The 2012 Birthday Block Exchange Begins!
It's time to begin sign-ups for the 2012 Birthday Block Exchange!
This is Jeanne's 3rd year as a coordinator, and I'll be assisting for the first time. We will keep things moving along and provide any help that you need.
The rules will remain the same as last year's and we're using mostly the same list of patterns. However, if a block you'd like as a participant isn't on the list, please let us know. As long as it's not too difficult either Jeanne or I would 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 2012 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 the quilting block lotto, a seed swap in the Gardening Forum, etc. This year's 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: You will contact me or Jeanne to get the list of rules and approved blocks. We will send both of those to you by e-mail. All blocks will be 12 inches finished size or smaller.
Step #2: If you agree to the rules, get back in touch with one of us for the sign up form which you must complete and e-mail back to us.
It is best if you do both of these steps by e-mail. 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 will put the final selection up to the birthday block group. So now all we need is your enthusiasm and participation!
Please note that because a lot of people from last year's groups have opted to sit out this year and complete their projects, there will only be ONE group for 2012. Several of those slots are already taken by last year's participants, so if you want to join, jump in soon! If you were a participant last year and already indicated a wish to participate, please email Kay directly. I have some of the names from Jeanne, but need email addresses and birth dates to fill in my blanks! I know that we did have one email bounce back from someone who expressed an interest, so better to email again than be left out!
Kay & Jeanne