I thought I had seen allll of the I Spy fabrics on Spoonflower. Ha. I Spy swap participants are uploading their picks to the Flickr pool and I keep seeing fabrics I haven’t seen before. I thought I was pretty thorough? And the new-to-me ones are gooooood.
So here’s where we are: We have 56 spots for participants, and we only need a few more for the swap. At the rate we’re going, I’ll be starting a waiting list at the end of the day.
I send out the “details” e-mail individually as soon as I get each addition, so if you’ve signed up and haven’t gotten that e-mail from me, check your spam folder just in case, and then if you can’t locate it send me an e-mail demanding I resend it! I also send out the invitation to the Flickr pool when you sign up– you have to be “invited” to be able to post your fabric selections. Anyone who hasn’t posted by July 25th will be dropped and I’ll pull someone from the waiting list.
Deadlines: (adjusted a bit because Kathleen so kindly pointed out that turnaround time is now about 21 days for Spoonflower. Wow! Worth the wait, though, I think.)
July 25– two choices added to Flickr pool, fabric ordered (e-mail me if you need to be sure your fabrics will work!)
August 31– cut squares in my mailbox with a self-addressed stamped envelope
September 15– sorted squares on their way back to participants
Important (!!!): When selecting your fabric, be sure that the scale of the print is appropriate for straight cutting, unless you’re willing to invest in the extra yardage required for fussy-cutting. That could get pricey! For example, I’ve used the rulers and some grid lines to illustrate what would be left of these squares after they’re sewn and stitch allowances are considered:
If you’re not sure, ASK! That’s the easiest part of the Spoonflower swap– it’s easy to talk about the fabric choice before you buy it. (I mean, I’d like for us all to meet at your local quilt shops to discuss, but it just isn’t practical.)
Also, while I’m placing my own Spoonflower order, I’m adding this:
It’s a yard of fabric printed with all of the hexadecimal codes that Spoonflower uses, so that if/when I design my own fabric I can use the chart to make sure I’ll get as close as possible to the color I want. I also think this fabric would make a great tote bag or stretched canvas for a nerdy friend. Like me. Or I could make pillowcases out of it so that I can pick colors for projects when I can’t sleep. Oh, wait. That would only create the sleeplessness. Bummer. (If Adrianna were going to print one of these charts, I bet she’d send a message to the designer asking them to please remove all of the purple for her version.)
I also spent an ENTIRE DOLLAR on the Spoonflower fabric samples pack. I just got it in the mail. It’s so great to feel the fabrics and dream about what I’ll print on them. Aaaahhhhh…
I don’t have e-mail addresses for Kat, Becky or Bethany– can you guys send me a message at crafterhours@live(dot)com?
If you’re on the sidelines thinking about it, jump in! And if you know anyone who might like to join, send ’em an e-mail! Fast!