Red, of course, but that way everyone could join the one they prefer. Personally, I'd join both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise View Post

    I had an idea that I thought I'd throw out there. What if we had two back-to-back swaps ... one for "safe" neutrals, and one for more "edgy" neutrals? It's up to Red, of course, but that way everyone could join the one they prefer. Personally, I'd join both.
    My gut feeling is that this idea may get confusing and crazy for Red, and would also divide the participation into smaller groups. It might be better just to let people send what they want and then the receiver can divide them however they like.

    I also don't care for WOW and COC, or any fabric where the design is painted on. And as Givio has said, what is the point in swapping for whites, or anything that is so similar to what you already have in your stash. Maybe we could agree to avoid those fabrics?

    Here's a great thread where WOWs and the the like were discussed recently:
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    I agree with Sewbizgirl- Let's swap like we usually do. Leave it to our "eye." The grays had "charcoal", "steel gray", "silver fox"....all sorts of gray- tinted blue to tan. I had no idea that "neutrals" could have a range as described by Bonnie Hunter.

    I caught the thread on white-on-white and have experienced the painted-on design that comes off in the wash. I purchased a Moda WoW recently, and it seemed to be that way, too....just not as obvious as some I bought at Joann's.

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    Moonrise, thanks for the name of the software!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Ok, thanks for the feedback. It’s good to know what the group expects... safe neutrals. Not edgy neutrals...
    Sewbiz, I love your neutrals. They are different , maybe that is why I like them!
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    Whew the flurry of comments, love it!

    I'm on the fence. I agree if we stick to only WOW or COC we would really end up with very similar swaps. But I can also see where sewbiz's ideas might be a little out there for some of us newer quilters.

    I like the idea of using our best judgement and using our eyes to "read" the pattern of the fabric and see how it goes. I had a sneaky suspicion this could have been an issue when the color was announced.

    I'm hoping we can all be open minded as to what people perceive as neutrals. If you get one or two that you normally wouldn't have considered neutral, maybe that is time for us to step back and go...hm....maybe I need to try this as one and see what happens?

    Quilting to me is artistic in expression, and sometimes stepping out of a comfort zone is good. I just like baby steps for that.

    Hope that helps!

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    I like Red's thinking...as I look at the 2 pics above, I basically have a lot of fabrics the same as or very similar to the ones in Moonrise's photo. Sewbizgirl's photo would be unique and I wouldn't feel like I paid double postage to swap charms identical/similar to what I sent in. Just my 2 cents, but I think pushing the limits a little would make for a much more interesting swap. Hey, it's neutrals, we gotta make them interesting Somehow Like the gray swap, I didn't even like gray until I looked through what I received and now I can't wait to use them.
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    Okay, I will see what "edgy neutrals" I can find.

    I already cut, sorted, and bagged my "safe neutrals" early this morning while I had a few extra minutes, however, I'll re-stash them and use them for something else.

    FWIW, I haven't had any of the problems mentioned in the WOW/COC thread.

    Off to see what I can find in my stash ...

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    PLease don't feel worried...the more traditional neutrals are more than okay, too!

    It was just my .02, and I'll go with whatever the group as a whole decides.

    How's that for playing "Neutral"? LOL

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    Yay... glad you are open to some edgy neutrals! I won't go too edgy. If you look through the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt threads, you will see quilts by people who are not comfortable with anything but safe neutrals, and some that are made by those who embrace the "edgy"... Bonnie's concept of neutrals. I find the ones with totally safe neutrals much more boring than the ones with the fun neutrals. I don't love everything about Bonnie Hunter, but the one really good thing she gave me was a much better understanding of "neutral".
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