GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE! What a wonderful day to be sewing, cool and crisp outside but warm inside with the machine humming away! We have 1,039 members already! WOW! And I am hoping that we will have a lot to offer our members and that they will feel free to join in! We have had a few questions about ongoing and upcoming swaps, so let’s see what is going on right now. First, here is a listing of what is going on now and are not swap related. For more information, please check events and the Guidelines file for swapping.
UFO CHALLENGE 2016: This is open to all members who have UFOs hiding that simply need to be finished. Please list your 11 scariest UFOs in EVENTS under UFO Challenge, and the number that is called will be the one to work on for that month. Please be sure to number them. Person with the first photo of a finished UFO, bound and quilted, (unless another form of sewing that is permissible) will receive a FQ from my personal stash and have the honor of calling the number for the next month. So far, we have had a winner for February and January, but still send in your picture and you have the chance of your picture being the banner picture for the group. Just send in the picture to my email, email@example.com and the group will vote on their favorite. If you find that you have already finished a UFO before the number was called or just don’t want to work on it, please change the name of the UFO under the number. The whole point is to finish what we have!
BUST THE BITS AND PIECES PARTY: This is a way to use up those small scraps that have a tendency to breed while we are sleeping. Every so often, I will post some fun, fast and easy links on ways to use up scraps. If you have a link you want to share, please do so. It is open to everyone and is designed to use up those pesky little pieces.
MYSTERY QUILT: Coming in March. Start watching for clues for fabric requirements on February 14. This is one of my original designs and has not been named yet.
ONGOING SWAPS (CLOSED)
ROUND ROBIN: We almost have all our Robins back in the roost, just a few more left. This started last spring and is coming to an end. We may start it up again later but we have to wait until this one is finished first.
POOR QUILTER’S SWAP: This is a String Block swap that started in January and will be finished by the end of March. But not to worry, since it is a popular swap, 2 separate groups for this round, we will be taking signups in April for another swap to start in May. That one will be finished by the end of July. That gives everyone 2 months to finish their blocks.
UPCOMING SWAPS (OPEN)
SQUARE DANCE SWAP: The signup deadline is March 31, 2016 and will start on April 1, 2016. The end date is open as it will take at least 12 to 16 months to finish depending on the number of players. It is called a square dance as you will be changing partners throughout the swap, but keeping your same fabric choices. I will have a list of easy blocks to choose from, everyone will choose that block and keep it for the remainder of the swap. As you work down the list, you send a swatch of fabric to that month’s partner, she makes a block that she chose, and sends it back to you. By the end of the swap, you should have 6 or 12 blocks, depending on the number of players, ready to be put together into a top. I am allowing 4-6 weeks for each round and that is why it will take so long. In the long run, just think of the gorgeous blocks you will get back and the chance to make them for our fellow quilters.
*By the way, when looking in Past Events, you will notice a swap idea called Twisted Sampler. I changed the name to Square Dance Swap as I liked the name better.
NEW IDEAS COMING:
TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT: START DATE: April 31, 2016.
If you are looking for something new to try, how about this? Choose a block that you want to do and challenge the rest of the group. It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing. To sign up, post your name, a few links of the block or technique, and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and if you choose to pass on the block, you can do so. We can do a vote on the size later. Rules are easy. Choose a block, any style, but should be the same size for uniformity of the quilt, send the info to me, and I will choose a pattern. You have one month to finish and then we go on to the next block. Sounds easy and fun! Sew, join in! When it’s your turn to choose a block, try to think outside the square and let us all try something new – paper piecing, appliqué, etc- rather than plain blocks. But if you wish to choose a plain block, well………..we may need them too.
I think this should keep us busy for a while. Will post more later.