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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, December 28, 2013

Sending Quilted Hugs

As mentioned a few times in previous posts, I have been engaged in some secret sewing.
One of our QBSA members was in need  ...... so we did what quilters do ....... we sent some Quilters' Love and Hugs.
Some of the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true (oops a song just popped into my head :)) make up a few blocks with the recipient in mind.  20 blocks in total were received which were made up as a quilted pillow cover for a Euro size pillow (26" square), and a candle mat.

Block makers were:  Jeneta, Elizabeth, SueB, Robyn, Ruth, Rosemary, Maria, Anna and Beth
My sincerest thanks to the block makers .............. you have made some really beautiful blocks.
Assembled and quilted by me (CathyC) and forwarded to our recipient by SueB of QBSA.

We hope it has arrived safely and that our 'quilted hugs' helped lift her spirits during this difficult time.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Wonderful Christmas and to thank you for your fun and friendship throughout 2013. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December for Anna B.

On the way to Anna from Bundoora!
I absolutely enjoyed making this block.
I already had the pattern as I have a daughter Anna
and thought I'd ever try the "Annie's favorite block"!
She asked for cream & burgundy.
I think it's a beautiful combination & sure do hope it fits
nicely with her collection!
Lori USA

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December love from Noelene

Isn't it gorgeous? Thank you Noelene XX

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


To celebrate reaching over 100 members on our Facebook group page, Cathy who co ordinates this group with me suggested we try a little give away.  So I approached the lovely ladies at the fat quarter shop and they have kindly donated a wonderful gift of Lori Holts happy colours Aurifil thread set.

This Draw is open to all AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS ( sorry overseas ladies) of Quilting blocks swaps Australia FACE BOOK GROUP. To be eligible to be in the draw all you need to do is join our Face book page before New Years Day 2014.  I will then draw the give away randomly and notify the winner via Face book.

Here is the link to our Facebook group if you have not already joined up....

December blocks

I took a break for a few months and this month swapped blocks with Karen who sent not one .... but two lovely rail fence blocks

I am collecting them in pastels.... and these are a wonderful start to the collection....

Thank you so much Karen....

Karen asked for a blue churndash on a white background .... so this is the one I sent....

Wishing all Block Swappers a very blessed and happy Christmas.... may you do something you love with someone you love....

Friday, December 13, 2013

Global Concepts for Kerry

here is the block I made for Kerry - my last for the QBSA Paper Pieced Swap Club
the block is called Global Concepts - I am relatively pleased with the way it turned out, but will not be continuing with the Paper Piecers Swaps - I just don't enjoy this process very much :(

my November block for Encarna in Spain has arrived safely - mine is still winging it's way to Australia

Sunday, December 8, 2013

November and December block update

Christie Leigh was my November partner, and this lovely block arrived in the post on Friday, Christie Leigh also spoilt me with a cute fat quarter of pretty blue Christmas fabric. I love the fussy cut zig zags on the star.
My partner for December was Margaret from Medowie NSW who requested a colourful Dresden plate on black. This was my first ever Dresden plate and I loved how easily the block came together. When I was googling the pattern for this block I found a tutorial for any easy way to make them from a charm pack, and as I have a stack of charm packs in my stash, I think I may have it have a play.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December blocks for Encarna

December blocks for Encarna in Spain who requested a log cabin block in black & white - I couldn't decide on the fabrics, so I stitched 3 blocks. Hope these blocks suit your project.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Swap for Helene

 This is the block I sent Helene. She has received it so I can show it. Helene has had a busy month so just let me know that it arrived. Thanks for swapping with me,
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thank you Carmen ....................

These are the beautiful blocks that arrived in today's mail - Tile block in black and white with one patch a solid colour.

It is a great block that can be rotated for placement, any patch can be coloured, it can be scrappy or any other colour scheme with same sashing throughout the final project - table runner, quilt, placemats.

Love these blocks, thank you so much Carmen, Jan

Friday, November 22, 2013


Our November swap is complete.
I am so thrilled to post my block from Karen P
along with what a special gift she enclosed.
    Karen P sent me this lovely made "monkey-wrench block"
 for the collection. I am nearing to the last few to put them together! Yeah!
Along with my block she sent a lovely put together packet of maps of Australia,
where she is from, a few postcards showing different lovely lil-towns and a beautiful typed letter about her family and locations!
Karen knew we home schooled and I told her  we always  look up where my swap partner lives.
Geography! Smile
Well, this sweet put together packet of information is a gem to us and so much fun to see where so
many of you are from!
We are putting this in our learning center as a learning tool now!
That's was such a kind thing for her to do.
You see it's so much more that the blessing of lovely blocks right ladies, it's getting to know each other and make friends from all over! Thank you Karen!
Now we would so love to come visit... smile
Karen had requested a church dash and in blues & white as it's for a gentlemen's quilt!
This is the block that I did for her...
Hope it fits with her collection
Lori USA

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

October and November...

My October partner Margaret wished for a 
Dresden Plate on black in bright colours...
we did have a bit of a problem with the size as the pattern made it a 
''wee bit bigger'' hahaha
 My November partner Beth wished for a Wild Duck block in
any two colours with a white background...
Thanks ladies for being my partners...
Luv T xxx

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The blocks for Kerry

I have a bit of trouble doing scrappy blocks.
So my first block was a colour theme

And then I tried again

Hope Kerry is happy with them.

This month's 12" blocks

This is the lovely red, white and black block I received from Vicki this month. And below is the bright red Maverick Star block that I sent her.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Overdue Update

I have been a bit lapse the last few months with my updates, but here they are now

First I will start with the missing received ones.

Back in July Ann was my partner and the parcel went AWOL and ended back with her so she has resent it and this is what I received this weekend

Then I had the lovely Traci again for my November swap 

Then for the September swap I had Tarniya and she sent me this lovely block

 And then back in August I had Fiona and here is what I received from her

I can say I have been a lot better at posting what I have sent, so only have Octobers block to show.

Here is what I sent Joanne

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November blocks ......................

Carmen asked for a Box Kite in black, white and red. These are the blocks I sent - different looks, by the arrangement of the colours. Hoping you are pleased Carmen.

Lorna asked for Any Star in pink, burgundy, green and cream. These are my blocks to Lorna -

The centre of the first star is a deep pink, not the red it appears in the photo. I hope they fit well in your quilting project Lorna.
Happy stitching partners,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Its not OK-

After a rather unpleasant situation resulting in a suspended member I remind everyone of our simple group rules....

1. When you receive your partners details, email them to confirm the swap BEFORE making and sending a block.

2. If you do not get a reply in a timely manner ( allow a week at least) let the swap coordinator know
(not everyone is on email every day).

We will try and contact the member for you, and can allocate a new swap partner if contact is not established.

3. If you wish to sit out a month or two let us know,  you can sit out for up to three months without losing your space in the group.

4. Blocks need to be made and posted by the end of each month, if you are running late email your partner and let them know and cc in the swap coordinator so we can be aware of this too.

5. One side swaps are not OK, so if you have done everything in step 1-4, and you have not received a block or any confirmation that it is posted by the end of the first week of the following month email your partner and cc the swap coordinator in so we are aware that there is a potential risk of a one sided swap.

Your partner will be RED FLAGGED, until you let the swap coordinator know that you have received your block from them, and their current partner will be advised of the potential risk and given the opportunity to have a new partner assigned if they wish.

The Red flag will be lifted when the swap has been honoured.  If the swap is not honoured within the month then the member will be suspended from the group.

I trust that all members will respect this process and understand the difficulties faced by swap coordinators in chasing up late swaps.

The most important rule here is if you communicate all will be fine.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Block for Traci

Here is Traci's Lover' Knot in 1930's print

November swap with Jo

Jo requested a star block in country colours. I could not decide which star to stitch as I wanted to try both - "Centennial" is on the left. "Star Beams" is on the right. I hope these fit in well with your project, Kerry

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Block sent to Michell in New Zealand

Michell and I were partnered in another group recently so it was nice to get to send her a different block.
She asked for a red and white Ohio Star block. Hope she approves of this one.

October blocks from Erin

Erin was my October swap partner (also my August 2012 partner) - what a surprise to receive 4 lovely blocksEmoji Thank you for being my swap partner. Hugz, Kerry

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Wonky Square Eye Spy quilt .....

This is the quilt I have made from blocks Wonky Square Eye Spy blocks collected in 2011 and 2012.  As you can see I added some rainbow charms to the sides to widen the top.

People who contributed to this quilt by swapping blocks with me are.....

Beatrice, Raelene, Terry
Maria, Bobbi, Maria
Marie, Crafty, Teresa
Anorina, Sue, Sheila
Michell, Jolanda, Sylvia

THANK YOU to all of you.... a really fun quilt ...

There are a couple more blocks that weren't included in this quilt and I plan to make cushions with them.....

I quilted it with a FMQ swirl all over ...

 ... can see them easier and get an idea of size of the swirls from this picture on the back...

.. what do you think of this fun backing... an almost new doona (duvet) cover I found in the op shop, which I also used in the binding

Thanks Sue for hosting this fun swap
(now I need to get my Churn Dashes together!!!)

Righto, Gotto Go..... there is fun to be had......