Zebra Patterns has been getting many inquiries from both quilt shops and from quilters across North America about Post Card Party. What is Post Card Party? When does it start? Is my state participating? Post Card Party is a winter Pilot Program Event being brought to quilters by The Row by Row Experience Team. It is not like Row by Row in anyway. It is a National Postcard Swap. See the marketing piece below for details.
The main intention of Post Card Party is to provide a fun National Event in the wintertime for quilters coast to coast. We had hoped to launch the website on September 21, 2014. That obviously did not happen due to unforeseen circumstances. We are working diligently on the final details and are hoping to have everything up and running by next week. The National swap does not take place until February of 2015, so there is plenty of time!
If you are a shop owner you will be getting information from your state coordinators very soon. State coordinators do not have their information packs yet either. Shops will be directed how to register and how to order postcards kits. If you are a quilter wanting to participate you can inquire at your local shops if they will be holding postcard parties. What is a postcard party? It is really just a fun name for a mini-class. The project is the postcard. You can “opt to swap” or keep your postcard. If you opt to swap you will be guaranteed to get one postcard from another quilter in the nation for every postcard you swap. If you make 5 postcards and opt to swap them all – you will get 5 postcards back from all over the nation!
The most important thing to remember about Post Card Party is that this is our first year and is why we are stressing it is a PILOT PROGRAM. We are asking for your patience as we develop the program. Our intention is to provide a format where quilters can learn techniques in short workshops/classes and use new tools and ideas and then have a little fun if they opt to swap! Swapping will happen in February and you will get to attend a “mail call” party at your shop and pick up your swaps from all over the nation in March! You will be able to start a collection of post cards from all over! The front of the postcards will be all different – the back will be from the state where the quilter created it!
In summary, each state Row by Row Shop coordinator will receive their sign up packets from their state very soon. The coordinators will pass along the information to shops. Those shops who wish to participate will be able to sign up and order kits immediately. If you are a quilter you can watch for post card parties being offered in fall and winter.
We have had inquiries from individual quilters if they can make their own post cards with their own designs and opt to swap. The answer is yes and no. YES you can do that if you purchase the official postcard kits from a shop that is registered and they are willing to sell postcard kits for you to do so. Endusers must go through a registered shop. All swaps must be made with an official kit. The reason for that is twofold. The kits guarantee size/weight and are made with collectable postcard backs from all 50 states and Ontario. The answer is no if individual quilters want to do their own thing on front and back. This is a Row by Row Pilot Event only offered through brick and mortar quilting shops. We must support our local quilt shops through our patronage and classes to keep them in business and to support our “habit!” – lol!
Hope that explains what is coming!