In collaboration with the great ladies at Paperpieces.com (see their contact information at the end of this post), we will offer you the opportunity to join a fun swap with other quilters and save 20% not only on your precut shapes of English paper pieces, but for all other merchandise on their website! Please note this discount doesn’t include the shipping charges. They offer an extensive collection of hexagon books to spark your interest and especially recommend “Piecing It All Together” and “English Paper Piecing”.
The Paperpieces.com code number will be emailed to you once you officially sign up at email@example.com . They will do their best to get your shipment out ASAP so you will have plenty of time to work on your sets! I will do my best not to send you back any duplicates.
This a fantastic bring-along project while waiting in the doctor’s office, sporting events, watching TV, etc. The hexies just about make themselves! Check out the http://www.paperpieces.com site for lots of motivation, books and patterns!
Be sure to check out the blog and please feel free to send along pictures to share with others of your progress.
We will be swapping 1” hexagons (Paperpieces item # HEX100). Please note that these measure 1” on each side. Each “set” will be of six of the same fabric with the papers left inside. This will allow you to make the outside edges of a flower and use your own center fabric to bring consistency to your finished project. Please do not use any glue to hold down the paper piece on the fabric. You will be sewing through the paper.
Each “set” is six (6) - 1” hexies of the SAME fabric. You can send in a maximum of ten (10) sets of the SAME fabric
There will have TWO themes—Stashbusters and Autumn
For the Autumn theme, no Thanksgiving or Halloween novelty prints (plus the normal fabric guidelines listed in this post). Think fall/harvest colors-eggplant, maroon, dark reds, golden hues, dark greens, harvest orange, deep browns—you get the picture.
**SUITABLE FABRICS FOR THE AUTUMN THEME ARE POSTED ON THE BLOG AT http://hexagonswap.blogspot.com /
*PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING TO THE SWAP OR CUTTING YOUR FABRICS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK! *
>>SIGN UP BY AUGUST 27, 2013--SWAP DUE IN MY HANDS NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 19, 2013<<
* To sign up, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, board name, address and phone number AND which themes you want to participate in.
35 SET MINIMUM-100 SET MAXIMUM PER THEME
1. KC1930-36 sets here!
2. Kaylaquilts-45 sets here!
3. Mary Ellen R.-here!
4. Chris M.-63 sets here!
5. PatV82-45 sets here!
6. AngieinNH-36 sets here!
7. Sharon T.-Dropped out
8. cviens-72 sets here!
9. Melody M.-51 sets here!
10. Mira S.-36 sets here!
1. KC1930-100 sets here!
2. Kaylaquilts-63 sets here!
3. Mary Ellen R.-here!
5. Chris M.-54 sets here!
6. Wippys58-90 sets here!
7. Emily P.-here!
8. PatV82-45 sets here!
9. Janis T.-here!
10. Angie in NH-36 sets here!
11. Sharon T.-dropped out
12. Lakequilter-90 sets here!
13. Melody M.-104 sets here!
15. Mira S.-60 sets here!
Below you will find what seems like a copy of “War and Peace”, but I run my swaps with open communication so there are no surprises and complete consistency from all swappers. Follow the guidelines? Great! Don’t follow the guidelines? Your swap will be returned. I need to be fair to all swappers who play. And I know what you are thinking and yes, I am a type A personality, lol!
>>We do, however, want to keep the prints to SCALE so that we have a nice visual when the hexagons are sewn together. If you have a question on a fabric, please do not hesitate to contact me or post a picture on the HGTV discussion board. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ALSO PLACE A 1” HEXAGON PAPER ON THE QUESTIONABLE PRINT SO I CAN SEE THE SCALE.
*PLEASE SHIP IN PLENTY OF TIME AS ANY LATE PACKAGES WILL BE RETURNED BACK TO YOU UNSWAPPED AT YOUR EXPENSE!* I will be sending out a “gentle reminder” notice two weeks before the swap is due. THIS WILL BE strictly INFORCED! : Star: If shipping parcel post, plan on two weeks shipping time: star:
As a member of the HGTV Quilting boards, you are invited to join us by clicking on the HGTV registration link on right side of the blog page. After you sign up (this is free!), you can join us on the “Quilting & Needlework” board. Any problems, just contact me. I will have a running discussion there if you want to communicate and share with the other swappers.
While I advocate using Paperpieces papers (#HEX100), you can also take lightweight card stock and cut your own. You cannot use regular computer paper or cardboard for this swap as they are subsequently too light and too heavy ensure a sharp point when turning corners and will be returned! If you do use your own inserts, be sure they are consistent while cutting. I will be doing a spot check to be sure they are not too small or too large and that once you sew down the corners they are not pulling up the tips. Check out the blog for a tutorial as to how we would like the hexies made. Please do not use any glue or adhesive to hold down the hexie paper to the fabric. WE ARE SEWING THROUGH THE PAPER. Please use a straight stitch, not a whip stitch for easy paper removal.
Your swap guidelines on how to make of the hexagons will be posted on the blog. Please DRY press your hexagons when finished. Be careful NOT to use steam if using printed inserts as the dyes may come off on the fabrics! Yes, we will be sewing through the paper, but as you see in the tutorial, it will be easy to remove the papers for reuse once you sew your hexagons together and remove the basting stitch.
As mentioned before, each set will be six-1” finished hexagons of the SAME print with a knotted basting stitched (PLEASE USE THE SMALLEST NEEDLE POSSIBLE TO AVOID HOLES!) down the middle and back up to the top to hold each set together (with papers left inside each piece). You can only send in 10 sets of the SAME print! (Total of 60 hexagons of the SAME print) to ensure a nice variety of prints. I found cutting 2 ½” strips of fabric and sub cutting them into 2 ½” squares work PERFECT for this project.
>>We do, however, want to keep the prints to SCALE so that we have a nice visual when the hexagons are sewn together. *Pictures of “naughty” and “nice” prints will be posted on the blog so that you can use that as a guide. If you have a question on a fabric, please do not hesitate to contact me or post a picture on the HGTV discussion board. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ALSO PLACE A 1” HEXAGON PAPER ON THE QUESTIONABLE PRINT SO I CAN SEE THE SCALE.
A couple of rules of thumb for this swap:
*Use only 100% cotton fabric.
*NO solids, homespun, glitter, novelty print—this includes holiday prints and children prints, flannels, thin or plastic-feeling fabrics—this swap is for prints, so please do not send in any WOW (white on white), COC (cream on cream), etc. They really don’t make a colorful flower. You can send in TOT (tone on tone) fabrics. Just remember we want each flower to stand out--not become a wallflower in your finished project!
*NO large prints—be sure your fabrics selected are to the 1” hexagon scale! Leave your open background and large prints for other projects—use smaller prints that fill in your hexie! CHECK OUT THE BLOG FOR FABRICS THAT ARE AND THAT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS SWAP.
*NO batiks, check, plaid or stripe fabrics.
*Be sure when cutting directional fabrics they do not end up looking off-bias or wonky once the hexagon flowers is put together.
*Be sure to REMOVE your selvedges BEFORE cutting your fabrics. Check fabric for flaws, such as runs or stains. Since the sets will be stacked and tacked by a thread, I will not be able to double check your work. Remember the golden rule of swapping—do not send anything in that you wouldn’t want to receive in return.
NOTE: I know life sometimes throws you curve balls, but it has happened that people get excited and want to play, only to wait two months later when the swap is due in a day or so to say they didn't have time. By that time you should have already been ready to mail the package. That leaves me hanging to replace your swap with my stash and totally unfair IF you know you cannot make the deadline to begin with. I give you ample notice so you have plenty of time to make an informed decision. Also, another player may liked to play in your place. Be honest with me up front, or a repeat offender might not be able to play in the future The success of this swap depends on your ability follow through your commitment to our group of players. Thank you for your understanding!
By all of us being honest and accountable, I'm sure we will have a great 2013 swapping year! I really do enjoy hostessing and want to continue to enjoy it, so by coming up front with any issues is not really a complaint, but a way to correct it so my frustration level (and blood pressure!) stays at an even keel. Probably the MOST important thing I can say about a successful swap is the high level of communication between all parties. Without that, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Be prepared for me to contact you several times during the swap for an update on your progress and invite pictures of your hexies to share with other swappers!
I’m allergic to dogs and cats, so please do what you can to control the fur. Some packages come in with so much pet hair that they look like they need to be brushed! For health reasons, I cannot handle them and they will be returned untouched at YOUR expense. My health depends on it and I thank you in advance for your understanding.
POSTAGE or POSTAGE money must be included in your package. Be sure to add a stamp or two to your stamped envelopes if not going priority mail flat rate boxes. They also seem to weigh more returning than coming in! If you are a frequent swapper, you can also send in $20 or so and I can keep it on “account” and deduct your postage from it. This was worked nicely with some swappers in the past and that way you don’t have to worry about sending in money each time. Once the swap is complete, I will PM you your postage balance on account for your records. If you wish your extra postage money returned, I can certainly do that also.
If you wish to include a self-addressed mailer for the return trip back to you, remember NO metered postage or ACP postage on the return mailer. Stamps only. Our post office will not allow more than a 13 oz. pre-stamped mailer in any mailboxes nor can mail carriers accept them (since 9/11 our East coast mail guidelines have been modified). While your local p.o. may say it is okay to use metered or ACP postage, our p.o. will NOT accept anything that has been pre-dated. I’m just trying to make it as easy as possible for all concerned. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Also, let me know if you want a delivery confirmation.
For Priority mail packages, I have plenty of mailing envelopes and boxes here so there is no need to send a new one. I do, however, try to recycle the boxes if possible. IF YOU ARE SENDING YOUR SWAP IN A MANILLA ENVELOPE OR PADDED MAILER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SEND IN A RETURN ENVELOPE. Remember, I am not responsible for the packages once they are mailed back to you.
>>NOTE: Some of your local post offices allow you to pack a flat rate envelope or legal size envelope to the bulging point, but mine won’t accept them as they are intended for FLAT items only. So, if you can get away with it on your end-fine-just be aware they cannot be returned the same way.
PACKING YOUR SHIPMENT-We found that using dollar store sandwich Ziploc bags package nine sets nicely and make it easier to swap out. If you “burp” the air out of the baggies before you seal them they pretty much stay in place during shipping. Also, please ID each baggie with your name and state so that the other swappers can know where their hexies come from! You can put all your sets in a larger grocery bag (or Ziploc bag) with your HGTV board name (if you have one!), real name and address, phone number and number of sets in the main bag AND a separate piece of paper with your mailing address in case the package is damaged in shipment so the post office can still return it to you.
>>Please see packaging guidelines on the blog post>> http://hexagonswap.blogspot.co...ging-your-swaps.html
http://www.paperpieces.com (Use the search box to find the HEX100)
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My HGTV board name is KC1930This message has been edited. Last edited by: KC1930,
I'm in again for both have sent you an email
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream"
-Edgar Allan Poe-
I'd like to but the timing doesn't work for me
“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”
Gonesewin, I'm sure we will have other swaps in the future--hopefully the dates will work for you!
Welcome two swappers to the autumn theme:
* Chris M. (Also Stashbusters)
I can't wait to see the projects made with the autumn theme hexies!This message has been edited. Last edited by: KC1930,
Welcome Wippys58 and Emily P. to the autumn swap!
I'm in for both themes. We are currently meandering thru kentucky bourbon country. Will try to send an email to you per guidelines.
Welcome to the swap!
*Angie in NHThis message has been edited. Last edited by: KC1930,
Welcome new swapper Sharon T. to both swaps!
Welcome cviens to the Stashbusters swap!
Welcome Lakequilter to the autumn swap!
I'm beginning to get my head start now cutting fabrics.
Only six more days to sign up! Why not join us???
Wow...just ask and they come!
Welcome Melody M. to both swaps and new swapper Sheacat to the autumn swap!
I'm going to need to take a break. My 96 year old dad is having colon cancer surgery and then will need chemo for lymphomas. I think he is in for a long recovery and my school is opening this week so I had better dial back.
Sue, you and your father will be in all our T's & P's. Let us know if you need anything....
Only *ONE* more day to sign up!
Sign ups are officially closed....let's get to work!
Two players have already sent in their swaps!
I don't know about you, but I am loving these yummy fall colors!
That's scary but I'm working away in doctor's offices, watching tv, while talking with friends, etc. Hopefully will be done soon.
I just mailed my stashbusters and autumn sets to you. I stopped at 5 bags, not my usual amount but knew I could get these to you before the deadline.
Thanks for all your hardwork.
I forgot to mention the postman included the tracking number/sticker for when you mail it back to me. I've never had that before - he gave me a tiny sticker with that tracking number so I will know it on this end.
I have 10 sets of 9 done and now just have to pack them up and get them off to you.
You ladies are really making progress!
Bumping up for J Lu and more swap information. Perhaps she will join us for our next swap!
I'll be mailing on Tuesday. I have 5 baggies ready, and there may be another baggie by Tuesday. Loooooooving the autumns.
Me too! The folks at work were sad to see my sewing box no longer included those yummy fall colors.
Ladies, your packages have been mailed back today and you should have emails with your delivery confirmation numbers and postage credit/due.
Be sure to watch for the 7th swap sign up that will go up this weekend!
Last chance to vote for the themes!
Great turn-around, KC. Thank you for all the hard work.
Thanks. That is why I must be firm on the in-house date deadline--I ask for the day off work to swap out and get them mailed back to you within two business days.
You are so efficient... thanks for all of the hard work and great swaps.
Helloooo, guess what was waiting at my door this evening...beautiful Autumn colors! And all new to me! Thanks everyone.
Hey Kathleen, all of my Hexies were waiting for me to come home from work today safe and sound. Thank you for doing such a great job.
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream"
-Edgar Allan Poe-
Mine arrived today too! They are beautiful! thank you.
Glad your packages are making their way home safe and sound. Some were stuffed to the max and I was concerned about them popping open like a tube of biscuits!
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