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How to JOIN quilting block swaps Australia

Hello and thank you for visiting. This is a community group for all Australian quilters to join or just follow. Membership is FREE and you are partnered each month and we make each other a 12 inch quilt block based on our preferences which we swap. (12.5 inches raw edge to raw edge) The emphasis of the group is on friendship and sharing. To find out more or register to join email me on This purpose of this blog is to chat and showcase blocks and quilts made by members, kind of like a show and tell . Yours in stitching, Sue

Friday, December 31, 2010


Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I have just completed sending out 47 block swap partners, as we welcome Jane from Albany Creek in Queensland as our 47th member.  As far as I know everyone is participating this month, I certainly have not heard otherwise.

I have decided to cap the member numbers at 50 for the time being, so if you are reading this and thinking of joining you better get in touch with me soon.  Then I will have a short list of people on standby for when members want to take a break or leave and fill the gaps from there. 

On another note, I am starting to keep track of everyones blogs on the data base spreadsheet over the coming months,  I do follow most of yours on the blog and will add them as I have time.  If you have a blog and its not on the emails please let me know and I will add it for you.

Have a happy and safe New year and I hope your resolutions are met.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Block from Julie

I received this beautiful block from Julie in yesterday's mail.  I love the rich jewel toned green she used and the white on white fabric, too.  Julie also included a nice Christmas card along with the block.  Thank you so much, Julie!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

From Tarnyia to Shauna

Well it has been a very long time since I have posted anything on this website.  I thought that I would post my October Swap - Tarnyia made me this most beautiful block that I love...  It is called the Star of Ohio.
Is beautiful and I can't wait to put it in my quilt.

Thanks again Tarnyia.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bobbie's Block for Sue

this is a sneak peek of the Blue and White block i made for SueB .. I will get it in the mail when the Post Office opens on Wednesday ... sorry you won't get it in the right month Sue but it should get to you in the New Year ....

I do hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends ... i know i did ....

huge hugs ....

Bobbie xx

Friday, December 24, 2010


Wishing every one of my dear quilting friends a very Happy and safe Christmas with your loved ones.

I have been so busy with work these past few weeks that I have not had the time to keep up with the blogs so apologies for that.  I have holidays now until Jan 4th so plan to get some blogging and sewing done as well of lots of relaxing and me time :).

I will be sending out the January partners some time next week so stay tuned for that.  And in January we welcome a few new members:
Jolanda from Portugal
Karyn from Victoria Australia and
Terri from Brisbane, Australia
A big quilted hugs to you all, and welcome to our friendly quilting community.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Better Late than Never

I made this block for Marie. She had requested a particular Carol Doak paper pieced block. I twisted, fiddled and turned and found this star had formed in the centre. I don't think that was the orginal intention of this pattern but that's how I sewed it for Marie. I'm sorry I'm so late in posting this November block but I had a death in the family. Marie, I hope you like what I did.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pat's block to Cheryll

hi all
pat writes "this is the  dec. autum quilt block for cheryll and it should be arriving soon  to her"

All the way from Portugal !

Teresa sent me this wonderful bear track block in autumn colours which is just PeRfEcT ! 
A big ThAnK YoU Teresa...I love it!

And I posted off this block to Teresa earlier this month.

Merry Christmas Everyone !

Friday, December 17, 2010

December Block Arrived

I was pleased to receive this lovely block from Sylvia today. Thanks heaps Sylvia!

This is the seventh block so far.
They are starting to look interesting now when I arrange them on the floor.
Will need to keep swapping a little longer before I can put them all together
to make a quilt.

Fiona's block(s) from Rosemary

I have just started swapping blocks and Rosemary has done my first block for my Eye Spy quilt.....
it is a Wonky Square.....

I love how there are several of the Australian animals in it.

~ Thanks so much Rosemary - I love it ~

I had originally asked for disappearing Nine-Patch and Rosemary did make one for me, I agree with her that Eye Spy does not really lend itself best to the disappearing Nine-patch... but she sent the block she has made and I do like it.... and will use it on something else.... a mug rug maybe?

I haven't seen these fabrics and they are so lovely.... makes me want to go out shopping!!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Linda's Block from Julie

This is my December block for Linda of California. I was beginning to worry I wouldn't get it done in time.

It will be winging its way over the Pacific tomorrow.


December Block

Look at this lovely block I received from Cathy for the December swap.

I absolutely love it Cathy. The fabrics you've used are beautiful.
Thanks so much xo

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

sneak peek of Gina's block

this is a sneak peek of a block for Gina in Brazil for December - i hope it makes it there safe and sound
pugs and kisses

More Sneak Peeks.

I was very pleased to pop December's swap blocks
in the mail for Nolene who requested Blue and Yellow.         

and also for Sylvia who would like a log cabin in Black and Whites
with a Red centre.

Wishing all our Swappers a Merry Christmas and all the best Wishes for 2011.

On its way from Calgary...

Here is a sneak peek of the Dec block that I made for Beth, QLD Australia. Beth asked for a shabby chic block with soft pinks, greens, whites. I popped it into the post last week so hopefully it will arrive in time for Christmas!

Shabby chic 
Happy Holidays,


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tarnyia's Block...
This is the block that Mary Chow in Canada made for me.
Love the red star Mary thank you...
Luv T xxx

Around the world in 80 days - well, 75 days actually ;-)

My October swap partner was Linda (USA).  Unfortunately, Linda's first block never arrived, so Linda was very gracious and made me a new block - which I blogged about HERE.

Guess what turned up in the letterbox today? 
yup, you guessed it .... Linda's first block

Beautiful material - love top right hand corner fabric ;-)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nov Swap Alex to Robyn

Robyn sent me my first yellow Baby Bunting block!  Visit the block swap progress tab of my blog to see the other blocks I have received!
Apologies for the dodgy photo!  The block itself is wonderful!

Robyn is a beginner quilter but I'm sure you'll all agree she did an amazing job on this block!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kathys lime twist

It sounds like a refreshing summer drink. 
 I had fun chosing the colours and fabrics for this block for Kathy. 
 Sticking with my butterfly theme for my other partner this month,
 I hope Kathy likes what I have selected.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hi everyone ..........

~ This is my first block swap and I am so excited ~
~ I am a relatively new quilter and have not tried many of the blocks ~
~ This month I was partnered with Rosemary and she wanted a log cabin in earthy greens ~
~ Yay - my first log-cabin ~
~ I hope you like it Rosemary ~
~sneaky peak only - Rosemary doesn't have a blog but I know she pops in for a read ~

~ It will be in the post this week ~
Block For Mary Chow...
I have just finished this block for Mary she is my December partner... she requested teals and neutrals... the pattern is called Aunt Dinah from quilters cache

The block will be in the mail this week Mary...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2 received in one day!

Today's mail brought not one, but two blocks for me. This is the first one from a new member Marie...VERY striking.

and my second one from Linda. Again striking.

Both these blocks go so well together. I am so glad that I chose yellow and blue.

Thanks heaps!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rosemarys Blocks

Rosemary has asked me to pop these pics on the blog for her.

The first one is the card trick block that she has made for Leena

Next is the block Leena has made for her a striking Hexagon version of the Log Cabin

Rosemary was also lucky to receive this bonus Christmas block from Leena

Apology from Linden

Dear Friends,

I am aware that I still owe some folk a block from October. Please accept my profuse apologies if you are still waiting for a block from me. Life has been quite tricky of late with going back to work, and my son getting every bug that has floated through the childcare centre, so I have done no quilting at all for three months. I am going to get them done and sent this weekend once and for all!

I also received a couple of blocks at the same time in September/October but unfortunately the letters that came with them have been misplaced. If you have sent me a block that I haven’t acknowledged, would you mind please emailing me a photo so I can match the block to the quilter?

Thank you so much; have a wonderful Christmas!

Linden in Canberra J

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gina's star from England to Australia

Here is a pic of the stunning shabby chic star that Gina sent me from London.  Gina included a very pretty note card and a cute little crochet flower. 

I love the colours and the fresh pattened fabric Gina used, thank you so much, its perfect :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Butterfly House

Bobbie requested a house block in blues, purples and greens and I had these colours in butterfly prints so decided to use them in this pattern.  I hope Bobbie likes her block.  It will be popped in the post to her on Monday,.

Alex November to Robyn Victoria to NSW

HI, During the week I received my November block from Alex..It is very nice.Thank you Alex.What does everyone start to do with their blocks as they start to receive a few.Maybe we could have some suggestions..might be fun to see some pics...

This is the Sarahs Choice Block....
Regards' Robyn     

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Block for Cheryll

December block - a sneak peek

Here's a sneak peek of the block I made for the December swap, for Cathy.

I'm not sure if the post office is open today, so I'll probably get it out to you early next week :-)

I was going to caption the photo, but that may spoil the surprise.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Block for Mary S

This is the block I made for Mary S for November
Hugs Beth

I've GoNe DoTtY

Our new member Teresa who is all the way in Portugal, will be receiving this block from me for our December swap. I used "Essential Dots" by Moda in the colours of her choice. I hope she likes it as I had the honour of being her first swap partner.
Merry Christmas Teresa... the block is on it's way to you!

You didn't think I was actually going to show the WhOLe block..
did you?
No ... Teresa gets to see it first!

Welcome another Canadian

A big sunny Aussie welcome to Sylvia from Calgary in Canada.  I imagine its quite chilly in Canada at this time of the year.
  Sylvia is a new quilter, only been doing this for 12 months - but looking at her blog she is certainly doing great guns.

Beth is kindly doing Sylvias first swap with the group this month.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From Marie to Julie, November block

This block is on it's way to NSW....Julie hope you like it..

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

november safe arrivals

this block has arrived safely in NSW to Noelene. she requested the very striking combo of red, black and white in a log cabin

and this one has arrived safely also to NSW to Sylvia. she requested any block in blue and yellow

thanks for another great swap!!! looking forward to this month
pugs and kisses

Sneak Peak For Julie

I have finished my block for Julie.  Here is a sneak peak.  Julie requested yellow and/or blue.  The yellow is much brighter than the picture shows.  I hope Julie will like her block.