**the announcement for the Basics Charity Challenge can be found here**
I don't know how many of you have participated in swaps, but Flickr has a lot of them going on in different groups. One of the bigger ones is the Doll Quilt Swap, which is currently starting it's 12th round.
I'm a "mama" for this round, which means I'm in charge of organzing my "bebes" and making sure things run smoothly.
One of the things about this swap that I love is it is a) a secret swap, so you don't know who will be sending to you, and b) that it encourages posting during the whole process, both pictures in the group, and lots of discussion in the group main pages. It is much more interactive and fun then simply just making and sending something out.
Here are the guidelines for the swap, and you can find out more by going to the flickr group.
We are excited to announce the 12th round of the Doll Quilt Swap!
Sign ups will start here, there are links at the bottom of this thread where you will go to enter your information.
New this round, you need to chose between two forms for signing up. One
is for international swapping, you will fill out this form if you are
willing to send internationally. The other is for those only wishing to
swap within their own country. It doesnt matter what country you live
in, just that you dont want to ship outside of it.
There are a few changes this round, hopefully for the better.
There are 5 quilt blocks we have painstakingly chosen (ok, not really,
but it sounds good, no?) for this round. You are to choose 1 of the
blocks and incorporate it into your quilt. you can make the whole quilt
with the one block repeated or use just one of the blocks somewhere in
your quilt. You also will be required to include a solid of your
choosing in any color OTHER THAN WHITE.This means you shouldnt use
shades of white either: cream, sand, off white, antique white, you get
the idea. The idea here is to expand your creativity. Again you can use
as little or as much as you choose, but it must be included.
We have created mosaics for each of the blocks and have put them in the
group for your perusal. We think this is a great opportunity to stretch
your imagination, think block within a block, or liberated in a whole
new way. Have fun!!
As in last round, you need to have a minimum of 6 blocks.
The blocks to choose from are as follows:
4. N.Y. beauty
SIZE: from 9"x9" to 20"x20"…any size or shape in between.
MATERIALS: natural fibers/cotton, wool, linen
CONSTRUCTION: Pieced, appliquéd, quilted by hand or machine; and bound.
LABEL: It is recommended that you attach a label to the back of your
quilt. I know, this can be a bit scary for some people though, so I will
not make it a requirement. A label is however a very nice addition to
any handmade quilt. Whether or not you decide to label your quilt,
please do include a note with your quilt with your name and contact
information (URL, blog, email address, etc. so that they can thank you).
SECRET: This will remain a secret swap. Your partner will not know your
identity. If you need to get in contact with your partner do so thru
your swap parent.
ACTIVITY: Please be sure to check in to the group periodically and check
everyone's progress. Post sneak peeks of your WIP, and your completed
quilt. Once you have received your quilt, post a pic of it on flickr,
and email your thank you to your partner as soon as physically possible.
Email or flickrmail your mama to let her know you received.
DUE DATE: The deadline for all quilts to be mailed is April 2, 2012
(international), and April 9, 2012 for those sending nationally . I like
to plan on sending mine a week early…just in case life gets in the way
and I'm delayed. There is nothing more disappointing than not receiving a
package. Also, please email your swap parent when you have mailed your
quilt. Delivery confirmation is required, within the U.S.
In addition to having a DEADLINE for sending BY a certain date, we also
ask that you NOT SEND TOO EARLY. Part of the fun of this swap is the
anticipation, and if you send out within the first month, your partner
is essentially done. NO fun. Please SEND OUT NO EARLIER THAN March 15,
COMMUNICATION: If for any reason you cannot met the deadline or you need
to drop out of this swap, please let your Swap Mama know as soon as you
know. If you communicate any setbacks with us, we can make sure things
work out favorably for your partner, no hard feelings.
**this info is on the home page of the group. down at the bottom. there
may be some changes but the main guidelines are always the same
NATIONAL SIGN UP form
INTERNATIONAL SIGN UP form