So according to my handy little chart, we've had a mostly successful swap, which is pretty fantastic. One postcard seems to have gone astray - my card to cosmictwirling
, which is disappointing - but I'll get a new one made today and sent off on Monday (and with any luck it'll actually arrive this time). Some nice things about this swap
- most participants ever (ten this time!)
- most international participants (and I'm not the only "international" one for once)... okay, let me restate, since as far as I'm
concerned everyone non-Canadian is international :D - most non-American participants, including UK and Australia (and Canada)
- possibly the biggest mix of techniques and embellishments (embroidery, fabric folding, paper-piecing, regular piecing, crazy quilting, appliqué, we had ribbons and lace, several methods of binding cards, we had pictorial and abstract cards...)
In any case, I have a few bits of info for you, and then after that I'll post some questions for a bit of feedback from anyone participating or just anyone watching. Point of Interest #1
: Please feel free to post any pictures, at any time, of cards you've made (or received) other than for this swap. I don't mind that this community is quiet when we've not got a swap on, but I always love to see what people are working on and this is a convenient locale for showing off very small quilts that mightn't quite fit in at other LJ quilting communities. (My only request is that if you're making cards to sell, you don't make a sales pitch. I'm not interested in people using this community as a way to catch sales.)Point of Interest #2
: I've opened a Flickr group for fabric postcards. So far I'm the only member, as you're the first people I've told about it, but please feel free to go add your postcard pictures here
! I've only added a few pictures so far, and none of anything any of you have made, so if you've got a flickr account, please feel free to join and add your photos!Point of Interest #3
: Not all the postcards that have been received have been posted, so if you've not seen photos of any of your cards, feel free to post about them! Or just post about them anyway, I'm always interested to read about what you were thinking about or aiming for when you made your cards. (I'll be doing one about my postcards from this round soon. Maybe tomorrow, once I've made a replacement for the missing card.) Feedback Questions
I'd love to get some feedback from everyone who participated (and from community watchers who didn't or haven't participated). There is a poll, but if you have other things to say or want to expand of anything, you can either leave a comment in the comments section or you can send me a PM through LJ or you can email me at clumsy(dot)chord(at)gmail(dot)com.
Did you participate in Swap 03
Yes, and I'm a first timer
Yes, and I'm a repeat customer
No, and I've never participated
No, but I've participated in the past
If you participated, how did it go? If not, how do you think things went?
If you didn't participate, why not? Not enough time? Not enough knowledge? Don't like the rules?...
Do you think I should make changes to the process? (For example, I like the no-stress aspect, but perhaps you'd prefer to sign up first and then make one card for everyone, if the group is small.) (I should say that I'm not remotely interested in changing the no stress aspect, it's just the first thought to come to mind regarding possible changes.)
Was there enough time between announcing the swap and the exchange dates?
Maybeish, I just lost track of time/had an amazing exploding sewing machine/ran into real life
How much advance notice should there be?
a month and a half
All things being equal, will you participate in the next swap?
Basically just undecided
When do you think the next swap should happen?
When it comes to the next swap, I have no ideas really set in stone, but I do lean towards (Northern hemisphere) summer, perhaps July or August. I could be persuaded otherwise if people want something sooner, though I'd be likely to mod but either sit out or just make fewer cards.