How to run a quilt swapWritten by Michelle Steel
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Variations on a block swap. Have same block every month but change colour scheme. Change fabric every month to relate to a social calendar ie, Christmas fabric for December, hearts for February. Give each person choice of block that they would like, and give them their blocks on their birthday. Choose a theme for blocks such as hearts, stars etc. Are you swapping fabrics? Decide on what size fabric should be. Fat quarters are nice, but you may want to take into account peoples finances. Choose a colour scheme for swap. Often it’s hard to find a particular colour, so if everyone in swap provides 8 FQ’s of one yellow fabric, and there are 8 people in swap, everyone should end up with 8 different yellow fabrics. An excellent way to increase those bare spots in stash. Rules for this sort of swap need to specify quality of fabric, to pre-wash or not, and believe it or not, some people are allergic to cat hair and cigarette smoke and we all know that these permeate fabrics. Are you swapping Charm Squares? This is a great way to get lots of fabrics for those quilts that just need scraps. Decide how many different fabrics should be in each pack. Then you provide one pack for each participant. If there are twenty 10" squares per pack, and 10 people in swap, each person will end up with 200 different fabrics. Excellent. Rules for this swap are similar to fabric swaps. You’ll need to be exact with cutting measurements, just in case people want to sew squares together as is. A good way to use up fabrics in your stash that you may not wish to keep anymore. Other things that you can swap include buttons, signature squares, or hand made items such as pincushions, Christmas ornaments and place mats. The variations on a swap are endless. Just be prepared to join in, accept what you receive in spirit it is sent and you’ll have loads of fun, and make new friends too.
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Getting Started In Radio Control CarsWritten by Philip Lim
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ARR and RTR models come already assembled. The difference is usually that ARR model doesn't have a radio system installed, while an RTR model does. So don't be fooled by difference in price. When you buy an ARR car, you're going to have to add cost of radio system to your final cost.
The expense of operating your radio control car can be as little as an occasional replacement battery pack. But as with any hobby, more you play more you pay. If you become a dedicated radio control vehicle fan, be prepared for repairs, upgrades, special tools, magazine subscriptions, books, racing entry fees, association dues, travel expenses to big meets and races - list can be endless. The best advice is to start small, and let your radio control hobby grow little by little to whatever level you find most satisfying.
So all in all, what's best advice for getting started in radio control? Start small, get to know experienced radio control drivers, and learn as you go. Make a list before you buy anything, and make sure have all accessories and parts you're going to need to use your vehicle. Most of all, have fun - RC is a wonderful way to meet people, to challenge yourself, and to fulfill your driving fantasies.
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