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1  Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl 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
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2  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: September 18, 2015 07:03:20 AM
Very nice!  Here are my pixelated blocks...

I put them on a white tablecloth so you'd get the jist.  I think I'm going to make a brown block & swap out a blue or purple - not sure yet.  I'm surprised I didn't get more duplicates but I think it looks awesome. 
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3  Quilt Block Swap Round 8 (Sign Ups closed; Sendouts Nov 30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by donniesgirl on: September 08, 2015 09:06:07 AM

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
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
Log like Quilt
Hexies quilt
Sunset quilt
Wonky Log Cabin
Wee Scotties Quilt

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4  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: September 04, 2015 08:31:10 AM
I'm afraid I'm responsible for a lot of the cutting.   Embarrassed  I was just thinking "easy blocks" in terms of sewing them together, but didn't really think about all the cutting.

I was going to pick the caldonia block for next round, but I decided I liked these giant bold florals at my quilt shop & I liked the black with the polka dots for the middle and that seemed a bit too picky a color scheme to send out to you all.   Wink  It seems to have cured my fear of paper piecing, though.  I'm ready to attempt the Death Star!  But I did put together a few more caldonias in the mean time...


And more to go...

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5  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: September 02, 2015 09:22:49 AM
All right ladies, please check page 1 & make sure all of the sents & received's are up to date & correct.  There have been a lot of PMs & partial sending going around.  

I got a little sidetracked with kbrison's blocks.   Embarrassed  I got an idea after I made that caldonia block for kbrison & have been fiddling with it...

But I promise I will get back to business by this weekend!  Largely because I'm out of white, as was my quilt store last weekend, and that is what I want to use as the outer bits.  Because I'm over myself and am dying to take another stab at The House That Jack Built!
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6  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: August 14, 2015 12:07:27 PM
Ok ladies tell me what I'm doing wrong on The House That Jack Built.  Here is how my block looked when I sewed the side triangles on.  It totally doesn't fit.

So I kept on and had to lop off 1/2" from that center block on each side to even make it fit and got this...

Wierdly off but why stop when I'm on such a roll?  So I trimmed just enough to make the sides square...

So doing that lops off corners and the block is STILL 13" square so if I trim it down further, it would lop even more off.  I have remeasured my pieces and they seem to be right.  Huh
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7  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: August 08, 2015 06:09:28 PM
Ok here is the deal.  I mistakenly thought her math was simply wrong when she cut out the diagonal on her template.  It's not - her starting template measurements are wrong.  You should be cutting out 2.5 x 3.0" rectangles (rather than 3.25").  The template should be 2.5" (left side) x 1.25" (skinny top) x 2.5" (diagonal right edge) x 1.75" (wide bottom), as stated on the blog.  I won't go through the mathletics but suffice to say, if you use my prior measurements, you will get rectangles instead of squares, as in my pic above.  Luckily I'd just cut down the one set, so if I trim my remaining pieces to 3" and fix my template, I should be set.

brandyk - You had asked if you could slice the colored pieces the same as the white and yes you can.  They are all symmetrical and the same size as the white.

Each little whirligig should be 4.5" before you sew the block together.

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8  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: August 08, 2015 04:19:19 PM
AIMR -  you have a knack for picking blocks with bad math Wink  Friendship hexagon... I think I know what the issue is on these whirligigs but I probably won't be able to post it until after the boys are in bed and I can validate the math.  For now, I leave you with this gem...

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9  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: July 26, 2015 08:32:39 AM
Whew - sorry I've been quiet but I've been swamped at work and the little ones keep me busy at home.  I have been sewing after they go to bed though.  I finally got the hang of the paper piecing after destroying a navy fat quarter lol.  I found a tute on Youtube from The Crafty Gemini that was pretty good though if any if you are still having trouble.

I'm having some bad luck this round for sure lol.  So I finished the Chinese Lanterns but they are 13" tall.  And the pattern says they are supposed to be 12.5" square so...what am I doing wrong?  Even when I do the math on the pattern pieces I come up with 13" and it seems like kind of a lot to trim off.  Did anyone else have this happen?  I'm not sure if I should just trim or what...

I'm having some House That Jack Built sizing/math issues too.  I haven't tried to figure those out yet.  SIGH...
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10  Re: Locally Grown Garden Fence Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by donniesgirl on: July 05, 2015 06:18:43 AM
"Action shot" with insanely cute baby....

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