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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, September 30, 2011

October partners

Isn't it amazing how fast the months whizz by.  I hope everyone is having as much fun as me with the swaps , its gratifying to see how lovely friendships form.   There are 50 members this month with 46 participating in October swaps.  I do allow members that don't want to drop out completely to put their space on hold for up to 3 months as I cap the membership at 50.  So if you need a break, let me know you will not lose your spot in the group.

Having said this, we farewell some long term members this month - good bye to Cheryll from NSW (Gone Stitchin) and Leanne from NSW.  Cheryll joined me when the group was in its real infancy - I hope that both ladies can return one day to the group.

On a brighter note we also have a few new faces (or names) this month.  A big welcome to

Jan from New South Wales
Tanya from Queensland
Linda from Queensland  - my guess is these ladies are friends or it could be a coincidence that you both live in the same town.

And before I go, you may recall that I stepped in and helped out Shauna with a grandmothers fan block for Robyn as she was struggling to make this block.  In return, here is the beauty that arrived from Shauna this week.  we are in the process of building a new pergola for summer and when that is done I wanted to make some lovely bright new cushions for the outdoor furniture - I will be certainly using this block in one of them.

gorgeous block from terry

this is the awesome shooting star block i got from Terry for the September swap - thank you so much!
i am not sure if Terry meant to or not, but the red star in the centre is fantastic!

August and September blocks received

Sorry for only posting now but I've been rather busy. This is my August block from Gina in the U.K. It's bright and cheerful. I love it, yellow is my favorite color. Gina must have guessed.

And this is Fiona's block, my September partner. It's a beautiful star in  burgundy tones. I really love it and it matches perfectly my other blocks. I hope to make a lap quilt very soon.

I am not a lucky girl?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spool Block from Brenda Thompson of USA

This amazing Spool Block is made by Brenda. I am hoping that Brenda's 'Storm At Sea' might surprisingly turn up at her door-step. I am sorry that she  is kept waiting and  we are so, in fact too dependant on the services of the postal services locally and overseas.I am only too happy to do another block for her and has already started preparing the templates for the block. Thank you very much Brenda for doing such a great job, and again my apologice for the lateness of your block.
As I have requested for stripes for the 'threads', I have received blocks with various stripes of sorts and colours and I am loving it. Can't wait to get it assembled in a quilt, soon I hope.

Block from Cathy

I was delighted to receive my swap block from Cathy for Sept.

She also included a lovely card and some beautiful Ric Rac.
thank you Cathy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sharing another finished swap quilt

Julie Deith has just emailed me this picture of a fabulous quilt she has made with blocks receied in Quilting block swaps Australia

Julie writes :
You asked me to email you with the finished quilt and here it is!
I finished the quilt with most of the BOM's that I have received.

My swap partners were: (I hope I've got it correct!)

Leanne,Leona, Alicia, Alice,Leena, Lyndell,Elaine,Maree,Larissa, Brigette, Sue & Sylvia

I added more borders and ended up with a queen sized quilt.

I LOVE how it turned out.

I have also blogged about it.

Thanks again for organising this swap.

Cheers...Julie (Jewells)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Block For Cathy Albers

My September partner was Cathy from Canada and seeing she was a newbie this was her first swap... 
and Cathy wished for a
Maple Leaf in reds, browns, orange, green or golds with an off white background...
I love this daisy fabric and thought it the perfect colour for Cathy...
Luv T xxx

Monday, September 26, 2011

My September Wonky Square

One of the things I love about this swap is meeting new people... even if it is by email.... and I just loved meeting Teresa this month.....

This week my block arrived all the way from Portugal ....

Aren't those lovely eye spy fabrics..... fantastic..

It came with a lovely bookmark and portugal pin...

which is in use already with next months book club book.....

Thanks so much Teresa.... great swapping with you.....

and thanks Sue for coordinating this swap... I love the new look blog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Star block for Sue

Sue was my swap partner this month  to allow me time to recover from my overseas trip.  Thanks Sue.  Here is a sneak peek of your block. 

I will be posting your parcel tomorrow.
Happy stitching.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fresh spring look

As my friends will know (if you have read my latest post on my personal blog) Here

I have too much time on my hands with my sewing machine in the repair shop.  So instead of spending a Friday night tucked away in my sewing room, (while hubby watches the footy on tv) I have been playing around with new templates on both my personal and this group blog.  Giving both a fresh make over for Spring.

I have made the new one less busy, and I always try to use templates that look a bit crafty, or with fabric. 
What do you think of the new look.

Quilted hugs, Sue x

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My August block

Here a bit late the block I received from Robyn Larkin, my August swap partner (my September partner is Robyn too but another one). Very soft and it fits perfectly with my other blocks. Now I have nine and I'm thinking if I'll do a quilt with 9 or 12 blocks, probably I wait a bit more.
Thank you Robyn.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

August block from Nova Scotia via Werribee

Yesterday I was so happy to receive my block from Heather in Nova Scotia. I had received "my" block last week only to discover that poor Heather had put my block in for Vanessa in the Christmas swap and vice versa. Luckily we were able to swap to get the correct one. Both were beautiful blocks but I just love my purple and blue star. Thanks to both Heather and Vanessa

Australia to Portugal

I was so excited to be posting to Portugal... a first for me....

This is Teresa's block.....

I hope you like your Star Teresa....
(the picture looks purple but it's not... browns and bugundy's....)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From Australia to France

This month I had two swap partners.  This is what I sent to Beatrice in France.  She asked for a Strings block in neutrals to tan and so I was able to use some of my favourite Bunny Hill fabrics.
I was also very happy to send a Kansas Dug Out block in pink and green to Billy.  Not so far to travel as she lives in Melbourne just like me.

I love being in these swaps.  Thanks Sue.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From France to Australia

Beatrice is one of our new French members, she only joined up last weekend and has already made these fabulous blocks,

Beatrice writes:

I made and sent today my two blocks for Melody : I was not happy with the first, so I make another one & send both ! Hope she could use it.



Monday, September 12, 2011

Wonky Stars for me!

This happy star is from Noelene... just makes me smile, thanks!

Lucky me, another gorgeous wonky one from Debbie !!! Thanks so much!
Unfortunately Anne's block for me went missing in the mail somewhere between Canada and Australia. Thanks anyway Anne, I am sure it is lovely!

For special ladies

I have been away and fell behind with my postings. Sorry girls. Here are some blocks I made for my lovely ladies.....    I will post there's to me soon !      Minette

Black&White log cabin for Noelene

                                 Blues & Greens log cabin for Anne

                                    Any block in Blues and Yellows for Lyndell

Catching up on some Old Blocks

As I have told my Block Partners that I have been some ill and I have not gotten around to making the blocks... But as of today I am all 100% caught up and looking forward to October Block partner.

June - Cheryl

September - Debbie

July - Sue

These will be in the post tomorrow so you should receive them shortly.

Till Next Time,

Sneak Peek for Fiona

My September partner is Fiona from Quensland, she asked for a wonky eye spy block. I hope she likes it. I've only made wonky blocks once or twice. Here's a little sneak peek

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Block for Linda and Tarnyia

 Well Linda one of my September partners wished for a ''blazing arrow'' in blue and white
and I love how it has turned out for her...
 and this is the block she made for me...
the red fabric is quite different and the photo doesn't really show it up that well
and I love it... thank you Linda for being my partner...
 and this is the block I received from Dallas my August partner...
the flowers are so pretty and the card is just gorgeous
thank you Dallas for being my partner...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tropical Log cabin

Cate is my partner this month and she requested a Log cabin in green, orange and aqua "tropical" colours.  I couldnt resist putting a parrot in the centre.

It will be in the post on Monday

Crafty's block for Terry

hi all!
here is terry's block that is heading across the seas!

she requested any block in black, grey and pink - hope she likes it!


We have had a rush of new members join up in the past few days, and I am excited to welcome two from France, our first French swappers in the group.

So please join me in welcoming,. Beatrice
 and Isabelle

We also have a new Canadian member, Cathy from Ontario and an Aussie Jane from Coffs Harbour in NSW. (no blog details given).

Thank you to all of the lovely ladies happy to do an extra swap so these members can get started straight away.  This puts our current swappers back to 50.

A Little Peek for Tarnyia

Here is a sneak peek for Tarnyia.  She requested red and aqua.  Hopefully she will be receiving the block soon as I mailed it out around the 1st of the month.

Linda G

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Block from Cathy to Terry

I heard from Terry that my block for August QBSA had arrived safely.  Here is the sneak peek I posted earlier.

and here is the full block.
Terry asked for ANY BLOCKS in Grey, Black and Pink.  I had so much fun making african violet blocks for the Block Lotto, I decided to upscale and make a 12" one in Terry's colours.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hello from Scotland

Sue - our only Scottish member has just received this lovely block from Bobbie and writes:

I have received my August block from Bobbie in Australia and would like to post a photo and say 'Thank You' for the wonderful block

Monday, September 5, 2011

July block

This is my beautiful block from Ann my July swap partner, I'm just a little late uploading. Just love the apple in the centre.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

August blocks

I received this great friendship star block from Gemma on Friday and was so pleased and also somewhat surprised to see it is completely hand sewn , great block ,thanks so much Gemma !
Gemma asked for a log cabin block in greens , red and tans so this is the block I have sent to her , not sure if it has arrived but hopefully it has . Enjoy your day . Sheila

Storm at Sea for Brenda of Ohio

Just finished this 'stormy' block for Brenda, it's a first for me (that's why this swap adventure is for - to venture new blocks) and I enjoyed doing it. She has requested Blues and Browns and it will be on the way to her as we speak!! Been a pleasure doing this swap.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I am Back

It is so nice to be back swapping after my holiday. Would you beleive my Sept swap Block for Cathy went in the mail on Friday. Sew I can only show you a sneek peak.

Will reveal more when Cathy receives it.

Grandmothers Fan

Shauna was Robyn's partner for July, and was really struggling with this block, so I have made it for her, and in turn Shauna will make something for me.

Robyn is saving Grandmothers fans in creams.   I used a cute rose print for the base of the fan, to give it a bit of colour.  I think its pretty, I hope Robyn thinks so too.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Block for Dallas

For the month of August my partner was Dallas from Castlemaine Victoria Australia..
Dallas wished for and Autumn star or log cabin
as you can see I chose a star block... I think the camera flash has made the green appear a little to ''limey''...
I do hope you like your star block Dallas...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

I've been really lucky...

because I've received two fabulous Owl blocks in the last few days.  This is my August block from Marta. Such a sweet little face. Thank you so much, he will look wonderful in my quilt. I love him.
 Billy just joined Aussie Block Swaps and I'm her first swap partner.  Look what she made for me. Isn't he adorable.  I just love his little fob watch.
 Billy also sent a lovely quilting card, some very cute fabric and an adorable quilt label which I will definitely use on my owl quilt. Thank you, Billy.
Lucky me!
PS I've got a First Year Blogging Anniversay Giveaway going on over at my blog
please pop on over, say Hello and go into the draw.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August block for Heather

This is the red and white block that I sent Heather in Canada. As she has let me know she's received it I can show it. As you can see I rather like doing hexies as well.