Coming to you very very soon…

PAtient Swappers who are still waiting.. there is HOPE!

After I found the problem, resolved it, and culled carefully through the fallout from it (every trader has several partners, so that takes a while)…

I sent the revised list of what’s left to send out to my proofreader. She found two little fixes. I got that list back frmo her late last night.

I am working today, will have some time this evening to get the already send corrections “FIXES” out, I work tomorrow but that evening and Sunday are set aside o get the rest to you.

THANK YOU so much for your patience and PLEASE hold off on comments as my email is buried in them.

– Mary

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quick note

Swappers: sorry to be a bit abrupt here, but I work full time and have a family. I am spending all my free time finalizing the swap. I am not answering emails or comments unless they are specifically sharing a swap error so please trust I am working as fast as I can and not really ignoring you all! Thanks. – Mary

Typed on teeny, tiny keyboard on my phone at work.

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Emailing hiccup…but almost done

The challenge of matching 1962 charm sets and getting out all the emails and making as few errors as possible—well things don’t always go as planned.   I set up the matches, they were double checked. That is a human process so bound to have a few mistakes in it which are easy to fix once found.

Two Inch Treasure Quilt #1

You don’t have to be crazy but it helps.

Then I set up the mail merge, and actually pre-screened every email quickly to see if it looked like what the giant spreadsheet showed. Triple checking might be a great idea there but too time consuming. Besides by now all the names are a jumbled in my head…

Off the emails went, trickling out over a couple of days. I could sleep!

Next night though, with 75% out, i had a serious failing of my brain power and turned off my computer before I went to bed. That stopped the mailing. and made for a funky hiccup when I restarted. But it was back on,. until I saw more problems from the hiccup. So I stopped it last night before bed. I had my 16 month old grandson with me, and opted for sleep after that. I am fixing the rest now. The last bit will be manually done emails today.

And yes, the usual little errors have happened, but not too badly. Of the 87% now out, so far I have only had 6 little charm sets assigned badly. At least as far as people have told me! That means about 1750 little sets have been correct so far, and that is not all bad. If you have one of those wayward ones ,please do EMAIL ME HERE.

Again, sorry for the delay but THANK YOU for your patience.

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October 2016 Swap emails are on their way…

flying-charmsThe matching of 1982 charm sets to swap is complete. That means a lot of little parcels will be heading out in the mail!  All those charms together woudl create five queen sized quilts.

The emails are set and started going out at midnight. Yes, once again, they go out in little batches over a 36 hour window. That is so my service provider does not shut me down for “suspicious activity!”  The sending order is random. You may hear from a swap partner before you get your own email. Hold on until the weekend before letting me know if you did not get one.

Check your SPAM folder. All emails are marked clearly from The Curious Quilter.

A few important notes for all swappers and newbies to read:

  1. I still have swappers/newbies Missing In Action with some info who have not replied to my emails! If you are one of the people listed here please email me fast.  — B.L. from ED******, MO — C.T. from Ham******,  UK —-  J.V. from S****, AK —- V. Y. from M*****, RUssia —- E.B. from Col*****, MD —
  2. Swap partners share personal info with their partners. Respect that and do not share it with other swappers.
  3. Newbies, you will hear from your donor/s. You do not need to send them anything, just an email of thanks once you get their charms.
  4. Some people are still confused about the term NEWBIE. you are a NEWBIE if you do not have enough stash to cut 100 different fabric charms from. Newbies do not send anyone charms, they just get gift sets of charms from some swappers. If you are new to my swaps but have sets of 100 to trade, you are a Swapper. You cannot get Newbie gift sets. No one can be both a newbie and a swapper.
  5. Despite heroic efforts by me and my proofreading helper, there WILL be mistakes in the matching. I will do my best to resolve them as fast as I can.
  6. Remember that every quilter has different taste, budgets, and so on. Please accept your swap sets graciously,  I cannot police all the swap sets. IF you get a set that has lots of duplicates r poorly cut charms, I appreciate knowing so I can have a conversation with that swapper for their next swap. Serious problems DO let me know–angels may be able to replace a really bad set. But mostly, swapping is a fun way to meet other quilters, and grow your charm stash variety very quickly. (YES, if you missed it in the rules, solids are allowed! Just not as the majority of charms). Re-read the Basics before you grumble, and talk it through with your partner in a pleasant way.
  7. Put the address of the person on the inside of the envelope as well as the outside. It stands a better chance of getting through if the parcel gets damaged.
  8. And do not even think of sending a gift to the swap manager. Seriously. I have enough stuff for my next two lifetimes.

So keep an eye on your mail and let your partners know when you mail their lovely little charms!

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Almost…

I fixed all the glitches in marching but had to work today. So, emails will start coming out later tonight. Darn JOBS sure can cut into fabric time. Thanks for your patience.

– Mary

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The Massive Match List is Being Proofread!

I have a silent helper who kindly proofreads every entry in the swap response match list (one per charm set-that is a LOT of charms!) She has the list and is carefully going over it to help weed out any errors.As soon as she gets it back to me, I will make corrections and start the emailing process. Because there are jobs and families involved in our lives as well, I am pretty sure the emails will start going out later Friday evening and trickle out over the following 24 hours.

Despite both of our efforts, mistakes still sneak through. We are human. Please just let me know and I will do my best to resolve it.

musical notes 1Your patience is greatly appreciated!

(I hear the “waiting” music of Jeopardy in my mind…)

If you are bored while waiting, may I suggest you brush up on your Curious Quilter Glee Club tunes? It has been awhile since a new one has come out—any suggestions? I hear from guilds all over the world that they love singing some of them at meetings. What fun.
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