The swap is officially closed. There are 51 swappers participating. I have made swap assignments and will have emails out as soon as I can. (hopefully this evening)
Below are just some pointers to keep in mind:
1, They follow the swap rules. Read and understand the guidelines of the swap, each swap is different. These rules are there for a reason and following them makes for a better swap experience for all. The rules are usually based on common sense and thoughtfulness.
2. Be courteous when sending your materials to your partner. The best rule of thumb is "Swap as you would want to be swapped with" That being said, I know this is a bit different. "The theme is UGLY...and well.....ugly is as ugly is!! I would say, try and send good quality quilting cotton. If the fabrics are paper thin when you hold them to the light, that would not be a good choice. Remember these fabrics no matter how ugly they are will be worked into a quilted project by your partner. Please send quality UGLY fabrics. That being said...I have seen some mighty pretty fabrics that others thought were ugly, remember everyone sees things differently and beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all.
2. Send your partner swap materials out on time. Make sure you meet deadlines and make sure you send your partner their package timely. If there is a "send by" date, make sure you try to stick to that and remember your partner is waiting excitedly for a package to appear in their mailbox. The more time that goes by, the more they'll worry that it's been lost in the mail. As well, always include your contact information. Your partner needs a way to reach you so she/he can thank you and to let you know your package made it there safely. If there is a delay, notify your swap partner of that fact so they know their package will soon be in the mail.
3. Be gracious when you receive your own swap materials. When you receive your swap materials, please contact your partner as soon as you can. It's good manners to thank them for their package, and they'll be wondering if their package made it to you. It's no fun to be left wondering.
Everyone has a life outside of swapping, and of course that life comes first. If something comes up that prevents you from seeing the swap through, contact your swap mama right away. There is always someone who will happily step in for you, and no one will think poorly of you for it.
The most important thing to remember is that there are real people involved in the swap. One is working for you, and one is waiting for you. Let's all consider the people on the other ends of the swap and help make it more enjoyable for everyone.