Teal Mini Swap


What is the Teal Mini Swap?

My annual Teal Mini Swap is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The basic premise is formulated around the What We Know of All Quilters and Sewists Trifecta:

  • They love to sew
  • They like fun gifts in the mail
  • They are mostly women and/or have women in their lives and would like to prevent women from dying from ovarian cancer if at all possible.
Participants are asked to pay a nominal fee when registering; registration starts the third week of July each year and if THIS LINK is live, it means registration is open and it will lead you right to it. They are then sent the name of their swap partner along with a small piece of that year's focus fabric from our fabric sponsor, to be used somewhere in the mini quilt they are to make for their partner. All minis are to be sent to partners by by 9/30 of the swap year.

Participants can choose to make either a mug rug (up to 10" square) or a mini quilt (up to 18" square). Partners will be matched according to their preference, ie, if you request a mug rug, you'll be matched with someone who also is requesting a mug rug. Same for minis. Just be sure to check the appropriate box on the registration!

What is the focus fabric? What if I hate the focus fabric?
The focus fabric is donated by a fabric sponsor each year, and varies in style but always involves teal. I'm sure you will love it. If you do not love it, try to think of it as a challenge, and I think you'll be amazed how creative you can be! It's a wonderful way to have consistency throughout all of the swap projects we see from all over North America; seeing how people use it in their gifts to their partners is one of the best parts of the online swap reveals! It also serves as a great little scrapbook of sorts for returning swappers, as they can use the fabric to help recall what year their mini was from and who their partner may have been. In short, it adds a little something to the swap that is very enjoyable.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance is amazing. They've funded over 200 new clinical research grants since 1998. Directly from their website,

OCRFA researchers are conducting all types of research, including:

  • Developing innovative strategies for early detection
  • Discovering genetic polymorphisms that increase risk for ovarian cancer
  • Understanding the underlying genetics and molecular biology of ovarian cancer
  • Identifying new, better targets for treatment
  • Determining how to super-charge a woman’s immune response to better fight ovarian cancer
  • Deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it

If you've dealt in any way in your life with OC, you know all of these areas are incredibly important in finding ways to kill this thing dead. I receive and read their quarterly newsletters and I am inspired by the accomplishments they are helping to create in this fight. That is why I choose to make them the recipients of the fundraiser.

Why not wait til October and pink it up?
Breast cancer sucks. I hate it as much as anyone else does, and even more than I ever did at this point as each year I seem to know more people my own age fighting the bastard. However, teal is important to me as my mother died of a rogue and awful form of ovarian cancer (as if there could ever be a good and sweet form) in August of 2002, so I've chosen to raise awareness and funds for this cause instead of jumping in the pink piles of fabric in October. I know many other designers and fabric companies will have ample opportunities for us then. This is my contribution to the health of quilters, I'll let them have theirs.

How much will the fundraiser cost me?
The cost for US residents is $15 per participant, and for Canadians it is $18. Unfortunately due to higher postage costs I don't have a choice but to make it a bit higher for Canadians, but we love having them!. I will attempt to match Canadians with Canadians and US with US so as to keep postage costs for mailing of your projects fairly even if you indicate this on the registration. (It's a yes/no question already set up for you)

How much do you plan to profit from this?
Nothing. Here's the breakdown:

  • $10 from every participant will go directly to OCRFA
  • Approximately $1 per participant will go toward postage (higher for Canada)
  • Approximately $4 per participant will cover miscellaneous expenses such as envelopes, paper, ink, paypal and credit card fees, and my time prepping fabric and matching you to the perfect swap partner. With 500 swappers, this takes me well over 100 hours a year.

As much as I wish I could absorb all of those extra costs, EPQD is not rich. I've learned the hard way that I can't give stuff away or expect to work at a loss with my events. So I have no choice but to pass those costs on and hope you all understand. 

Okay. I'm convinced you aren't trying to get rich off a cause. When can I sign up?
Sign ups will be open via Constant Contact event link, which will appear HERE, starting the third week of July and will stay open until August 9 or we reach 500 swappers, whichever is first.

Great. Then what?
The timeline will be as follows:
July 23 - August 9, signups
July 26 - August 9 - rolling prep and mailing of packets. 

August 12 - Donation made to OCRF
August 4 - 20, race to your mailbox to get your packets
August 25, First day to mail swaps

September 30, Last day to mail swaps
August 26 - October 7, watch your own mail for your own mug rug!
Whenever you receive your mini or mug rug, post a photo of it to the Facebook Open Group. 
That way we can all admire it!

This all sounds fantastic. But how am I supposed to remember to sign up?
 Put an alert on your phone. Or you could go all old school and write it on your calendar, your hand, or put a note on the fridge. Better yet, check out the Facebook Open Group now as all the details and announcements will be available there the second I think of them. 

If you see this image, you landed in the right place.

I hope that answers most of the questions. Any more can be directed to me at evapaigequilts@charter.net. Let's turn our studios teal in September!