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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, May 31, 2011

New page on blog

I have added a new page to the blog called


This is where I will keep a list of all of those brilliant websites, you tube videos, tutorials etc that can help us quilting girls with patterns and tips.

So, if you come across a great time saving, stress saving tip that you want to share, send me the link and I will pop it on this page for you.

Blocks received-

Thank you to Noelene and Leanne for your lovely red and white saw tooth stars, and to Cheryl M for the sweet little 6 inch ones.  I have left my camera at work so will pop a pick up later but wanted you to know that they have all arrived.


Look what just arrived! A lovely block from Sue, SA. And she spoiled me with an extra heart block too! Thank you so much, they are both gorgeous!


Monday, May 30, 2011

May Block For Sandi

After weeks and weeks of  being ''busy in life'' I am slowly catching up with all my swaps...
Sandi requested ''teapots in non-traditional colours''...
I do hope this is what she was thinking of....
and yeah I know it's in red and aqua like my stars... 
but I do just love those colours at the moment hahahaha
Luv T xxx

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I was just interested on how many members we had from different countries so I have colour coded my data base. 
Here are the statistics:
USA - 4

If you have ever scrolled to the very bottom of the blog you will see that I also have on their a blog traffic map, this tells me where people are that are reading the blog.  If I click on this it actually gives me statistics as to where the people are located.  I dont know about you, but I find this facinating to know people from all over the world are reading this and admiring the work we all do.

From Shauna to Leena

Just received this lovely block from Shauna (Bushfields Farms of Canada). I thought it might have got lost in the mail and that would be a terrible shame as I would most definitely be deprived of such a beautifully well done Spool Block. Thank you Shauna for doing a great job of it.

Thank you Sue for doing this blog for me. Great news about Crafty, and with this new addition to her family, she will be definitely be busier than ever! Well, you know us women, we are great organisers and it is always amazing what we can achieve with all these challenges coming in our way constantly. See ya and have a great day.

Lovin' the swaps,


May's block from Robyn

this is my block from Robyn in New South Wales for the lovely month of May ....

thanks so much Robyn ... hugs ...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Block from ChEryLl

Received my block from ChEryLl this week

 Thank you Cheryll. The block looks great with all the others.

I spent this evening squaring up all my Jacobs Ladder blocks and hope to put them together over the weekend.

Friday, May 27, 2011

June partners sent

Hi Ladies,
By now you should have received your June partners.  We have 47 members participating in the swap this month, thank you to Melody for doing the spare double swap.  (I do try to share this around).

As you would have read I am off to Thailand for a holiday (on June 4th), but will have the ipad with me, and will try to stay in touch depending on Wifi availability. 

Stay tuned to see some holiday snaps when I return on my personal blog, some silk and textiles are on my shopping list.

From Gemma to Hilly

Gemma has asked me to share a pic of this pretty block that she has made for Hilly,

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Exciting Announcement from Crafty Pug!

I'm very excited and priviledged to announce (on Crafty Pug's behalf) that...


Baby Puglet arrived today (26 May) at 3pm

Weight 7lbs 1oz or 3203g

Length 48cm or 18.9 inches

Mum and Bub both doing well

Congratulations to Crafty and the whole Pug Family!

Welcome to the world, Puglet!!! :-D

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sue's Sawtooth

Sue, this will be in the post tomorrow and hopefully waiting for you when you get back from holidays! I hope you like it.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Thank you Bobby QLD to NSW

Thanks Bobby for the wonderful block I received for Mays Blocks swap...
Its just wonderful I love it..You did a brilliant job of the Grandmothers Fan...yours is on its way..

Pretty in Pinks

I am delighted to tell you my block arrived on Friday from Leena and I love it .Isn't it gorgeous and such a unique block . Thanks so much Leena for being my first partner in the swap , I enjoyed it very much . Hope everyone is having a great stitching day . Sheila

Sunday, May 22, 2011


for Dallas
i hope this is to your liking Dallas
will happily make another if its not quite what you wanted

From Sheila to Leena

I received this beautiful block from Sheila Munro (Nova Scotia, Canada) and the lovely 'quilted' postcard. She mentioned that it was her first ever 'Spool Block' and Postcard and I must say that she did a great job. Didn't seem like a 'novice' to me!!!

Fabrics used fits in perfectly. Love the block and the fabrics.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

my block from Fiona ...

my most beautiful scrappy cardtrick block arrived from Fiona ...

I love it ..

thank you so much ...

here is a photo of it ... and you will agree .. it is just beautiful ...

and this is the 'wonky block' I sent her ...thanks for being a great swap partner Fiona ...

huge hugs ... Bobbie ....

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sylvia's Star

Sylvia sent me an email to not participate in the swaps for a couple of months as she was busy, and I was disappointed as I had ear marked myself to be her partner for June.  As it turns out I am going to be overseas for the first 2 weeks of June so we decided to be June partners in May instead.

As you may know if you follow my personal blog I have been practising with foundation piecing and although a I still find it confusing and a challenge I am pleased with how this star turned out for Sylvia, who requested any block in purple pink green and white.   I think I have covered all of those colours as the green butterfly print has some pink in it too.  I was a little disappointed as the finished block ended up 1 inch smaller than we make them, so I put a frame around it in the white.  So to the paper piecer's out there is this common that a pattern may end up smaller?

I will pop this in the post this week, I hope Sylvia likes it.

New Blocks........

I received this lovely Wonky Square in "I Spy" fabrics from Sylvia......

This is the blue and yellow block I traded it for ............

Great Trade

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Here is my April block from my swap partner Bobbie. Thank you Bobbie! I love your block and it fits in with the others I got.

Welcome new members

Sorry I am a bit late in posting this, but by no means do I mean to be less welcoming.

Since sending out the May swap partners, I have had 3 newbies join.. so a big quilted hugs welcome to :

Robyn from New South Wales
Larissa from Northern Territory (our first NT member)
Elizabeth from Victoria

And a big thank you to the ladies offering to do extra swaps that made it possible for these three new members to swap this month, your help and support is extremely appreciated.

We are now back to 50 members after a few dropping out of the group of late.

From Leena in Australia to Sheila in Canada

I also just posted Sheila's (of Nova Scotia, Canada) 12" block. Sheila's preference was Stars in any shades of pink. This block, 4-patches and Stars came out of my book of blocks (collection of blocks to-do someday!) . Will she be happy with this, I sincerely hope so!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bobbie's Sneak Peak

Well.... Bobbie has tempted me with a peak.... I couldn't resist giving her a little peak too ....

We are swapping blocks.... and hope to catch up for coffee too....

What fun when you discover a swap partner is a neighbour


Block from Maria

Today I got my May block from Maria. Thank you! I love it! Your block is on his way to you.

Fiona's block ...

I got very excited when I was collecting fabrics for this block .. so excited that I just had to make it tonight ... it is now 2:30 in the morning and I have completed it ... and it is just lovely ... and if you don't like it Fiona .. I will have it back ...

Here is a little peek at what will be in the mail to you tomorrow ... you should get it Friday ...

I really don't give too much of an idea of it do I ... haha ..

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lyndell's Block to Julie

I was the receiver of Lyndell's first swap and I am very happy with the block I received...great points!

It has now been placed with my other blocks in blue & yellow.. a lovely quilt is going to be made out of all these blocks when I get enough to put them together.


From Debbie To Linda

I received this gorgeous block from Debbie M.  I love the dramatic colors in the fabric she used.  Her sewing is perfect.  Thank you so very much, Debbie!

Linda G
Stray Stitches

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May swap block

Robyn your Grandmothers Fan is getting mailed tomorrow ... and as it only has a little distance to travel it should reach your mailbox by early next week ... I do hope you like the colours I picked to go into this block for you ....

And here is a little sneak peek ... which shows absolutely nothing .... but the block turned out beautifully if I do say so myself .. it is the first ever Grandmothers Fan that I have done .. and ... well .... I really want to make more now .... I truly love these swaps ...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Second friendship quilt complete

Its finally done, last night (while watching the footy show), I stitched the final stitches in the binding of Shabby stars.  This is the second friendship quilt that I have made since starting up this block swap group.

Pop onto the tab at the top of this blog to see details of the contributors of this quilt.

We make send and receive lovely blocks every month and show them as we send them, and as we receive them but most importantly when you have enough blocks to make a quilt, we all LOVE to see the finished product.  It inspires us all. 

When Leena shared her card trick quilt, the following month I had 3 members change their preferences to this block to make their own version.

You can post directly onto the blog (email me if I have not sent you this link).  However only I can edit the pages, so I will need you to email me images and details of the finished quilt to put this on the page for you.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My block for Maria

Here is a sneak peek of my block for Maria. She asked for a Ohio Star in eye spy fabrics. This is the first time I did this kind of block and I enyoied it very much. I will post it this week.

May block for Doris

Doris requested a black and white block with one other colour. I loved this challenge.
I ended up making a "Double Z" block with orange as my other colour choice.

I hope you like it Doris :-)

Sneaky Peak

 A block for Sylvia in blue and yellow..............

Log Cabin headed for Nova Scotia

Heather, your block is in the post.

Blocks Incoming!

Today, I received my QBSA April block from Ann, Nova Scotia. It is absolutely stunning and I LOVE the purple kitty fabric (I am the biggest purple fan by the way!).

and a close up:
How cute is that???

Yesterday, I also received my March block from Terri, QLD.  The pattern is gorgeous. I love the 4 patch with the flying geese.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Block for Tarnyia

Last week I received this wonderful wonky star from Debra
I love the modern fabrics... thank you Debra for being my partner...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Monday, May 2, 2011

Leena's spools from Heather

Leena was delighted to receive her first spools block in the post today from Heather.  I love the way this block really looks like a cotton reel.  I feel another fabulous quilt coming up from Leena

My May blocks

I have a busy month ahead, and with 2 partners this month I got off to an early start.

My first partner for May is the lovely Alethea in New Zealand who wanted any block in dark blue and white, so I made the ever popular Ohio Star with a fussy cut centre for her.

My second swap for the month was with the lovely Leanne for New South Wales who requested a Log Cabin with pinks on one side and aquas on the other with a white centre.  I hope this fits the bill.

Both blocks will start their travels to their new home tomorrow.

From UK to Canada

I took the Pledge and it did not hurt at all !!!
It feels so good having received my partner's details and making a unique block and posting it to her so early on in the month. Now I'll have to wait almost another month to do it again...

here is a sneak peek of the block I made for Sylvia in Canada.
It was fun making this block and I hope you like it Sylv. It is now flying across the ocean on its way to Canada (and it is not a Flying geese!).

Sylvia also posted a teaser of her block to me. Thank you for being my May SWAP partner

April Block Received (USA/UK)

Have to say that a Royal Wedding is lots of fun. The entire country is in happier mood. It's lovely and most of all because I received my April Block from Leona and what a beautiful block it is! It is so nice to open a parcel an see these beautiful and bright colours!
I love it. Thank you Leona.

... and Leona has received my block to her at the beginning of April. You can see what I made to her here