Swap Match Lists are Heading Out

Fabric Charms Flight Paths

Like lint in my sewing room, fabric charms will be flying everywhere!

Finally. The matching is done and the emails with March 2013 Swap partners are being sent. If you do not have one yet, you will in the next day or two. I thank you for your patience, and I hope that you can connect with all your partners right away. It is amazing; there were nearly 100 Newbie Gifts donated, and 515 sets of charms up for swapping. Barbara K. is sending out the Newbie matches, and I am sending out the swap matches. Now, I want to challenge each of you to find a quilting friend who wants to join the fun in October. The more, the merrier!

The Basics Notes About Mailing The Fine Print

The Basics:

  • When you get your match lists, please take a minute to check the size of the charms on that list. If you are swapping multiple sizes you may get more than one email.
  • Then email each of your partners, asking for the mailing information. DO NOT FORWARD your email, the names and email addresses of ALL swappers are private and cannot be shared with someone they are not swapping with. I am serious about this, and expect you to respect the privacy of others.
  • Once you receive the mailing info, please send off your little parcels as soon as possible. Then please drop an email back to your partner to let them know it is heading out. See the Notes about Mailing below.
  • When you receive parcels from your partner, please email them and let them know that the parcel arrived. THIS GOES FOR NEWBIES TOO!
  • Check out The Fine Print if you have concerns or questions. What the heck, check it out anyway!
  • Enjoy your new little treasures!

Notes About Mailing:

  • Spam in mailbox

    Check your SPAM folder if you do not see mail soon.

    Always send your fabric charms in little plastic baggies. It keeps them neat, keeps them together should the package get damaged, and keeps them dry should the postal carrier spill their morning java on them (joking there!) I recommend a slip of paper with the destination address on it be included in the baggie.
  • Put your complete return address on your parcel! This ensures that the person who gets them knows which swapper they are from (and makes that java-deprived postal worker happier too.)
  • Check with your postal worker for mailing options. I have mailed sets of 100 across the USA for about $1.50 in an envelope with a piece of card-stock cut to fit. Then again, I have mailed the same set across the USA for three times that in a bubble envelope.
  • If you are mailing a 50 piece Newbie gift, it should run under $1.00 for USA mailing, and about double that for international.
  • Some kind swappers include goodies like pictures or chocolate or other treats. This is very nice, but not necessary, and it will mean your postage costs are higher, and your packaging materials might be different.
  • When mailing internationally, you will have to fill out a Customs Declaration. I always call the parcel “Fabric Samples” and value it at $5.00. In some countries the recipient has to pay a customs fee to get their parcel, and it is based on that value.
  • Remember that mailing times vary, city by city, country by country.

The Fine Print:

  • magnifying-glassYou may not have matches for all of your charm sets. This is especially true if you had a dozen to swap. It just doesn’t always work out, and varies by the number or swappers in your charm size. For example, we had very few 1.5 inch charm swappers this round. Some people will not swap internationally. That meant that some people will not have new homes for all of their charms. I try hard to get them all assigned, but it doesn’t always work. I make every effort to distribute what is available evenly between swappers.
  • If you elected not to swap internationally, but I have more sets available to you if you change your mind, I will have noted that on your email. Let me know – first come, first served.
  • I tried very hard to spread the new swappers around, so returning swappers had as few ‘repeats’ as possible. It didn’t always work.
  • If you share your swap partner info with another swapper, even just trying to be helpful and get them connected, you will be on my WATCH list. Yes, people have been removed from future swaps for doing this. If you think swapper one would LOVE to meet swapper two, drop ME a note instead of linking them. I am careful about sharing your contact info, and expect swappers to do the same.
  • We are not swapping to judge each others’ fabric collections or cutting expertise. We are swapping as a fun way to expand our stash. Accept your charms graciously–even if you do not like them! What we like, or consider to be acceptable quality, is subjective. And it is a friendly swap, so please keep it that way. SHOULD THERE BE REAL ISSUES, perhaps start with a friendly email like “Hey Cricket, I got six duplicates in that set. Just wanted to give you a heads up so you can fix it before the next swap.” ANYTHING BEYOND THAT, please email me and let me deal with it. I put people on probation until they figure out how to cut, or not to include chiffon pieces. Hey, we all had to learn, this isn’t inborn knowledge.
  • People have real lives beyond swapping, and that can get in the way. If you don’t hear back from your partner, nudge a bit, then let me know. Perhaps they are sick, on vacation, or have a really good reason that the swap has fallen to a low slot on their priority list. They will probably come through when they can.
  • The Curious Quilter (yep, that’s me) really wants people to have fun, share, and nurture their partners, as we all grow our collections. Please do not wait for permission, start sewing!

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17 Responses to Swap Match Lists are Heading Out

  1. jpurman@comcast.net says:


    you get a very big gold star.

    thank you.


  2. Bonnie J. says:

    Let the fun begin!!! Always love getting these little sweeties, always such a gorgeous variety.

  3. Jeanne says:

    I heard from my swappers early (1:00 AM) this morning. Boy, they were quick!

  4. Sharon Jones from Australia says:

    Thank you so much Mary, for all the hard work you put into this.

    I have heard from two of my swap partners so far, contacted all the others on this list and am just about to request the newbie addresses.

  5. Genevieve Howell says:

    Oh No how did I miss this swap. Shoot! Almost finished with the postage stamp top. Guess Ill wait for the next one.


  6. Thank you very much for this exciting and fun thing, Mary. Two of my swap partners have already sent me their mailing address — my packs will be on the way today. I sent e-mails to the other two, but one of them failed (I dropped you an e-mail about that.

  7. Samantha says:

    Once again, you have excelled yourself!
    Mary, the joy you bring to others is immeasureable.
    Thank you just doesn’t seem enough but “Thank you” anyway.

  8. Angela Bacon says:

    Hi there!
    Are you still sending emails out? I’ve sent emails to my newbies and heard from half my partners but still don’t have my list… 😦

  9. Wendy says:

    Mary you are so amazingly awesome for running this Swap!!! Thank you for all your time and contributions to making this such a wonderful event to share the passion of Postage stamps!!

  10. leigh walker says:

    I have been told by my house sitter that my pkage from Debbie Mc has arrived.

  11. Peggy Malone says:

    Well, I guess I missed out on the swap this tim. I have 400, 2.5 in squares cut and ready for the swap next time. Can’t wait.

  12. Well my swap group has sent & received each of our charms. Everyone was on top of it so it went off without a hitch! Also sent to 3 newbies so hope they will join in the next swap too! Have almost finished my “I Spy” quilt for my granddaughter. I’m adding some appliqué to it too. This is always so much fun. Than you for coordinating! Looking forward to the next one too.

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