Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rainbow Charm Swap: Finished!

It has been AGES since I posted, so I have lots of stuff to tell you guys.  Let's start with a Rainbow Charm Swap update.  In the past few days the poor Irish postal system has been chock-a-block with little charm packs flying to all corners of the world.

Ages and ages ago, I had 56 chatty, excited women sign up for a charm swap.  They each contributed 2 yards of fabric in their assigned color, cut into 112 little 5x5 inch squares.  In return, they were to get 112 charms in a glorious rainbow.  Pretty simple and straight forward, right?  It seemed so until the charms started to arrive at the house!  That means over 6,270 charms!  Yikes!  Each day I'd return from work to find a mini-mountain of fabric happiness.



The pressure was on!  I had to cut charms for the 20-25 people who bought fabric from the shop!   So I cut.  And I cut.  And then I cut some more. I went through several rotary blades, but I did get there in the end!


Of course, as quickly as I could cut, you guys were sending them in the post!



Until I had a mini rainbow growing on one of the shop shelf!


When the final charm pack arrived, it was time to get sorting.  I started with the purples and thought I'd work my way up to pink.  56 charm packs take up a whole lot of space, so I had to extend the kitchen table and spread out.  We ate dinner in the living room several nights!  There was no way I was cleaning this up for a silly meal!  





Until finally I was done!  Done!  I took out my little bin of fabric ribbons and started to tie up packs.  This was my first time using those little fabric cut-offs in any way and I really did like how they added to the feel of the fabric parcel.  I'll absolutely do that again in the future!




It took three MASSIVE shopping bags to get all of the parcels into the car and four trips to the local post office (so as not to flood the place with fabric!).  Anyway, they're now on their way to their new homes.


I hope you guys are pleased when they arrive.  I have loved doing this as there were so many new-to-me swappers.  It was great getting to know you all a bit better and fantastic fun picking out fabric with you all.  Thank you for playing along!

This is another finish for Leanne's 2013 FAL, making it 5 of 8 finishes!  Woo hoo!  

25 comments:

Canadian Abroad said...

Woohoo! It all looks so very, very pretty. Can't wait to see my own little stack.

Judith, Belfast said...

Oh my! What a mammoth task! And you are always so cheerful and never grumbling! Thank you Cindy for all your hard work in bringing us these lovely little parcels of rainbow goodness! Jxo

Two Wednesdays said...

I wish I'd taken part! Well done on all that cutting/sorting/posting. I felt tired just reading it.:-)

Francis Paul said...

Cool! I can't wait to get mine :-)

Karen said...

Wow - they look amazing, I wish I had taken part too! :o)

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Such great colors! Your site looks new....I like it!

Di said...

Brilliant! I can't wait to greet the postie for that parcel! A big thank you for arranging the swap and doing so much cutting,sorting and posting for us all. Di x

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Wowsers! They look awesome!

pennydog said...

Can't wait! Hope my FQ sneaked in in time to save you more hassle :) No rush on that if it didn't, I think you need a break from cutting!

Nicky said...

Ooh excited!

Betty said...

Great job!
But why didn't I take part ...

Sarah said...

I've never participated in a swap like this, but it looks like great fun. Organising and facilitating one would be fun too. But I would've never thought of the space it would take over!

Diane-crewe said...

stalking the postman xx

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, looks fab already!

Keela said...

Again thank you so much Cindy for organising this, it was my first time to take part in a swap and you made it super easy,
now to decide what to make!

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Got mine today. We're you not tempted to keep all those lovely rainbow bundles for yourself?

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Got mine today. We're you not tempted to keep all those lovely rainbow bundles for yourself?

Rosy Sews said...

Thank you again for organising the swap. It is really strange scrolling through the photographs having gone through the bundle and having seen all the fabrics in real life. Your hard work is really appreciated :)

CeLynn said...

Sending a virtual pat on the back to you Cindy! You are amazing! Those rainbows are beautiful,can hardly wait to find one in my box :)

memmens said...

Hurrah - patiently waiting for the postman!

Erin Quinn said...

Cindy, you did such an amazing job on this, I can't thank you enough (particularly for cutting my fabric too!) And how beautiful they are. Can't wait to receive my little bundle of sunshine :-)
E xx

Archie the wonder dog said...

They look wonderful!!

Diane-crewe said...

my fabrics arived today... and its my birthday.. did you arrange this? .. lol x Thank you so much for all your efforts .. will look out for round 2 xx

FrizzyMom said...

I'm hosting an I spy swap right now, if you'd like to join! http://heartathomemama.blogspot.com/2013/06/i-spy-charm-swap-1.html

Lynne said...

I hope everyone appreciates how much work you put in to make it happen! I'm not participating but thank you anyway!

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