Friday 30 November 2012

More arrivals, and so on

I've heard from lots of people, and many of the quilts have arrived home with their new owners. They have all been mailed except one, which I know about, and which will be with its owner soon. By my count, 17 are still in transit, which is pretty good out of the nearly 60 we had, considering that many are travelling across at least one ocean, or to another continent in other way. Too bad we had no South African players; we would have hit all the continents (well, except Antarctica, which doesn't really count in the same way).

More when I know it, and when all (or most) of the quilts are safely home, I will do a Grand Reveal, which I know we all look forward to!

Sunday 25 November 2012

Lots of quilts in and out...

Many thanks to all of you who have let me know about quilts being sent and quilts being received. To the best of my knowledge nearly all the quilts are on their way. There is one person I haven't heard from, and another who is delayed for a good reason, but on the whole, it looks good.  Not quite half of them have reached their new homes (that I know of), and I'm sure more will arrive very soon. If you have received your quilt and haven't let me know, please do!  And if you haven't sent a quick email to the person who sent you a quilt, please do that as well so they know you have their work safely in your hands... If you need an email address to do that and one wasn't included with the quilt, let me know and I'll provide one.

Sunday 18 November 2012

Don't forget to mail your quilt!

Lots and lots of quilts are on their way to their new owners now, but there are still some folks I haven't heard from. Please try to post your quilt by Tuesday the 20th, or let me know if you can't do that for whatever reason.  And don't forget to let me know when you receive your new quilties!!

Tuesday 13 November 2012

First arrival!

Well, I have heard from the first person that a quiltie has been received - hoorah!  This is the really fun part...  I've heard from just over half of you that your quilts have been posted out - please don't forget to let me know when you have sent yours, and of course, when you receive a new one - I like to keep track of which ones are taking their own sweet time - hopefully there won't be too many of those in this round...

A quick reminder that I'd like everyone to try to post their quilts off by the 20th of November. If you need more time for whatever reason, please let me know.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

You've got mail...

Everyone should now have received an email from me with the name and address of the person you should mail your quilt to (except one, but you have an email from me explaining why not). A couple of you have more than one as you made more than one quilt.

If you haven't received this info, please contact me and I can send it again.

Any questions, just ask.  And don't forget to let me know when you mail your quilt and when you receive your quilt...

Saturday 3 November 2012

Nearly there

OK, guys - the sort is pretty much done.   In the end, here's how it worked out, without too many details.

  • Most of the quilts had a smaller percentage of the votes than in previous rounds, even the really popular ones - as I mentioned before, I think this is due to the relative numbers of quilts in the swap (more) and preferences submitted (around the same as in previous rounds)
  • This meant that a handful of quilts were problematic when I was trying to swap them - either with no votes or with only one or two, but with those votes being from the same person, or from a person whose quilt hadn't been voted for, etc.
  • I decided that the best thing to do was to separate these few quilts (there were 8) and contact the makers to see if they wished to keep their own quilts, or to swap among themselves.
  • If you were affected by that, you have been contacted already (and I have heard back from all of you except one, who I hope to hear from soon).
  • The other players, the majority - 49 out of 57 quilts - I have sorted out for the swap as usual.
  • With the remaining 49 quilts, I was able to give everyone something on their preference list, in many cases, in the top tier, but of course, not in all cases.
  • If your quilt was one of the dozen or so most popular ones, you have definitely received a quilt in your top tier (or if you gave a ranked list, in the top 3 or 4 on the list). 
  • I have a master list for my swaps which tells me which players have received a quilt from which other players for all 7 rounds (not everyone has been in all 7 rounds, of course, but many people have been in 3 or 4) so I have tried not to duplicate who you have received a quilt from - in a few cases I have gone ahead and sent a quilt by an artist you already have one by - especially if the quilt was your first choice pick and it made my life easier in the swap!
  • The very most popular quilt was no 51, Red Poppy; other very popular choices were 47 (On the Beach), 28 (Echinacea), 41 (More is Less), 50 (untitled cotton duck with French Knots) and 46 (St Malo Waterfront). [To be honest, I have randomly stopped this list here - as the next most popular quilt only had one vote less than no 46 and so on down to the end.]
  • I will soon begin to send emails telling you where to send your quilt to. But this will take a little while, so don't panic if you don't have one for a few days. I'll post again when I have sent all the emails so you can be sure when you should have had an email.
  • Don't forget that there may be some people in this swap in the north east of the US, who may be affected by Hurrican Sandy, and may be without power or who may take some time to get to a post office. If I know this is going to be the case, I can let the recipient know. I know of at least one player in this situation; obviously this quilt swap is not necessarily her first concern at the moment.
  • A big thank you to everyone for playing and for your patience. And thanks to all the people who have offered to send more choices, or take a quilt not originally on their list, or other helpful things.