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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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jeneta's star

I received this beautiful block from Melody. I love the choice of fabric and feel very spoilt with all the extra goodies Melody included!


Monday, July 30, 2012

These viruses are making me SICK

Hi all, another SPAM alert.  It seems the private message SPAM is still doing the rounds, so to eradicate it I have changed the hot mail account of our group to

If you get a Private message, it is not from me.  Do not open it or reply to it, as this is how it spreads.
I will no longer be replying to emails on the old address, but will check this account every day and when I am comfortable that its not being used any more I will close it.

I did send out a bulk email a short while ago that you should have received by now.  There is no need for you to let me know that you have received one of these messages, please just delete them.

I am truly sorry that this virus got into our group, and I manually entered every contact into the new hot mail address as I did not want to use the import function in case the virus was imported with the contacts.  This took me considerable time, and I am happy to have a clean data base again.

Now I can relax and go on holidays, only 4 more working days before I fly off to the tropics and work on my tan.

August block for Terry

I enjoyed making this block so much for Helen, that I decided to make it for Terry also...she requested any block in pink, gray and black..I hope you like it Terry, thanks for being my swap partner this month!    Hugs!  Julianne

August blocks for Helen

Helen requested this patchwork star pattern in blue with a white background, I had so fun making the block, I made her two!  I hope you like them Helen, thanks for being my swap partner this month!  Julianne

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New swap see below for details.

Hi friends and followers

I am launching a new swap on my blog, click on the image below to find out all of the details

Brenda's Block

Here is Brenda T's block ... Brenda asked for a logcabin in blue's and brown's ... 

Here it is Bren ... hope you like it .. 

I really love doing these log cabins .. although this one is the second attempt .. I cut the centre square 1/2 inch too small and didn't realise it till I had almost finished and then the penny dropped ... DUH!!! ... it will make a lovely potmit ... lol ... 

July Swap for Encarna in Spain

I had Encarna in Barcelona, Spain for my July swap and she requested an anvil block in shades of red on a cream background.  I posted it a couple of weeks ago but haven't heard whether it has arrived yet. Hopefully she has received it by now, not sure what the Spanish mail system is like!  Anyway this is the block I sent her:

I hope she likes it!

Sue P

Bobbies Block

Both Bobbie and ChristieLeigh are quick at making their blocks for each other.

here is the pretty shabby chic block that ChristieLeigh has made for Bobbie, isnt the rose fabric gorgeous.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blue Star

My partner this month Helen has not been well, and she really was not up to a swap this month.  I still wanted to make her a block, to hopefully chase her "blues" away.

Helen requested any star in blues or shades of blue, its really quite challenging getting blues to match, and making this I realised that I dont have any navy blue in my stash, so must remedy that.

August swap ...

I was lucky this month ... I got an extra swap .. thanks Sue ... 

I have done one of my partners blocks ... this one belongs to ChristieLeigh ... from Tenambit in New South Wales ... who asked for a block with triangles in blue and white ... so here it is hun ..

hope you like it ...  this block is called .. Yankee Puzzle .. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

August swap partners

89 90 members are swapping this month as we warmly welcome the following newbies

Crafty Pugs, South Australia (returning)
Pam S, South Australia
Sandra T, Victoria
Lori M, USA
Maxine, Victoria

I hope your time with us is filled with fun and you make lots of new quilter friends

On another note:
I will be heading overseas to beautiful Bali next week for a few weeks of sun, cocktails and relaxing.  I will have limited access to emails and the blog so if you do not hear back from me immediately please be patient - I will get back to everyone as soon as I can.

Cant wait to escape the winter blues

My July Block from Ank.

Look at this beautiful block I received from Ank all the way from The Netherlands.


Ank has completely hand sewn the block and cute heart. Thank you Ank.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Striking block

I received this stunning block in the mail today from Deb A.  I love the simple square in square design and how amazing it can look with the right combination of fabrics.  And how did Deb know that I love shoes as well, isnt the card cute.  Lucky me, I also recieved some spare fabric.  Thanks Deb - fantastic on all counts.

SPAM WARNING - Private messages

Hi members

A few days ago I received a Private message" from a member and naturally opened it. It took me to a competition to win an Ipad or something so I deleted it realising it was SPAM. And now it seems opening it verified my email address and it has sent the same private message to ALL of my contacts, being the members of QBSA.

DO NOT OPEN the message, delete it, and do not reply to it, as this seems to then attach to your contacts. This morning I received 40 private messages plus a lot of questions from members asking me about it. I am sorry about this, but this is what the virus seems to do.  I started to reply to them but realsised there were to many so sent a bulk email out and then put this warning on the blog.

If it continues I will have to change the email address of QBSA and attach you all as contacts to the new one, so stay tuned on that. ( I hope it just goes away if we just add it to our junk) but as it comes from our contacts, (being each other) this may be the only way to get rid of it.  I cant answer anything about it as I am not sure where it came from or how it works, I am not that computer savvy.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Owl Quilt One

The first of the two owl quilts I'm making using the gorgeous blocks I received from you is almost finished - it just needs binding and a label.

I think it looks fabulous - huge thanks to everyone whose block is here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pinwheel block for Michell

Here is a pinwheel block for Michell for July - it is in the mail ;-)
Quilt Block Swap Australia
Hope you like it Michell - am looking forward to receiving your block ;-)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

reflecting on our journey

Hello lovely members

Friendship Clip Art

I will be sending out the July partners on the weekend of 28/29th July with a whopping 89 members in our group now,  its amazing how we have grown from such humble beginnings in April 2010 when I was home on a sick day and filling my time and decided to start a blog and see if I could get a swap group running from it. (and yes I was sick that day).

We have had some hurdles and bumps in the road along the way, splitting to two groups and then merging back into one.  Running Christmas and standard swaps from the one group before splitting that into a designated Christmas group with Crafty Pugs at the reins which has since been taken over by the lovely Cathy Cates.  Both ladies were very early members of QBSA.  If you ever take a look back at the beginning of the blog you will see a lot of my personal stuff on their before I decided to keep this blog purely for the swaps and started Quilted hugs for all of my personal stuff.

We have developed a face book page, and the last time I looked we had 96 likes. We have been featured in Quilters companion magazine,  we have a flickr page to photo share and more recently I have managed to secure some fabulous sponsors with the fabulous ladies at the Fat quarter shop agreeing to sponsor us again in September.

I will be going over seas in early August so have decided not to pursue an August give away. I will be taking the ipad and hope to keep up on the gossip and lovely blocks that are displayed on the blog as well as stay in touch when I can with emails. 

As we have had a few newbies join
Some housekeeping reminders
Please use only quilt shop quality cotton when making your blocks
Cut block pieces  accurately (preferably with a rotary cutter)
Press blocks before sending them
Only send a block you would be happy to receive.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the journey, and do take the time to read back on some old posts. I do once in awhile and it always makes me smile to see when people joined.

An excited new member

Im quite excited ive finished my block for the swap and it measures up RIGHT :)
 I whipped out my 1/4 inch quilting foot this time lol so off I will post it tomorrow :)
Ive attatched two pic's for you...
the first is my 'broken block' and the second is the 'good block' hahaha I hope Jessisca likes it!
Thanks for all your help

undersized block

good block

July blocks

Beth and I swapped this month..... 

thank you so much Beth for my lovely Churn Dash ....

and this is the Friendship Star I sent to Beth...

Thanks for another wonderful block swap

Hugz from Fiona

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July swaps

Here are the two blocks I received for July from Dawn ( thanks it arrived today ) and Carin. As you can see Carin posted about my star block already but she forgot to mention the lovely mugrug that came with it. Thank you to both Carin and dawn for two beautiful blocks. I love the fabrics in both of them.  Due to unforeseen circumstances I am taking a break but will be back in November. Happy swapping

Monday, July 16, 2012

June - July

This is the block I sent to Noelene in June.

I sent her two because when I was ready to put the block in the envelope I read the mail again and noticed that I had misread and started with the wrong colour. So I had to start over again, so they're not really looking the same!
And this is the beautiful blocks I received from her. Yes, she sent me 2 blocks also because the first one turned out to be a bit small (Storm at sea).

                                                                                                                              For July Elizabeth wanted any star block, so I made a Pat's star (Quilter's cache).
And from her I got this Storm at sea block.
Thank you so very much, Ladies!

A good match.

Hi Sue
Just had to send this photo of my two blocks - dutchmans puzzle from Amira
and friendship star from Maria - great how they both compliment one another,
makes your swap so interesting.
Cheers Carolyn

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fat quarter shop winner announced

Congratulations to Kerry  (Red hat Kerry) for winning the July give away kindly donated by the Fat quarter shop.  I used random org for the draw and it picked number 27 out of 32 entries.

BloggerRed Hat Kerry said...

a lovely bright happy quilt for our expected grand daughter. It would brighten up her room beautifully.

Congratulations for safe the arrival of your new Grand daughter Kerry and congratulations on winning this pretty bundle of fabrics.  I will email the Fat quarter shop your details and they will ship these directly to you.

I have not approached any fabric suppliers to be a sponsor for August as I will be away for a few weeks drinking cocktails and sunning myself in beautiful Bali. I leave at the beginning of the month and will send out the August swap partners before I leave.   I am hoping to have our next give away arranged for September so stay tuned.

Friday, July 13, 2012

My First Block Swap Block for Chantell

This my first block in the group. I hope Chantell loves it.
Rev. Traci

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Welcome back and old friend + some lovely blocks

I am so excited to welcome back to QBSA with open arms our lovely Crafty Pugs. Many of you would know and swapped with Crafty as she was not only one of our very first members but was also the first lady to take over the reins of the Christmas group from me.

Secondly I am proud to show off some lovely blocks.  These were  made for Maria by new member Carolyn

Another new member Christie Leigh made this pretty block for Jessisca, both ladies are in our beginners group and poor Christie Leigh was devastated when the block measured 1/2 inch too small.  Jessisca said that she didn't mind, but Christie will make another and send both blocks to her.
What lovely members we have to do this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Welcome 2 new members

Our first newbie joining this week is Traci from North Carolina in USA. 
Traci has just started up a blog so pop on over to say Hi. 

And also we welcome Beginner quilter Sandra from Victoria who was recommended our group by Raelene.  Sandra does not have a blog as yet.

If you have not entered our July give away sponsored by the Fat quarter shop you better get a hurry on. Competion closes on 15th July. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Pretty block

Here is the quilt square I made for Helene C in Victoria Australia
Gerri Olson

Friday, July 6, 2012

My July block for Larissa

This is the block I made for my July partner. Larissa asked for a Solomon's Star in blue, red on a white background. This is what I came up with. I just hope she likes it.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My beautiful block from Kerry ...............

is a collection of wonderful colours and patterns - just look at the star, and the amazing cat. I love it. Won't it look great against a background of crisp white?

And this is the block I sent to Kerry - it is called Wild Waves, but I have renamed it Twirling Ribbons.

I hope you are pleased Kerry, and that it fits in well with your other blocks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

'Postage Stamps' for Jen PA, USA

Jen's block preference is either a Log Cabin or 'Postage Stamps' style block. Since I had a lot of scraps (who doesn't!!), I have opted for the latter. Just managed to finish the block and I will be posting it in the next few days. Hope you'll be happy with it, Jen.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Blocks Received and Sent

Here is an update on my blocks.

First I received Val's April Block 

Received From Val

Then I have received Jan's June Block and along with it a mug mat

Received From Jan

Mug Mat from Jan
Then to Jan I have sent her this block for the June Swap.  I hope she likes it and it is right

Sent to Jan
 And being right on to it, July's block for Cathy has been done.  She asked for the Churn Dash Block in black and white with a dash of red. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fat quarter shop give away time

This month we thank the Fat quarter shop for being our lovely July sponsors.  The delightful Stephanie from the Fat quarter shop let me do some shopping to choose a prize and as most of our members are bloggers what better than to offer a Bloggers choice set of Fat Quarters for the give away.

I picked Jeni Bakers selection as I love the modern fresh fabrics and beachy colours - I hope you like what I have picked for you to win.
Jeni has a fabulous blog called In Color Order visit it HERE

Jeni talks a lot about colour and what goes with what - I spent quite a bit of time today on her blog absorbing all of her fresh ideas. She also has some brilliant tutorials.

To enter, simply become a follower and pop a comment on this post telling me what you would make from this selection of fabrics if you were the lucky winner.  The give away will close on July 15th 2012.

Thank you to Kimberley and Stephanie at the Fat Quarter shop for sponsoring Quilting Block Swaps Australia.  Why not pay them a visit now and see what other goodes they have in store.  (When I went shopping for the give away prize I signed up for their Mystery BOM)