I love block swaps, fabric swaps, round robins, etc. I think it is a great way to have fellowship with other quilters and get the makings of an awesome new quilt, at the same time. I have recently signed up for three block swaps and one table runner swap.
Here are some of the things I like, and some of the things that I think need to be addressed.
-blocks from all over the world
-patterns that I would not normally make because they are too hard or too tedious
-a wide variety of patterns and colors in the fabrics
- personal notes and little gifties that are stuck in the packages with the blocks
- making new friends through technology
-checking the mail and finding a squishie package in there (it's like receiving a birthday present)
- using quality, quilt shop material and getting back blocks made of thin, cheap fabric
-getting blocks that smell like cigarette smoke (UGH!)
-getting blocks that are not the right size, even though the rules clearly state 12.5", or 10.5"
-getting two blocks, made by different people, that use the same fabric AND pattern
-sending my blocks on time and not getting blocks in return
- when am I ever going to have time to set all these blocks into quilts
Have you ever participated in any block swaps or fabric swaps? If so, I'd love to hear your likes and/or concerns. Post a comment below.
Until next time,