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In light of recent discussions about how swaps are usually run, I thought we would try something a little different. Nothing radical but a change of pace. There will be two categories to this swap: 1) fabric only and 2) embellishments only.
Category 1: Fabric Only
The theme of this swap lends itself to (shall I dare say it?) cottons! :) I know many of you have been upset that cotton has not had more of a presence in other swaps. And while I am admittedly a fancy fabric kind of a gal, the best fabrics I have seen that fit this theme are cottons. So anything goes for fabric this time! If you find a fancy that fits the theme (even if its a coordinating solid) you may certainly send it in as well. Requirements for quantity are as follows: At least three different pieces, equal to a 14" block. I am going to remove the requirement of a 6x6 block but at the same time, please don't make it any smaller then 6x6. All I ask is that you use at least three different fabrics to ensure variety and that it equal the 14" block.
Category 2: Embellishments Only
I'm going to take some time to better define what type of embellishments are acceptable and what are not as there have been questions on this as well.
I know that for those of us who have participated in swaps before, these things are already known. I explained it to help clarify what is expected. Especially for all the newbies out there who are coming out to play for the first time! :) I know the minimum amounts required are a bit more then past swaps but I am hoping that because this swap is being split into two categories, it will allow us to focus more on what we send.
When you sign up, please send the following information: 1) your name and snail mail addy and 2) which category you are signing up for. There is also the option of participating in both categories if you would like to.
Amount to send: You may send 3-10 baggies. You will get back the same number you send. The minimum will not change BUT depending on how many people sign up, the maximum may change. I am hoping that it won't need to be reduced but I will have to if there aren't at least ten participants in each category. I will let everyone know for sure what the maximum will be as soon as sign up is closed.
Identifying your goodies: In each baggie that you send, please include a piece of paper with your name and email address on it so that the lucky recipient will know who to thank! :) And you many want to consider including a list of what's in your baggies. This is not required but I know I love it when I can identify the different kinds of fabric and what kinds of beads are in there. Its just a nice touch! :)
Mailing in and return postage: When mailing in your packages, please make sure you do so with enough time for the package to get to me by the due date. If you are running behind and (for example) there are only four days left to the deadline, please send it Priority mail and not first class. First class can sometimes take up to a week or longer to get to where its going. Its not fair to make everyone wait. I know there are often circumstances out of our control and if something happens, PLEASE let me know. We all have lives outside of CQ (oh the horror! LOL!) so all I ask is that you just make sure to send me a little note.
USA SWAPPERS: Please include a self-addressed envelope with enough postage on it to mail back to you. If you want to have your goodies mailed back you by Priority mail, I will add delivery confirmation at my own expense. If you send first class, I won't be able to do that. (PO says only Priority and parcel can have delivery confirmation.) How you mail to/send return postage is entirely your choice. Just keep in mind that the PO is still having some troubles.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS: Bribe me with an extra squishie and I will pay your return postage.
Hostess gifts: There was a question as to whether these are required and if one is not sent, is it resented. The answers are no and no. :) While it is appreciated because swaps are a big time commitment, those who send in hostess gifts do not get preferential treatment over those who do. It will be a great swap either way! :)
Sticking to the theme: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stick to the theme that is set up. While you may have something wonderful outside of the theme you'd like to share, people sign up for a themed swap expecting to get back items that fit that description. I'm not trying to be mean but if you send in baggies that don't fit the theme, I will return your baggies to you. An example of this would be something like this. This is a celestial swap and someone signs up for the fabric only option. But the fabric sent in is neon green and has shamrocks on it. This obviously does not fit the celestial theme and these would be sent back to their owner. Sorry, but its not fair to everyone else who sent in items that fit the theme. I'm sure you wouldn't want the shamrock fabric! :)
The Golden Rule of Swapping: I know we have all heard this before but I just have to say it again: DON'T SEND IN ANYTHING YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO GET IN RETURN! Swaps are not an opportunity to unload all the things in your stash that you just don't like. Be considerate of your fellow swapper and I'm sure you will appreciate the same kindness in return. As always, please feel free to email me with any questions. My door is always open! :) Let's have a fantastic swap! :)
Big hugs to everyone, Lynn :)