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Thread: Paper Piecing Miniature Block Swap~~~Sign Ups Close April 16, 2012

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    Paper Piecing Miniature Block Swap~~~Sign Ups Close April 16, 2012

    I’m sooo excited to have permission to host a Paper Piecing Only Miniature Block Swap! Are you someone who actually enjoys the challenge of paper piecing? Do you get excited at making small precise blocks? Do you love miniature quilts? Or are you someone who’s given thought to Paper Piecing but haven’t quite gotten the nudge to give it a try? Then this swap’s for you!
    1)Theme: Home Sweet Home (this can be almost anything you want...literal, figurative, food, garden, people, activities, etc. The sky's the limit here.)
    Swap blocks will be in sets of 6. You may make them all the same, or make different blocks for each set. All 6 blocks will be swapped out if possible, so make extra for yourself, if desired.

    2) Because paper piecing mini blocks is a bit different than working on larger scaled quilts, you may make any size blocks you wish that fall within the 3" square (3 1/2" unfinished) to 6" square (6 1/2" unfinished) range. Any size that falls within that range will be great! Just remember that the unfinished size that you will send is always 1/2" larger to accomodate for the 1/4" seam allowances.

    3) (Leave the Papers on or take them off...your choice)
    *Use 100% pre-washed cotton fabrics.
    *Seam allowances should be 1/4". Blocks to be constructed to survive machine washing and drying. Make sure there are no “open” spots where seam allowances aren't covered adequately by fabric.
    *Use tiny stitches to ensure papers will come off easily.

    I desire for us all to have a great time and experience with this swap, but please understand that I will have no choice but to return blocks unswapped that don’t comply with the rules outlined in this first post.

    Label the back of each individual block with your real name and user name. Writing your information on the paper patterns is also fine. Enclose each set in a separate ziplock baggie with your name & username on the baggie and each block inside.

    *Limit of 6 block sets.
    *Limit of 2 sets (12 blocks) of the same design

    You need to include postage stamps (cash okay too) to cover the cost of a padded Flat Rate Priority envelope for me to send your return blocks back to you. Please do not send any pre-printed return labels with postage on them. I will provide the return envelopes. You may PM me with any questions or concerns.

    Sign up deadline is April 16, 2012. Please sign up when your blocks are ready to mail. "Mail to me" deadline is April 30, 2012. This means I have your blocks in my hands!
    I will swap and have your blocks in the mail by May 15, 2012, or sooner.

    All general rules for swaps are here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-20154-1.htm.

    I hope that some of you will join with me in this fun swap. We’ll chat here and post pictures of what we’re working on and encourage each other. Get your thinking caps on!
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    I'm thinking about it, not sure what to make for "Home Sweet Home" though....
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    Donna, I wanted to pick a theme that could be liberally interpreted...I was thinking that houses, log cabins, hearts, pets, trees, garden, food, activities we do in our homes such as quilting, cooking, spending time with family, etc. I'm sure there's lots more ideas! It's likely that almost anything you might want to do could be tied somehow back to home? I just made a set of scrappy 3" pineapple blocks...anything that you think about associated with home...I'm sure there are many other ideas as well.

    I'll post a picture a bit later today...
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    Yay! Glad to see you got this swap posted! What fun it will be!!
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    is this a one time 6 block swap or an ongoing project. i was in one several years ago for cats and it was a monthly exchange and so much fun. i'mlooking forward to joining your group, love to pp

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    Quote Originally Posted by glasqlts View Post
    is this a one time 6 block swap or an ongoing project. i was in one several years ago for cats and it was a monthly exchange and so much fun. i'mlooking forward to joining your group, love to pp
    This is for a a one time swap, but if it goes well, we can repeat it again maybe? You can send in as many as 6 sets, which each have 6 blocks, for a total of 36 blocks. Or you can just do one set or anywhere in between if you want. It's entirely up to you! Cats would be fun. Don't we think of them in our homes?

    Mariposa, good to see you!

    I love paper piecing! LOL!

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    Thanks for the suggestions Ronda.....lots of options!! I'll probably do it. Did 2 sets of 6" blocks with Mariposa's swaps. May do the same. I'll PM you when I'm ready to commit....
    Donna

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    I might have to do this.... paper piecing is so addictive! lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna H-M View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions Ronda.....lots of options!! I'll probably do it. Did 2 sets of 6" blocks with Mariposa's swaps. May do the same. I'll PM you when I'm ready to commit....
    That sounds great Donna! I too have to work on blocks for Mariposa's Springtime Swap...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puppy Paws View Post
    I might have to do this.... paper piecing is so addictive! lol!
    Had to chuckle Puppy...addictive? YES!!!
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    is the flat rate for padded envelopes still $4.95?
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    just to clarify, is this for houses? or anything related to home? ie: dog houses, toothpaste and brush, washing machine etc...
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    k well I found quite a few patterns so I guess I will make some and see if I can get them done b4 the signup deadline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Short an Sweet View Post
    just to clarify, is this for houses? or anything related to home? ie: dog houses, toothpaste and brush, washing machine etc...
    You can be literal or not, as long as you can tie it to home somehow...really, the sky's the limit? Glad to have you join us!
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    I thought I would give you the link to Carol Doak's free paper piecing patterns. You might find something you like here. If you have a good paper piecing site to share, feel free to post it!

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
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    hmmmmmm this sounds VERY tempting.....I have lots to do before April...so it might just work out! I'll follow the topic
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    This looks quite interesting. I love minis, am comfortable with paper piecing - really even enjoy it now and then - and 6 blocks seems like an easy goal. Of course, I could get carried away and do more. I've bookmarked the page, cause I'm old enough to forget ;-) Let's see what happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere View Post
    hmmmmmm this sounds VERY tempting.....I have lots to do before April...so it might just work out! I'll follow the topic
    You know you want to join us! LOL! Hope your time thing works out so you can...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwessel47 View Post
    This looks quite interesting. I love minis, am comfortable with paper piecing - really even enjoy it now and then - and 6 blocks seems like an easy goal. Of course, I could get carried away and do more. I've bookmarked the page, cause I'm old enough to forget ;-) Let's see what happens!
    Just pick a pattern that you enjoy...would love to have you!
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    This sounds like fun.
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    k I have found some patterns so I will let u know how it goes
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    Veronica that sounds great! Just as a heads up for everyone, I am making a couple of minor changes to make it easier for everyone. One is that you may leave your papers on or take them off if you prefer before sending your blocks. The other thing is that you may make any size blocks that fall within the 3" (3 1/2" unfinished) square to 6" (6 1/2" unfinished) range. That may give you more options for paper piecing patterns! Patrice will be making the adjustments to the main post soon to reflect the changes. Sorry if I've confused anyone, but I really do want this to be as simple and fun for everyone as I can make it!

    Here are some blocks that I've been playing with...the two on top are 3 1/2" and the bottom one is 4 1/2".

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    rw-- You've been busy with all these fun blocks!
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    So we can make 36 total right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    So we can make 36 total right?
    Yes, you can make up to 36 blocks! I thought that would give us at least a nice sized mini quilt? Maybe two depending upon the sizes people choose to make. Would love to have you join in the fun!
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