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    Fabric Swaps

    I've been a member of the forum for a few years and have participated in lots of fabric swaps. Charm swaps, layer cake swaps, Quilt square swaps, pinnies, mug rugs and I've done the Secret Santa twice.

    WHERE are the swaps ladies? I used to visit the group page first to see if there was any new swaps listed, and … I got nothin.

    I miss the swaps! It was such an awesome way to get fabric from all over, and to get to know others on the forum. I don't think that I'm organized enough to do one myself, but I sure would love to participate in one again.

    Anyone? Anyone?
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    I used to participate in them too. Pixiedust was in charge of many of the layer cake swaps that I was in but I have not seen her here on the forum for a very long time. I would be interested in a charm pack swap but would not want to be in charge of it. I posted last week that I went to check on one of my groups, the I Don't Want It You Can Have It, and it was gone, so I don't know how that happened either.

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      #3
      Re: Fabric Swaps

      This is the first year in all my years here that I am not doing the Secret Santa Swap. I dropped out when someone took a rude stance with me over smoking. In the past I have done runners swaps, and mug rug swaps as well. My take on all of it, is that the tone of the forum has changed. It is not the 'Make Friends' as well as offer advice, forum that it used to be. Much snarkier, and less friendly. There used to be dozens of comments on almost any post, and as you can see, it just is not like that anymore. Many of the long time members just aren't as active as they used to be, if they are involved at all. It really is sad that this too is going by the way side in many of our lives. I miss the old, friendly forum, where the members were so uplifting, and genuinely caring. It has lost it's heart in my opinion.
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        #4
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        Wow auntie em I am sorry you feel that way but I hope you are in the minority. I do not feel this forum is full of snarky comments. I know I have posted some negative remarks but they are not meant to be mean spirited only constructive criticism when the poster asks for opinions.

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          #5
          Re: Fabric Swaps

          Originally posted by auntiemern View Post
          This is the first year in all my years here that I am not doing the Secret Santa Swap. I dropped out when someone took a rude stance with me over smoking. In the past I have done runners swaps, and mug rug swaps as well. My take on all of it, is that the tone of the forum has changed. It is not the 'Make Friends' as well as offer advice, forum that it used to be. Much snarkier, and less friendly. There used to be dozens of comments on almost any post, and as you can see, it just is not like that anymore. Many of the long time members just aren't as active as they used to be, if they are involved at all. It really is sad that this too is going by the way side in many of our lives. I miss the old, friendly forum, where the members were so uplifting, and genuinely caring. It has lost it's heart in my opinion.
          Sadly I agree with all you said. I miss all the folks that used to be on here on a regular basis. I miss their input and advice. And yes there used to be lots of good banter between all. Fun chatter for sure. This is not to say there is no good stuff still going, just that is used to be more and more positive.

          Where did everyone go. I know I probably dont comment as much as I should and I have not started any posts in a very long time. Something I should change as well. I need to get back to all I love about sewing and quilting. It surely will help my anxiety and depression.

          Prayers to all. Come on everyone. Lets get back to more fun. Friendships. Swaps. Etc.
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            #6
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            I am a follower of the forum for 6 years that I knew this fantastic site and although I do not participate in exchanges because I am away and the cost of transport is expensive I have always had many desires to participate, although if I send Christmas tree ornaments for M* two years. However I agree with EnumclawGramma, people no longer participate so much, they may have tired, but they do read because many people read it and then only a few answer. As you know I am a strange case bacause we are hardly two from my country but since I met the forum I loved people and their kindness and although there are fewer questions now I still love it, I think that maybe people are scared of their privacy, although I think that on the network are the States, Banks, Insurance etc. so we really have part of our life on the net. Wishing that we all feel happy and participate more in this great site, I send greetings

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              #7
              Re: Fabric Swaps

              Originally posted by auntiemern View Post
              This is the first year in all my years here that I am not doing the Secret Santa Swap. I dropped out when someone took a rude stance with me over smoking. In the past I have done runners swaps, and mug rug swaps as well. My take on all of it, is that the tone of the forum has changed. It is not the 'Make Friends' as well as offer advice, forum that it used to be. Much snarkier, and less friendly. There used to be dozens of comments on almost any post, and as you can see, it just is not like that anymore. Many of the long time members just aren't as active as they used to be, if they are involved at all. It really is sad that this too is going by the way side in many of our lives. I miss the old, friendly forum, where the members were so uplifting, and genuinely caring. It has lost it's heart in my opinion.
              I still love this forum, although I admit my heart breaks the few times things get snarky. I just want to pop in and say that I really miss the super-active "original " members, Marilyn, like YOU and many others. AND I really love the currently super-active members, too. This forum is my happy place.

              I know that I've inadvertently hurt some feelings here, and I'm still sorry about those times. I've never meant to criticize or hurt anyone, but sometimes the printed word fails to convey a writer's full intent.

              At any rate, Marilyn, I'm always excited to see a post from you!
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                #8
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                I would love to hear more from the forum original members. You all are a backbone to the forum. Whats up in your worlds these days.
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                  #9
                  Re: Fabric Swaps

                  Originally posted by Kgrammiecaz View Post
                  I would love to hear more from the forum original members. You all are a backbone to the forum. Whats up in your worlds these days.
                  I see quite a few on Facebook!!
                  Last edited by Monique; October 9th, 2019, 07:21 AM.
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                    #10
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                    I see that there are a bunch swap groups, but only 3 active ones, with all of them closed until the end of the year. Is that because many are working hard on holiday projects, and it's harder to get people involved?


                    How do the fabric swaps work? Can anyone in a swap group start a swap, or only the moderator of the group?

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                      #11
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                      I've done several swaps and really loved them. It does seem like life has gotten in the way, at least for me.

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                        #12
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                        "I see that there are a bunch swap groups, but only 3 active ones, with all of them closed until the end of the year. Is that because many are working hard on holiday projects, and it's harder to get people involved?


                        How do the fabric swaps work? Can anyone in a swap group start a swap, or only the moderator of the group?"




                        In the case of our Secret Santa 2020 swap the reason it does not remain open is that each individual who signs up commits to making 12 individual gifts based on a monthly theme. That's a lot of work and a person who might want to sign on, say, in August would be far behind the eight ball to complete 12 projects prior to the early December date for actually shipping to their Secret Santa recipient.

                        The other thing is that once a member signs on and they commit to this they will be paired up with the individual member they will be sending their gifts to. This takes planning and when you have around 25 members it becomes problematic if a person drops out throughout the year or if new members are added....i.e. there might not be anyone to pair them with. Once paired up and membership shut down people can get to work tailoring their gifts to their individuals likes if they wish rather then having all generic gifts :-)

                        So at least with a swap like this particular group having some limits in your rules kind of places some "order into chaos". Not sure if this applies to all swap groups but this is a rather large group.

                        Yes anyone can start a swap group, or any group for that matter. Set the perimeters of what you'd like the group to be and go to the Group Section. Fill out the items there listing yourself as moderator. Most will then post that they have formed a new group in the forum section so people can join. At some point if you no longer wish to be moderator either find someone who will replace you and they will take charge of the group or you can disband the group completely by deleting it from the Group section.
                        Last edited by Carlie Wolf; October 9th, 2019, 08:28 AM.
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                          #13
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                          My thought on the groups/swaps not being active was too many other projects for the holidays got in the way. I have done tutorials on how I made a quilt from scratch-No pattern. So I made up a pattern and shared it for my Hobo train quilt. That was a few years back. (2012)
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                          I love the short and quick projects with Mug rugs, hot pads, wall hangings and ornaments. They can be done in a month and you are paired up with just one other person, so you are not making an item for each person who signed up. If there was an odd person, the moderator saved herself to be the partner, otherwise she was just free to moderate and chat with all members. To save on mailing cost, each member just sent off her item to whom ever they were partnered with. The problem is when someone has to drop out. That is when the moderator got busy and made the item for the single partner.

                          I don't recall having a round robin swap, but I did enjoy the block of the month swap. But that was several years ago. And that Mystery swap was amazing with the "2013 into the light" quilt blocks for the Mystery Quilt. The picture is just 1/4 of the one I made.
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                          It seems those host of swaps have disappeared and I miss them greatly...
                          Last edited by Granny Judy; October 9th, 2019, 10:17 AM.
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                            #14
                            Re: Fabric Swaps

                            I never really did any of the groups. Always intended to, but for some reason it just never happened.
                            I have wondered for some time now where all the people that used to be on here, the original members I guess, went.
                            I just figured maybe they liked the closeness of a smaller forum and when this one got too big they just moved on to another spot. I didn't know many of them personally, but I did enjoy their postings. I've been a member for about 6 years and have seen this forum grow by leaps and bounds and have seen many peeps come and go.

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