Well, we now have 41 players signed up, so I am closing the swap. I know I said 40, but I just took all the signups that were in my email box when I got home today (took the kids out and about, ending up at the seaside - a little chilly, but lovely sunny day all day!) - it seemed a little unfair to say no to the last person, who had only emailed an hour later than the previous one... And anyway, 40 was an arbitrary number I chose myself for no real reason, so 41 is no problem - since we aren't doing a direct swap (i.e. A sends to B and B sends to A) it doesn't matter that it's an odd number.
There is every likelihood I will run another round of this swap with an autumn mailing deadline, so if you didn't get signed up in time this time around, feel free to send me an email expressing interest in future swaps (no committments, of course) and I'll be happy to email you when the next round is launched - unless things go pear-shaped and I decide not to do it.
I need one or two more sets of preferences and details; once those are in, I will start matching up partners - I expect to email you all by Monday at the absolute latest, probably it will be sooner. I will post a message here when I have emailed the partner info out so you can check on progress.
Just in case you are interested, here's how international this swap is - I think we did very well!
the Netherlands (1)
United Kingdom (5 England, 2 Wales and 1 from the Isle of Man)
United States (22 - states represented are AR, CO, CT, IA, ID, IL, IN. MD, ME, MI, NC, NE, NJ, PA, VT & WA)
Don't get me wrong - I have nothing against Americans (as many of you know, I actually am one, though I've lived here 15+ years now), but I do really like to see the fact that in this swap, nearly half of our swappers are NOT from the US. Just goes to show how much quilting is spreading around the globe, which can only be a good thing, right? Right!