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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

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

November swap blocks

This month I was lucky to be swapping with Chantell. We both asked for stars and this is the result. As you can see both patterns are the same but they look so different with different fabrics. Chantell also added a sweet little lavender sachet which I will pop in with my socks. Thanks for my beautiful block... and Chantell tells me she and her daughter love the block I sent her.

Friday, November 18, 2011

From Linda Mc to Linda G

Linda Mc from 'Down Under' made these two happy and bright blocks for me.  I just love the added rick rack and the monkies are just so cute!!  She also send a boomerang key chain.  Does that mean when I misplace my keys that they will automatically return to me?  Thank you so much for these fun blocks, Linda!!!!

Linda G

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Erins Block

Have just finished Erins block and will be sending on it's merry way in the next few days. Here is a sneak peak, but you can look at my blog to see the full block

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November block for Heather G ...

This is a sneak peek of the red and white block I am sending to Nova Scotia for Heather ...
It was a fun (and easy) block to do ... I have no idea what it is called but I will mail it out this afternoon ...

Monday, November 14, 2011

October block from Marie

My October block has just arrived today. Marie made me a gorgeous star. It must have been lots os work to do those tricky seams .
Thanks Marie!!!

November block for Robyn R ...

Here is a sneak peek of the block I sent to Robyn R who lives in NSW ...
(I pinched this idea off someone here ... such a great way to display the fabrics used without giving anything away about the block made  ... loved it ...)

I think she may have received it by now as I mailed it last week .. hope you like your block .... 

October block for Lyndell ..

Here is my very late block for Lyndell ... sorry it is so late ... 

Well it is a sneak peek of it ... it is not the wonky house block that I did so want to try ... but I do think you will like your blue and yellow block ... 

this will go in tomorrows mail ... 

Two Cathy's...

My September partner was Cathy from Canada and this is her block to me...
I wished for a spider web is scrappy colours with a grey centre
isn't it wonderful... thank you Cathy...
 My partner for November is Cathy from South Australia and she wished for any block in red, brown, cream, gold or soft green...
I think I have it covered with these fabric's...
your block will be in the mail this week Cathy... hope you like it...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Kym's November block

Kym's block, posted today.  Should arrive soon.  I wasn't sure about the colours, but it has turned out very nicely.  I really enjoyed making this block.  Thanks for taking over the group.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mary's Block

Mary requested any block in teal and neutrals. This is the block I made and sent to Canada. Mail from Australia to Canada takes such a long time - I hope it is there soon and that Mary is pleased...............

Lyndell's wonky house

Lyndell is my November partner an she asked for a wonky house in Autumn colors. I hope I got it right...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November block

My partner for this month is Tanya. She asked for a log cabin or a star block and I have chosen a triple star for her.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Please join me in welcoming the following group 2 members to group 1

Lynette P
Susan V
Beth H
Kym C
Dawn C
Sue S
Elaine W
Michell K
Maria N
Erin McP
If you have been keeping up with the blogs, our lovely co- ordinator of group 2 Alex has not been well and can no longer continue to run this swap.  I am sure we all wish Alex well and hope that things improve for her.  She certainly has had more than her fair share of illness since I first met her, but she remains bright and positive.

I have just arranged November swaps for these ladies and from December onwards they will be amalgamated into the group 1 swap bringing our numbers to 59. I know I will look forward to swapping with them all one day in the future. With this influx I have now capped membership at 60 (rather than 50) to accommodate the new members. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Invitation to group two members

It seems that Alex who is the co ordinator of QBSA 2 has not been well, resulting in members from this group suffering.

As founder of the main group, I openly invite all members of the group 2 to email me, and I will welcome you to join group 1.

But here is a little history of Quilting Block Swaps Australia:

I started this first group in April 2010 as I could not find a locally run group like this (I was a member of a similar group from the USA). After forming the group it grew rapidly and went from 5 to 50 members in only a few short months.  At the same time I was also running Christmas Blocks swaps Australia.  It was all quite overwhelming so I sought help from some of my members, and Crafty Pugs took on the challenge of the Christmas group and Alex offered to be the co ordinator of the second group which was for an overflow of members from group one.  I have also since started up 6 inch block swaps Australia as there was interest from some ladies to make smaller blocks.  I still co ordinate that swap as well.

Things have settled down now, and I get one or two new members join every month, and at the same time this many leave us for various reasons.  I also find that every month up to 5 members sit out the swap so its quite under control.

If you are interested in joining group one, please email me to  in time when Alex is well again you can always transfer back to group 2, its up to you.

Quilted hugs, Sue

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November Block for Mary

My November partner is Mary from Canada. My block to Mary - teals and neutrals in any pattern - is on its way. I don't want to put up a picture until it has arrived. Keep the surprise till Mary sees the real thing! Jan

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lucky me....

...because this adorable little owl arrived from lovely Linda at Stray Stitches.
Thank you so much.

My block for Val

My friend Val wanted any block in pink rose, burgundy, green & neutral.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Block from and to Brenda in Ohio

Last week I got the most beautiful Ohio star block from Brenda and she had let me know that the Storm at sea block I sent her had arrived. Pictures of both I hope( never can tell if it's going to work) Thanks for swapping with me Brenda.