Later today two big buckets of parcels and I will make our way to the post office. My portion of the process that began in November will be done. Hooo. Ray.
I thought that this time would be a lot smoother. It kinda was and it kinda wasn’t. It was in that I knew more heading in as far as what the bumps in the road might be, and it wasn’t in that I tried to prevent a few bumps and was only moderately successful. In the interest of providing helpful information for posterity, here are a few notes about it.
This is a tricky swap to run. (At least, in my hyper-anxious people-pleasing mind it is.) There are 56 people each spending money on two yards of fabric plus shipping to themselves then shipping to me then shipping back to them. The total cost varies based on shipping distances, but it isn’t cheap. My aim is to make sure everyone gets out what they put in. They’re each sending 112 squares and should get 112 back.
|Piles of 5″ strips waiting to be cut into squares.
Spoonflower offered the participants each a 20% discount on their total purchase. That was super fun.
So it wasn’t until after Christmas that I finally had alllll of the fabric in my hands. Had I known that the original timeline would get pushed aaaanywhere within two weeks of Christmas, I’d not have run the swap. But… maybe I wasn’t thinking rationally. It was the fabric fever.
Once all of the fabric was in-house, I called in Kyra, who had participated in the swap, to come and help sort. It sounds like a simple enough task, right? You’d think. But with all of the different packages, quite a few sets coming in multiple pieces, a variety of ways folks had prepared their fabric and a bunch of sets that had exceptions (switched fabric for squares that had been mis-cut, for example) it took the two of us sorting for about 4 hours to get it all done. And to check the lists to make sure everything was accounted for.
The folks that participated have been patient, which has made me happy even as the timeline streeetched. And I got happy notes and treats along with the fabric, which made it feel all the more festive. Now I’m hoping they’ll add their project photos to the Flickr group!
Will I do another swap? I may. But I also have another idea that you might like if you missed this round. An idea that was born as a result of some of the more difficult parts of swap organization. In the coming week or two, you’ll see more on that!