>>THIS IS THE UPDATED SWAP POSTING<<
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”.
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!
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.
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
We will have TWO themes—STASHBUSTERS AND GENUINE 30’S REPROS
You can send in a *maximum* total of 100 sets per theme. For those of you doing the math, that is 600 hexies! The *minimum* amount of sets you can send in is 35 sets per theme
**If you join both swaps, you can only use your fabric in one theme (i.e. no 30’s fabrics in the Stashbusters swap)**
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!
Just remember for the TRUE 30's repros, this is for only genuine 30's repros, not just small floral prints that look like repros. You will find "Circa 1930" on most selvedges, and you can search the following websites for 1930 reproduction fabrics. Just remember the prints we would use would be small scale prints (see both acceptable and not acceptable) prints on the blog http://hexagonswap.blogspot.com/
You can also check out the following links for TRUE 30’s repros:
Robert Kaufman Fabrics:
Hancock’s of Paducah:
*PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING TO THE SWAP OR CUTTING YOUR FABRICS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK! *
**SWAPS ARE DUE IN MY HANDS NO LATER THAN MAY 25, 2013**
*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 swap is for either washed or unwashed fabric. HOWEVER, if you use reds, black or indigo colors, please take the time to wash with a color catcher to ensure no bleeding fabrics in our finished projects.
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.
I will also send you the coupon code for the 20% discount so you can order your paper pieces from Paperpieces.com. These are fantastic as they are precision cut and just the right weight to allow the needle through the paper.
While I advocate using Paperpieces papers (#HEX100), you can also take magazine subscription inserts or 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.
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.
THIS IS THE WAY ALL HEXIES FOR THIS SWAP SHOULD BE MADE TO BE CONSISTANT WITH ALL SWAPPERS!
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.
A couple of rules of thumb for this swap:
*Use only 100% cotton fabric.
*NO solids, homespun, glitter, novelty print—this includes holiday prints, children prints (see note for the 30’s swap), 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—leave your open background and large prints for other projects—use smaller prints that fill in your hexie!
*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.
**For the 30”s repros, you can use all colors and acceptable children and novelty fabrics IF they meet the guidelines of photos shown on the blog. Contact me if you have ANY questions! Just remember to keep the prints to scale.
*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. If you do not use priority mail without a delivery confirmation, you are on your own!
>>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 ziplock 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.
http://www.paperpieces.com (Use the search box to find the HEX100)
Call toll free in the US: 1-800-337-1537
Hexagon Swap blog:
HGTV Registration: (Once you sign up, go to the “Quilting & Needlework” Message Board)
My HGTV board name is KC1930
4. wmmeasureup here
7. Melody M.-here
8. Headielamar Dropped out
9. Jennifer L.-here
10. Della C.-????
11. Christina W.-????
12. Mary Ellen R.-here
13. Cathy P.-here
FOR TRUE 30'S REPROS:
9 Nana Quilts-here
10. Kelly R. (from Canada)--at post office?
12. Mary Ellen R.-here
13. Cathy P.-here
15. Sue Stitches-here
17. Melody M.-here
18. tscott12234-hereThis message has been edited. Last edited by: KC1930,
Just mailed the first swap sets today
Ordered more hexies and have the 30's fabrics right here in my lap.
Sending thoughts of swift stitches to everyone!
I am up for both swaps!!!!!!!
Me 1930's only
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~~~Dalai Lama
Just signed up for the 30's repros. Looking forward to more hexies!
Lindy in NC
Welcome to the swap, ladies. SubeeSews and mjontebeau, just ask questions if you have them! This message has been edited. Last edited by: KC1930,
Ooops, I just posted on the wrong thread. I think I've come to the right place now.
KC, I just sent you an email to sign up for the 30's theme.
Got it, K!
For any newbies, the tutorial you can follow to make your hexies is in the 2012 blog archives or you can just click here http://hexagonswap.blogspot.co...or-hexagon-swap.html
Here are some genuine 30's repros already to swap!
For donated quilts for the kids, check out the photos at
I didn't realize there would be two themes. I am in for another round of stashbusters. Just finished my 35th set for the first round, so I will call that round good and mail them this week. I will send you an email.
I just sent out emails to all the players who have signed up so far, so if you didn't get it, please let me know.
LOVE those! They are awesome! Getting ready to ship my 100 sets for Stash Busters and get started on my 30's. Having such fun!
Lindy in NC
The question has come up if it is okay to use one or two strands of thread to baste--either is fine.
That IS the plan!
Wow, I placed an order the day you sent out your email, and it arrived today. They don't dawdle, do they?
No they don't! When they see that code, they put a rush on it so you can get right to work, lol!
As you can see, we have lots of new players to this second swap, so please welcome them to the HGTV boards!
And there was a handwritten note on the invoice saying, "Happy Swapping." How friendly is that!
Hi and welcome to hexie fans who are new to the HGTV board. Glad you came by. Take a look around and make yourself at home . I think you'll like it here.
2 great themes to choose from
Wow! I am equally impressed with the ladies at paper pieces! I placed my order late Friday night and got my order today!
Sooo excited to get started!!! Unfortunately it will have to wait til this weekend but then watch out! My needle will be smokin' ;-)
Will post a pic when I get some done!!!
P. S. The discount is much appreciated.
SewRhonda, the ladies at PP are the best! One of the employees, Jessica, is playing in our first swap.
You mentioned that checking in would be appropriate - so here I am and I have finished 14 sets and am working on the rest. I hope to complete 100 sets, but I will do the very best I can. I do have time sitting at a race track coming up and I bet I will have this project with me.
Mary Jane Cardwell
Glad to hear my sets for the first swap arrived safely!
Working on the two themes now. As I work on both themes, I started to wonder if 30's fabric I used in same theme swap should/should not be used in stash buster theme swap. So what do you advise??
The 30's fabric is a part of my stash - anyone only doing the stash buster swap would not see that fabric.
Should I or shouldn't I?
to PatV82....I think this is the answer you are looking for. KC is at work so I'm just coping this from upfront guidelines.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~~~Dalai Lama
I got my 1200 papers with a discount. But they really need to sharpen their dies. The edges are not crisp. They came in two days!!!! And great to have that discount.
I sew in my sleep!!!!
I am worried that by NOT knotting the 6 pieces together that they will come apart. Please tell me that a small know will be allowed when basting the 6 units together...I added some photos on my blog.
Subee, I found by leaving a thread tail of an inch or so and packaging in the sandwich bags keeps them all together. If you find you must add a knot, do. The ones I have so far sent to me are holding us just fine!
Bump for more swappers!
ttt for more 1930's swappers ( is that a word?), hopefully
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~~~Dalai Lama
Why, it is in HGTV lingo!
Just checking in. I've been working on my 1930's hexies and they are sooo cute! Do we mail them in all at once or periodically?
How's everybody else doing?
Welcome two new swappers!
Still room for YOU to join in!
I make my hexies a little different from the tutorial. I do not sew through the paper, I just baste the pack. This saves the paper for re-use and no need to cut the basting. Is this acceptable for the swap?
OOPs. Meant to say baste the back!
Hi Ruth, we are all making our hexies by the tutorial on the blog so we are all consistant.
Here is the link for the step-by-step directions:
Also check the blog for older posts that show photos of suitable fabrics for the swap. Any questions? Just ask here!
Still room to play! Join us...
Only a few more weeks to sign up! Why not join us?
Oooooh I'm a sucker for 30s... I'm making a GFG and need 75+ flowers... Have about 40 done... Hmmmm will see what I have and if I have enough time to get some together!!
It would be great to have you join us. Check over to the blog and on the right side of the page will give you the guidelines and suitable fabrics for both the Stashbusters and TRUE 30's repros.
I have quite a collection and almost have 100 sets done now. I don't know why the 30's fabrics always make me smile--what a relief it must have been to see the cheerful prints during the depression.
Welcome Sue Stitches to the 30's swap!
Rhonda, I think I must have missed your question--my bad! It's best if you send in your package once you are finished--and it saves postage $.
Thanks for the welcome to round two. I have the hardest time finding my way around the HGTV quilt board that I love the fact I could email to sign up. (I still can't figure out how to PM here) I have never worked with True 30's repro fabric but taking a good look at them sold me.
"Inside every Girl Gone Wild is a quilt loving grandma ready to come out" - Gabriel Rutledge
Sue, you will be hooked on them!
If you have any questions on getting around on the boards, just post anywhere and someone will come to your rescue. My email is always open for you if you need help!
I so want to join but, I really can't at this time. Good Luck girls
So if I join the 30's I need to send in atleast 35 sets of 6 of 30's repos, correct?
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