Sunday, 27 March 2016

ALQS10 logo (in memorium)


For this round of the ALQS, I have chosen to create the logo from a quilt made by my online friend Mary Jane Cardwell, who played in several rounds of the ALQS. As many of you will know, Mary Jane sadly died of cancer a few months ago; it seemed fitting to me to remember her by using her quilt in this fashion. The lucky owner of this quilt (Barbara S) will, I hope, not mind her little quilt being used as our logo this time around!

Please feel free to use this logo to promote the ALQS on your own blog (or wherever).

ALQS Round 10 - It's Official! (Finally)

ALQS10 will be a miniquilt swap, for a small SQUARE quilt within a range of sizes - between 10" square and 16" square. (Approx 25cm-40cm.) No exceptions, though I will give you a cm or so wiggle room in your squareness. Because it's round 10, I was originally going to suggest a 10" square, but this is very small for some people to work, so I decided not to insist on it.

You may choose to make a traditional style quilt or an art quilt, or something somewhere in between, as long as it fits the size requirements. You may make a quilt specifically for this swap or you may use a quilt that you have made previously, so long as it fits the size requirements.  As usual, you may make two unrelated quilts (which will count as two choices for swapping) if you like. No one player will be allowed to enter more than two swapping choices in this round of the swap.

If you are interested in taking part in this round of Another Little Quilt Swap, please read the following details very carefully before you go any further.  Details of how to register an interest follow the initial brief. Any questions or clarifications, I will do my best to respond to as quickly as possible and update the blog accordingly. If you have taken part in recent rounds of this swap, you will be familiar with the way it works, as I haven't changed it, other than the size, which varies from swap to swap, but do read the rules anyway to refresh your memory.

Requirements:
  1. Quilt type.  Round 10  will allow all quilt types - traditional, modern, contemporary, art and any other designation you can think of.   In terms of how arty an art quilt might be and still qualify for the swap, the only things I insist on are: at least some fabric must be used in the construction of the piece, and it must follow the traditional front/filling/backing rule. Therefore, a quilt which used plastic and paper collage and then was batted, backed & quilted would be fine; a "quilt" which was made only from layered paper would not.
  2. Electronic access. It is not vital to have a blog in order to play during this round (though it's nice if you do) but you absolutely MUST be able to communicate via email and to send me electronic photos of your quilt by some means. There can be no exceptions to this rule (explanation below in the description of how the swap will work), though if can you successfully communicate through a friend or relative, that's fine - I've had that in previous rounds and it's worked out well.
  3. International posting. You must be able and willing to post internationally in order to play. This does not mean you will HAVE to do so, but you must be willing to, as partners will not be assigned in advance. If this is such a potential problem that it will prevent you from playing, please email me and we'll talk. I'd hate for someone not to be able to play because of it, but I'd rather sort it out in advance.
How it will work:
  • No pre-assigned partners. Instead of being assigned a partner in advance, you may make any style, theme or colour of quilt that you like. You may also, if you wish, and if it fits the specs below, use a quilt which you have made in the past.
  • Virtually unlimited signups/no signup deadline. Because of the way the swapping will work, I can take as many people as want to make quilts. In past swaps this has always been self-limiting, but I will reserve the right to put a cap on players if it becomes too big (with plenty of warning).  Also, due to the way the swapping will work, you can join right up until the last minute, though on the whole, I hope most people will at least make an expression of interest (see below) relatively early in the swap.
  • No guilt/no droupout problems. I will maintain a list of those who are interested in playing along, but you will not officially be signed up to participate until I have photos of your quilt in my email inbox. This means that if you are unable for whatever reason to finish your quilt before the deadline, no one will be left without a quilt, it simply means you won't get the chance to choose a quilt for yourself.  
  • Admire lovely quilts. As the quilt photos arrive, I will post them in batches on the blog with the descriptions, though not the names of the makers. I am not trying to keep this a complete secret, though, so if you wish to talk about (and show photos of) your quilt on your own blog, that's fine.
  • Choose your own quilt! After the deadline, when I have received photos of all the finished quilts and posted them online, you will have the chance to send a list of the 10-12 quilts you would love to have. This will be difficult, as if the previous rounds are anything to go by, you will want to have at least 90 per cent of the quilts made! I hope this will help solve any potential problems with people getting something not really to their taste (seemed to work fairly well the last few rounds). 
  • Quilty surprise?  I will not be announcing who gets what quilt until the quilts are received, but if you really want to know which one is coming to you once they have been assigned, I will send you that information prviately by email.
Details:
  • Sizes. All quilts should be between 10"x 10" and 16"x16" (approx 25x25cm to approx 40x40cm). All quilts must be square (ish). 
  • Multiples. Because of the way I will swap these quilts, you may, if you like, submit TWO quilts to this swap. (But no more.) Both, of course, must meet the requirements, and I would prefer them to be substantially different to one another. This would then get you two choices of quilts later on.
  • Materials. If you are making a traditional quilt, this question may not come up, though I will say that because these quilts are aimed at decoration rather than use, you don't have to follow the standard rules about using only quilting cottons, etc. If you are making an art quilt, you can use whatever you like, though you must include at least some fabric, and must follow a basic 3-layer quilt structure as stated above. If you want to include non-cotton fabrics, paper, metal, plastic, whatever - go for it. Any any embellishments you care to add are ok, too. You will be required to send a brief description of materials and techniques with the photos of your finished piece, so that the other players are aware in advance and can avoid anything they don't want! Please let me know if you use any plant materials in your quilt (like leaves or branches) as we often have Australian participants and they can't receive these items in the post, so would need to exclude those pieces from their choices.
  • Techniques. Again, unlimited, though you must include stitch in some form as this is a quilt swap. If you are making a traditional quilt you may piece by machine or hand, or a combination of both and likewise, you may quilt in either way - or both - or you can tie your quilt. You may use piecing and applique in any of their forms (including fused applique); you may use glue, rivets, burning, melting, painting, dyeing, stamping, embossing, embellishments in any form you can think of and really, whatever you like. As stated above, you will be required to send a brief description of materials and techniques with the photos of your finished piece, so anyone who wants to avoid certain techniques or materials can simply not put your piece on her (or his) list. Please bear in mind that although these pieces certainly don't need to be washed, they should be sturdy enough to last for years on that wall where they will be on show!
  • Quality. I know I don't really have to say this, but the aim here is to make a nice quilt, which someone will want to own.  This swap is open to people of all levels of quilting abilitiy, but I ask that you do your best work and take some time over the product. Remember that people will be choosing your quilt (or not!) based on your photos, so if your quilt isn't well made, it might not get picked. This doesn't mean your quilt has to be complicated or elaborate, just make it something that you would like to own yourself!  In most rounds, all the quilts submitted were within the top 10 on at least one list and most were on a number of lists. In one round, we did end up with a few quilts which weren't on enough lists to allow me to successfully allocate them all to new homes; I hope that this won't happen again, but bear in mind that it is always possible. It doesn't mean that people don't like your quilt, but if we have 60 quilts, it is often the case that some of the simpler ones get overlooked in favour of the more showy ones. There's not much I can do about that except encourage people to include a broad variety of pieces in their preference lists.
  • Timeline.  I like to allow plenty of time to work as I know we all have busy lives. However, I'd like to get this all wrapped up before I am worrying about things like my summer holidays, so I'm putting the deadline for photos to me as Monday, 27 June 2016. This gives you 4 months to work on your piece - should be plenty for a small square, right? I'll post lots of reminders about the deadline as well, so you really have no excuse!  (lol)

How to play:
  1. Email me. (to katelnorth at yahoo dot com). This email is not a committment, it's an "expression of interest". This will give me a rough idea who might be playing and how many people I might expect to see quilts from. It will also mean I can send some reminders when the deadline begins to get near so that you don't miss out if you wanted to be in. Send me your name and your blog/flickr account/instagram ID, etc.  if you have one. Put ALQS10 in the subject line if possible - this just makes it easier for me. If you are new to this swap, please feel free to let me know about groups you belong to or swaps you've done, but this is not a requirement; I'm just nosy and like to see people's work. I am going to maintain a list at the side of the blog called an "artist pool" which is a list of people who may be making quilts for this swap. It's not a guarantee, though, as some may have to drop out before the deadline.
  2. Make a quilt! Work on your quilt. Follow the guidelines above. Finish your quilt by the deadline.
  3. Send me photos. When you are finished, send me at least two photographs of your quilt. One must show the whole quilt. One must show some detail. You can send more than one detail photo if you like. These should be good photos, where you can see the quilt properly and get a proper idea of what it really looks like. Remember, these photos are what people will be using to decide if they want to receive your quilt or not, so while it should be honest, it should also be flattering, so try to make sure it's not out of focus or taken in really bad light.  Sometimes in the past  I have had to chase a lot of people for their detail photos and I'm going to be mean this year. If you don't send me a full size photo of the quilt and at least one detail photo, I am not going to include your quilt.
  4. And a description. With your photos, you should send a brief description of your quilt , including the  name if it has one and perhaps some notes on what materials and techniques you have used. Please make sure to say what size it is. When I post the photos on the blog (which I will do in batches, not in one great lump at the end) I will include that info with them, so people can see what they would be getting.
  5. Sign up officially. Once I have received the photos of your FINISHED quilt(s), you will be officially signed up, which means that you will be able to send me a list your preferences for which quilt(s) you'd like to receive yourself. This also means that even if you have been late in a swap before you are still allowed to play because you have to show your finished work before you are officially on the list of people who can choose a quilt...
  6. Get a quilt. After all the quilts have been made and photos posted and everyone who has made a quilt has sent me their lists, I will collate the lists and work out who gets what. It's been my experience that you do get a quilt on your list (which is why the list is 10-12) though obviously, not everyone gets their first pick. Some priority may be given to the makers of the most popular quilts (so if your quilt is the number one choice for half the swappers, you will be more likely to get your own first pick), but on the whole, I will simply move things around until they are as balanced as possible. This will take some time, I imagine! You will then have to mail your quilt to whoever is going to receive it. Which is why you have to be willing to post internationally.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Another round?

So, whaddya think, everyone - ready for another round of the ALQS?  I've been thinking about starting another round for a while now, and think I'm just about ready to commit to it... so watch this space for an official announcement within the next few weeks...

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Grand Reveal!

OK, finally, time for that Grand Reveal, where you can see who made what and who received what. As usual, I will start with Quilt no 1:


Around Town (no 1) was made by Diana and sent along to Sarah, who had made this piece, no 4:

Sarah's quilt went to live with Virginia, who had made no 23 (Happy Tree):


Happy Tree (which was one of the most popular choices this time around), in turn, went to stay with Melanie, who had made 2 quilts for the swap. 


The first of these, Fancy Cat (no 9, above) went off to its new home with Kathleen.

Kathleen made quilt no 3, which she called Special K, after the Kellogg's Cornflakes Rooster:

And Special K went off to Norway to live with Kjersti. 


Kjersti's quilt, no 33 (above) was chosen by Andrea in Australia, and this quilt:


Andrea's untitled piece (no 32) went to Mary J.

Mary J made two pieces this year, and the first one, The Early Blackbird (no 19) came to live at my house:


The piece that I made, Circles in Circles is shown below:


Circles in Circles (no 21) went to live with Joan E, who had made this piece:


also with a circle theme - Friendly Circles (no 30).   This quilt was a very popular choice, and appeared on many lists, but in the end, Friendly circles went to live with Mary S. 


Carrying on (totally accidentally) with the circle theme, Mary's quilt was called Loose Marbles (no 24) and went to live with Margaret G in the UK. 


Margaret's quilt was called Autumn Meadow (no 22) and was another one of the most popular choices in the swap. It went to live with Marei, who had made quilt no 25: Triangulation.



Triangulation was the other quilt received by Melanie, who had made two quilts for the swap - Fancy Cat back near the top of this post and also no 11, Citrus and Sea (below).



One of the things I really enjoy about this swap is seeing how different the little quilts are - sometimes even two quilts by the same maker are totally different in style, like Melanie's two. Great fun!

Anyway, Citrus and Sea went to live with Barbara F, who produced this piece (no 5):


This colourful pinwheel quilt went off to Mary Jane, and Mary Jane's piece Fireworks (no 17, below) went to live with Barbara S.


The piece that Barbara S made was called Stitching for Spring (no 12) and travelled off to Australia to be with Margaret J.


Margaret has played in quite a few rounds of my swap, and always produces something nice. This time, her quilt was called Cherry Pie (no 15).


Cherry Pie winged its way from Australia to Beth in the US, who made this quilt:


No 31, Wonderfully Wonky. Wonky happily hopped its way to Pam G, who made Dandelion Summer (no 7, below) for Julie.


Julie was another player who made two quilts this round and her first one, Way Out (no 8) travelled to England to go to Lynda. Here it is:


Amusingly, Lynda's quilt Fragments (no 27) went back to the US to Julie!


Julie's second quilt (no 13), Dawn (pictured below) went to Mary J. This was another of the most popular pieces (a joint first with Happy Tree, but ahead by a very few choices)...


while Mary's quilt (no 20, Happy Hearts) - her second in the swap - went off to Barbara C.


(Not many left to go; deep breath!)

Barbara made this quilt:


Fun and Games (no 6), which was chosen by Marie. Marie made Stars Galore (no 26):


which went to live with Ramona, who is one of only three people (myself included) who have played in every single round of ALQS! (The other is Lynda, who made Fragments, mentioned a bit above.)

For this round, Ramona made the quilt Intersections (no 2):


Intersections was chosen by Rosie in the UK, who made the quilt Random Tweets (no 28), pictured below:


This quilt ended up travelling to Australia to be with Lisa, who made quilt no 29:


No 29 was the last quilt to be known to be safely home (the recipient being away for quite some time), and has its new home with Hilde, in the Netherlands.

Hilde's quilt was no 10, Iris:


and went to Di, which brings the loop to a close!

Three other little quilts ended up, for various reasons, staying with their makers:


Pam A's untitled piece (no 14)


Narelle's Christmas Wishes (no 16)


And finally Joan P's Take Heart (no 18).

A HUGE thank you again to everyone who took part - hope I'll see you all back here next time when we'll be making (probably) small, square quilts...  Be on the lookout!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Reveal soon...I promise

All quilts now home safe and sound and everyone happy (I hope). I know the Grand Reveal is a long time coming, but I have been monumentally busy between the end of school/planning for a different role in September and being away every weekend looking at universities with my eldest. Hoping to get to it this week.  Thanks for being patient (or at least, for appearing patient, even if you are feeling impatient inside)!

(And if you think you saw a reveal published - and now you don't - don't worry, you aren't losing your mind - it wasn't finished  but for some reason blogger published it anyway, rather than saving it as a draft.  Hoping to finish it tonight or tomorrow!)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Quilts home safe...

Hi everyone - I've now heard about all the quilts being received safely except one, where the recipient is away from home until the end of June and has someone checking on their mail in that period. That quilt was mailed later anyway as the recipient was going to be away) and I'm sure it will also make it safely, but I won't know for sure for another week or two. I'm going to start to put together the grand reveal, but I do want to wait to post it until after Hilde is home and has a chance to be surprised by her quilt!

If you have not yet had a chance to email your partner to let her know personally that you have received her quilt, why not take this chance to do so? I can send you the relevant email address if it wasn't included in your package, and I know it means a lot to people to hear in person from the person who is getting their quilt baby...

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Quilts received?

Many thanks to all of you who have let me know you have received your new little quilts. I know a few are still either in transit or have been sent to folks who have been away, and most of you I have heard from, but if you have received your quilt and haven't let me know, please can you do so. If you haven't yet had yours and haven't been in touch, feel free to let me know that, as well, though I'll be chasing up individually within the next week, anyway.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Mailing info

Sending - Many thanks to those of you who have either already mailed their quilts or been in touch to tell me when you will - I appreciate quite a few people are away at the moment...  If you have not yet mailed your quilt (or let me know), please can you remember that it would be great to have them all in the mail in the next week to 10 days. If that's going to be a problem, just let me know.

Receiving - Some of you (and me, too!) have been lucky enough to have already received your piece from this swap - don't forget to let me know when you do get your new little one.  Once they are all (or mostly) safely home and dry, I'll put together a Grand Reveal, showing who made what, and who received what.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

You've got (e)mail!

OK. I have now sent out all the mailing information for this round of the swap. If you haven't had an email from me, let me know asap!  Please can I ask everyone to try to have their quilts in the mail by the end of May - I know there are some people who are away or who have other constraints; if you've emailed me already, that's fine - I have a note.

If there's a good reason you can't mail your quilt by the end of May and you haven't been in touch about it yet, please let me know so I can keep track of which quilt is in transit and which ones have been received, etc.

There were lots of lovely quilts this time around - I hope you are happy with what I've chosen for you all!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tentatively sorted...

Well, ladies. I've had a go at sorting the lists (no mean feat) and while I think I have it resolved to my satisfaction (more or less) I'm going to have another look at it tomorrow or Friday to check and make sure that I haven't made any mistakes - sometimes when you look at something for too long, it's hard to see straight!  You can expect email from me by the end of the weekend, barring catastrophes...