Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I-Spy Swap 6 - NOW FULL!! - Please read whole post before signing up!

SWAP IS NOW FULL!

So SORRY folks!  I love when these fill up fast because everyone is so excited...and I hate it because there's never enough room for everyone.  No guarantees about when the next swap will be, but if you fill out this form, you'll automatically be put on the waiting list.

If you're really desperate for some I-Spy squares, I sometimes have a couple sets from previous swaps in my Etsy Shop here.  (I know it's not as fun as being in the swap yourself though!)  I really am sorry.



It's been quite a while since I've hosted an I-Spy Swap, and I'm running low on squares again...or at least I'm running low on the really GOOD squares again.

As always I learn a bit each time we do a swap, so there are a few minor changes this time around with how you sign up, so PLEASE read the entire post before signing up...even if you'd participated in one of my swaps before.



THE BASICS:
Mail 200 I-Spy squares to me by February 15th.  

Get 200 I-Spy squares back, all different, by Mar. 1. 
PLEASE be sure you can meet the deadlines BEFORE you sign up! 

THE DETAILS: 

  • 1. Joining 1 swap spot is committing to buying and cutting 1/4 yard of 10 different I-Spy fabrics and mailing them to me within 2-weeks.  PLEASE don't sign up if you can't keep this commitment.
  • 2. For each spot you sign up for, you will need to cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different novelty print 100% Cotton Quilt fabrics (NO flannel or textured fabric!). A 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This is NOTHING when you think about all the different squares you will be getting back! 
  • 3. In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores. But, please, pick FUN ones! If you love it, the other swappers will love it too! Please upload pictures of your fabric choices to the Pieces by Polly I-Spy Swap flickr group as soon as possible after ordering and check the flickr group before you place your order.  (If you order fabric online, many smaller shops will send you a picture.)  If you're not able to post to the flickr group for some reason, email me the picture and I will add it.  If you're on Instragram, it's fun to see your work in progress.  You can use the hashtag #ispyswap and tag me @piecesbypolly so everyone can find your pics and drool over your chocies.  Please post to the flikr group too, though, since not everyone is on instagram.
  • 4. Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.) 
  • 5. NO "licensed" prints: No Disney, Dora, L.A. Lakers, etc. 
  • 6. Please be sure you are purchasing HIGH QUALITY QUILTING COTTONS. Pretty much anything you purchase a quilt shop will be high quality. Chain stores (Joanns, Hobby Lobby, etc) have a mix of high quality fabrics mixed in with low quality fabrics, so you really need to make sure you're buying the good stuff (thick, soft, not see through, etc.) Please, Please, Please check out your local quilt shop first.  (And PLEASE steer clear of Wal-Mart...I know they have some cute fabrics, but the fabric itself is notoriously low quality.  We want our quilts to last!)
  • 7. Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Nobody wants only half of an object in their square -- cut them well! (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)
  • 8. This is a double swap. You can sign up for a maximum of 2 regular swap spots if you want...but the fabrics for each swap need to be different. (If you have participated in previous swaps, it's okay if you use prints you've used before.)
  • 9. If you end up one or two squares short of one of your fabrics, it's okay to trade in another fun fabric to replace them. Just make sure you're not putting in duplicates.
  • 10.  PLEASE, PLEASE be sure to sort your squares into 20 stacks that have 1 of each of your 10 fabrics.  You can stack them all up together once they're sorted with a piece of scratch paper between them or even just turning them a bit, so it's clear where the new stack starts.  It's actually easier for me if you do NOT each little stack in baggies, but it can be helpful to put your whole large stack in a ziploc bag before mailing.
  • 11. If an emergency comes up and you're not able to follow-through with your commitment, please let me know ASAP so someone on the waiting list has time to take your place. You will receive a full refund.
  • 12. Once all the spots are full, I'll send you my mailing address for where you send your squares. 


PLEASE BE SERIOUS AND BE SURE YOU CAN MEET THE DEADLINES BEFORE signing up.  I want to make sure everyone gets their squares back in a timely manner.

Sign-ups work the same as for the last swap, but different from the previous swaps.  One of the most time consuming things in the past has been getting all the packages addressed and postage paid for.  It's actually a real pain to take 40 packages to the post office and have the lady have to count stamps on the prepaid envelopes...PLUS lots of people ended up putting way more stamps on their envelopes than they needed.

SO...this time to sign up, you'll purchase a spot through my Etsy shop.  This is NOT a money maker for me.  I'm just charging what it will cost me for postage, envelopes, and Etsy fees, and for most people it will end up being less expensive in the long run for you.  (Etsy listing fees get added into the mix, but postage is cheaper via Etsy, so it pretty much breaks even.)  I'm charging $1.00 cents to cover the Etsy Listing and money processing fees, plus your postage and the price of your return envelope is included in the cost.  The price I have listed covers First Class Shipping in a padded envelope for a single swap spot (total of $5) and Priority Shipping in a Flat Rate Padded envelope for a double spot (total of $6.75).  Since I get postage cheaper purchasing it online, overall this will cost you about the same and printing the shipping labels will be less of a headache for me (I hope!)


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Puzzle Quilt with Cuddle Fabric - Free Quilt Pattern

This puzzle quilt isn't nearly as hard to make as you might think.  It's all just a bunch of squares with the "knobbies" as I call them appliqued on.

Our family is a big fan of puzzles.  We have more puzzles in our house than I would like to admit, and my almost-three-year-old does puzzles ALL-DAY-LONG.  In fact, his baby blanket is the first puzzle quilt I ever made.

I was asked to participate in the Great Cuddle Cake Challenge being put on by Shannon Fabrics and Fairfield to celebrate their 20th and 75th anniversaries respectively.  Each Fairfield Master Maker was sent several packs of Cuddle Cakes and asked to create something unique and inspirational.


This project took on special meaning, when I received news that a friend from high school had passed away very suddenly, leaving a wife and young daughter behind.  When someone is grieving, quilts and blankets are one of my first thoughts because it's almost like sending a long distance hug.

I wanted something that could be symbolic to the girl of her dad, but at the same time be bright and cheerful and not be overtly obvious as a memory of a passed loved one.  (I didn't want the girl to have to explain what it meant every single time someone saw the blanket.) I also added a cross as an accent to the back because his faith was so important to him and his family.

So I decided a puzzle quilt with one white piece would be appropriate.  The white piece is to represent the piece that her dad will always be in her life, even if he's not physically present.

I'd like to thank Shannon Fabrics for giving me the Cuddle Cakes (packs of 20-10 inch charm squares) and cuddle fabric for backing. They are SO SO thick and soft...absolutely perfect for this pattern and the purpose of this quilt.  Also, thank you to Fairfield for contributing the batting and compensating me for this post.  All opinions and ideas expressed here are 100% mine, and all compensation I received for writing this post was donated to the family who lost their dad.

And with that...on to the project.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Loads of Cute Valentine's Ideas and the Weekly Block Party

The day of hearts and love is coming in just less than three weeks! Do you decorate? Do you need a gift idea? Do you want to make a tasty treat? Well here are loads of cute Valentines day ideas to get you in the mood! (wink wink) Valentine's Day Ideas
Tiffany at Making the World Cuter
It's me, Tiffany hosting this week and I LOVE Valentines Day! Here are a few of years past Valentines projects.
Now let’s see what your favorite things are that you have been posting! It’s time for the block party! Link up here and be linked up to 4 fabulous blogs all at once! Making the World Cuter |Pieces by Polly | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts Please read through the guidelines before posting:
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

17 Foods and Crafts for a Super Bowl Party and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

It's the time of year to start thinking about the Super Bowl!  Did your team win today?  Are they going to Super Bowl?  Are you going to watch and have a party anyway?  We are!!  I found some awesome recipes and crafts that are perfect for any Super Bowl party!!


It's Kaysi from Keeping it Simple hosting again!

 
I'm so excited about the football games.  I love to entertain but at the same time it's nice to know that the season is almost ending and I'll get my husband back on Sundays ;).  We always have fun during the games and I have made up some fun and yummy football foods, plus some free printables to go with them.  Check them out!  Just click on the image to go to the post.

#shop Nestle-Football-Game-Food #ad Football-game-ideas #supermoments #ad Football-Game-Food-Ideas-Tyson-Wings #gametimehero (15) #ad Big-Game-Football-Party-Foods (17)


 Now it's time to party!!  I'm so excited to see what you've been up to lately!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

13 Delicious Salad Recipes and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to be more creative with serving veggies and side dishes at dinner, so I thought I pull together some delicious looking Salad Recipes.
Spinach Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing | 7-Layer Salad | Greek Salad | Strawberry Goat Cheese SaladBroccoli Apple Salad with Seasoned Nuts | Healthy Sweet Pork Salad | Feta Bruschetta Salad | Where's the Sink Salad | Spicy Carrot Salad PureeShrimp, Bacon, Avocado Salad with Orange Balsamic Dressing | Green Pepper and Tomato Salad | Won Ton Salad | Avocado Maple Pecan Salad|

It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  
 
Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  
http://www.piecesbypolly.com/
 
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