A term: Modern, Traditional, or Modernitional
and either Subtle or Saturated?
That's it! No space for likes, dislikes, favorite designer, favorite color combo, nothing!
In swaps, there is usually a survey that enables a swapper to provide as little or as much information to let their partner know what they want. It is not uncommon for a swapper to be too detailed, leaving their partner completely overwhelmed, or too vague, leaving their partner with not enough to go on. For this BOOTCAMP, I went with the latter.
Now it's time to stalk your partner and you don't know what to look for. I'm going to give you some help by giving you my answers to the questions (don't worry, I'm not in the swap) and taking you through my IG feed to help you get a better understanding of what to look for.
Starting at my IG feed, you'll see this:
Right away the first thing you want to do is get to know your partner. Read their profile and see what it says. Some just have a name, some tell you more of their hobbies, and some even provide you with a link. It might be a link to their blog, to their shop, or maybe even to Pinterest. All of which are great places to get to know your partner. Mine is confusing. It tells you to check out all my favorites on Flickr, but only gives a link to my blog. The first thing I would do is click on the blog link, if I couldn't find my way to the Flickr profile from there, then I would go to Flickr and search for "findingsweetland" to see what I could find. Remember you do not have to be a Flickr member to stalk your partner on Flickr. But getting back to the Instagram feed, in the picture above, the first thing my eye catches it that picture of Liberty fabrics... If I were to click on that picture, you would see this:
This doesn't really state whether I like Liberty or not. It does say that I don't have any, and considering my survey says "Saturated" and "Modernitional", I'd think these modern colored florals are a pretty safe bet to use in my swap item.
Continuing down to the photo below, I can see a lot of swap pics. Looking at the top left, there is a picture of a mini quilt I received in a swap. Its made with low volume and Tula Pink's FoxField fabrics. Chances are the partner I had in this swap had more knowledge of the things from her survey answers, so I think it's safe to say you could use either types in my swap item. There are a lot of other photos we could talk about in this picture, like the Marmalade charms or the stack of pretty fabrics at the bottom, both of which would be a positive indication that I like that color combo or that I like Bonnie and Camille fabrics, but we'll continue through the feed.
The picture below shows a lot of fabric that I bought from #thegreatfabricdestash when it was first up and running. When clicking on pictures of fabric in your partners feed, make sure you are reading what is being said about it. If it's fabric they are trying to sell I would shy away from sending them the same fabric. If it's fabric they bought, again, I wouldn't send it unless you knew they needed or wanted more. But seeing the photos gives you an idea of the colors and styles they like. If you are having trouble identifying fabric in their feed and it's not stated in their description, read the comments. There might be a hint in there for you.
In this last picture, I tagged the designer of the fabrics. So even if I hadn't stated what they were, you could probably do some digging by clicking on that tag.
In conclusion I think there was quite a bit in this feed to help me decide on 4 fat quarters to send. Another tip is to use the #ibbsbootcamp hashtag on Instagram. Pick 4 fat quarters you think your partner will like, post a pic to Instagram using the hashtag, and see if your partner responds. Hopefully, if everyone follows good swap etiquette like I hope they will, there will be lots of comments on your picture. This should help you feel confident in sending the fabrics you picked to your partner.