How to run a quilt swapWritten by Michelle Steel
Lots of quilters enjoy participating in a swap. The main aim of a swap is to get more of particular object that you are swapping. Considering we are talking to quilters here, things that they like to swap include, charm squares, completed blocks or pieces of fabric. To organise a swap youíll need participants firstly. These are easily recruited through your own quilt groups. You must have a theme to swap that entices more people to join. Keep rules simple so that people understand what they are doing. Rules for swaps include size, shape, design or colour of fabric/block to be swapped. For instance, you could organise a swap of blue and white, 6.5" nine patches. You find out how many people are interested in participating, and thatís how many blocks each person makes. One for themselves, and one for everyone else. Set a deadline for swap to be finished and thatís about it. Other things to consider are these. Is this a centralised swap or not? A centralised swap is where swap hostess collects all of items on due date, swaps them all about, and redistributes them to participants so each person has one of everything. The hostess needs to be organised and not mind spending a lot of time sorting it out. A non-centralised swap is where each individual sends/gives each other person involved in swap their own item. If you are posting, this can become costly. If there is a person who drops out and doesnít contribute, then you donít always get same amount back that you sent. Are you swapping blocks? Give a good description of block that everyone is making. Include instructions. Make sure that it is within every ones sewing ability. Be very clear on colours to use, if this is important. Be clear on what finished measurements of block should be. Be prepared to accept blocks that might not be sewn well, remember that there are all levels of ability out there, and we should encourage more quilters to join these activities.
Getting Started In Radio Control CarsWritten by Philip Lim
Take note that you need to decide whether you want a radio control nitro or gas car or perhaps one that has an electric engine. You could purchase either one which is ready to run (rtr) or a kit. Now, knowing how much you would want to spend start going shopping for a vehicle that fits your specifications. Like me passion is what drew me to this exciting hobby and there's a lot you are going to learn before you can "get behind wheel".
It is always good start at a nearby hobby store - look for one that specializes in radio control vehicles. Speak to people you'll find working in store and chances are that these people are true blue rc hobbyists as well. There is much you can learn from, so pick their brains well. You'll find these machines to be sleek and powerful, tearing up terrain in a jiffy and it's certainly a lot of fun watching them go.
The types of radio control vehicles that you need to get aquainted with are nitro and electric cars, monster trucks, stadium trucks, minis and micros. If you want to get your feet wet and don't wish to spend a whole lot of money, go and get a used vehicle - this is cheapest way of building your skills. To find used radio control vehicles for sale, ask your friends, check local newspapers, read RC magazines or browse through listings at auction sites like eBay.
If you decide that you want a new vehicle, you can choose a kit, an ARR ("almost ready to run") model, or an RTR ("ready to run") model. What's difference? A kit will take you time and a certain amount of expertise to assemble. The advantage of a kit, of course is that once you're finished, you'll know exactly how your vehicle is built and therefore how to repair any damage.