The following is the schedule for the forum quilt swaps for 2007. DO NOT sign up for any of these until their individual posts for sign up are listed. The individual sign up threads will appear as a "sticky" as we approach the date of that swap as listed below. The exact dates for the deadline to sign up, as well as the deadline to have your blocks to the hostess, will be listed in that individual sticky. The dates below are only estimates. Also, please DO NOT contact the hostess for the swap prior to the time of the swap! The purpose of listing the swaps is just for your information only so you know what is upcoming and can work ahead if you wish, or purchase fabric on sale, or plan your schedules accordingly for your favorite swaps. We will be making 1 block for each person who signs up for the swap. We never know until the actual sign up how many to plan for; but if we go according to swaps in the past it has been between 22-30 participants. If you would like to get an idea of the direction, rules, etc. of how a swap works, you can read about one the swaps in the following thread (in particular the first post). Please also read this thread for the instructions and rules if you have never participated in a swap before and will be working ahead on a swap. There are critical instructions there relating to the type of fabric, pattern and block size, etc. that must be followed: http://homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=104057 The DMC thread colors used is only for refence of the colors to be used. It is a way we can identify when we say "yellow" what shade of yellow we mean. This does not mean you use DMC thread in your quilt; it is for reference only in coordinating the colors. Finally, everyone is welcome to participate; including newbie quilters. No one will be critical of your work. The point of the swap is not to end up with a quilt, but is rather for the fellowship, learning, and improving our skills. ********************************************************* SPRING -- -- COMPLETED Sign up: Jan 14-28 Bllocks due: March 28 Western Theme: (hostess: Pauline) Some ideas: bandana type fabrics, horseshoes, blue jeans, etc. Colors: 304 dark bandana red 312 a new denim blue, and bandana blue 975 is a brown Ecru muslin ______________________ SUMMER -- COMPLETED Sign up: approx. May - blocks will be due in approx. July Wedding Theme: (hostess to be announced): If you use print, very fine and muted prints only and in keeping with the theme Colors: White and Off-white Lace, Ribbons, etc. _______________________ FALL:-- --ALMOST COMPLETED Sign up: approx. early August with blocks due approx. early October 50's Theme: (hostess: HaloHead) Some ideas: records, poodle skirts, dots, 50's flowers, vintage fabric, etc. Colors: aqua 3766 pink 3713 chocolate brown 801 White Muslin ___________________________ WINTER: Sign up: approx. late October with blocks due approx. early December Transportation Theme: (hostess Birdie_Poo) Any type of transportation - cars, boats, planes, trains, etc. - no limitations on types of print (real car print to Thomas Train, etc.); also suspending the 1" rule for this one; however, if you use a larger print, be sure you center your print accordingly. Colors: 3818 green 3822 a yellow/gold 666 bright red 798 medium blue Black Muslin / Cotton / Cotton/Poly *******----------********---------****** In addition, there will also be a Jar Quilt Fabric Swap COMPLETED Hostess: Tallpines Date to be announced We WILL be doing a FABRIC Swap this year. The "print" of the cotton (cotton/blend) fabric MUST be something you might find in a "Jar". Possibilities might include: Marbles Buttons Candy Corn Gum Drops Jelly Beans Pens and Pencils Gold Fish Toy cars Worms Stones Crayons Sea Shells Butterflys Fire Flys Herbs Dried Fruit Jewelry Seeds Pasta and on and on..........Check out these links for more ideas. http://infohost.nmt.edu/~breynold/quilts/canning.html http://infohost.nmt.edu/~breynold/quilts/charity.html http://www.geocities.com/aljobritt/jars2.html http://www.geocities.com/quiltfrenzy/bottlequilt.html Here's a paper pieced pattern: http://www.geocities.com/pcpiecers/masonjar6.html http://www.quilterscache.com/N/NotionsBlock.html (about 1/2 way down the page) Some more patterns: http://www.craftown.com/quilt/jar.htm http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/...4/pattern2.html As of now, the size of our pieces will be ---- 6 wide X 10 tall. That will give us between 20 to 25 pieces per yard of fabric. Each particpant, will provide 2, maybe 3 DIFFERENT prints. ______________________________ IMPORTANT Please note that, although the themes and colors are set in stone, any and all of the above swap instructions and requirements are subject to changes. The above swaps are listed so that you can begin planning and acquiring your block choices/fabric/participation.