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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 09, 2015 11:57:39 AM
quaggy - You're not the only one to request smaller blocks.  I have done that myself (raw edge circle blocks, polaroids).  On the polaroids, I requested more than 3 blocks because they were 3.5" square.  I did the arithmetic to come up with the number of squares that would use the equivalent amount of fabric.  The Garden Fence Block has been popular on a few rounds too & one person adjusted the measurements to get them to 12.5" squares and other people left the original measurements.  This happened on the same round, so then it caused confusion on that round and the next round, people were wondering if they needed to adjust to the 12.5" or not.  Quilters like lots of very specific instructions.   Grin  Anyway, sloth PM-ed me on your blocks because they were quite a bit smaller than the 12.5" "standard size" and I think she was afraid you might be getting shorted on your fair share.  But at that point, I think we were 3 weeks in & so I left it to you all to sort out.  It was something I probably should have thought about when we were doing sign ups.

Homerof2 might have something to add.  She didn't participate this round but has participated in quite a few in the past.

I like to be encouraging to newbies because I think we have all been there.  I certainly don't consider myself an expert.  I think my seam allowances might be a bit off on my machine, but I do try to measure along the way.  No one has ever PM-ed to tell me if I'm doing anything wrong & I think I've only sent one set of blocks where I just couldn't get them to turn out to the correct size.  I was upfront about it though.  And it wasn't for lack of trying.  So yeah, if there is something I was doing wrong, please PM me so I can fix it in the future.  The way I look at it is if you don't tell people, they will keep doing whatever it is.  Although I think I would PM them so they aren't embarrassed.

So these are the proposed changes I'm hearing:
   ~When you send, you have to send everyone at once.  This is to keep the organizer sane.   Wink
   ~No paper pieced blocks
   ~No applique (we don't get many of these anyway)
   ~Sounds like we keep things as they are on color schemes

Fussy cutting was another complaint I'd received.   Comments on that?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 08, 2015 10:55:52 AM
Another item that was brought to my attention was insane color schemes.  Any comments about those?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 08, 2015 09:10:35 AM
It ran as usual for me sloth.  Smiley  I was asked to set up this thread to see if there was improvements that could be made so I opened the discussion.  And your point about people communicating rather than quietly being unhappy is also a good one.  I felt bad on that Japanese quilt pointing out that panda bears are not Japanese but I did say something.  Wink  But also construction techniques were mentioned - such as pressing towards darks rather than lights. I am probably guilty of that because if the darks have too much bulk, I will press towards the lights.  The idea that we should help each other improve our techniques was mentioned.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery on: December 08, 2015 04:35:23 AM
Sorry - I've been swamped at work and busy at home.  No school shootings or earthquakes.  The baby is 14 months.  Cheesy  It's a lot of PMs so I like to do updates on a regular computer screen instead of my phone.  The baby toddler likes to bang on the computer so I try to update at work...but as mentioned, I've been swamped. 
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 07, 2015 06:15:04 PM
I am good with limiting it to 12.5" blocks.  It does cause confusion when there are different sizes, particularly when one person scales them to 12.5" and another doesn't.

I agree with each participant sending all their blocks at the same time.  It is a bit of a tracking nightmare and I'm often left wondering if I missed a PM.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery on: December 07, 2015 02:18:37 PM
Organizer's Note

Please review page 1 to make sure I have updated everyone's status correctly.

For those who haven't sent, there is one more week remaining to send before being marked with negative feedback.

At a participant's request, here is a thread to discuss ways to improve the swap for next round.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 07, 2015 02:13:37 PM
This might be in the wrong place (and feel free to move it if it is, Mods), but this post is to talk about how to make round 9 better.  It is not to be used as a griping session, but rather to suggest constructive ways to make improvements to the swap itself.  And as the main organizer through the various rounds, I would like to request that any changes suggested make the swap simpler - the bookkeeping and introductory post are already quite cumbersome.  For example, "I hate paper piecing" or "I hate XYZ block" is not as helpful as "the majority of 'regulars' in this swap do not like paper piecing so can we please eliminate it?" 

Chat away...
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery on: November 12, 2015 01:47:02 PM
I am going to be very disappointed if the Villains quilt isn't made, like, immediately.  Smiley

Two and a half weeks of sewing time left, everyone.  Cheesy
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 (Sign Ups closed; Sendouts Nov 30) on: October 01, 2015 06:35:05 PM
I like it! Now if only one of those designers liked Outlander much as I do.  There are a couple blocks on there but they're just the book covers
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 (Sign Ups closed; Sendouts Nov 30) on: September 27, 2015 07:41:29 PM
And everyone has claimed spots in the gallery, so feel free to chat over there too
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