Monday, February 19, 2018

Postcard Exchange - Frequently Asked Questions

Postcard assignments were sent out on Saturday, February 17 - so check your email (including your spam folder and your promotions tab) for something from Elm Street Quilts.

I've been getting some questions via email so decided to post a FAQs.  Please don't hesitate to send me questions more via comments or email and I'll update this post as needed.

How many people signed up?
100 people are making postcards.  18 of those signed up to make a second card.

How were the assignments made?
Everyone was assigned randomly, playing attention to whether you wanted to mail to someone in your country or anywhere in the world.   Those who wanted to make a second card were assigned someone randomly from someone else who wanted to make a second card.

Wait - I wanted to make 3 cards but only got mailing addresses for two people?
There wasn't enough interest from people who signed up for a third card.

Ok, I've got my person, when do I need to mail my postcard?
Postcards should be mailed by March 17.  But, if finish your postcard sooner, by all means send it off!  You'll make someone happy.

I signed up for the swap but didn't get an email.
Check that spam folder and the promotions tab.  Still can't find anything?  Just email me, I'll be happy to help.

Is there a specific tutorial we have to use?
No.  Use any tutorial you want as long as the postcard is postcard sized - 4 x 6''.  Here is the link to my tutorial. 
How should I mail the postcard?  Should I just put a stamp on it?
I'd recommend you put it in an envelope for mailing to make sure it doesn't get messed up in the whole post office process.  If you decide to mail it directly as a postcard, contact your local post office to understand required postage.
Can I send any other goodies along with it for my new friend?
Nope, please don't.  This is about only sending and receiving a postcard work of art. 
Is there anything I should include with my postcard?
Please write a nice message on the back of the card.  Also include on the postcard (or a piece of paper in the envelope) your Instagram or your blog (if you have either) so the person getting your postcard can tag you in their pictures. 
Is it ok to share photos of the postcard I am making on Instagram or Facebook or my blog?
Absolutely!  Just don't say WHO you are making it for so they can be surprised when it arrives in their mailbox.  Tag any photos you share with #esqpostcardswap. 
What should I do when I get my postcard in the mail?
We'd all love to see a photo and please do tag the maker if you have their social information (Instagram or blog).  Then put that postcard in a special place and enjoy!
What can you tell me about the postcard parade?
More details on that later in March.  For now, make sure you tag any photos you do share with #esqphotoswap and take a photo of the postcard you send and you receive.

 I missed the sign-ups, will you do another swap?
It depends on how this one goes!  I'm having fun and my hair isn't on fire (yet).  This is the first time I've ever hosted - or participated - in a internet based swap so lots to learn.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, February 16, 2018

Collecting Rainbows

It's official.  I'm officially collecting rainbow fabric and thread.

First up - no plan yet for this charm pack and set of perle cotton.  For now, I will enjoy just looking at it.

Alison Glass's latest line - Sun Print 2018 - was just calling my name when I went into my local fabric store.  I ended up buying 4 yards - 6'' each of every color.  (Yes, this store is awesome - they sell by the inch!) 

What can you do with a 6'' cut?  Well, that's wide enough to cut a 5 1/2'' square for making 4-at-a-time flying geese. It also works perfectly to cut squares to make 2 1/2''  HST.

I'll be playing more with this fabric at an upcoming guild retreat.  So fun!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Creating a temperature quilt

I've always wanted to make a temperature quilt - using fabric colors to record the high temperature each day.  (Google temperature quilts to see some great ideas.)   I decided to start one for 2018 and use hexies.  I looked through my solids and then assigned a specific color to a specific temperature range.

The dark, dark purple for temps <=20 all the way to a dark, dark red for temps >95.  (I expect I'll need a few dark, dark reds.) The rest of the colors represent a 5 degree range as shown in the photo above.

My husband is an Atmospheric Scientist and often looks at weather maps where colors represent temperature spreads.  He reviewed my color spread, made a minor adjustment and then gave it a thumbs up.

I've been working on the month of January.  All the hexies are made and I'm in the process of sewing together the two long chains - one for Jan 1-15 (bottom one) and the other for Jan 16 - 31.

More on the layout once I've got some more done.

This is a fun project and I'm excited to see how this is going to end up.

Have a wonderful day! Patty