Sunday, 14 December 2014

Reviewing .......... the situation ........... | 2015

Hi there everyone, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and to thank you all for being such a great group of swappers.

Since the announcement that I would only be accepting new members from Australia from 1st January 2015 (sent out with the 2015 Roll Call); several people have expressed their disappointment at the prospect of eventually losing the international aspect of the swap.

So, I am reviewing the situation ………. and would like to offer an alternative option to Australian members; the option to post ‘within Australia only’. This would mean that the group will remain an international swap group, as originally created. If any Australian swappers wish to take up this option, please let me know via email. Unfortunately, the membership is not strong enough yet to have a USA only option.

The end of the 2014 sees some of our longstanding members leaving – life, health issues & work are some of the reasons given.

We had 23 new swappers join us during the course of 2014 and I am so very pleased to advise that, according to my records, there were only 3 one-sided swaps throughout the whole year! These swaps have since been completed by Christmas Angels (with 1 angel block in the mail as you read this) and I must say a huge thank you to everyone for making this year a bumper year of successful swaps. We even had 100% completion on the Halloween Block Swap – doing a happy dance!

There are, however, a few issues that continuously get raised – fabric & block size, and communication – or rather lack of communication.
Fabric & Block size – please consider your partner's preferences when choosing fabrics, and please check your seam allowances – if a block ends up too small, it makes it very difficult and almost impossible to use.
Communication - whilst communication has improved with the Swap Co-Ordinator during 2014, there is still room for improvement in communicating with partners. So I will ask everyone to please make an effort to let your partner know when you send your block and that their block has arrived. The postal services seem to be taking an awfully long time to deliver our packages and it is nice to know that it has arrived safely.

I cannot stress enough how important regular communication is. Given modern technology that is available to us, it is now easier than ever to keep in touch :) Don’t forget, we have the Blog and the Facebook Group as well. The most important communications are done via email. Members who do not respond to emails from the Swap Co-Ordinator for 30 days or more (especially when specifically asked to do so) will be removed from the Active list.

Speaking of Facebook – I would like to remind everyone that the Facebook PAGE is a public page, and absolutely everyone on Facebook can see it, as well as all the posts/comments you make. The Facebook GROUP is a private group, and only the members of the swap group can see the various posts, comments & photos. So please keep this in mind when using Facebook.

Our membership going into 2015 is 21 Swappers – our capacity is 30, so we have a few vacancies for the first time in a long time. Interestingly, our Country breakdown is:
13 Australia
6 USA
1 New Zealand
1 UK

For those members who are not continuing to 2015; as advised when you joined, your details will be removed from the group email list. However, if you wish to stop receiving the newsletter, you will need to unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

For those members who advise they have sent their December block, January partners will be issued via email around the end of December some time …. I tend to lose track of the days over the Festive Season, so it may be late LOL

Here’s hoping 2015 is going to be a great year for all of us.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Changes to the Swap Group going into 2015

There will be some changes to the group commencing 1st January 2015.

From 2015, I will only be accepting new members from within Australia.  Existing international members are most welcome to stay; however, as they drop out, they will be replaced by Australian swappers.  Eventually, it will be an 'Australian Only Swap'.

There are three factors behind this decision;
  • the cost of international postage;
  • the length of time it is taking for blocks to arrive - both to and from Australia; and
  • a Customs Declaration form is required which usually means a lengthy trip to the Post Office.
Usually, blocks are requested to be sent to your partner with enough time for them to arrive before the end of the month.  Of late, some blocks have taken between 10-21 days to arrive at their destination .... this does not leave a lot of time to complete your block and get it in the mail :(

A Roll Call has been sent out to all existing members of this swap group, asking them to confirm if they wish to continue swapping in 2015 given this change of membership information.  If you are a registered swapper in this group, please check your emails.  Response is requested by 15th December 2014.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email :)

Cheers
Cathy - Admin

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Slow postal services :(

I posted my Christmas Block to Hope on 20th October, and it has just arrived 7th November - that's 15 working days from Australia to USA - NOT HAPPY JAN!

Pinwheel Block
Hope has indicated that she likes it,
and that her October block to me has been posted yesterday - I hope
it doesn't take another three weeks to get to me :(

cheers, CathyC


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

That elusive 1/4 inch seam allowance

Over the past year or so, several members have commented that a block being the wrong size is the most frustrating and disappointing aspect of swapping blocks - especially if there are instructions/links provided for their block choice.

So I thought it was rather good timing, that I came across an interesting article on Craftsy just recently, and thought I would post a link to it here - 3 Ways to master the perfect 1/4 inch seam

hopefully, it may help with those of you struggling with sizes


Cheers
Admin

Sunday, 19 October 2014

BLOCKS SENT & RECEIVED - August to September

CarolynH to CarolynM - August

Kerri to Raelene - August

LynK to Erin - August

Sal to KellyN - August

Vickie to JenD - August

WendyW to MichellK - August

CarolynH to Traci - September

Sal to Erin - September

Vickie to CarolynM - September

Welcome to AlisonG & HelenW

Please join me in welcoming AlisonG & HelenW, both from Australia, to our Christmas Quilting Block Swap group. They have both joined in time for the November swap.

We are now back at capacity, and a short waiting time will apply to any new swappers.



Friday, 26 September 2014

Halloween Block Swap Anyone - sign ups CLOSED

SIGN UPS ARE NOW CLOSED - we have 12 swappers taking part :)
Diane, Dawnelle, Bellezza, Jen, Kerri, Anna, Carolyn, Lorilynn, Sue, Maria, Linda, Wendy

Anyone interested in a Special One-off Halloween Block Swap - you will have 1 month to complete a 12" Halloween themed block.

I would do my best to assign partners within the same country if possible, but if you are open to an international partner, please let me know.

I will post information on the Blog and Facebook Group - for the moment, this swap will only be open to members of QBSA (Quilt Block Swap Australia) & CQBSA (Christmas Quilt Block Swap Australia) or bloggers/swappers known to me.

Sign-ups are now open - via email to xmasblockswap@adam.com.au  - close Friday, 26th September 2014.

Information required will be:
Full Name, Postal Address, email address, Blog/Online details

Partners will be allocated by 30th September 2014 and blocks are to be received by 31st October 2014.

Monday, 1 September 2014

September partners ..............

have been allocated - check your emails


don't forget we have the special Halloween Block Swap open for signups - see my post HERE for details

Thursday, 31 July 2014

July blocks - sent and received - updated

 This post will be updated as and when I receive more photos - last updated 19th October 2014


CarolyM to Traci

Charmaine to Jean

Delphine to Jan

LynK to Dawnelle

Sal from Donna

Sal to Donna
CarolynH to Raelene

Wendy from LoriB

Wendy to LoriB

Friday, 27 June 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Photos to share

here are some lovely photos that have been sent in from our swappers - updated 24th June

June - CarolynH to Dawnelle

all blocks CarolynH has received so far :)

June - Delphine to Raelene
June - Charmaine to MichellK
June - Corrie to WendyBobW

June - LynK to KellyN