Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pillow Swap -- Announced

Hello, fellow modern quilters!

We’re excited to announce our guild's first ever Pillow Swap. If you’re familiar with Flickr Pillow Talk Swap, ours is similar. But instead of mailing pillow covers to each other, we’ll swap them in person at our April 19 meeting. If this is your first Pillow Swap, you're in for a treat!
Blue ribbon pillow by member Veronicamade
 These are the swap requirements:

• You must have an online Flickr account and you must post a mosaic of some of your favorite quilt blocks, pillows, fabrics, or color combinations. Please create your mosaic BEFORE proceeding to the next step. (See below: “How to Make a Mosaic”). Because we are members of The Modern Quilt Guild, we're using all the online conveniences we have available to us. If you don't yet have a Flickr account, sign up. It's free! You should also join our guild's main Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/dmmqg/).

Grinch Pillow by member Crystal
• The swap is secret, but to let your partner know your personal tastes and preferences, you must complete a Google Docs online form AFTER you create your Flickr mosaic. Go to: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBqU2pOaDREaFl2aW9oa2xYZFFiYnc6MQ#gid=0
Please be as specific as possible about your likes and dislikes. Indicating your preferences will make it much easier for you to create, and your partner to receive something you'll both love.

After submitting the completed form you’ll be paired with someone with similar sewing skills and design interests. Then, you’ll receive your swap partner's name, and list of likes and dislikes. Use the list and her Flickr mosaic as a guide to help you make a pillow that suits her. Please understand that this swap is about making something your partner likes, not what you like. Consider fabrics, designs and colors that your partner has specified she prefers. You may be required to buy some new fabrics in her style or colors. While you aren't required to buy the exact fabrics your partner lists, it's very considerate to do so.

How to Make a Mosaic
Go to www.bighugelabs.com. In the middle of the screen, click the pull-down menu "Jump to…" Select "Mosaic Maker.” Choose as many images as you want in your mosaic. Then copy and paste into URL boxes, the photo links for your mosaic. If you already have photos in Flickr Favorites, use those photos as your links. When all your photo links are in the boxes, click “Create” to see your mosaic. Copy the HTML code in the box below your mosaic. Click on the Share button at the top and select Flickr. Paste the HTML links into the Description box if they aren't already in there. Click Upload. Your mosaic should appear in your Flickr photostream with hyperlinks for each photo below it. If the hyperlinks aren't showing up in Flickr, paste the type again in the Flickr description box.

Please select at least nine photos for your mosaic to give your partner a good idea of what you like. More photos are even better! If you're new to Flickr and want to look for pillows to add to your mosaic, check out the Flickr Pillow Talk Swap pool here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1197421@N20/pool/.

If you have any questions about this process, e-mail Veronica at vkoh159@mchsi.com.

A DSMMQG Flickr Swap Group
A new Flickr group has been created just for DSMMQG swaps and exchanges. After you have created your Pillow Swap mosaic, post it in this new group. Here's the link:http://www.flickr.com/groups/dsmmqgswaps/ where you’ll see two mosaics already posted.

We’ll also use the Flickr discussion forum to:
- ask and answer questions without revealing partners,
- and, provide links to online tutorials for different types of pillow back closures.

If you join Pillow Swap, be committed to making a pillow cover for someone else, and completing it by Thursday, April 19.

Should you not be able to participate in this swap, other swaps will be offered later this year.

We hope many of you will join Pillow Swap. It promises to be fun, fun, fun!

The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 20. By February 27 you’ll receive your partner's information.

Posted by Veronica Koh Eischeid, Programs/Education Co-Chair