And by "behind the scenes" I mean in my brain...and a little on Twitter...and mostly on scraps of paper all over the place.
As I'm getting things finished and getting more organized I'm realizing that I've got time to make stuff happen.
Which is what this post is all about.
Making Things Happen.
Sailor Mouth Swap - Round Two
This is the one I get asked the most about so it's priority. Round One is wrapping up and there will definitely be a Round Two!
I've learned a lot of things from Round One and I'm really excited about the next one. It will no longer be a personal invitation only swap but there *are* requirements for joining(I'm listing the requirements here. They'll also be on the Flickr group page) :
-*- Participants must be adults with no hang-ups about "naughty" language. This swap features adult words. There will be a section on the form in which you can specify which words you do not want in your home. Everyone participating will pay close attention to their partner's word limits and honor them. However, I can't guarantee that words you may personally dislike won't appear in the group photo stream because they are being used in a piece for someone else.
-1- Participants must be willing to ship internationally.
-2- Participants must have an active Flickr account. They must also have successfully completed a swap/bee on Flickr. It doesn't have to be *this* swap which was completed just a large group swap (examples: Pretty Little Pouch, Pillow Talk, For Love of Solids, Modern Scrappy etc). This will be checked by the administrators.
-3- Participants must make an inspirational mosaic. (It doesn't have to be filled with swear-word crafted pieces although there should be a couple in there. An idea of bag styles/pillow patterns/etc can also be included).
-4- Participants must post photos of their fabric choices/works in progress/finished pieces. You also need to be active in commenting on photos. This swap does have secret partners. The only way your partner can know if they're on the right/wrong track is with the comments in the group. Please check the discussion boards/photos and respond.
-5- Lastly, please be committed to making something awesome tailored to your partner's questionnaire. There will be spots on the form for fabric likes/dislikes plus item preferences. If your partner lists that they really don't want a bag, please don't sew them a bag.On the same note, there will be a list of words that your partner does NOT want in the questionnaire. Please honor this. This isn't a swap for something quickly thrown together and sent out.
Round Two sign-ups will begin either right before Sewing Summit or right when I get back (depending on when everyone receives in round one). Shipping time will be early December. Because everyone wants naughty words for Christmas, yeah?
A QAL Maybe?
I loved my last quilt along. A lot. And I've really wanted to do another for the fall. I've been flipping through books and drawing out sketches and constantly contemplating what to use for it.
Then the other day I sat down and asked myself "What do I really want to make? And what do I wish there were a million of?"
And this is the answer:
TARDIS quilts. Lots and lots of TARDIS quilts.
I know for sure that I'll be making one. It's been on my WiP Weds "coming soon" list forever. That was because I've been working on a design to make a patchwork version. And deciding how much applique/embroidery it would need.
It'd still be a couple weeks out before I started it (Week after Sewing Summit most likely). And I'm just wondering if anyone would like to make one with me?
Upcoming Swaps (after Round 2 of SMS is sorted) :
Yeah....I already made an inspiration mosaic. This one will certainly happen.
Quilted hoops. What's not to love?
**Hexie Swap (Still need a decent name for this one)
Can't decide on a format for this one.
-Option 1 is to make it like the Picture Perfect Polaroid Swap where you send in as many hexies as you want and receive that same number in return of different fabrics.
-Option 2 is to set up blind swap. Everyone gets a small hexie-crafted item but also a stack of 25 basted hexagons in whatever size they specify.
I'm leaning towards option 2.
There's a couple other things in the works but this is already a terribly long post.
I mean...really long. Sheesh.
So if you've made it this far, let me know what you think about the QAL. And if you have a name/opinion on the Hexie swap.
Or you could just tell me I'm crazy.
I'm certainly not going to start all these things at the exact same time but there will be some overlap.