"Official" 2013 Birthday Block Swap Sign Ups
It's time to finalize sign-ups for the 2013 Birthday Block Exchange! So far we have 12 quilters who have expressed an interest in joining this fun swap. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs almost a full group! If you didnÃ¢ÂÂt sign up yet, but are interested, email Kay. If we have enough participants, weÃ¢ÂÂll set up a second group.
This year the moderatorsÃ¢ÂÂ duties will be shared a little differently. Kay (quiltingfarmlady) will gather agreements, addresses and patterns from participants and send out the initial information packet. Kristene (tinyteena) will do the thread posting and tracking throughout the year.
The rules will remain the same as last year and weÃ¢ÂÂve added a few new approved patterns. However, if a block youÃ¢ÂÂd like as a participant isnÃ¢ÂÂt on the list, please let us know. As long as itÃ¢ÂÂs not too difficult, weÃ¢ÂÂd be glad to add it! Quilters can still request "Quilter's Choice" as a block or request a theme or color combination without asking for a particular block.
Remember that you are making a year-long commitment if you sign up for this. Some months may be hectic for you and if you know that, please work ahead. You will have the name and block choice for everyone in your 2013 group this year so it is easy to work ahead. (However, don't mail the block months in advance, just make it and set it aside until closer to the member's birthday.)
This is not for brand new quilters or brand new members to GardenWeb. You must be able to cut fabric accurately and sew a 1/4" seam. You must have been a member of GardenWeb for at least 6 months and have participated in at least 2 swaps --- and you must be someone we can count on. (Prior GardenWeb swaps can be a quilting or seed swap in the Gardening Forum, etc. This year's monthly block lotto participants qualify for having completed the required swaps -- each month when you sent a block counted as a swap completed.)
There are two steps to signing up this year:
Step #1: Let Kay know that you want to sign up. Once we have a full group, you'll be sent an agreement and information form. If you did a Ã¢ÂÂpreliminaryÃ¢ÂÂ sign up under JeanneÃ¢ÂÂs thread, youÃ¢ÂÂll receive your agreement and information form shortly. We are missing 2 email addresses, so quiltnhen and littlehelen, please contact Kay as soon as possible.
Step #2: If you agree to the rules, complete the sign up form and return it to Kay. WeÃ¢ÂÂd like to have the group(s) organized by mid to late October, so please be prompt!
The birthday club is lots of fun. Your group members will shower you with mail in your birthday month and you will have 12 blocks of your choice created by these new quilting friends. It makes your birthday month so special!
We have ideas for a name, but for now all we need is your enthusiasm and participation!
Kay & Kristene