Friday, June 19, 2015

Fat Quarter Friends Swap for July 2015 - Let's Feed our Fabric Addiction!

Hey Yall,

I decided to go back to promoting the Fat Quarter Friends Swaps on the blog.  Last swap, when I didn't promote in on the blog, I got only 4 signups!  IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE SWAPS, PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST AS IT HAS LOTS OF INFO ABOUT HOW THE SWAP IS RUN.



WHAT THE PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SWAPS!:

"I just wanted to share my beautiful Fat Quarters that I received from Carla!  I'm so glad I did this swap because it got me back into my sewing room and motivated me to get back to my quilting!  I'm looking forward to the next swap! I wish I knew more people that quilt so that they could join in!"
*
"Thanks for putting this together! I would love to do another one!"
 *
"April, look at this attachment and see what Heather sent me for the April FQ Friends Swap!
Isn't that a sweet gift!  Thanks for organizing the Swap and sharing with all us others!" 
*
"Hey I got my package from Amber and LOVE what she sent.  Count me in for doing this again in May."
*
 "This is my first swap ever and I am now hooked.  The fabrics my partner choose are perfect."
*
 "Thanks for organizing it & can't wait to do the next one!"
*
"I'm having so much fun swapping each month!"
*
"I'm so glad you are still doing such a fun swap!"
*
 "I have met some really great ladies in this swap.  I look forward to your swap each month."


TO SIGN UP FOR THE JULY 2015 SWAP, CLICK HERE!


The FAT QUARTERS FRIENDS SWAP allows participants to add their own personalization if they choose by decorating the outside of the package, using decorative wrapping for the fabric itself, including a personalized note/card, including any small gifts that their FAT QUARTER FRIEND would be totally excited to receive.  

You don't have to include any extras but some ideas are maybe:
  • A Matching Spool of Thread
  • A Cute Sewing Notion
  • Sewing Pattern you no longer want/need
  • Yummy candy
  • Anything else you would like your new friend to have!

THE DETAILS / MEAT N POTATOES / INS & OUTS OF THE SWAPS

* The Fat Quarter Friends Swaps will be open to Canada & USA Only.

* This will be a monthly swap but you only sign up for the months you want to participate.

* There are no fees other than buying Fat Quarters, extra goodies & shipping costs.

* The link for the online Sign-Up Sheet is above and you have until June 30th to register.  There are 3 slots on the online form asking for favorite colors, favorite designers and favorite collections which will help you pick out Fat Quarters that your FAT QUARTER FRIEND will love!  

* I will then pair everyone up by July 2nd then send out emails to let everyone know who their FAT QUARTER FRIEND is.

* Please make sure that you ship your package by July 10th, which gives you about a week to go shopping from your local/online quilt/fabric shoppe.

* Send 4 different Fat Quarters that are unwashed &  are "quilt quality".  You can send Fat Quarters from your own stash as long as they are in like new condition and are full sized & selvage not trimmed off.  Or buy new Fat Quarters.

LEARNING SEGMENT - CRAFT FABRIC VS QUILT QUALITY FABRIC
* Some new swappers have asked me what is the difference between "craft fabric" & "quilt quality" fabric.  Several years ago when I started sewing I thought all cotton fabrics were the same and didn't know the different between "craft" & "quilt" fabrics.  Most newbies have this thinking, and it's perfectly okay not to know any better.  Not all cotton fabric is the same.  There is "craft" fabric and "quilt quality" fabric.  There are some national chain stores that carry fabric but you have to know the difference between "craft" and "quilt quality" fabric.  "Quilt Quality" fabric is softer and has a tighter weave.  "Craft" fabric has a looser weave and most of the time you can hold it up to a light and you will see the light between the thread weaves.  Plus "craft" fabric is stiffer & feels rougher.  Wal-Mart carries "craft" fabric.  Joann's carries both "craft" & "quilt" fabric.  The long colorful wall where the fabrics are in rainbow color order is considered "craft" fabric.  The fat quarters in the slots on this wall is "craft" fabric.  Though the rainbow wall does have some great looking patterned/designed fabrics, it's not what we are aiming for with our swaps.  Joann's does have some "quilt" fabric and it will be labeled on the price sign with the word QUILT.  Hancock Fabrics carries mostly "Quilting" fabrics.  Most cities and towns have at least 1 Quilt Shop.  There is no doubt that Quilt Shops carry only Quilt Fabrics.  I have been to some towns that were so small you would pass it if you blinked and they had a Quilt Shop!  Most Quilt Shops have baskets or bins of Fat Quarters already cut up.  What I like to do is if I like a fabric I think is perfect for my swap partner then I will get a half yard so I can keep a fat quarter for my stash.  If you are shopping at the Chain Stores, ask the ladies/gents in that department who quilts.  Then confirm with them that a fabric is considered "quilt quality".

* If for some reason you are not able to participate after signing up, PLEASE let me know by June 30th so that I can rearrange pairs.

* I will ask that all participants email me in July when they receive the package from their FAT QUARTER FRIEND so that I can keep track of who has/hasn't received theirs.  MY EMAIL IS SEWKOOLBEENZ@GMAIL.COM

* For those participants that have blogs/Facebook/Instagram, I think it will be awesome to show in a blog post what your FAT QUARTER FRIEND has sent us!

*For that that are swapping for the 1st time, I will add your email address to our special E-list so that I can notify you right away when I announce the next month's swap.



IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS AT ALL, PLEASE LEAVE THEM BELOW!  NOW, LET'S SWAP!  DON'T FORGET TO GRAB A FQ FRIENDS BUTTON BELOW (STILL TRYING TO FIX THE ONES ON MY RIGHT SIDEBAR).

PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR BLOGS OR WITH ANY FAMILY/FRIENDS THAT LOVE FABRIC TO HELP INCREASE OUR PARTICIPANT NUMBERS!  I WILL BE SHARING THE SWAP ANNOUNCEMENT ON INSTAGRAM IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN REPOSTING IT.  MY INSTAGRAM IS SEWKOOLBEENZ.

KoolBeenz
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fat Quarter Friends Swap for April 2015 + update on my uterus issue

Hey Yall!

It's been about 6 months since yall last heard from me.  If you remember I went to Egypt in July 2014 to have surgery on my uterus.  After I got back to the states my uterus issue starting coming back in October.  It made me severely depressed and worried.  All I seemed to want to do was sleep or stay in bed.  I didn't feel like doing laundry, changing clothes, brushing my hair or even taking a shower.  My doctor said that the medicine takes time to work.  This contributed to me developing social anxiety which I've never had in my life!  It was so bad I didn't even want to check any of the Social Media apps on my phone.  I didn't check Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.  I even developed Agoraphobia which is the fear of going outside.  I wouldn't even open the door to check my mailbox which is right outside my front door frame.  I went for a biopsy on Dec 11th and it wasn't good.  I just went for another 3 month biopsy of my uterus on March 12th.  Still not good.  I went 2 days ago to speak with my Oncologist about trying a newly researched & developed medicine that is very promising for women with my issue (thick uterus lining).

Anyway, now I am getting past my Social Anxiety and I'm ready to get my life back to normal.  I've decided to downsize my Social Media sites so I am putting my blog aside and replacing it with my Facebook page.  I created this page "Fat Quarter Friends Fabric Swap" to keep up with the swap announcements plus to show all past swap pictures.  The Facebook page makes it easy for you to post questions & comments as well.  https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterFriendsFabricSwap

To sign up for the April Swap, click here: http://goo.gl/forms/ndn8jHDMmo

To join the Fat Quarter Friends Facebook Page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterFriendsFabricSwap

I will continue to email all past participants to announce the next month's swap.  I do realize that not everyone is on Facebook so emailing will help those non-Facebookers continue to participate with the swaps.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

November Fat Quarter Friends Swap - Who's Ready to Shop & Swap?!

Let's keep the ball rolling with another successful swap!  We're consistently holding onto about 20 swappers per month!  I hope we continue to grow.



HERE ARE PICTURES OF SOME OF THE OCTOBER SWAP PACKS. 








THIS IS WHAT I RECEIVED FOR SEPTEMBER.  WAITING ON MY OCTOBER PACKS.  FROM MELISSA I GOT SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW THE OWL BAG AND THE OWL LIPGLOSS!  I ACTUALLY SQUEELED.  THE OWN FABRIC I DIDN'T HAVE.  PLUS SHE SENT ME A CUTE HANDPAINTED WOOD CLOTHES PIN.  OH, AND I NEEDED MORE CHILI PEPPER FABRIC.


RHONDA SENT ME SOME GREAT FABRICS AND A REALLY CUTE CHICKEN PIN CUSHION.



WHAT THE PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SWAPS!:

"I just wanted to share my beautiful Fat Quarters that I received from Carla!  I'm so glad I did this swap because it got me back into my sewing room and motivated me to get back to my quilting!  I'm looking forward to the next swap! I wish I knew more people that quilt so that they could join in!"
*
"Thanks for putting this together! I would love to do another one!"
 *
"April, look at this attachment and see what Heather sent me for the April FQ Friends Swap!
Isn't that a sweet gift!  Thanks for organizing the Swap and sharing with all us others!" 
*
"Hey I got my package from Amber and LOVE what she sent.  Count me in for doing this again in May."
*
 "This is my first swap ever and I am now hooked.  The fabrics my partner choose are perfect."
*
 "Thanks for organizing it & can't wait to do the next one!"
*
"I'm having so much fun swapping each month!"
*
"I'm so glad you are still doing such a fun swap!"
*
 "I have met some really great ladies in this swap.  I look forward to your swap each month."


TO SIGN UP FOR THE NOVEMBER 2014 SWAP, CLICK HERE!


The FAT QUARTERS FRIENDS SWAP allows participants to add their own personalization if they choose by decorating the outside of the package, using decorative wrapping for the fabric itself, including a personalized note/card, including any small gifts that their FAT QUARTER FRIEND would be totally excited to receive.  

You don't have to include any extras but some ideas are maybe:
  • A Matching Spool of Thread
  • A Cute Sewing Notion
  • Sewing Pattern you no longer want/need
  • Yummy candy
  • Anything else you would like your new friend to have!

THE DETAILS / MEAT N POTATOES / INS & OUTS OF THE SWAPS

* The Fat Quarter Friends Swaps will be open to Canada & USA Only.

* This will be a monthly swap but you only sign up for the months you want to participate.

* There are no fees other than buying Fat Quarters, extra goodies & shipping costs.

* The link for the online Sign-Up Sheet is above and you have until October 31st to register.  There are 3 slots on the online form asking for favorite colors, favorite designers and favorite collections which will help you pick out Fat Quarters that your FAT QUARTER FRIEND will love!  

* I will then pair everyone up by November 2nd then send out emails to let everyone know who their FAT QUARTER FRIEND is.

* Please make sure that you ship your package by November 10th, which gives you about a week to go shopping from your local/online quilt/fabric shoppe.

* Send 4 different Fat Quarters that are unwashed &  are "quilt quality".  You can send Fat Quarters from your own stash as long as they are in like new condition and are full sized & selvage not trimmed off.  Or buy new Fat Quarters.

LEARNING SEGMENT - CRAFT FABRIC VS QUILT QUALITY FABRIC
* Some new swappers have asked me what is the difference between "craft fabric" & "quilt quality" fabric.  Several years ago when I started sewing I thought all cotton fabrics were the same and didn't know the different between "craft" & "quilt" fabrics.  Most newbies have this thinking, and it's perfectly okay not to know any better.  Not all cotton fabric is the same.  There is "craft" fabric and "quilt quality" fabric.  There are some national chain stores that carry fabric but you have to know the difference between "craft" and "quilt quality" fabric.  "Quilt Quality" fabric is softer and has a tighter weave.  "Craft" fabric has a looser weave and most of the time you can hold it up to a light and you will see the light between the thread weaves.  Plus "craft" fabric is stiffer & feels rougher.  Wal-Mart carries "craft" fabric.  Joann's carries both "craft" & "quilt" fabric.  The long colorful wall where the fabrics are in rainbow color order is considered "craft" fabric.  The fat quarters in the slots on this wall is "craft" fabric.  Though the rainbow wall does have some great looking patterned/designed fabrics, it's not what we are aiming for with our swaps.  Joann's does have some "quilt" fabric and it will be labeled on the price sign with the word QUILT.  Hancock Fabrics carries mostly "Quilting" fabrics.  Most cities and towns have at least 1 Quilt Shop.  There is no doubt that Quilt Shops carry only Quilt Fabrics.  I have been to some towns that were so small you would pass it if you blinked and they had a Quilt Shop!  Most Quilt Shops have baskets or bins of Fat Quarters already cut up.  What I like to do is if I like a fabric I think is perfect for my swap partner then I will get a half yard so I can keep a fat quarter for my stash.  If you are shopping at the Chain Stores, ask the ladies/gents in that department who quilts.  Then confirm with them that a fabric is considered "quilt quality".

* If for some reason you are not able to participate after signing up, PLEASE let me know by October 31st so that I can rearrange pairs.

* I will ask that all participants email me in November when they receive the package from their FAT QUARTER FRIEND so that I can keep track of who has/hasn't received theirs.

* For those participants that have blogs/Facebook/Instagram, I think it will be awesome to show in a blog post what your FAT QUARTER FRIEND has sent us!

*For that that are swapping for the 1st time, I will add your email address to our special E-list so that I can notify you right away when I announce the next month's swap.



IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS AT ALL, PLEASE LEAVE THEM BELOW!  NOW, LET'S SWAP!  DON'T FORGET TO GRAB A FQ FRIENDS BUTTON BELOW (STILL TRYING TO FIX THE ONES ON MY RIGHT SIDEBAR).

PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR BLOGS OR WITH ANY FAMILY/FRIENDS THAT LOVE FABRIC TO HELP INCREASE OUR PARTICIPANT NUMBERS!  I WILL BE SHARING THE SWAP ANNOUNCEMENT ON INSTAGRAM IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN REPOSTING IT.  MY INSTAGRAM IS SEWKOOLBEENZ.

KoolBeenz
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Friday, September 19, 2014

October is Here! - Fat Quarter Friends Swap Time!

Let's keep the ball rolling with another successful swap!  We're consistently holding onto about 20 swappers per month!  I hope we continue to grow.



HERE ARE PICTURES OF SOME OF THE AUGUST SWAP PACKS. 









HERE'S THE SUPER CUTE GOODIES I GOT:


THE OWLS BELOW HAVE TINY WOOD CLOTHES PINS ON THE BACK




 BELOW 2 FABRICS WERE 1/2 YARD EACH!




WHAT THE PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SWAPS!:

"I just wanted to share my beautiful Fat Quarters that I received from Carla!  I'm so glad I did this swap because it got me back into my sewing room and motivated me to get back to my quilting!  I'm looking forward to the next swap! I wish I knew more people that quilt so that they could join in!"
*
"Thanks for putting this together! I would love to do another one!"
 *
"April, look at this attachment and see what Heather sent me for the April FQ Friends Swap!
Isn't that a sweet gift!  Thanks for organizing the Swap and sharing with all us others!" 
*
"Hey I got my package from Amber and LOVE what she sent.  Count me in for doing this again in May."
*
 "This is my first swap ever and I am now hooked.  The fabrics my partner choose are perfect."
*
 "Thanks for organizing it & can't wait to do the next one!"
*
"I'm having so much fun swapping each month!"
*
"I'm so glad you are still doing such a fun swap!"
*
 "I have met some really great ladies in this swap.  I look forward to your swap each month."


TO SIGN UP FOR THE OCTOBER 2014 SWAP, CLICK HERE!


The FAT QUARTERS FRIENDS SWAP allows participants to add their own personalization if they choose by decorating the outside of the package, using decorative wrapping for the fabric itself, including a personalized note/card, including any small gifts that their FAT QUARTER FRIEND would be totally excited to receive.  

You don't have to include any extras but some ideas are maybe:
  • A Matching Spool of Thread
  • A Cute Sewing Notion
  • Sewing Pattern you no longer want/need
  • Yummy candy
  • Anything else you would like your new friend to have!

THE DETAILS / MEAT N POTATOES / INS & OUTS OF THE SWAPS

* The Fat Quarter Friends Swaps will be open to Canada & USA Only.

* This will be a monthly swap but you only sign up for the months you want to participate.

* There are no fees other than buying Fat Quarters, extra goodies & shipping costs.

* The link for the online Sign-Up Sheet is above and you have until Sept 30th to register.  There are 3 slots on the online form asking for favorite colors, favorite designers and favorite collections which will help you pick out Fat Quarters that your FAT QUARTER FRIEND will love!  

* I will then pair everyone up by October 2nd then send out emails to let everyone know who their FAT QUARTER FRIEND is.

* Please make sure that you ship your package by October 10th, which gives you about a week to go shopping from your local/online quilt/fabric shoppe.

* Send 4 different Fat Quarters that are unwashed &  are "quilt quality".  You can send Fat Quarters from your own stash as long as they are in like new condition and are full sized & selvage not trimmed off.  Or buy new Fat Quarters.

LEARNING SEGMENT - CRAFT FABRIC VS QUILT QUALITY FABRIC
* Some new swappers have asked me what is the difference between "craft fabric" & "quilt quality" fabric.  Several years ago when I started sewing I thought all cotton fabrics were the same and didn't know the different between "craft" & "quilt" fabrics.  Most newbies have this thinking, and it's perfectly okay not to know any better.  Not all cotton fabric is the same.  There is "craft" fabric and "quilt quality" fabric.  There are some national chain stores that carry fabric but you have to know the difference between "craft" and "quilt quality" fabric.  "Quilt Quality" fabric is softer and has a tighter weave.  "Craft" fabric has a looser weave and most of the time you can hold it up to a light and you will see the light between the thread weaves.  Plus "craft" fabric is stiffer & feels rougher.  Wal-Mart carries "craft" fabric.  Joann's carries both "craft" & "quilt" fabric.  The long colorful wall where the fabrics are in rainbow color order is considered "craft" fabric.  The fat quarters in the slots on this wall is "craft" fabric.  Though the rainbow wall does have some great looking patterned/designed fabrics, it's not what we are aiming for with our swaps.  Joann's does have some "quilt" fabric and it will be labeled on the price sign with the word QUILT.  Hancock Fabrics carries mostly "Quilting" fabrics.  Most cities and towns have at least 1 Quilt Shop.  There is no doubt that Quilt Shops carry only Quilt Fabrics.  I have been to some towns that were so small you would pass it if you blinked and they had a Quilt Shop!  Most Quilt Shops have baskets or bins of Fat Quarters already cut up.  What I like to do is if I like a fabric I think is perfect for my swap partner then I will get a half yard so I can keep a fat quarter for my stash.  If you are shopping at the Chain Stores, ask the ladies/gents in that department who quilts.  Then confirm with them that a fabric is sonsidered "quilt quality".

* If for some reason you are not able to participate after signing up, PLEASE let me know by September 30th so that I can rearrange pairs.

* I will ask that all participants email me in September when they receive the package from their FAT QUARTER FRIEND so that I can keep track of who has/hasn't received theirs.

* For those participants that have blogs/Facebook/Instagram, I think it will be awesome to show in a blog post what your FAT QUARTER FRIEND has sent us!

*For that that are swapping for the 1st time, I will add your email address to our special E-list so that I can notify you right away when I announce the next month's swap.



IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS AT ALL, PLEASE LEAVE THEM BELOW!  NOW, LET'S SWAP!  DON'T FORGET TO GRAB A FQ FRIENDS BUTTON BELOW (STILL TRYING TO FIX THE ONES ON MY RIGHT SIDEBAR).

PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR BLOGS OR WITH ANY FAMILY/FRIENDS THAT LOVE FABRIC TO HELP INCREASE OUR PARTICIPANT NUMBERS!  I WILL BE SHARING THE SWAP ANNOUNCEMENT ON INSTAGRAM IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN REPOSTING IT.  MY INSTAGRAM IS SEWKOOLBEENZ.

KoolBeenz
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KoolBeenz
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