Friday, March 29, 2013

Modern Low Volume Fat Quarter Swap

Introducing the Modern, Low Volume Fat Quarter swap. First of all this is my first swap as host, so please bear with me if we experience some bumps along the way! Most of the wording and pictures on this post were borrowed from Making Rebecca Lynne's Modern LV Swap last Fall. It was so perfectly written. 

Low Volume can mean many things.

This swap will be narrowed to low volume modern fabrics with a large volume of white, simple graphic designs, minimal color combos.  See more details under Fabric Requirements Below!

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Instructions First!  Sign Up Link Below.

Fabric requirements:
  1. Two yards (2 yds) yards of one (1) designer low volume modern fabric to be cut into 8 fat quarters (18 inches x 22 inches) 2 yard = 8 FQs (If you are one of those people who makes rotary blunders you might want to consider buying 2.5 yards in case you make a cutting mistake!)  
    1. You can choose to send more than one print, up to 3, as long as the total amount you send is 8 FQs. 
    2. At this time please sign up for only one spot. This may change in the future, you are welcome to put in the notes section of the sign up sheet if you are interested in another spot if we do not fill right away.
  1. Choose a modern low volume fabric with a graphic print and a large ratio of white.   
    1. I am not claiming to be a *Low Volume Expert.*  There are many types of low volume, however, what this swap is concentrating on a very narrow type of Modern Low Volume Fabrics.  Some guidelines or suggestions are below.  If this is not the kind of Low Volume fabric you are interested in then that is cool, however, that means this Swap is Not for You.
      1. Simple Is Best!  [i.e. White + Color = Bingo!,   White + Color + Color = Possibly, it's best to ask in the Flickr group, White + Color + Color + Color? = Probably Too Complex and Not For this Swap.  [However, there are exceptions such as this where the design is simple and there is still a lot of WHITE.]
      2. Look into Red Pepper Quilts version of Low Volume herehere, and here.
  2. ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE BUYING YOUR FABRIC!  If you have questions about whether your choice fits the swap then visit the Flickr group where you can post your questions and get feedback from fellow swap members.  Also, you must post to the Flickr group so that we do not have  too many duplicate prints. A few overlapping is fine, since each swapper will only get 8 prints back, but it would be nice to have a wide variety of prints. 
  3. Fabric should be designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric.  No Hancocks, Joanns (Denyse Schmidt prints are OK if they fit the low volume requirements) or Michael's fabrics. For a fabric swap, the fun is receiving quality fabric that you might not be able to pick up around the corner. 
    1. Seriously consider what you would enjoy receiving in a swap.  There is nothing wrong with buying sale fabric - but do not try to fit in a fabric simply because you found it on sale!  
    2. We all love our LQS, but again, please do not try to fit in a fabric because it is the only thing available at your LQS.
  4. Online Fabric Shop Discounts
    1. The Fat Quarter Shop is generously providing members of this swap with a 20% discount code that will be good from April 1st - May 1st. I will email the swap members this code, please remember it is for OUR SWAP ONLY
    2. Pink Castle Fabrics is offering our group a 15% discount on your purchase though May 17th. I will email the swap members this code, please remember it is for OUR SWAP ONLY
    3. The Intrepid Thread is also generously offering our swap a 10% discount. I will email the swap members this code, please remember it is for OUR SWAP ONLY!
  5. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.
  6. Upload pictures of your fabric to the swap Flickr group and include the name of the fabric, designer, etc. This ensures that there are not too many duplicate fabrics, a few overlapping is fine since not everyone will get every print in the group. Before mailing, cut your 2 yards into 8 fat quarters (18" x 22").  Press your fabric before cutting. 2 yards = exactly 8 fat quarters.  
  7. Put your fabric into a ziplock bag and include an index card with your name, address and email address.  I learned the hard way last time, if you don't do this I lose track of who sent what and more importantly if something happens to your package the post office will know where it came from!  
Sign ups for this swap will start immediately and stay open until April 13th, or until we cap out at 56 swappers. If we do not fill, I need to keep the swap members in multiples of 8. Then I will send out an email if we need more swappers to see if anyone is interested in another spot. If the swap fills fast, I will take emails of people who did not make the swap in case we have some people drop out. The names on the angel list may be limited to US participants based on the time requirements. International swappers who are cutting their own fabric, please have your fabric in the mail by May 3rd, US swappers by May 10th. I will post when I receive packages in the Flickr group and will send them back to you as soon as all the packages have been received.

U.S. Shipping:
Include a self-addressed FLAT-RATE envelope for domestic swappers.  The cardboard version can be mailed for $5.60.  Be sure to put STAMPS in the amount of $5.60 on the outside of your envelope.  If you use a bubble priority shipper, it costs $5.95 to mail the bubble flat rate envelopes. Make sure this is not a mitered mail stamp with the printed date on it.  Regular stamps are the best way as USPS will not sent out envelops that show a past date.  I cannot be responsible for covering postage if you do not use regular stamps.

International Swappers:
1. Fabric Mailed to Hostess
Due to the smaller number of participants in this fat quarter swap I am offering to have international swappers send their 2 yards of fabric directly to me from the store of their choice.  I will cut it on your behalf (and let's hope I don't mess up!  Ha!).  If you'd like to use this option, please let me know so I can factor in the time it will take me to cut everything.

2. International Shipping:
Participants from other countries and/or overseas need to pay through PayPal for the shipping cost. Packaging size and weight make a difference so participants will need to take that into account when figuring the shipping cost.  I will weigh each international package and calculate the postage price for each destination using USPS.  I will bill each participant through PayPal using a money request. Note that there are extra charges to me  [2.9% + $0.30] if the Participant uses a debit or credit card instead of a PayPal account to send the money so that will be factored into the shipping cost. 

You must be a member of Flickr to post your fabric and share with other swappers. Visit the Low Volume FQ Swap Flickr group to share your fabric choices and ask questions.  Also, I'd love to see what you might be planning on doing with your FQs, so please feel free to share your intended projects!  When I begin receiving fabric I will have a thread on this group indicating whose packages have been received, therefore it is important that you check back to the group frequently!

Will be posted via Flickr.

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March 29, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I've already signed up for the other swap but if you need another person in the end please let me know and I could probably be convinced to join in :)

March 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I just signed up so I'm hoping I get in!! I've been needing more good Low Volume!

March 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Looks like a good stash building swap. Here's hoping I make the list. (even if I don't, it's a fun excuse to browse for fabric today instead of working!)

March 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Sounds like a great way to build that low volume stash. I'm in!

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