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MQG Mini Swap

The first MQG swap was so fun we are doing it again!

From October 2017 to February 2018, we're holding our second international MQG swap, and all active MQG members are invited to sign-up! Spots are limited according to the number of volunteer helpers we have, but we're accommodating as many people as possible! Once again, we're making mini quilts — no larger than 24" x 24" — with the suggestion (not requirement) that they be themed for your swap partner’s sewing space.

This swap is a one-to-one partner swap, so once matched, participants will know who they're making for and who's making for them. Based on last year’s feedback, members were looking for a greater sense of community, and we think an open swap can help foster a new friendship. #makeaminimakeafriend

The timeline will be from October 2017 to February 2018, and the delivery date will coincide with QuiltCon. If you're going to QuiltCon and your partner is too, we'll have a special meetup so you can swap in person. Not going? Not a problem! Mail your item to your partner, get yours in the mail and join the virtual meetup on Instagram.

You’ll have a Swap Fairy assigned to you to check in during the swap to make sure everyone’s on track.  You’ll meet your Swap Fairy and get to know them in early November when partners are announced.

Important Dates: 

  • Swap Fairy sign-ups open: September 20, 2017
  • Swap Fairy notifications sent: September 27, 2017
  • Participant sign-ups open: October 1, 2017
  • Participant sign-ups close: October 25, 2017
  • Participants notified of match with partner: early November, 2017
  • Sew sew sew!
  • Deadline for international shipping: February 9, 2018
  • Deadline for domestic shipping: February 16, 2018

More information will be posted as the swap progresses. Can't wait! Let us know if you have any questions at swaps@themodernquiltguild.com.

 

 

FAQs

1.     What is the MQG swap?

We are bringing back the modern mini swap! Members will make a mini quilt (no larger than 24” x 24”) for a partner. A swap is a chance for you to make a surprise present for another MQG member and receive one in return. It is also a great opportunity to make some new MQG friends.

Participant sign-ups will be open from October 1 to October 25, 2017.

 

2.     Should I sign up if I’m not sure I want to participate?

No! Please ONLY sign up if you are sure you can commit to completing and shipping this project on time. Your partner is depending on you! If you sign up and are matched with someone and do not complete a project on time, you will not be able to participate in future MQG swaps. You can only cancel participation BEFORE matching is complete (mid-October). Don’t let this happen to you! If you DO need to cancel in this timeframe, please email swaps@themodernquiltguild.com.

 

3.     What is the deadline to make my project?

You have about 3 months to make your project. The deadline for shipping within the US is February 16, 2018. The deadline for shipping outside the US is February 9, 2018. If you are swapping with your partner at QuiltCon (and signed up to do so when you joined the swap), you will need your mini completed to bring with you to swap on Saturday February 24! More details to follow on the in-person swap.

 

4.     Can I participate?

To participate, you need to be an active MQG member as of October 1, and you need to sign up by October 25 (or before slots fill up). Please log in to check your membership status beforehand to renew if you need to!

 

5.     Who will I be paired with?

You will be matched with your partner based on shipping preference, allergy requests, and similar skill level.

 

6.     Is this a secret swap?

No! This is a one-to-one swap, which means that when you find out the partner for whom you are sewing, you will know that they are also sewing for you. You can keep the mini secret though! We encourage partner communication throughout the process if you like – make a mini, make a friend.

 

7.     What are the project requirements?

You will make a mini quilt (no larger than 24”x24”), and we recommend it be themed for your partner’s sewing space! Your project should use modern design aesthetics and fabrics. You have about 3 months to sew, so start thinking now! You will have information from your partner and your project should be made for THEM. This is a fun chance to push yourself and try something new. Please use high quality quilting fabrics in your project.

 

8.     How do I change my shipping address or other information if something changes?

Please email your assigned Swap Fairy if you need to make any changes to what you submitted in your sign-up form.

 

9.     How do I indicate that my project has been shipped? My partner’s package received? What happens if I do not get a package?

Please email your Swap Fairy when you ship your package (including a photo of your shipping receipt!) and again when you get your package. Please also post the mini quilt you receive to social media (tagging your partner), to say thank you! If you do NOT get a package, please let your Swap Fairy know asap and we will make sure you get a mini from someone else!

 

10.  What is a Swap Fairy?

These amazing volunteers are support for you during the swap. They are basically team leaders who are there to keep things on track! They will be there to answer questions, and they’ll touch base with you throughout the challenge to see how things are going. When you post updates and your finished project on IG, please tag them so they can keep track and ensure that everyone gets a swap item!

 

11.  Do I need to share my work online and check in with the MQG?

We highly recommend that you share your work-in-progress via social media – but because it’s an open swap, think about only giving sneak peeks for your partner to see! You are required to check in with your Swap Fairy at the midway check-in, when you ship your package, and when you receive your package. You will get emails form us at each of these points reminding you. When you get your package, it is nice to tag your partner in a public thank-you on social media or via email.

 

12.  What are “extras” and do I need to include them?

We are asking that participants do NOT include extras (little items in your package besides your mini quilt) in this swap. We want to make sure that the focus is on making your mini awesome. When you ship your package, make sure you also include a note to your partner and your social media handle/name so that they can find and thank you when that package arrives!

 

13.  What do I need to do for shipping my swap project?

Please remember to include your social media name/handle so that your partner can find you and thank you when they get their gift! Also, please, please double check your partner’s shipping information before you send your package. Return addresses are generally not required for domestic shipping, but we recommend that you include it on your package anyway so that it can be returned if there is any problem. We also definitely recommend getting a tracking number or some other form of delivery confirmation and keeping your shipping receipt!

Deadline for shipping within the US: February 16, 2018

Deadline for shipping outside the US: February 9, 2018

 

14.  What if I want to swap with my partner at QuiltCon?

If your matching email notes that you have been paired with someone else who will be at QuiltCon, Saturday, February 24, you will get more information in the next few months about how and where you’ll meet to do that exchange in person!

 

15.  What if I have other questions?

If you have questions about making your project, “stalking” your partner for ideas, shipping, etc, please contact your Swap Fairy, whose name and contact info are at the bottom of your matching email. 

If you have issues with the signup, do not get an email with your partner’s information, or need to drop out of the swap for an emergency, please email us at swaps@themodernquiltguild.com