Saturday, June 14, 2014

July Fat Quarter Friends Swap Time - Who's Ready to Get Their Swap On?!

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.



BELOW ARE SOME OF THE GREAT SWAP PACKS FROM THE JUNE SWAP.  GREAT PACKS I MUST SAY!  STILL WAITING ON MORE PICTURES.









BELOW IS WHAT I GOT FROM MY SWAP PARTNER!  TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE CHILI PEPPER RITRA SHE MADE BY HAND.  I REQUESTED A 1 YARD PIECE OF CHILI PEPPER FABRIC.






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!"
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"Thanks for putting this together! I would love to do another one!"
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"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!" 
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"Hey I got my package from Amber and LOVE what she sent.  Count me in for doing this again in May."
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 "This is my first swap ever and I am now hooked.  The fabrics my partner choose are perfect."
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 "Thanks for organizing it & can't wait to do the next one!"


TO SIGN UP FOR THE JULY 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 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 sonsidered "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.

* For those participants that have blogs, I think it will be awesome to show in a blog post what our 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.

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2 comments:

  1. Balance your spiritual energy and get in harmony with your soul by practicing these Radha-Krishna meditations.


    Sri Gita Govinda
    -A book written in the 12th century, this is a description of the intimate loving affairs of Radha and Krishna
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/keqr4lqp7wr1rru/Sri_Gita_Govinda.pdf

    Govinda Lilamrta
    -An 400 year old book which poetically describes the eternal daily pastimes of Radha and Krishna
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/uhcuigauc6uqiei/Govinda_Lilamrita.pdf

    Ananda Vrindavan Campu
    -This is probably the most poetic and intimate portrayal of Sri Krsna’s life in Vrndavana that has ever been written.
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/k9j3ldwbt17be3b/Ananda_Vmdavana_Campu.pdf

    Prayers of Service to Radha and Krishna (Sankalpa Kalpadruma)
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/lvkqsro3sbzm249/Visvanath_Cakravarti_Thakur_Sankalpa_Kalpadruma.pdf

    Prema Samputa The Treasure Chest of Love
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/mpbncdyt97nw0x7/Prema_Samputa_The_Treasure_Chest_of_Love.pdf


    And the following four are taken from Visvanath Cakravarti's Camatkara Candrika, a 300 year old scripture that talks about the love meeting of Radha and Krishna:

    The Meeting in the Box
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/c81a7cp43n5v6aj/The_Meeting_in_the_Box.pdf

    The Meeting of Sri Krishna Disguised as a Female Doctor
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/hgomrnem7829pda/The_Meeting_of_Sri_Krsna_Disguised_as_a_Female_Doctor.pdf

    The Meeting of Sri Krishna Disguised as a Female Singer
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/gyuboduhn8dvdml/The_Meeting_of_Sri_Krsna_Disguised_as_a_Female_Singer.pdf

    The Meeting of Sri Krishna Disguised as Abhimanyu
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/911h9qoxn4ca027/The_Meeting_of_Sri_Krsna_Disguised_As_Abhimanyu.pdf


    And lastly, we have the supreme scripture which describes the 24 hour daily loving affairs of Radha and Krishna in Vrindavan, called Bhavanasara Sangraha. This book is now available on Amazon for Kindle, for only $3.49

    http://www.amazon.com/Bhavanasara-Sangraha-Mahanidhi-Swami-ebook/dp/B00CW9H4DI/ref=la_B00J2M5LAQ_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402209195&sr=1-15

    Here is a 41 page sample of Bhavanasara Sangraha:
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/t4gsse2d4sw0f8p/Sample_of_Bhavanasara_Sangraha.pdf

    The above book can also be read on your PC using Amazon Kindle for PC, download here for free:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

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  2. Hi April... I was wondering if the July swap partners have been assigned yet? I haven't gotten an email from you or assigned partners, so I am wondering if my yahoo email is misfunctioning again and I just didn't get them. Can you let me know? Thanks!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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