Friday, 22 July 2016

Still waiting

Hi everyone - sorry for the delay; I am still awaiting three preferences lists. I haven't had time or energy this week (last week of school is always hectic for those who work in one!) to chase missing people up, but I've sent emails today to remind those ladies and hopefully will have their lists soon, so I can start the sort out. I'm on holiday now until school starts again, so as soon as I have the lists, I should be able to get started with the sorting.

Thanks for your patience.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Preference Lists

I've had a bit of a chance to catch up this weekend, and have recorded the info from all the people who have sent their lists in. So far it's looking pretty good, but it's hard to tell for sure. I am still waiting for lists from five people, so until I get those, I won't be able to start the actual allocation process; if I don't hear from them within another day or two, I'll send an email reminder. However, this is a very busy time for me (last week of school), so it will still take a while to get things sorted out, even if all the lists come in tomorrow morning. Bear with me - it's worth it in the end, as the wait enables me to give as many people as possible a quilt high up on their lists!

Friday, 15 July 2016


Hi everyone. I've had lots of emails with preference lists coming in, but no time to deal with them yet. If you haven't yet had a chance to send yours, don't worry, but the sooner I get them all, the sooner I'll be able to start the massive sort out...

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

That's it!

OK, so that's it - all the late night, last minute entries are added, so there are 39 quilts total in this round of the swap, with 33 players (I think. It's possible I can't count).

A few quilts don't quite meet the rules (a little too small, not quite square) but because I'm nice, I've allowed them in anyway.

If you've not played before/don't remember what happens next, here's what to do:

  •   Please send me your preference lists when you get a chance. Please try to include 10-12 choices of quilts you'd like to receive on your list (though of course, if you really don't like as many as that, you can put fewer). I will do my best to match you with a quilt high on your list. You can rank them strictly if you like (1, 2, 3) or in tiers (my three favourites are x, y z; next are a, b,c; finally I also like p, q, r) or even say things like "I really like most of these, and would be happy to get any of them except I'd rather not get my own back or have quilts x and q because they just aren't my style/I'm not a huge fan of bright orange".
  • It would be helpful if you'd include your address in your preference list, if you aren't sure if I have it.  If you played in round 9, I have it (unless you've moved, of course).
  • Once I get all the preferences lists back, I'll try to sort it all out so quilts go to people who want them, and people get quilts they like.
  • It's possible that your quilt won't appear on any choice lists. This has happened before. This does not mean your quilt isn't nice!  Sometimes there are other reasons - I've had this happen, for instance, if a quilt was a very particular style (e.g. Sunbonnet Sue) which didn't happen to appeal to most of the players in a given round; if a quilt was holiday themed (e.g. Christmas) but the swap finished at a time away from the Christmas holidays; if a quilt was photographed in a way which didn't really show it to advantage; if a quilt was quite plain/simple when there were a lot of showy pieces. If no one selects your quilt, or if only a few people do and I can't make the swapping work out, I will contact you to let you know that you will be keeping your own quilt. 
  • Sometimes, if there are a handful of quilts I can't match up, I'll check with those people if they'd rather keep their own quilts or try to do a mini-match among the handful of unmatched ones.

I'll be emailing the group soon with similar instructions, but first, I have to update my mailing list to remove those people who didn't get a chance to make a quilt this time around...

Any questions, just ask.

Quilt no 39

Quilt no 39: Friendship Flower
10.5" square
 100% cotton, machine quilted

Quilt no 38

Quilt no 38: untitled
The block is my own design.

Quilt no 37

Quilt no 37: untitled
Paper Doll block.  Designed by Phyllis Paul @ Cozy Quarters Pattern.  Hand quilted.  The pattern is more rectangle than square so the doll is showcased. 

Quilt no 36

Quilt no 36: Transit of Mercury (Not to Scale)
15" square (ish)
A small, rocky planet passes before a middle-aged star.  Machine appliqué. Aura in metallic wax. 

Quilt no 35

Quilt no 35: Cats' Stairway to Heaven
14" square
 I've wanted to make the full size version of this quilt for some time but have too many other projects on the go.

All 100% quilters cotton.

Quilt no 34

Quilt no 34: untitled
9.5" square