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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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

May block From Cheryl M.

Today I received this beautiful and bright block from Cheryl. She had some problems that delayed her but she was kind enough to email me notifying me that she was a bit late. I love the block, it's a star within a star. It has certainly compensated the little wait.
Thank you Cheryl!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Somethings fishy

Fiona is my partner for July, and I know its still June but I could not wait to play with some eye spy fabrics and make her a wonky square.

I decided to do an ocean theme:
 what can you spy?

Cheryl Munro's Blocks

Received Cheryl's Blocks and I really loved them. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Thanks Cheryl

May and June blocks

This is my May block from Cheryl and my June block from Robyn. I LOVE both of them and thank you so much for the extra goodies Robyn, I've been very spoilt. Sorry that the photo of Cheryl's block is on the side. One day I will get the hang of blogging with photos.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Alethea's Blue and white block

From across the Tasman we hear of volcanic ash, putting a halt to planes, disrupting travel arrangements of many from the Chilean volcano.  But that didn't stop my parcel arriving today from Alethea in New Zealand.

I am thrilled to bits with this block and how precisely Anorina fussy cut the pretty tea cups.  Isn't it cute?

Block For Ann

Annie Mac from Canada wished for a blue and green log cabin
this little baby is winging it's way across the ocean to her now... I just hope the postal strike in Canada is well and truly over before it arrives...
I have 2 partners for June so I best get back to the sewing machine...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Block Received From Nolene!

I received this beautiful Antique Tile Block from Nolene! Thank you so much!! I just love it!!
Many regards across the miles,

Saturday, June 25, 2011

July partners sent

Hi Ladies,

By now you should have all received an email from me with your swap partners for July.  They are a little earlier than usual but you have all of July to make and send the block so don't panic.

We have 45 lovely ladies participating this month, with 5 members sitting out the swap for various reasons.  Thank you to Gemma for being my double swap lady for the month with the odd number of participants.  If you have put your hand up for a double swap please bear in mind we only get this opportunity when there is an odd number of swappers or when I have a new member join that wants to swap right away.  I do keep track of who has done the swaps and share this around.

We still have 50 members and it seems every time a member drops out a new one joins to take her place.  As I cap the numbers at 50, any new enquiries above this get redirected to the block 2 swap.  Membership enquiries have been a little quiet over the past few months.

We have 79 followers on the blog now, so there must be ladies sitting and waiting and (watching ) eager to join up at some later date. 

If you have not been sent an invite to post directly on the blog or if your invite has expired let me know and I will send this to you.  Its lovely to see all the blocks we make each other, such an array of talent.

Thank you all soooo much for supporting the group and being with me on this journey of friendship and discovery.

Happy sewing and quilted hugs, Sue xx

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Christmas in July Mug Rug Swap!

Hi all!
Just letting you know that over at the Christmas Quilting Block Swaps Australia blog there is a new one-off side swap happening - the Christmas in July Mug Rug Swap!  
It is open to all - not just members of the usual swap - so if you would like to get in on the action head to this post
You have to let me know that you want to join by the 4th of July, and you have til the 31st of July to post your mug rug
So head on over and join in the fun!
Christmassy kisses

Nova Scotia seaside.....

My block this month was from Sheila in Nova Scotia in Canada ..... by the seaside.....

Lots to look at for my Eye Spy quilt.... thanks Sheila.....

a lovely landscape postcard arrived with it.... so much in such a little space... very clever..


From Anorina to Teresa

Today I received the June block from my partner, Anorina. I absolutely love it. The star is perfect and the fabrics are awesome. Thank you very much Anorina!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Leenas blocks from Bobbie

Great news, Sue is back!! Missed you and you know what, the blogs have been awfully QUIET!!! I can see that you are well stocked up with fabrics from Thailand and can't wait to get started on them. Lovely selection!!

Bobbie has made me TWO lovely Blocks as she thought the 1st one was lacking 'something'. I love both of them and I am really fortunate that I've got '2 for the price of one'. Thanks Bobbie.

Made Cheryl her 'Liberty Block' and it was done in tye-dye fabrics as I couldn't get a hold of batiks (my apologise). Hopefully it will blend in with her other lovely Blocks. (pic on the 6 inch group blog).

Sue, thanks for blogging for me as always and I think you must have brought the sunshine back with you. We have had some nasty weather last couple of weeks with all that rain and floods. Thank God that's over (hopefully).

See ya.
Lovin' the swaps

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sylvias star arrived

As expected a lot of mail was piled up when we arrived home from Phuket. Most;y bills but I did have two items that put a smile on my face. 

First was this lovely star block from Sylvia in Calgary Canada, my June swap partner

Sylvia included a lovely hand made card and a piece of blue and white spot fabric for my stash.
My second goodie was this months edition of Homespun magazine.

To see some pics of my holiday in Thailand and some of the goodies I purchased hop onto my blog:

Its always nice to go on holidays but its even better to get home to your loved ones.

Medora's blocks received.

The log cabin block I received from Vanessa Roberts. Would like to have it posted as I am long over due for this posting. I really like the block very much and it is gorgeous. Thank you very much. Medora

Elizabeths blocks made

Elizabeth has emailed me these 2 blocks to show for her,  The bright one is for Cheryl and the teapot one is Robyn's.

Love the stitchery !!

I'm Back, and showcasing a completed quilt

Hi everyone,  I am back from my wonderful holiday to Thailand.  Arrived home safe and well this morning. and have had a few visitors today as well as a nap.  Trying to catch up on the emails (there were over 60 in my inbox), so please be patient if you don't hear from me for a day or so as I work through these.  I had planned to stay in touch while on holidays but the wifi at the resort was hit and miss.  Some pics will follow in a few days too.

On another note I am proud to announce that Marie, who has been a member of this quilting group for around 12 months has emailed me a pic of her completed Jacobs ladder quilt.  Details of the quilt and contributors on members quilts page of the blog.

Sadly 3 members are leaving us this month, but they will stay in touch and follow the blog and hopefully re join when life lets them.  We also welcome two new members.  Carmen from Robinvale in NSW and Ank from the Netherlands so join me in making them feel welcome

Lastly, I have been getting a lot of SPAM comments on the blog, so I am going to exclude comments from non blog members to hopefully put a stop to this (10 this month).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A block from Sylvia...

...and it is a wonderful block.  Thank you so much Sylvia.  I love it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

June blocks from Alicia

I like my postman today, he some goodies in my letterbox.  He has not been nice on previous days, only leaving bills.

a package from Alicia, and surprise, there were two blocks in the envelope - thank you Alicia, they are both beautiful blocks.

Block:  Clay's Choice

This second one is my favourite though ;-)

Have a great day everyone, see you on FNSI

Sunday, June 12, 2011

May swap

Marie was one of my partners for the May swap. Her block arrived Friday. Here it is, I really love it!

and this is my block to Marie.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Block Received!

I received this beautiful Antique Tile Block in the mail. Unfortunately there was no name on or in the envelope!! I went back through my addresses and could not figure out who sent this!! Thank you so is so pretty...

Great Mail

Look what come in the mail today from Rosemary.

This gorgeous block. I am so pleased with it. Love the cat in the middle. Also what a cute card.
Thank you Rosemary.

Friday, June 10, 2011

June Swaps

The postie brought me this great block today from Mary in Ontario.  (excuse the magazine in the photo - I just won it in a giveaway).
This is the block I sent to Mary with a few other little goodies.
I had another swap partner this month too. Lovely Silvia from Illawong, NSW.  I'm pretty sure it will have arrived by now so here's what I sent.

I do love being part of this group.  Thanks to Sue for all your hard work organising us all.

May block for Larissa

Larissa has advised that her block for May has arrived - and she loves it

Here is a sneak peek of the block for Larissa (no blog)

Here is the full pic.

Larissa asked for Log Cabins, Pinwheels or Dresden Plates in Brighter rather than pastel colours, though not fluros.
I was hoping I had not gone over that line of brights turning into fluros.  I had intended to make a traditional log cabin, but a momentary lapse in concentration when cutting turned it into a Courthouse Steps Log Cabin variation.  I must say, I am very pleased with this block and am quite relieved that Larissa likes it.

I can't wait to see what I get from Larissa - it is like Christmas every month joining in with these swap groups.

Sheila's block

Sneaky peaky for Sheila..... star in earthy colours.....

I had some 'technical' difficulties...... but it will be in the post today....


Sneak Peek for Debra

Debra was my partner for the June swap. 
She requested a  wonky house. 
I hope to get this out in tomorrow's mail.  Hope you like the colours I used :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

For Helen

Here's a sneak peek for Helen.  I hope to get this out in tomorrow's mail.  Hope you like the blues I used :)

Linda G
Stray Stitches

To Australia, with Love!

this is my Block for Marie (Victoria - Australia) - no blog!

Marie requested a BLACK & WHITE block
This was a new one to me and I thoroughly enjoyed making it.
well, I suppose it is OK to show the entire block.
Hope you'll like it Marie.

'till next time

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A sneak peak

I am going to share just a sneak peak of the block I mailed off to Fiona last week , here in Canada we are experiencing a  postal strike so I am hoping that it got on its way before they stopped sorting :-( 
It was a fun block to do and I hope that Fiona will like my selection of fabrics and that it gets there before toooooo long .
 hugs Sheila

Blocks for Rosemary.

Rosemary was my partner for the June swap. She requested a Card Trick Block.

I made this B/W block and was not happy with the end result.

So I made a second one which I was delighted with.
Pleased your blocks arrived safely Rosemary and you are happy with them.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A sneak Peak for Anorina

This is a little piece of the June block I'm sending to Anorina. I hope I got the colors wright.

Leena's Block to Bobbie

I received this most beautiful block in the mail today from Leena ...
I love the colours .. thank you so much ...

As I sat up last night looking at the block that I made for Leena ... there was just something I didn't like about it ..... and the longer I looked at it ... the more I saw what it was I did not like ... It was the fabrics I had picked to make the block in .. there was nothing really wrong with them .. they just didn't do the block itself justice .... so .. I remade it ... and it went in todays mail ... I do hope you like the new improved version of the block I made you Leena ... hugs ... Bobbie xxx

sneak peek of the new one ...

yeah I know ... it is no help either is it ... lol

June Block for Hilly in Victoria

This was an interesting block to make. I hope I got the fabric right. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June block for Leena in NSW ...

this is a sneak peek at the 'spool' block i made for Leena ...  

what ??? can't see what it is ... haha ... sorry .. it is only the sneak peek ... you will have to wait for Leena to receive it to get a full shot of the block ...

it is the first spool that i have done ... and these swaps are great for that ... getting to make blocks I would possibly never try ....

so much fun...

hugs ... Bobbie  

Saturday, June 4, 2011

April & May Blocks for Helen & Larissa from Cathy

As part of my recent cross check of sending and receiving blocks, I realised I had not posted pics here.  
I was ABSOLUTELY SURE I had done it.

So here are all the blocks I have made for my partners since April, with sincere apologies to my swap partners for not acknowledging them on the group blog.


Here is the sneek peak of the April block for for Helen.

here is the full block

Helen asked for any stars in blue, shades and tones of blue
This star Block is called Deweys Victory


Here is a sneak peek of the block for Larissa (no blog)

This block has been posted, but I am yet to hear that it has arrived safely.  So we may have to wait a little longer to see the whole thing. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Showcasing stars

Finally I have my camera at home so I can show off the lovely stars that I have received.

Firstly this lovely cherry red star from Noelene who was my partner for April

And another stunning red star from Leanne who was my partner for May, Isnt the four patch centre pretty!

Thank you ladies for being my partners, I am thrilled with both of your blocks, they will go perfectly in my planned quilt. Hugs, Sue