Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Too Many Swaps?

Mosaic for Fab Little Quilt Swap (FLiQS)
NOTE:  The Think Christmas Blog Hop/Simple Merry Christmas Quilt Giveaway ends TONIGHT at midnight.  If you are still thinking about entering the giveaway, leave a comment on this post.  (Note that the prize is 8 FQs of Denyse Schmidt's DS Quilts fabric, not the quilt itself.  Sorry.)

I got a little bit behind last week when I was making the Merry Christmas Quilt, which had to be finished and posted by midnight Thursday.  I almost made it.  The blog post came at 1:15 am or so, but I doubt I had anyone jumping up and down to read it at that time of day.  Should you want to make this little quilt yourself, the tutorials are here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Then I had hoped to spend the weekend sewing but I volunteered to help a friend organize a swap, so I spent the weekend partnering up swappers (who knew it would take me so long???)  This swap mama stuff is more difficult than it looks, but I finally came up with a method that worked for me after about the 4th try.  And then there was the fun of sending 45 emails...  But overall, it was a good experience and will serve me well the next time.  There's a first time (and a learning curve) for everything, right?

Mosaic for DS Quilts Mini Quilt Swap

So Sunday evening, after all the emails were out, and when I should have been sewing but I was watching the Olympics instead, I sat down to make some mosaics for some swaps I've joined.    We all know that I'm a swap addict and apparently have no self control when it comes to these things.  Is it the fun of making something for someone else?  The fun of getting a little present in the mail (and even WH likes that part)?  The fun of stalking my partner?  The fun of trying something new?  All of the above?   I have no idea what motivates me to do these things, but at least it's not a self-destructive addiction.

Is it?

Mosaic for my new colors for Q3 of the 3x6 Bee
And I made 4 mosaics.  Is that a ridiculous number?  To make in one night?

I always use Big Huge Labs to make my mosaics, and it made the mosaic just fine, but I can't get it to download the credits for the yummy pictures I choose, so all of my mosaics are credit-less.  I'm sorry creative Flickr people.  I really tried.  I even disconnected Flickr from BHL and reconnected it, and it still doesn't work.  I see on Flickr that it works OK for other people, so I'm not sure what has gone wrong.  People put so much time, effort, and creativity into these lovely creations, I like to give credit where it's due, you know?

Mosaic for the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap
So I'll be swapping like crazy for the next couple of months.  But I'm still determined to work on the list.  August is, after all, FINISH IT month.  It has been proclaimed!


  1. Oh I would just LOVE to win this Christmas Quilt!

  2. Swaps can definitely be addictive. It's so much fun to meet other wonderful swappers too.


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