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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.


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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Question - would all blocks have to literally be the exact same block pattern? By way of example could they all be stars or Sun Bonnet Sue doing different things, But not the exact same star or Sun Bonnet Sue?

I think these would be accepted.  I have had feedback before that some of the ladies do not like sampler style quilts.  I will add this to the questionnaire and try to match the answers of the person making the quilt to the person receiving it.

Thanks, Carol. It wouldn't matter to me whether they were all the same or sampler style. I thought I'd ask to be sure. I will let you know before the deadline if I can participate.

Will you be attending Festival this year?

No,  I have a permanent brace on my rt. leg and can not walk long distances, or stand for any length of time.  I can not afford to rent the motorized carts at $85 per day, so I am going to miss it.  I am so sad, and they keep asking me to work.  I was told I could work a sit down station, but I would still have to walk, farther than I am able, just to get to the GRB, sign-in, etc.  I hope you have a good time if you go!

Sorry to hear about you missing the festival this year, Carol. 

Good question, Tanyel! I have always liked making and receiving sampler style blocks, as well as just one block style quilts. So I think that would be a good question to put on the questionnaire, Carol, that way people who only want a one block style would be happy and so would some one who like to have a sampler style quilt. 

I am thinking about this swap and will let you know, Carol. They are a great experience when everyone follows through with the commitment. I so love my blocks from the previous Secret Sister Swaps, now if I could just find the time to make them into quilts! When I finally do get them done I will be sure and share the photos.

We have 4 people signed up so far.  We need at least 6, but will hope for 12.

Hi Carol,

I haHve been thinking about this one and I have decided I would like to participate.  Hopefully this one will be much easier to control, the last one was hard work for you!  I never did get my last 3 blocks so will go ahead and make a quilt with the ones I did get - they were gorgeous so will use them.

Do let me know how much you need for postage and I will buy some dollars to send to you to cover postage and envelopes.

I am having my cataract surgery in November so should be fine for making the first block, hopefully I may be able to get that done before Christmas?  Look forward to hearing from you and sorry to hear you will not be able to attend Festival.  One of my friends flew out today to start her vacation at Festival then on to other places in the US.  Wish I was going.

Linda- you are right a 12 1/2 in unfinished block is a 12 in block that includes the 1/4in seam allowance on the 4 sides which means it turns into a 12 in finished block after it is sewn together with all the other blocks. Most of your block patterns will have that seam allowance built in to them but if there is question you can always make a trial block to see. Robin

Hope you join us Linda T.    Hi Pat B.  Glad to have you with us.  You are #5!

Hello everyone, I'm so excited to be part of my first ever block swap! Thanks for having me :-)

The first Secret Sister block swap was my first ever swap, and it was just so much fun, and boy are swaps addicting! Hope you all have a great time!


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