I’ve decided that I really need to connect with more quilters, like-minded or otherwise. I follow several blogs of friends, casual aquaintences, and people I don’t actually know – you can find that list over here on the right —>
But, I don’t really chat much with those folks. And I’ve been missing having a sewing buddy. To that end, I’ve opted to join some swaps! Years ago I used to participate in swaps through several lists on yahoogroups. I’m still on those lists but over the years they have become less and less and less active. I’ve done a few other swaps, in the mean and in between time, via the Quilt Art mailing list and some ladies on there. But I think I was missing the connection part, where you get to talk about what you are working on and show them pictures and, well, make friends.
Imagine my shock to discover a booming community of swappers on flickr? I mean, what a strange place to encounter this kind of activity. And yet, it’s strangely fitting. I feel a little like the last one to arrive at a party and they started the games without me. Inserting myself feels complicated and uncomfortable, but I think I’ve found a few groups where I feel less complicated and uncomfortable. But anyway…
The first swap I’m taking part is a group that swaps blocks monthly: Nubees. There’s a website and such coming soon. I’ve already chosen my fabrics and the block I’ll be making for each of my swap partners:
The block in the center is using my colors (purple, orange, teal & yellow) and the fabrics around the edges are the fabrics I’ve chosen for my partners in their selected color pallets. The block is “Envy” from Modern Blocks, which I received as a Christmas gift this year.
Next up, I’ll be participating in the Doll Quilt Swap cycle 12!. It’s a blind swap – you make and send a small “doll” quilt to someone who doesn’t know who you are and you receive the same in return. I received my name this morning, so now I have to start stalking my partner and find out what they like! I’m very excited about this one. My quilt wall could use some serious refreshing. That one is due to be sent on April 2ndish. Expect to see some blog posts about it. I have nothing to show for that one yet, but I’ll get there soon!