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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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sneak Peak for Crafty Pug

Hi everyone,
Shooting Star with bright and contemporary colours for the stars. Will be in the post next week, Crafty.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Reminder on block size

Hi ladies,

Just a gentle reminder that your finished blocks should be 12.5 inches, square- raw edge to raw edge so when they are put together in a quilt they measure 12 inches.

Some ladies are receiving beautifully made blocks that are 12 inches or less wide which means that they are unable to use them in the friendship swap quilts - very disappointing.  Please measure your blocks before you send them off- there are rulers/ templates available in the 12.5 inch size which would be handy if you are making a lot of this sized blocks.  I may look into getting one of these for myself.

Quilted hugs, Sue

Sawtooth For Sue B.

For the month of August, my swap partner is Sue B!!  She requested a Sawtooth Star in blue or red with a four patch center.  I hope this is what you had in mind, Sue.  I will be putting this in the mail on Monday :)

Linda G

Blocks From New Zealand

I received these two wonderful blocks all the way from New Zealand.  Alethea used such beautiful greens to make these blocks for me.  Thank you so very much, Alethea!

Linda G

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blazing arrows for Linda

Well I certainly am ahead of myself which is a good thing.  Tonight I have made this blazing arrow block for Linda Gilli of stray stitches.  Linda is my August swap parner and she requested this striking block in green and white.  I have a lot of green in my stash and deliberated for quite a while on which one to use, but I kept coming back to this one.

I hope Linda likes the choice I have made for her.  It will be heading off to California tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July block from Cathy

Here is my lovely block from Cathy ( CrafteeCC) I love the purple , it's such a rich vibrant colour. Cathy also sent some ricrac in the colours of the block. Thanks Cathy, I enjoyed being your swap partner.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"D" for Doris and Dresden Plate

I have finished my first ever swap- a Dresden Plate for  Doris. I had a sneek peek of the block on my post for " Friday Night Stitch In" last week, but here is the finished product.

I will be posting it tomorrow Doris.  Hope you like it.  Thank you for being my swap partner.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Block for April, May and August

Well it has been really crazy around here, my health has not been that good but I am on the mend thank god!  I am happy that I getting better.  Today I have been feeling so well that I thought that I would get caught up on all my blocks but one..  I was doing so well until I realized that I missed JUNE!!!  Well if I am feeling as good tomorrow as I did today I will have June's done as well.

August was the first month since I started this swap that I actually had the colours that my partner wanted and I did not have to go out and buy the fabric YIPPEE for me. 

For June, I think that I have some Brights lying around that I can make a Block out out.  So I am hoping that will be done before I go into town to do the post.

Thank you again my block partners for being so understanding and patient in waiting for your blocks.

Julie's Block - August

Melody's Block - May

Leanne's Block - April


Sunday, July 24, 2011

August members rolling out

Hello lovely ladies,

By now you should have received your August swap partners details from me, they are a little earlier than usual, but that gives you an extra week to plan, make and send your block.

There are 49 members participating in this months swap with 52 members now enrolled.  I am capping the membership again (it was supposed to be at 50), but with a few people sitting out each month for various reasons we still have less than 50 swapping.  New member enquiries will again be redirected to group 2 until my numbers drop off again.  Thank you to Larain for being my double swap queen this month.

I feel like a grumpy old bum - but I don't mean to be, but the essence of what I want to pass on is to communicate with one another, as this is what the group is all about.  I love co ordinating the group, and have found many new friends for which I am eternally grateful.

So, now to make a cuppa and hit the sewing room.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Carmens Star

New member Carmen partnered with me this month in the 12 inch swap, and today I received this lovely red star and pretty note card.  The star is exactly what I am saving Carmen, thank you so much.

From Nova Scotia to Portugal

I received my July block today. My partner was Heather from Canada and she sent me the most beautiful block. A gorgeous star in the kind of colors I love. I couldn't be happier. I believe I can have a quilt top ready by Christmas.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

June block

Sorry I am so slack in getting this posted but this has been an extra busy month for me and will continue to be so until Aug. I received this really beautiful block from Fiona and just love it , my colors exactly and I also love the star ,great job Fiona .Thanks so much Fiona!!
hugs Sheila

Cate's first block on it's way!

Hi Cate, welcome to the swap! And I hope you like your first block!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lovely log cabin

My log cabin June Block from Larain, thanks so much, yours is finally on its way

Angel Sue - June Block

I received the most unexpected surprise in the mail today.........

..... This divine block. It could not be more perfect. Thank you Sue, I really appreciate that you took the time to make this block to replace the one I did not receive. I was happy to go without. You are a wonderful swap co-ordinator and a beautiful person.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

off to Ohio ...

here is a sneak peek at the block I just finished for our new member .. Brenda from Ohio ..

Hope you like the colours Brenda ... I certainly enjoyed this one ...

I will get it in the mail to you on Monday Brenda ... it should not take too long to get home .... hugs ...  

Welcome 2 new members

Join me in a big quilted hugs welcome to two new members joining us mid way through the July Swap.

Firstly we have Brenda from Ohio in the USA, thank you to Bobbie for swapping with her and doing 2 swaps this month

And secondly we have Cate from Queensland, thank you to Doris for swapping with her and also doing 2 swaps this month.  Cates blog is

We have also had a third member enquire about joining but I am still waiting to hear back from her with her full details.

With these two ladies joining we are back to 50 members, its funny how as soon as some one drops out I get a new member enquire about joining so the member levels stay pretty much the same.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Not One But Two For Tarnyia

My July partner Alicia from the USA made me two blocks...

Alicia you are a sweetheart...
I love them both... thank you for being a wonderful swap partner
Luv T xxx

Heather's block is on the way

I finished my July partner's block and it's going to Canada. I hope she likes it! Here's a little sneak peek.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

May block from Heather in Nova Scotia

I love surprises in the mail. Today I received my May block from Heather. All the way from Nova Scotia. I photographed my beautiful block straight out of the envelope ( hence no pressing ). Thank you Heather.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Eye Spy block from Sue

I was lucky enough to do a double swap this month and yesterday my first block arrived....

This naughtical theme Wonky Square in Eye Spy fabrics is from Sue...

.... and she sent some extra fabrics which I am so grateful for
(I don't really have eye spy fabrics {which of course is why I asked others to make them!!)
I am already imagining an interesting back and label..... mmmmm)

Thanks so much Sue.....

Blocks catching up

this morning I was able to solve some little misunderstanting with my swap partners (thank you Sue for your help) and in the afternoon I managed to chatch up with the blocks I had to sew.
Heather was my June partner and she asked for a Log Cabin Block in blues and whites with a yellow center. Here it is....

Helen, my July partner wished a Star block in blue shades, so I did a Friendship Star. And here it is....
I will post them tomorrow.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Carmens star flower - and swappers integrity

New member Carmen contact me as she could not get in touch with her July swap partner, and its a good thing she did.  After some investigation, I discovered this partner has not honoured her May or June swaps leaving two other members without a reciprocal block - how unfair is that, and not to mention nasty.

I have partnered with Carmen this month, and have made her this Star flower block, Carmen requested any block in maroon, dark green and beige. 

Now there may be a good reason why this person has not made the block, she could be ill, or have gone away and had forgot to let me know, and if this is the case I do apologise. 

What it does reinforce to me, that I want to pass onto all of my lovely ladies that do the right thing is this:

1. Make contact with your partner before you even start to make the block.
2. Allow a week for a reply, remember some members do work full time and may only check their emails once a week.
3. Let me know if you don't get a reply, and I am happy to reassign you a new partner,  I have a pool of fantastic members happy to do an extra swap per month when we get stuck like this.
4. Let me know if you have sent a block to some one, and more than a few weeks has passed since the end of the swap deadline and you have not received your block from them. I am happy to email them for you and chase up your block.
Sadly, I have blocked this member from participating in any more swaps until such as time that she makes contact with me and fulfills her past months swaps.  This is only the second time I have found myself in this position, and its not something I like to do.

I know most of you are fantastic, and do the right thing, and I am very grateful for this, I love co ordinating this group and seeing the talent and artistic flair we have, and the camaraderie that has developed between us all.

Fiona's Star

Loving the post man on Friday, as I had 2 nice squishy parcels (and no bills).  The first one was a lovely bright red Saw tooth star from Fiona, with a cute little patchwork tag. 

Thank you Fiona, great star - love the cherry red.  Hugs, Sue.  The other block is a Christmas one so pop on the Christmas block swap blog to see that.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Block for Tarnyia

This week in the mail I received my first ''scrappy spider's web'' block
Carmen was one of my June partners...
I love it Carmen... thank you for being my partner...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Friday, July 8, 2011

June swap Mt Vincent to Hazelbrook

Thank you to Leanne for the lovely Grandmothers Fan block for June..Its lovely..
I dont quite have enough for a quilt but Im sure getting close...Cant wait....

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From Larissa to Julie

Larissa made this beautiful block for me for the June swap.

It is called "Lady of the Lake 2".

Larissa sent a card with it explaining where the pattern could be found on the net and she also sent some scraps of the fabric used.

Aren't I a lucky ducky?


Monday, July 4, 2011

Blocks For Carmen and Alicia

For the month of June I had two partners and the 2nd was Carmen a new member from Victoria Australia...
her wish was for any block in maroon and dark green with a beige background...
This pattern is called Castle In The Air and can be found here
I hope this is what you were wishing for Carmen... 

My July partner is Alicia from Oklahoma USA... Carmen's wish is for any block any colour...
wellllllllll I do hope this isn't to ''out there'' Alicia... I can always do another if so...
this pattern is Abstraction found here 
Now to sit back and wait for my May June and July swaps blocks to come in... so happy that I am up to date.... hahahahah hate being behind and that seems to be me lately...
Thanks for being my partner's ladies...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

A Finished Quilt

A quick little post to show you my finished quilt - made with blocks from my lovely swap friends.

I love it - so very, very much!

More details about this quilt, on my blog - Samelia's Mum

July's Block for Val ..

This is the block I made for Val ... it is not a very good photo .. I could blame the camera .. but I somehow think it was user error ... not sure what I was doing wrong ... but whatever it was .. I was doing it rather well ... haha ...

I do hope you like the colour choices I have picked for you Val .. huge hugs .. Bobbie xx

Friday, July 1, 2011

Debra's Wonky House Block

Hi everyone, I am still new at 'blogging', the last time I tried, I forgot the pix!!!! Better luck this time... My partner this month is Debra from Queensland and she has requested WONKY HOUSE. My first ever attempt and I must say, my 'eye' for 'wonkiness' may not be very good. What do you think, Debra? Did I do okay? Hope so!!!
This block will be posted next week and it has been fun doing it.