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« on: January 28, 2010 04:52:31 PM »

Now Open:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337939.0

Hey all, anybody want to a quilting block swap in a bit? I did the Lap Quilt swap before and while it was fun, it was pretty insane on shipping and time. I'm thinking for this, more of everyone just having a color pallette or some kind of theme and having their partners make squares for them from their own stash (no sending out of your own fabric). If we want it to be more matching/pulled together looking (I'm grasping for words today, people!) maybe we could pick a certain block or blocks for everyone to do. Or not. I was thinking we could have a few people in a group, maybe 5, and you would send two blocks to each person, with the option to be in multiple groups if you chose. So if you did 1 group you would be sending 8 blocks to 4 people. That way we would still get a decent number of blocks, but not go too crazy on shipping. Sound ok? Suggestions/comments? Maybe 12 1/2 or 10 1/2 inch blocks?

Update on what has been decided so far:


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 (ie, stars). Keep in mind that people of different skill levels are involved, please don't pick a super advanced block unless you also pick an easier block to go with it.

You also choose your color pallette.

People will be in groups of 5, with the option to be in multiple groups if they have good feedback on their profile. Newbies are not allowed in this swap because there are multiple sendouts. You will send three squares to each of the 4 other people in your group. It should be around $3 per envelope with delivery confirmation within the US. International swappers are welcome

Tentative Dates:

Sign-ups Feb 17-March 3
Sendouts April 12

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010 05:20:46 PM »

yes please.

one of the other forums i sometimes visit does a swap kinda like this.  i think they can choose the block and the colours.  some just pick colours and quilter's choice... the only thing with picking a block is experience levels...  i cannot pp, not even at gunpoint... and i am terrified to applique...

but. i am so in.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010 09:12:36 PM »

I would probably be up for it! I have gotten really into quilting lately and would love this. An idea could be letting the person choose a block they want and letting their swap group choose the colors or color set and choosing a block. I just wouldnt want to make 8 of the same exact blocks in different colors. Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010 08:07:44 AM »

I also loved the lap quilt swap, but I am not sure I could swing the shipping for that again.

I have a ton of blocks left over from doing a quilt block swap a long time ago.  IT was supposed to be ongoing but our organizer flaked Sad  I think we did white backgrounds and scrappy designs of simpler blocks, but artists choice sounds like a lot of fun too.  I would want to stay with the white background though if I could request that from my senders.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010 08:16:03 AM »

i think the shipping aspect of this swap is one of the things that make it so intriguing for me.  only one envelope per person.
  but what to choose for my blocks?  stars? irish chain? dnp? scrappy? colour themed?  red and white? blue and yellow?  endless choices...


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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010 11:56:05 AM »

Im not quite sure what i was thinking last night when i posted that, but to be honest now that i am awake and a little more lucid what i think i ment to say is im not sure i would like to have a whole bunch of different blocks with the same color scheme. I would much rather have the same block in a whole bunch of colors than the other way around. Im not really a mix and match kinda girl. Of course i would always be willing to work with people on the skill level of my block as i am rather new myself, so i wouldnt want to choose a block that would over whelm someone. And now im just rambling. I just wanted to clarify what i ment to type not what  i typed.  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010 06:52:15 PM »

This sounds really fun and I would definitely like the smaller shipping rate of it.  So to my understanding, we would either pick the colors we'd like to receive or the blocks?

I love quilt swaps and it would be fun to get different fabrics back!
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2010 08:13:03 PM »

Yeah, the only thing about picking blocks would be making sure there was a difficulty/simplicity level that would work for a range of people. We could try to have groups of different skill levels, but that can get pretty difficult from an organzing standpoint, especially if it's a smaller swap and/or dealing with shipping inernationally, allergies, etc. I do think that would make really neat quilts though!

So, I guess the idea would be for each person to specify x block in x colors/theme. But it would need to be on the vague side for colors/themes, like blues/greens/yellows as one theme or stripes, polka dots and reds as another theme. Hopefully people could work mostly from stash or just have to buy a few FQ's. Does that sound ok? Also, the blocks would need to be online somewhere so everyone would have access to them. How does that sound?
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2010 09:35:59 PM »

Yeah, the only thing about picking blocks would be making sure there was a difficulty/simplicity level that would work for a range of people. We could try to have groups of different skill levels, but that can get pretty difficult from an organzing standpoint, especially if it's a smaller swap and/or dealing with shipping inernationally, allergies, etc. I do think that would make really neat quilts though!

So, I guess the idea would be for each person to specify x block in x colors/theme. But it would need to be on the vague side for colors/themes, like blues/greens/yellows as one theme or stripes, polka dots and reds as another theme. Hopefully people could work mostly from stash or just have to buy a few FQ's. Does that sound ok? Also, the blocks would need to be online somewhere so everyone would have access to them. How does that sound?


that sounds exactly like what i wanted in a perfect quilting swap. 

i think tho. that most of use who quilt would understand difficulty levels and request a block in something vague (like star block or rectangles) then the experienced can play at their level while those of us middling in intermediate or below can expand our horizons as we see fit.  i personally would prefer a well made simpler block the giver was confident in that a poorly made block they were not.
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2010 09:43:49 PM »

Cool, anyone want to post some blocks they would like/think might work for a variety of skill levels? Or maybe picking a couple that would go together well that are different skill levels?
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