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1  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...
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery on: September 23, 2015 07:01:44 PM
Here's the gallery!


  
Link to original thread

Sendouts November 30

This is not a traditional gallery, we will be posting pics of what we make, not of what we receive.  Please claim a spot.

Everyone please make one post that will be your personal gallery post that you will keep adding your pics to as you make blocks for your partners.  After everyone has a gallery, then we can start chatting about what is posted, just so we have all of the galleries at the beginning, ok? I'll let you know when all the galleries are ready.

Here is the list for me to check off of who has created their gallery post:

1. Melladh
2. Brandyk
3. sloth003
4. Artmomto5
5. aspenwall
6. carolmb
7. quaggy
8. BriannaB03
9. alwaysinmyroom
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Quilt Block Swap Round 8 (Sign Ups closed; Sendouts Nov 30) on: September 08, 2015 09:06:07 AM
GALLERY!

Swap name: Quilt Block Swap Round 8  
 

Back by popular demand!  If you are in Round 7, you will need to have sent to sign up for Round 8.  

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  donniesgirl
Sign-up date range: September 8, 2015 September 30, 2015 (I may close early if sign ups slow down that last week & we have rounded groups of people)
Date to send item by: November 30, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? No, but will need to end in multiples of fives, so I may close early to meet this.  If you are waiting to sign up, please stalk the thread to make sure you dont miss out in case it does close early!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No: if you join, you are agreeing to ship internationally

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
- Has successfully completed one swap as a participant: YES

Details of swap:
This is a swap for 12.5 inch quilt blocks*. People will be organized into groups of 5 and will send 3 blocks to each of the 4 other people in their group, for a total of 12 blocks per group. Swappers with excellent swap feedback may do more than 1 group (up to 3). Within each group it should cost about $12 total to send out to 4 people, with delivery confirmation (assuming within the US). Please keep shipping costs in mind when choosing your number of groups.

*If you fall in love with a pattern that yields a different sized block you can use it, up to 14 inches, but be sure to specify the size that it makes so that your partners aren't confused.

Everyone chooses their block or blocks that they would like made for them. It could be a specific block with an online link to the pattern or a general type (i.e., pinwheels or appliqued birds). Keep in mind that people of different skill levels are involved, so please don't pick a super advanced block unless you also pick an easier block to go with it.

You will also choose your color palette. That could be a color family, a couple of particular colors, or something as vague as "brights" or scrappy if you want to leave it up to the other swappers' interpretations. You may also/instead specify certain fabric patterns if they are vague enough, like plaid, stripe, polka dots, etc. Try to only be as specific as you need to be so that people can work from their stash as much as possible.

You must use 100% cotton fabric and press your seams as you put your blocks together, unless your partner(s) have specifically stated otherwise.  

Round 1
Round 1 Gallery

Round 2
Round 2 Gallery

Round 3
Round 3 Gallery

Round 4
Round 4 Gallery

Round 5
Round 5 Gallery

Round 6
Round 6 Gallery

Round 7
Round 7 Gallery

Measure your blocks before you send them out! They need to be 12.5 inches square. Send all squares in a ziplock style bag for protection.

Newbies are not allowed in this swap because there are multiple sendouts.

Please make sure to post in this thread to keep up with swap announcements. You will not be approved until you have posted here.

Please do not sign up until you have decided on your pattern and colors.
 If you just want scrappy or sampler blocks, please specify that.

Communication is very important to me! You must pm your partner(s) and myself when you send out and receive.  There will also be communication among your group: please respond to questions within a few days.

Since this swap is for multiple sendouts, I reserve the right to refuse anyone with bad feedback regarding communication and/or late sending.

Patterns people have discussed (just some ideas, you may pick what you like!):

Roman Square  
Framed Four Patch
Bright Hopes
String Quilt
Raw Edge Circle Quilt
Split Nine Patch
Off the Grid Sliced Nine Patch
Triple Irish Squarel
Four Patch (Star)
Paintbox Squares
Wonky Log Cabin
Scrappy Starling Hedgerow
Scrapbuster Block
Circle of Geese
Hexing Around
Modern Strings
Interlocking Seasons
Whirligig
Ribbon Star
And all kinds of other ideas here,here, and here.

Some of the quilts participants have put together using blocks from this swap:

Garden Fence Quilt
sloth003
Log like Quilt
sloth003
Hexies quilt
Sunset quilt
Wonky Log Cabin
Wee Scotties Quilt

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Lonestar Pattern/Blog/Book Rec? on: July 02, 2015 10:16:33 PM
This quilt is on my bucket list.  I would like to make a Lonestar quilt, probably in a full to queen size.  I like the radiant starburst layout but that isn't a requirement.  I want to use the strip piecing technique.  Does anyone have any pattern/book/blog recs?  What I'm seeing on blogs are smaller stars or patterns lacking yardage requirements.  And the books I've seen have more elaborate variations.  I just want the plain ol' giant star and I don't want to have to tweak it.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery on: June 30, 2015 08:23:42 AM
Here's the gallery!


  
Link to original thread

Sendouts August 31

This is not a traditional gallery, we will be posting pics of what we make, not of what we receive.  Please claim a spot.

Everyone please make one post that will be your personal gallery post that you will keep adding your pics to as you make blocks for your partners.  After everyone has a gallery, then we can start chatting about what is posted, just so we have all of the galleries at the beginning, k? I'll let you know when all the galleries are ready. Chat away!

Here is the list for me to check off of who has created their gallery post:

1. donniesgirl
2. quaggy
3. Homerof2
4. sloth003
5. Melladh
6. kbrison
7. alwaysinmyroom  
8. brandyk
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Quilt Block Swap Round 7 (Sign Ups through June 30; Sendouts August 31) on: June 05, 2015 10:13:18 AM
Swap name: Quilt Block Swap Round 7  



Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  donniesgirl
Sign-up date range: June 5, 2015 June 30, 2015 (I may close early if sign ups slow down that last week & we have rounded groups of people)
Date to send item by: August 31, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? No, but will need to end in multiples of fives, so I may close early to meet this.  If you are waiting to sign up, please stalk the thread to make sure you dont miss out in case it does close early!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No: if you join, you are agreeing to ship internationally

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
- Has successfully completed one swap as a participant: YES

Details of swap:
This is a swap for 12.5 inch quilt blocks*. People will be organized into groups of 5 and will send 3 blocks to each of the 4 other people in their group, for a total of 12 blocks per group. Swappers with excellent swap feedback may do more than 1 group (up to 3). Within each group it should cost about $12 total to send out to 4 people, with delivery confirmation (assuming within the US). Please keep shipping costs in mind when choosing your number of groups.

*If you fall in love with a pattern that yields a different sized block you can use it, up to 14 inches, but be sure to specify the size that it makes so that your partners aren't confused.

Everyone chooses their block or blocks that they would like made for them. It could be a specific block with an online link to the pattern or a general type (i.e., pinwheels or appliqued birds). Keep in mind that people of different skill levels are involved, so please don't pick a super advanced block unless you also pick an easier block to go with it.

You will also choose your color palette. That could be a color family, a couple of particular colors, or something as vague as "brights" or scrappy if you want to leave it up to the other swappers' interpretations. You may also/instead specify certain fabric patterns if they are vague enough, like plaid, stripe, polka dots, etc. Try to only be as specific as you need to be so that people can work from their stash as much as possible.

You must use 100% cotton fabric and press your seams as you put your blocks together, unless your partner(s) have specifically stated otherwise.  

Round 1
Round 1 Gallery

Round 2
Round 2 Gallery

Round 3
Round 3 Gallery

Round 4
Round 4 Gallery

Round 5
Round 5 Gallery

Round 6
Round 6 Gallery

Measure your blocks before you send them out! They need to be 12.5 inches square. Send all squares in a ziplock style bag for protection.

Newbies are not allowed in this swap because there are multiple sendouts.

Please make sure to post in this thread to keep up with swap announcements. You will not be approved until you have posted here.

Please do not sign up until you have decided on your pattern and colors.
 If you just want scrappy or sampler blocks, please specify that.

Communication is very important to me! You must pm your partner(s) and myself when you send out and receive.  There will also be communication among your group: please respond to questions within a few days.

Since this swap is for multiple sendouts, I reserve the right to refuse anyone with bad feedback regarding communication and/or late sending.

Patterns people have discussed (just some ideas, you may pick what you like!):

Roman Square  
Framed Four Patch
Bright Hopes
String Quilt
Raw Edge Circle Quilt
Split Nine Patch
Off the Grid Sliced Nine Patch
Triple Irish Squarel
Four Patch (Star)
Paintbox Squares
Wonky Log Cabin
Scrappy Starling Hedgerow
Scrapbuster Block
Circle of Geese
Hexing Around
Modern Strings
Interlocking Seasons
Whirligig
Ribbon Star
And all kinds of other ideas here,here, and here.

Some of the quilts participants have put together using blocks from this swap:

Garden Fence Quilt
sloth003
Log like Quilt
sloth003
Hexies quilt
Sunset quilt
Wonky Log Cabin
Wee Scotties Quilt
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baymax Tie Dye Shirt on: May 22, 2015 08:37:05 AM


 My four-year-old and I did some tie-dye shirts for summer and I've discovered tie-dye isn't as straight forward as I expected. So after that, I went back and did a couple shirts on my own for him so he might have something a little more presentable to wear.   Anyway, he is a fan of Big Hero 6 and his favorite character is Baymax so I thought a Baymax tie dye would be fun.   First I freezer paper stenciled Baymax onto a white T-shirt with Tulip Cool Color Block,  which was supposed to act like a dye resist.   It really didn't work very well  as you can see in the picture below. Then I tie-dyed a swirl of colors that I thought my son would like .   This is how it turned out:



 Luckily, I had kept the template for Baymax so I reapplied the freezer paper stencil and used the bleach method this time.   Then I added the eyes with a black fabric pen.  Which resulted in this:



The bleach bled a little but he loves it.  Here is the Captain America shield shirt I also did for him, using a bleach freezer paper stencil for the star in the middle (also a Cool Color Block fail):

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hexies Quilt on: July 29, 2014 01:34:41 PM
This is the quilt I made from squares I received through the QBS - Rd 5 swap.  There is a QBS - Rd 6 taking sign ups right now for anyone who might be interested btw.  Anyway...I asked for hexie blocks from an unusual color palette of chocolate brown, deep purple, magenta, lime green, and lemon yellow.  I received blocks from kbrison, carolmb, alwaysinmyroom, and Melladh.  Actually, alwaysinmyroom was nice enough to make me two sets since the white space was bigger than the others on her first set.

When I started putting it together, the only fabrics I could find that would draw it all together were mostly batiks lol.  I have no problem mixing batiks and non-batiks, so it turned into a pretty bright quilt. 



Here is a close up of one of the hexies:



I used alwaysinmyroom's first set of hexies on the back, and placed them off center.



Here is a close up:



I swear they are all straight, but I was trying to take pics by myself before it started raining.   Grin  The quilt is sized somewhere between a throw and a twin.  And I longarmed the whole thing with magenta squiggly lines.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Elephant crayon art collaboration on: July 18, 2014 07:21:19 PM
I don't know if I'm putting this on the right board, so feel free to relo, Mods.  We are working on making 3.5 yo DS a "big boy room."  So to go along with that, I thought it would be nice to make some art to personalize it.  I have seen lots of these crayon art pictures with umbrellas on Pinterest, so I thought it would be fun to do one with DS's favorite animal, an elephant. 



I did the gluing on the crayons and the umbrella & elephant, and DS did the blow drying.  Wink



He was pretty excited when the crayons started melting.  Smiley Thanks for looking.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wonky Log Cabin Throw Quilt on: May 08, 2014 11:59:46 AM
Its throwback Thursday ha ha!  I finally got this throw quilt put together from Round 1 of the Quilt Block Swap (circa early 2010).  I asked for wonky log cabin blocks that were in a color palette from a quilt I saw at Cabelas (I didnt like their quilt just the colors lol).  These blocks were made by MareMare, sloth003, EnginerdLisa, and green r my tear$I dont think I got everyone, so please PM me if I left you off.  I went back through the gallery & tried to match up blocks to people, but I didnt see all the blocks posted in the gallery. 
 


I framed each of the blocks with a strip of off white.  For the back, I used Amy Butlers Alchemy Queen Anns Butterflies in ruby (it says ruby but I think the color is more rust.  For the binding, I used Amy Butlers Wind Flowers in Stainless.  The long arming was done in a gold thread

Close up of front:



Back:



Close up of back:

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