While working on this project I came up with several points to consider when working in a swap group. Here are the positives:
1. You will receive a wide variety of fabrics, many of which you don't have.
2. People work with color differently so you may see color/fabrics in a new light.
3. Each person puts their own mark on the quilt and it's a great memory project of people and a time in your quilting journey.
Here are the challenges:
1. You may get fabrics you don't have for a reason, you won't love them all.
2. Each person sews differently and has their own interpretation of the guidelines.
3. Some of the blocks may not be useable depending on your design idea.
Tips for working in a swap group:
1. Set clear guidelines and a deadline. (Those who miss the deadline need a gentle push.)
2. Keep it Simple--the more specific the design, the more variation you will get.
3. If you are persnickety about your fabrics and design, you should sew your own quilts.
4. Do not complain publicly about what you received, you won't be invited to join again.
5. Use the blocks you can, and those you can't can be added to your "orphan blocks" stash to use for fun pieced backs or simple donation quilts--someone without a quilt will love those blocks.
6. Use quality fabric and try your best to provide the fabrics requested. Do your best work.
7. Meet the deadline. Follow the guidelines--ask if you don't understand something.
Paper Piecing Tips:
1. Use lightweight paper, like telephone book pages. Do not use vellum or heavy copy paper.
2. Use a small stitch, 1.5 or 16/inch--this makes taking the paper off a breeze. Regular size stitches make taking the paper off an ordeal--and pulls out stitches at the beginning and end of each string.
3. Be sure you trim seam allowances down to 1/4" if you sewed with a larger seam--before you add the next string.
A group swap can be a fun experience but it's not for everyone. Enjoy what you receive and make something useful with the blocks.
Other projects I've been doing this week:
|Stars in a Time Warp, Ombre|
|Four Patch Leader/Ender project|
We had a baby shower for my daughter-in-law and baby Stella will be well-supplied. Here is a photo of the two happy grandmothers and our mama-to-be. The next time we see her, Stella will be here:
Check out Judy L's blog to see what others are doing.