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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Group quilts / swap quilts: feedback needed before I start on: August 05, 2006 05:47:31 PM
Hi everyone!

I've been so wrapped up in yarn these past few years that I've left my fabric stash abandoned and alone. I've also got a weird thing about sewing machines that I really need to get over, so when I saw the fantastic Artisokka string quilt tutorial (linked here on Craftster), I suddenly had a very powerful desire to clear out some of my own fabric and swap quilt squares with other people.

I have some questions for the more experienced quilters and fabric swappers out there. I've done plenty of knit-related swaps, CD swaps, you name it... but this'll be my first quilting-related swap. If any of you care to weigh in on these for me, I'd really appreciate it:

* What size quilt blocks would you recommend setting as the standard? (I was thinking 8-inch/20cm)

* How many is too many? Since people have different levels of free time and commitment, my thought was to not set a specified number of squares for the swap (i.e. everyone sends out 5), but to allow each person to send as many as they're comfortable making... 3, 5, 10... it's up to them -- and then they'd get the same number of squares in return. Am I just setting myself up for disaster on this? (What if the person who sends 10 sends 10 really terribly-made ones and then gets back 10 beauties from other people... kind of unfair)

* Is the fundraising quilt idea a good one? (Send in an extra square to be pieced together and auctioned off for charity) Have any of you done this before? Pitfalls, things I should know about?

* How long a deadline would you set? I'd say a swap like this should be pretty long, since you're not just boxing up fabric scraps or skeins of yarn... at least a few months, right?

* What else am I missing here?

I truly appreciate all feedback you can offer -- I think this is just the thing to get me out of a mini-creative slump and also make some new crafting friends, so I want to do it right!

Thank you!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Habitat for Humanity ReStore - great source of home-related stuff on: March 23, 2005 07:05:42 AM
I went to the Cleveland one recently, and it's GREAT!

See here for a list of US/Canada ReStores:

http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.html

From the site:

Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within the community. Many affiliates across the United States and Canada operate successful ReStoressome of which raise enough funds to build an additional 10 or more houses per ye

If you're working on your house, you can find sinks, carpet, tile, flooring, appliances...and lots of weird little bits and bobs that could be made into any number of crafty things. (If I ever find enough French doors that are the same height, I'm making a room divider...)
3  Illinois / Illinois: North / Help! need Renegade assistance on: September 09, 2004 12:24:00 PM
Hello, my dear Chicagoland compadres! I'm driving up from Cleveland to sell at the Renegade Craft Fair next weekend, and my source of tables/chairs fell through at the last minute.

I have a 10x10' tent, and want to set up tables in a U-shapes inside. I could also use rolling racks and mannequins, but that's optional - at this point, tables + 2 folding chairs are what I desperately need most.

If you can lend / rent / etc -- please get in touch asap. THANKS!

Shannon
4  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Cleveland-area artists' co-op - want to join? on: May 19, 2004 08:25:13 AM
Hi! I want to open an artists' co-operative. We'd divide the bills, put in a predetermined number of work hours each month and have a board to vote on matters for discussion. For a fairly low amount of money / time commitment, your work would be on display in a professionally-run space that YOU have a say in, and we could all benefit from group publicity, etc. The space would be open to both art and handcrafted items (handknits, jewelry...), and would be in a retail district with good foot traffic - I have my eye on some spaces now, and will be talking to landlords this week.

If you're interested, drop me an email, and when we've got a decent number of people, we can get together to discuss in person. This would not only be a good business proposal, but also a lot of fun, given the right people!

Shannon
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