Wednesday, 10 December 2014

UK Mini Swap - Late Joiner's edition

Sign-ups are open again!!

We call it the Late Joiners' or the Stragglers' version of the UK Mini Swap!!! 


We'll keep sign-ups open for a while, possibly even until the end of the year. 


Please read THE RULES


If you agree to all of them, and only then, please head over and sign up for the swap. 

Please take your time filling in the answers! I'll publish a "final call for sign-ups", so please don't rush!  The better information you provide, the easier it'll be for your Partner to make a Mini Quilt which makes you happy!

All levels are welcome.

You MUST be active on social media.

(((  Sign up  )))

December is a festive and busy month for most of us, hence please be patient whilst we prepare for and celebrate Christmas, and match you with your partner.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

IG mini swap has arrived in Australia

Finally, I'm able to post this!!!
After what has felt like FOREVER, it has finally arrived with Kristal (IG - tootlejayne).

During the last few months I have been working on a mini quilt for my partner in the IG mini swap. I had some information from the questionnaire she filled in when signing up for the swap. But most helpful, was her inspiration mosaics which she posted on Instagram.


Based on the information in the questionnaire, the above mosaic and two others which she reposted from other swappers, I decided to develop my mini around a few headlines:
  • Rainbow plus the LOVE of orange
  • Hexagons
  • Negative space
  • Bonnie and Camille
  • Tula Pink
Deciding to combine all of the above, it seemed fit to do hexagons, with Bonnie and Camille plus Tula Pink fabrics, in a rainbow-ish pattern, with negative space around.

GLUE BASTING, without you there would never have been a mini!!!! Having previously used thread to tack my hexagons, the glue pen was a saviour!!!


As you may see in the photos above and below, I also managed to sneak in some of Karen Lewis' screen printed fabrics. As my partner said she loves Paris, I was especially happy to find a few of those amongst the charms from Karen. Well, I hope it was the European city Paris she meant. For all I know it could have been the perfume or some American / Australian city…. For good measure, there's also a Union Jack in there.


During the work, I have been posting photos of the progress on Instagram and to my HUGE DELIGHT my partner has been liking and commenting on the posts (yeah!). I believe the one where I was auditioning different bindings may have been a give-away as she recognised her likes. Oupps, and SORRY, I hope it didn't spoil it too much.

So, this is what I sent off to Australia.



#igminiswap

Friday, 5 December 2014

Scandi Bee mug rug is ready

In January 2015, we are kicking off a quilting bee called Scandi Bee. As the name suggests, it's for quilters living in or connected to the Scandinavian countries.

As a starter, we decided to make each other a mug rug for Christmas. We were split in two groups and one person from the other group allocated partners for us.

Stalking my partner on Instagram and Flickr, plus looking at her specially created inspiration mosaic, I decided it was time to make my first ever Dresden. Or, as it turned out, a quarter of a Dresden. Her feeds are very colourful, so I'm hoping this little cutie hits the spot.


Confession time; the bird and the branches are actually one piece of home dec fabric, on which I appliquéd the Dresden flower / sun. It feels great when an idea pops up, which then is possible to execute with the right fabrics.

#scandibee

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

UK Mini Swap - let's do this!

What do you say, shall we kick off???

Please read THE RULES below. If you agree to all of them, and only then, please head over and sign up for this swap. Please take your time filling in the answers! I'll publish a "final call for sign-ups", so please don't rush!

Make sure you are taking your time signing up as the better information you provide, the easier it'll be for your Partner to make a Mini Quilt which makes you happy!

All levels are welcome.

You MUST be active on social media.

By publishing progress photos online, you interact with the other swappers, share ideas, and encourage each other along the way. You meet new people. You get to know them better. If you are lucky, your partner sees your progress photos and says s/he loves what you are doing. Believe me, it is FANTASTIC when this happens! To get the most out of the swap, it really helps being active on Instagram / Flickr / Pinterest. It also makes your Partner happier.


The Rules

1.     To join, you MUST have an address in the United Kingdom for the Mini Quilt to be sent to.

2.     You MUST be active on social media so your Partner can stalk you (and so your Quilt Mama can see that you are active and going to produce a Mini Quilt for your Partner). Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook or blogs are all permitted, as long as you are public, and active! Most of the action is likely to happen on Instagram and Flickr. 

3.     You agree that this is a Mini Quilt swap for all abilities.

4.     You have to fill in the Questionnaire online (link below). Please be as specific and helpful as you can. BUT, remember, not all your requests may be possible for the Partner to meet. 

5.     Your answers will be sent to your assigned Partner for them to make a Mini Quilt for you. Someone else will be making a Mini Quilt for you.

6.     The Mini Quilt must be minimum 15 inches on both sides, and maximum of 24 inches. It can be any shape. If you are making a circular Mini Quilt, or any other shape, please make sure the diameter / measurement across is minimum 15 inches and maximum 24 inches.

7.     You should not tell anyone who your Partner is. Keep this secret until you know they have received the Mini Quilt. 

8.     Please publish progress photos! For all social media, please use #ukminiswap.  If the interest is great, there’ll also be specific Swap Mama hashtags. A Flickr group is also set up, https://www.flickr.com/groups/ukminiswap/. You have to be a member of the group to see photos and discussions. 

9.     The Mini Quilt should be shipped earliest 17 April and latest 22 April 2015.

10.  When you have sent off your Mini Quilt, please post a picture on Instagram / Flickr with the hashtag #ukminiswapsent (plus #ukminiswap). You don't have to show the full quilt.

11.  When you have received the Mini Quilt from your secret Partner, please post a picture and a Thank You on Instagram / Flickr with the hashtag #ukminiswapreceived (plus #ukminiswap).

All right, if you agree to all of the above, go on, head over and sign up.

(((( Sign-up has closed  ))))

At the moment, I have set no end-date for sign-ups, but if interest is slowing right down, I may start pairing partners. Currently, I have a few Swap Mamas lined up, but I may need some more (it’s one of the questions in the sign-up form), as this should be fun for all. 

Please feel free to join the United Kingdom Quilters United group on Facebook, where some of the action may well happen.

Thanks for joining,
Love
/ Nina


Sunday, 23 November 2014

UK Mini Swap - a mini quilt swap for us in the United Kingdom

After chatting to a few other quilters based in the United Kingdom, I put a feeler out on Instagram and Facebook to see if there is any interest in doing a Mini Quilt Swap for those with addresses in the United Kingdom.


Based on the many cheers and positive responses, I have this evening been working on the Swap Rules and the sign-up questions.


In short how it'll work:
Everyone who'd like to take part in the swap answers a few questions online. Based on the answers, everyone is assigned a Partner to make a mini quilt for. You make one for one person, and someone else is making you one. By publishing progress photos online, you interact with the other swappers, share ideas, and encourage each other along the way. You meet new people. You get to know them better. If you are lucky, your partner sees your progress photos and says s/he loves what you are doing. Believe me, that is FANTASTIC when that happens! To get the most out of the swap, it really helps being active on Instagram / Flickr / Pinterest.

Please stay tuned for further information!

Useful addresses:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/bossyoz, hashtag #ukminiswap
And here on this blog of course, http://www.bossyoz.com

Please feel free to join the United Kingdom Quilters United group on Facebook, where some of the action may well happen.

Small print: Joining any of the above groups doesn't guarantee you a place in the swap. I have some volunteers for Swap Mamas should there be a huge interest so everyone should be able to join in the fun!!!