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This will be our 4th “Secret Sister Swap” and is a yearlong commitment.  Please do not sign up for this swap if you can not complete this commitment!  You will need to make only 1 block per month for 12 months!  And it only requires 1-2 hours work per month. 

Maximum of 12 participants!  First come, first in!   Please send your name, address, phone #, and personal e-mail address to my personal e-mail:  aquiltersdream44@yahoo.com.

LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR THIS SWAP IS:  NOVEMBER 10, 2014!

Information:  Each participant will complete a questionnaire about her quilt likes and dislikes.  These need to be returned to me no later than November 30th, 2014.  You will then be notified, by me, who your SS (Secret Sister) will be and you will be mailed her completed questionnaire.

When you get your SS’s questionnaire, you will make one 12 inch finished block, 12 ½ inch unfinished, per month using your SS’s likes.  The background will be determined by your SS.  At the end of the swap your SS should be able to make a quilt with the 12 blocks that you have made for her.

Block Instructions:  All 12 blocks should be the same block pattern, using your SS’s choice of colors.  As always, please use good quality 100% cotton quilt fabric, pre-washed.  Just remember that you want your SS to be able to make a nice quilt from your blocks, so you should make something that you would like to receive yourself.   The SS that is making the blocks has the right to choose her favorite type of technique, piecing, paper-piecing, applique, hand, or machine, etc.   This way you can do your best work!

Mailing Instructions:  Each month for 11 months you will mail your SS’s completed block to me.  One block will fit in a 6” x 9” manila postage envelope, with NO metal clasps.  These will go through the mail with two  49 cent stamps.  I will then mail them to your SS.  This way, I will be the only person that knows who the SS’s are, until the swap is completed.  Please put your name, or one of those free address labels on the back of each block you mail.   On the 12th month,  you will send the final block directly to your SS along with anything you would like to say to her and a small quilt label with your information on it.  On the front of the mailing envelopes, please identify the swap number and the block number,  S 17, B 1, etc.  This helps me identify what comes in to me.

You will need to send  11- 6” x 9” envelopes, or $2.00, and 22 – 49 cent stamps to me for the re-mail to your SS.  The Post Office will not accept postage labels.  These are only good for 2 days.

HAVE FUN AND SEND YOUR BLOCKS TO ME BY THE 20th  of each month.  The 1st block is due to me by: Jan. 20th, 2015.

Carol Lee Poulis   CP from TX

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Getting started on my blocks!! Of course I may still be changing my mind up to the minute I am commited to putting it in the mail. So exciting- wonder what my SS will do for me???

Are there any slots still available for this swap?  I know it's February, but thought I would ask.

I just retired, and think I now have time to commit to stuff like this.

Thank you

I'm sorry, but it is not possible to start in the Secret Sister swaps once they begin, because I have already assigned Secret Sisters to the participants.  Keep watching the group site and maybe we will have a new one in the next few months!  Thanks for your interest, it really is a fun group of people!  Carol

Thank you, Carol.  I now know to watch in November for the following year's announcement.

Love the block pattern and the fabric is so cute! Hooray for you, Donna, and thanks for posting a picture for us to all share in the fun!

Lucky you- our first block has found a home! Since there is no mail tomorrow, I will have to wait til Tuesday's mail to see if mine has arrived. Great block!

Yippee my lovely block has arrived- a thank you to my SS! Carol, the weather ( and my schedule) finally cooperated and the next block went out today. Should arrive Sat or the first of the week. 

Very pretty block and fabric!

Sorry I have not posted before now, but a big thank you to my secret sister for my latest block.  It is gorgeous and greatly admired by DH.

Sent block 5 on the 9th, hope it soon arrives with you Carol.

Got it today! Thanks, Pat!

Was somewhat surprised to find the mail delivered today but was pleased to find my latest block from my SS. Thanks so much!  Love that blue flowered fabric!

I also want to thank my Secret Sister for all 13 of her beautiful blocks.  She was very nice to send me an extra block.  Because I am leading the swap and already know who my Secret Sister is, she sent all of my blocks early.  I will not tell you who she is because I don't want the rest of you trying to guess who your SS is.  But, I almost have my quilt top ready and will post it soon for all of you to see.  I really love the SS swaps, especially when the secrets are revealed!  I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th and that includes you, Pat B., our sister in England!

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