Monday, June 16, 2008

Lucky Me!

My beloved husband Greyhair was right---I am living right. While we were gone, I got my Spring Fling Round Robin and I so love this quilt!! When I received the center from Kate in Surrey, UK back in March, I was at a loss as to what to do with it, so I played around with EQ6 and came up with a border. I was a little disappointed with it because I envisioned the brown stripes being smaller and why I failed to notice on the papers I printed for piecing, I can't tell you. I sent it to Nicole who added the fabulous shiny border and then Jeanette in Finland quilted it and sent it back to me. I absolutely love that this swap was international and that I got a quilt that had crossed the Atlantic twice. It makes the world feel small, connected, and good which is a rare thing in this day and age.

Good/bad news on the Miniature Booty Swap hosted by Toni. Bad news: I sent my quilt out by the deadline and because I always use Priority mail in the US (automatically includes tracking) I knew the recipient received her quilt. A week goes by and no response--was this person born in a barn? Finally, I get a perfunctory "thank you." Good news: several days ago, I got a post from Margaret, the organizer of our fabulous Spring Fling Round Robin, who was supposed to get a quilt from my recipient, but it never arrived (and wasn't going to). Toni, the hostess asked my recipient to send the quilt I made for her to Margaret and she did. I'm going to send Margaret a new label for her quilt, and I'm pretty happy because I know my quilt is in a good home and I'm glad my recipient did the right thing in passing the quilt on so Margaret wouldn't get "skunked."

Lesson for today: If you sign up to participate in a swap, do your darnedest to honor that commitment, but if you can't be gracious enough to contact your hostess quickly so she can work things out for everyone else. Capisce?


Quilt Pixie said...

your quilt is great! I often choose not to particpate in collaborative work as I've been burnt more the once -- either work poorly done, colour themes not honoured, work just never sent... Its wonderufl when I it works! I've learned to participate when I have some relationship pre existing with the others

floribunda said...

I'm glad everything worked out -- I thought your Booty Swap quilt was wonderful and I'm sure Margaret will love it! (some people just have no class...)

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Well put, Jan!
That is the polite way to say what your original partner was told by me (can't say it was said nearly that nice though!...she got what she deserved)

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Oh, and the caliber of work on this round robin has floored me. I will definitely host another, and it will be a prerequisite to have "good references" !

VerrySherry said...

Well put Jan. Seems we can all relate-so who exactly is drops the ball? I would feel horrible!! So great that you all found a solution! I agree with Margaret, maybe we need to submit references. Though I suppose those that don't follow through, surely they don't sign up again? Lovely Spring Round Robin--looks like a vision of a window. Gorgeous!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Humph! Well I'm glad it all turned out well in the end and that's all that matters I suppose.

I actually was the person that got shafted during a Holiday Swap one year. The hostess and friends all chippped in to work it out for me so I wasn't so bummed and my totally cheap bummer gift. :<

After that I never did another group swap again.

One-to-One Gal Love, *karendianne.

Teresa said...

I am so glad your quilt found a good home. My first swap was kind of like that...the lady that got my top was the last in a line of 10 swappers from all over the country and she just kept it. I tried emailing her, sending letters over a period of 6 months and finally through anywho website I found out who her neighbors were, lol. I wrote her that I was going to contact her neighbors if she did not send me my quilt, and even sent her money for postage for mine and told her once again to send it to me. She cashed my check and sent me the top - Geesh, what a bummer she was. She may have been going through hard times and just could not afford to mail it to me, but if she had just said so, I would have sent the money a lot sooner.