Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Inaugural I-Spy Charm Swap

OK, anyone missed out on other closed swaps but want in on the madness? JOIN ME. I have read a TON of posts about I-spy charm swaps, see Obsessively Stitching, Ellison Lane Quilts and FabriKate for instance (Thank you all), and was sad to have missed so many great ones. I also noticed a lot of comments from others in the same sad boat, so I thought, why not host one myself. Hopefully people will give me a chance, even though I am a newish quilter and all. I am a fabulous organizer though (when I want to be) and get things done - usually late at night, hence the blog name. I'd rather be crafting than sleeping most of the time, and since I gotta pay the bills as an attorney, midnight is where it is at! I digress.


I have decided that I like the big size, high quality, and simple rules from Jennifer at Ellison Lane. She graciously said I could copy her swap format. So if you want to join me, here are the rules: 1. We are swapping 5" charm squares. You will purchase 1 yard of fabric and cut it into 5" charm squares. 1 yard = 56 charms. Keep one charm for yourself and send in 55 charms to me.
(I recommend buying 1.25 yards- never hurts to have a little extra in case you make a cutting mistake.)

2. Choose a fabric that has a small print suitable for an I Spy quilt. Scale of the print is very important as smaller works better in this case. A lot of Japanese fabric has great small prints that shout I Spy to me.


3. Fabric must be designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric. No licensed prints, floral, flannel. No Hancocks, Joanns or Michael's fabrics.
4. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.


5. Before sending your fabric to me, cut your fabric into 5" x 5" charm squares.

Press your fabric before cutting. You may want to purchase a slight overage in case you make mistakes cutting your charms.
1 yard = 56 charm squares (5" x 5".)

Here's a great tutorial on how to cut fabric into charms by Elizabeth Hartman.

6. Put your fabric in a ziplock bag and include a 3x5 index card with your name and email address.



7. In your envelope please include:



  • the charms in ziplock,




  • the index card




  • a PREPAID SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for me to mail your charms back to you! This is very important! To determine how much to put on the envelope, use the amount it cost you to send your fabric in and add an extra stamp (to allow for fabric weight differences)


    • 8. Finally, upload a picture of your chosen fabric ASAP to MM I Spy Swap Flickr Group. This is really important so we don't have any duplicates and will be fun for everyone to know what is coming.
      This swap will be open to 55 others (56 including me) and will also have some alternates just in case. The swap is open to US residents only. To join, simply comment and leave your email address or email me at loreleicraig[at]gmail[dot]com. I will then email you confirmation and my mailing address.
      Deadlines:
      Your charms need to be in my hands by February 15! I will email everyone my mailing address once the spots are all filled.

      Bonus: Everyone will receive a bonus charm from me as a thank you for helping me host my first swap!

      Button: Grab one and spread the word:



      Midnight Maker





      Here is what I am choosing from Fabric Shack. I just ordered some for myself and love it, and think it is a cute one to share - and on sale!




      And the bonus fabric - so many little animals in bright colors! Also from Fabric Shack.



      77 comments:

      1. I'm in! nkiblueeyes at me dot com.

        Thanks!

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      2. I'm so glad you're taking the initiative to start a swap! Count me in!

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      3. Please count me in! I'm in the Ellison Lane swap, and I am now obsessed with I-Spy quilts!

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      4. PS: You may want to post your swap info on the Ellison Lane or other Flickr groups...I know folks would be interested!

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      5. I'd like to join.
        Tguisto @ hotmail. Com

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      6. Thanks for getting in touch with me. I'd love to join the swap! sewvery(at)gmail(dot)com

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      7. i'd like to join! lilacandrose on flicker :)

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      8. I'd be happy to join in. Fabric Shack is my go to place for I Spy swaps! stayathomelibrarian on flickr

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      9. I'm so excited about joining my first charm swap! I'm putting my fabric charm in the flickr group right now!

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      10. I would love to join! Yeah!
        anythingprettyblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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      11. Count me in! I'm dashasel on flickr

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      12. I wish I could do this - living in Canada means I couldn't provide a self-addressed envelope :(

        I'd love to see how the swap goes though.

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      13. I am IN and I am posting on my blog today (with a copy of your button in my sidebar also) to see about gettng others in, too. :)

        Thank you for hosting!

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        1. Sorry, my email is
          sarcasticquilter (at) yahoo (dot) com

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      14. I missed the last one. Please count me in.
        Shirley Clark
        clarkclay@bellsouth.net

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      15. Ooh! Count me in! Thatmoxiegirl@gmail.com Jill Dorsey

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      16. I'll do it.
        woods(dot)kimberly(at)rocketmail(dot)com
        This gives me an excuse to shop for more fabrics and get a greater variety of I Spy fabrics.

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      17. I would love to do this! I will email you my email address.

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      18. I'd love some i.spy charms!! acp328@yahoo.com
        kpeachey on flickr.

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      19. I'd love to join! Like the rules requiring designer quality fabrics. Mangelnsm(at)aol(dot)com

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      20. I would love to join in! Chellempcs@yahoo.com

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      21. I want to join. I don't know how to upload pictures to flickr. So if you can email me instructions I can do it. Thanks for hosting. Rosenbrookm@ gmail.com.

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      22. I would love to join. My email address is marci_elmer@hotmail.com

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      23. Count me in! I'm a newbie too (have yet to be brave enough to tackle blogging though) and missed Jennifer's cutoff by a few minutes. Thanks so much for hosting this. Now on to look for fabric. :-) mmwhites@comcast.net

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      24. I'd love to join in!
        jesshea@gmail.com

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      25. Hi - I would LOVE to join - thanks so much for organizing. I have sent you my email address! What a great way to get a super fun variety of fabrics for my son's I Spy quilt. We are hoping that will make him excited about a big boy bed. And maybe stay in it longer in the morning looking at all the fun stuff :)
        Heather

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      26. I'd love to join! I'm going to go buy my fabric now!!

        www.mommyforreals.blogspot.com

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      27. I would love to join if there is still a slot available! ericandursula at embarqmail dot com Thanks!!!

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      28. I hope there is room for me.

        Marie
        antiquetolley@hotmail.com

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      29. Would someone mind helping me figure out how to upload a copy of the fabric I want to submit to Flickr? I've joined the group but can't seem to get the copy of the fabric into iPhoto to upload. I would like to order Michael Miller's White Calico Cat Cotton but won't until I know it's submitted and no one else has picked it. Thanks. Seriously techno-challenged here!

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      30. I would love to join!! I totally want to make some I Spy projects, but don't have a lot of great prints for it in my stash. This would be perfect! (crossing my fingers there is still room!) Thanks! :)

        fromBlankPages {at} gmail dot com

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      31. I would to join.
        Greenkarenn44@yahoo.com

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      32. If there is still room I would love to join.
        pjslstevens at gmail dot com.

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      33. i'd love to join! i went ahead and joined the flickr group just in case - i'm scruffycat1970 there.

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      34. Hello,
        Glad I found your blog. I hope I'm not too late, but I'd love to join. I'm emailing you now. Thanks for taking this on.

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      35. I'd love to join the swap!
        Adventuresinfabricland (at) gmail {dot} com

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      36. I would live to join the swap.I was too late to join the ellison Lane one. I hope I am not too late for yours. Thanks

        jessica.breidinger@yahoo.com

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      37. I'd love to participate in your I Spy swap.
        I was too late with another one on a different blog. Hope I'm on time for this one.
        Thanks a bunch.

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        1. Evita, please email me so I have your email address. I have no way to contact you. We still have space.

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      38. Hello! I'd love to participate. Please include me. Thanks for hosting! Email is cbyc@att.net. Have a great day! :)

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      39. if you still have space, i would love to join in thank you.
        My name is julie.
        email is julieparrinello (at) gmail (dot) com

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      40. i would love to join!
        katie.m.hall@gmail.com

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      41. I'd love to join too please! :)
        paskiaq(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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      42. Please include me in your charm swap. My name is Patty patchpj@cox.net

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      43. Count me in, this will be fun. I expecting my first grand-babies and this will be perfect.

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      44. I would like to join in if there is still room...Bethquiltz@gmail.com

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      45. Please include me in your charm swap: cyclejanetokyo@yahoo.com

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      46. If it's still open I'd like to join in too!
        lynn594@gmail.com

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      47. Count me in! I am so excited! Lollylooboutique@gmail.com

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      48. I would love to do this!! prettycunning@gmail.com

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      49. I would love to join in too!

        Greetings,
        Tina

        mailantina@gmail.com

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      50. Hi i´m from Portugal. Can i participate?

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      51. I would like to participate. I've seen a ton of these swaps and seem to have missed out on them. I'm all about other people's perspective and would love to receive fabric from other's tastes. My email is sarabeery26 at yahoo dot com.

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      52. Please count me in!! cre8ivmom at aol dot com.

        Karen in Colorado

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      53. Would love to join in if there's still room!! Great idea and looking forward to it!!

        Marian dot griffin 87 at gmail dot com

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      54. Count me in! @ robin.askins@gmail.com

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      55. If I'm not too late to join, count me in! modifiedmix at gmail dot com. Thanks so much!

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      56. This sounds so fun. If it's not too late I'd like to participate. Thanks!
        tpyles at suddenlink dot net

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      57. I would love to join!
        carolinablue91@msn.com
        Thanks,
        Sherri

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      58. I would love to join! Thank you! Candicecarr06@gmail.com

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      59. Would love to join if you have room

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      60. If there's room, I would love to play! Nutellanut at gmail dot com

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      61. If there's room I would love to join.
        pebblesgood@yahoo.com

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      62. Hi! Can you let me know if I made it in or not please? I left a comment and put my fabric choice in the Flickr group but I haven't gotten confirmation and I don't want to cut up my fabric if I didn't make it in. Thanks!!!!

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      63. I just looked through the comments and I don't see my post anywhere so if I didn't make it in no worries! Thanks!!

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      64. I don't know if you still have room, but I would love to join in. If not, I understand. Thanks! Punkrockertracey(at)yahoo(dot)com. How fun!!

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      65. Looks like you might be full, but if not, I'd love to be part: caroleb@nc.rr.com Thanks a bunch!

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      66. Is it to late to make it in? I would love to do this. kellysmith89@hotmail(dot)com or www.widgetworm.blogspot.com

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      67. Just seen this and would loved to have joined in as I have been wanting to make an I Spy quilt for my niece. But.....I am in Canada!!!! Will pay the extra postage if you still need people.

        Deborahleejones@yahoo.ca

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      68. I'd love to do this also! erspencer at gmail dot com

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      69. Is this still open or full? I'd love to join if I still can-- tarahines at gmail. Thanks!

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      70. i'd love to join in too if there is still room or you offer another swap. Many thanks! dll70(at)bigpond(dot)net(dot)au

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      71. Looks like I'm too late from all the posts you have already received. Boo. If you decide to expand it, I'd love to join! Have fun! :)

        skolsen71(at)yahoo(dot)com

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      72. I'd love to join, but looks like i'm late in noticing this - let me know if there is a round 2, or you need a stand in! Thanks!

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      73. Hi! I'm starting an I-Spy swap. If you know anyone who'd be interested, I'd love it if you could let them know.

        http://everytower.blogspot.se/2012/03/international-i-spy-charm-swap.html

        Thanks! Helen

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      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

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