Thursday, August 28, 2014

SAMQG Ultimate Mini Swap

 Please welcome our member guest blogger: 

I am so excited to be guest blogging for the SAMQG!  My name is Joanna Marsh and I am a member of the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. 

Some discussion took place at the Creation’s retreat in August regarding a mini quilt swap for members.  Several people really wanted to do a swap, so I volunteered to put together some guidelines and organize this swap.

If you aren’t familiar with mini quilt swaps and what they are, I’m here to give you some great info!
Mini quilt swaps are EXPLODING on social media.  People are participating/hosting on blogs, flickr, Instagram, etc.  Most mini quilts are defined as being 8”x8” to 24”x24”.  Each swap host typically has their own rules and guidelines they want participants to abide by.  Some swaps have special themes.  The general purpose of swaps is kind of like pen pals.  You may find out some limited information about your swap partner, and then be able to put your own creative juices into their mini. 

Some popular mini swaps are Schnitzleandboo (Instagram), The Strawberry Swap (Instagram), The Sewing Loft (Blog), and tons of other individuals on Instagram, blogs, etc. 

Some swaps are within specific groups, and others are open to just about everyone.  Since the SAMQG has some long-distance members, we will be allowing everyone the option to participate.  If you’re local, just let me know on your entry form that you are open to having a long-distance partner.  If you’re an out-of-town member, please do the same.  If you are assigned a long-distance partner, you are responsible for shipping costs, along with making sure you ship your partner’s items no later than December 28, 2014, which is an earlier deadline than the in-person swap. 

Remember you’re sharing your skills and creativity with another person that you may or may not know very well.  It’s fun to plan and make something for another person while showcasing your abilities.  So let’s get the ball rolling with

 SAMQG’s 1st Ultimate Mini Quilt Swap!

 (Picture from Google Images)

For the SAMQG Ultimate Mini Quilt Swap, here are the rules:

Rules for Mini Quilt Swap
Sign up for the swap by the September SAMQG meeting.  All participants will be assigned a SECRET partner no later than the October meeting. 
Due date:________January Guild Meeting___________________
1.  Break out the good fabric!  Please use quilt shop quality fabrics.  This is a classy swap, so think quality.
2.  Break out your best skills!  Use this as an opportunity to showcase your awesome talents! 
3.  Mind your deadline!  Please don’t commit to this swap if you don’t think you’ll follow through.  It won’t be fair to the recipient of your mini if you’re empty handed at the end of the swap. 
4.  Think of your mini as a gift!  You may want to finish it off with a pretty ribbon, or gift tag.  Presentation is important too.
5.  Keep your recipient in mind when creating your mini!  If their favorite fabric designer is Kaffe Fassett, think about that designer when selecting your fabrics.  That doesn’t mean you can only use his fabric, but definitely don’t select subdued fabrics with no color.  However, this is something created by YOU, so DO put your creative juices into this.
6.  We won’t be shipping minis, but will be swapping them in person at:______Sewcial Hour (time and location TBA), January meeting__________
7.  You can (but don’t have to) share progress of your mini on Instagram with #samqgultimateswap
                Make sure your photos don’t give away your recipient (until it’s over!)
8.  You can include other small goodies with your mini, if you choose to do so.  (Don’t go overboard…the mini quilt is all that is required.)
9.  Finished mini quilt should be at least 8” x 8”, and no larger than 24” x 24”.
10.  This swap is a SECRET.  SHHHHHHHHH!  Don’t tell ANYONE who you got.  NO SPOILERS!
11.  If something happens and you cannot finish the quilt swap, you must communicate that with Joanna Marsh via e-mail : The earlier you let her know, the better!
12.  Fill out the following information to help your partner know what you like & return to Joanna Marsh no later than the September guild meeting to join the swap.  You can return this in person, or via e-mail to Joanna.


E-mail address

Favorite fabric designer/collection

Favorite colors

Least favorite colors

Favorite quilt designer/people that inspire you

Would you be open to receiving a holiday themed mini, and if so, what holiday?

Favorite candy/small treat

Favorite sewing notion

Would you be open to shipping your mini if assigned a long distance guild member?
If you answer yes, you are responsible for shipping to your swap partner by December 28, 2014.  Please make sure they are not empty handed!
If you answered yes to last question, provide YOUR shipping address

Keep in mind that the person assigned to make your mini is not making a made to order gift, and this information is suggestion only!  They would like to put their personal touches on it too!


1 comment:

  1. I absolutely can't wait to participate in this swap! Thanks for putting together the guidelines, managing the partners and for including long distance members!