When I first started doing swaps through the interwebs, I heard about people who flaked and disappointed partners who didn't receive anything in exchange for the hard work they put into their item. Now, I must tell you that I am not normally even close to an optomist, but I truly felt that these indiscretions where the result of something tragic happening in life of the offender. I certainly think occasionally that is the case, but sadly, and more frequently, it is the result of people who just don't care.
I've read enough post by people who really rant about this subject, but I don't want to go there today. I just want to report that is mini.........
|Spring Fling mini using Butterfly paper piecing pattern by Tartan Kiwi|
the one I made for my partner in the Spring Fling swap has been
My partner didn't even bother keeping her Instagram account open long enough to make it to the first check in, and our swap leader stepped up! After several attempts to contact the offender, I've been reassigned a new partner.
This isn't the first time that this type of intervention has happened. Swap leaders are more aware of offenders than ever before. Not that long ago, the only recourse was to have an angel step in and make a quilt for those who didn't receive a swap item. Now there is a network of swap leaders that communicate with each other, and even a BLACKLIST! Plus, with more requirements for mid-swap check-ins, and mandatory progress pictures, it is harder to be an offender and get away with it. During the Rainbow Mini Swap that just finished, several participants were told to hold onto their minis until their partners showed some kind of proof that they made something. I really appreciate these new safeguards. It is not that the loss of a mini that I pour my heart and soul into, is that big of a deal. It is more that I know that the loss will be felt more by whoever the offender's partner is, and that makes me sad.
If you have never participated in a swap online and are now swearing it off, please don't! That "optimist" in me truly believes that things are going in the right direction. All the check-ins and progress pics are not tedious, they are fun. And while being told to hold onto my mini did remind me of the potential for things to go wrong, of the hundreds of people who participated in this swap, only a handful have been questioned as "offenders".
I am happy to be working on a new mini for my new partner. She deserves something made especially for her. I can't wait to share it. It is definitely a little different from things I've made in the past!
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