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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 30, 2011

Another finished quilt

I had the opportunity during my year end holidays to complete a few of my quilt tops, and among those is this quilt. Love everyone of those Spools and I thank all my lovely partners for their efforts and great job. I am actually so impressed with quality of Spool Blocks that I have received, that I  decided to go another round with the same pattern.

My charming contributors are ( names are from Top to Bottom) :
Left Row                     Middle Row                    Right Row
Heather Gatti               Bobbie Bartlett                Brenda Thompson        
Crafty Pug                   Helen Rhodes                 Sheila Munro
Sue Stubbings             Tanya Simmons               Shauna Bushfield
Maria Wilson              Bobbie Bartlett                Maria Nelson

P/S Bobbie contributed 2 Blocks, but if you don't see your block here, not to worry, I am saving them later days. Thanks again ladies.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A block for Isabelle in France

This is the block I sent off to Isabelle in France
I popped in a hexie mug rug and a scissor fob too.  Hope it didn't get too caught up in the Christmas mail.

Spool Block from Maria of Nova Scotia

An absolutely lovely block from my swap partner, Maria of Nova Scotia. Couldn't have asked anything better, great choice of colours and fabrics. Thank you Maria.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I have just completed sending out the January partnerships.

Our Membership numbers to start 2012 are: 61 with 7 sitting out this month.  Melody has the honour of being my double swap queen for this month.

If you are a relatively new member and are interested in doing a double swap on the odd occasion please email me to let me know.  I may call on you if

A) We have an odd number of members swapping in any given month and
B) We have new members join up during the month and wish to start straight away.

I try to share this around and keep tabs on who last did the double month so its not the same person all of the time (which includes me).  One month for instance we had 7 new members join up, so I was over run with finding partners for all of them.

Secondly I have an idea for a new kind of swap with a difference.


How it will work is I will partner you with a member in the standard swap with someone that will be your 12 inch partner, and as well as sending each other a block, you will also trade a used pattern that you no longer require.  I am thinking of trialling this for the March swap, and possibly running it on a seasonal basis. (depending on how well it is received.)
Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer  - I will also do it by kinds of patterns each time
ie, bags, softies, lap quilts - you get the idea.

I know that I have a drawer full of old patterns.  I have sold the odd few BOM's on ebay, as they do fetch a nice price, but the simpler ones I would rather trade.

If you think that this sounds like a fun add on to a swap email me or pop a comment on this post to join in hte fun in March.

Leena's block received

I've received Leena's December block, along with the sweetest little mug rug! Thank you Leena

December blocks

After Christmas days I would like to catch up and here I show you Fiona's block for December and my block to her.
My block

Fiona's Block
Thank you!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

To all my members, friends and followers.  May you have a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones.
Stay safe and happy and I look forward to having fun with you all in the New Year.  Sue xx

Friday, December 23, 2011

December blocks - received and sent

I received this beautiful block from Lorraine for the December swap

Lorraine has let me know that the block I made for her has arrived safely, and this is the block I sent

Lorraine asked for any block in any colour

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dec block for Sue

My block, sent Dec 6th for Sue B. I hope this is what you were hoping for Sue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Cathy A

Nov Block swap

Here is the block for Nov that I made for Shauna, sorry I'm late posting the picture, still trying to figure everything out. I hope you like the block Shauna. Cathy A

Saturday, December 17, 2011

From Sharon to Helen

Sharon writes:

these were mailed to Helen so that she has them by Christmas.  Isnt Helen lucky to be receiving two lovely blocks.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Block for Michell

December Block
This month my partner was Michell from New Zealand and she wished for either of two blocks...
so I made her a ''sawthooth'' in what I do hope is reproduction fabrics
I do hope it works in with her other blocks...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December block from Debbie

My December block has arrived safely today. It's beautiful. I love the fabrics.
Thank you Debbie!!!

December Block - Scrappy Squares

This is my lovely block from Linda in Queensland. The first part I noticed was the owl, but all the fabrics are beautiful! Linda also sent a sparkly Christmas decoration. Thank you so much for your wonderful parcel.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Block received from Sue S

Just a note to say thanks to Sue S. I've received her star block for November.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Block for Tarnyia and Last Months Blocks from Erin

Here is my block for Tarnyia.  I had two choices. A red star with a blue/aqua background or Scrappy Spiders Web.  Well the scrappy Spiders web just scared me as it look a bit beyond my capabilities currently, so I made the Friendship Star instead.  Hope she likes it and will be posting in the next couple of days.

And these two are what I received from Erin.   I'm so lucky to have got two. Thankyou.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lucky me - 2 blocks

Helen was my swap partner for November, and struggled with this pattern until she realised that she had misread the instructions.

But how lucky am I, she sent me two blocks.  Aren't they great !  The patrern is blazing arrows.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

In december my swap partner is Melody. She likes owls and I hope that this one will make her happy. It will leave France tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Off to Barcelona

I have not got a lot of sewing done yet this month, having a new grand daughter has taken over this.

But I have managed to get one of my two swap blocks for December made,

this is for Encara who is our new member from Barcelona in Spain.  Encara requested the Anvil block in any flowers in red or shades of red on a cream back ground.  I will be popping this in the post tomorrow and plan to get to work on my other block this weekend.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December Blocks

Here is the block I made for Beatrice ... I do hope you like it Bea ....
 it was a lot of fun  making it for you ... 

and my second swap partner for the month was Jen D from Allentown PA ...
Jen wanted a log cabin in batiks ... and what a great block to make with these fabrics .... hope you like it Jen ...
(sorry the pic is a little blurry)

December block for Leena

Today I completed Leena's block for December and it's on the way in tomorrow's mail. Hope this works well with your other blocks, Leena.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

November swap

Today, after a quite busy and havy day, coming home I found this parcel from Australia!!! Carmen's block for November. Lovely and perfect with my other blocks.
Thank you Carmen.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dec Blocks for Beverley and Lynda

Beverley's Block in Pink/purple and white

Lynda's Block in greens.
Lynda requested a "Card Trick Block" as Beverley was happy with any pattern. Thought her colour choice would also look good in that block pattern.

My block for Bobbie

Card Trick block for Bobbie already posted some days ago...
Happy Holidays to all

Wonky Eye Spy

Look at my lovely Wonky I Spy block received from Crafty....

~ with some pretty thread for stitching (I love stitching!)

each side has something interesting... I think my favourite is the row of eyes....

Thanks Crafty

I have a lovely collection of blocks now... if you feel like some inspiration have a look HERE

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Block...............

Lyn from Queensland is my partner this month. Lyn asked for any block in black, white and red.

Four reds and four blacks - I hope you are pleased with this Lyn.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I may be AWOL

Hi Ladies,

as not all of you may follow my personal blog, you may not have read that I have a new grand daughter.

Ziva Jade arrived early on Sunday morning, 10 days before she was due.  I am hopping on a plane to Townsville in the morning to visit for a few days and get my quota of nanna cuddles in.  I am not sure how much internet use I will get, so if you email me and dont hear back, please be patient.  I get home on Saturday evening, and will try to get to my emails some time on Sunday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

December Swap for Maria of Nova Scotia

My partner this month is Maria and she has requested for any star block using medium to pale blue, and yellow. I have decided to do the '9 Patch Star' from Quilters Cache and hopefully Maria will not be disappointed with this. The block is on the way as I write this..
Hopefully, it will not take too long to reach her with the busy 'mail traffic' of the coming festive season.

Crafty's blocks for November

this is the gorgeous one i got from Fiona

and this is the wonky eye spy block i made her in return

hope she likes it!!

pugs and kisses

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November swap

I was really busy during the last days. Catching up with all my swaps and blocks. Here my block for Carmen, my November partner.
I will post it on Monday. Hope she likes it:)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

63 members - an all time high

So much for capping membership at 50, and then again at 60.  I am pleased to announce we have 63 members, with 8 sitting our swaps for December that is still 55 swaps taking place this month.

I have just finished sending out the partnership emails, a mammoth job that took me almost 2 hours to complete.

This month we have our group 2 members now officially part of this group, so welcome ladies, you are now mingling with the group 1 ladies.

I also welcome our newbies to the group doing their first swap:

Lorraine from New Zealand - swapping with Cathy
Amira from the ACT (originally from Malaysia) swapping with Noelene
Encara from Barcelona in Spain swapping with me and
Beverley from Queensland swapping with Maria

A big Aussie quilted hugs welcome to you all.  I am doing the double swap this month as its been awhile since I have done one.

Swap code of conduct

Hi ladies, If I sound like like a nag, or a broken record and I don't mean to, but this month I have been bitten by the let down bug.

Neither my 12 or 6 inch partner in the swap has contacted me to confirm the swap, and I have gone ahead and made and sent them a block, and as the month draws to a close I have not seen anything in my letterbox from them.

I now have 63 members in this group, with several new enquiries coming through on a weekly basis so I am going to have to take a tough stance.  I was going to cap the members at 60, but I cant seem to turn any one away that wants to join.  So this means that if you let someone down in a swap, you may find yourself suspended from future swaps.  This may sound tough, but I also get several emails a month from ladies like myself that do the right thing and don't have this reciprocated.  

1. If you do not wish to be part of this group, and cannot honour your swaps, let me know you are not obligated to continue. 

2.  You can put your membership on hold for up to three months if you are going to be busy - just let me know.

3. If  you have made a block for someone and they have not made one for you the first step is to email them, if you do not get a reply within 7 days email me to let me know   I will email them and If I don't get a reply either they will be suspended.

This may seem harsh, but I only want ladies in this group that wish to play fair for all concerned.

I do understand that somethings unexpected things come up, or illness, but please please please, all it takes is a minute to send a quick email to let either me, or your partner  (both if possible) know.

December partners will be emailed out later this weekend.  Just started organising this now

Phew.................  Now I have that off my chest.

Footnote: my 12 inch partner has just emailed me, so all is good on that front.

Blocks received ..

This is the beautiful block I received from Lyndell .. along with these extra little ones ... thank you so much ... I love the fabrics you used .. a gorgeous collection of scrappy blocks ... lucky me ... 

Robyn's block ..

this is the teapot block I made for Robyn R .. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

There's a Cat in the Hat.....

This is my lovely new Wonky Square Eye Spy block which arrived from Terry in Canada

Thanks Terry it is a lovely one to add to the quilt blocks

I always loved the Cat in the Hat story so I smile whenever I see it

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Square in a Square.........

This is the block that Mary made me. It arrived from Canada today! Isn't it lovely - both colours and patterns. Thank you Mary - hoping my block for you is almost there.

November block for Sue S

Here's a sneak peek for Sue S. I'm mailing this block to her today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Block for Maria

Block for Maria
I have made Maria's block today, what is really funny is that this month both my partners names are Maria. So I had thanked Maria for my Christmas block only to find out I had thanked to wrong one. The full picture is on my blog
Sue S

Tease for Tarnyia from Cathy

Tease for Tarnyia 
I have always wanted to try this pattern and was quite pleased with my efforts. the block I made for you is in the mail :-) and your block has arrived - thank you - the colours are pefect ;-)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Blocks for my Buddies

Hi Everyone

A few blocks to share...    from Minette

Churn Dash for Shauna. 

Val wanted 'any block' in pink and green, so made a baby tumbler block.

Debbie also wanted 'any block' in pink and brown, so I tried my hand a hexies!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sharyn and Melody's blocks

Sharyn has asked me to show the divine owl block she has made Melody and the lovely circle block that Melody had made for her, along with some really nice goodies.

Regards from Shaz