Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Welcome to the Polaroid Greeting Swap!

Welcome to the #polaroidgreetingswap2! This includes all the vital information for this swap, so please read it carefully.

Group emails will be sent by your group leader (aka swap mama for new swappers). I encourage you to print that list, and check off people as you mail blocks and receive them.

Swap details:

* Groups: You will be assigned to a group of 11. That means you need to make a total of 20 blocks that you'll mail to 10 people.

* Blocks: Make your blocks with quality quilting cotton. Any solid white is fine. When possible, try to follow a partner's preference for colour or designer, if they gave them. If they said "surprise me," make a block you'd love to receive!

* Greeting card: Each block should be mailed in a greeting card with a handwritten note inside. This is the fun and unique part of this swap, so please use quality cards and take time to write a nice message. Or if you're super crafty, consider making your own cards! It's not necessary, but it's a nice personal touch.

* Mailing: Mail all your blocks by Jan. 31, 2017. You can send them all at once, or a few here and there over the next two months.

* Be cool. If you need to drop out of this swap for any reason, contact me immediately. It is not OK to accept blocks and not send them. Let's make this a fun experience for everyone!

* Share! Post photos on Instagram as you make and receive your blocks. Use the hashtag #polaroidgreetingswap2. Saying thanks is lovely! You will have the Instagram name of everyone in your group and can tag them on photos as your Polaroid greetings arrive.

How to make a Polaroid quilt block:
It's simple: Start with a 2.5" square. This is your "picture" and a great opportunity for fussy cutting or using those nice scraps you've been saving. Press all seams away from this centre block, and use 1/4" seam allowance. Sew a 1" x 2.5" white piece on each side. Sew a 1" x 3.5" white piece on the top. Sew a 1.5" by 3.5" strip on the bottom. Done! When you receive your blocks, trim them to 3" wide x 3.5" high and they're ready to use in a variety of projects. Don't trim before mailing.

Here's a good illustration on how to make the blocks borrowed from a previous swap.

Here's how to chain piece the blocks if you want to make them really quickly.

Here's a tutorial I wrote on how to finish your blocks with a shadow.

And here are a few ideas for what to do with the blocks you receive.

Here's a fun pillow I made with Polaroid blocks.