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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, June 30, 2012

July block for Karen P

Here is the block that I made for Karen P .. 
Karen asked for this plaited block from Quilters Cache ... it was an interesting block to make .. I only had to unpick one seam .. which I thought was pretty good really .. haha .. 

I do hope you like my 2 bright complimentary colours .. with the white background ..

it will go in the mail on Monday ... 

Fabricworm Bundle winner

We had 58 entries in the Sponsored give away by Fabric worm. 

I listed all the entries in the order they were received on Excell, starting with Blog entries and then adding Face book entries on.

Random generator selected lucky number 48 which is Helen Scobie from Waratah in New South Wales.  Helen is a relatively new member to QBSA doing only her second swap this month after joining when she read the article about us in Homespun magazine.

Congratulations Helen, the lovely Cynthia at Fabric worm has been sent your details and she will get this pretty bundle of fabrics posted to you.
That leaves the rest of us to have to pop over to fabric worm HERE and purchase our own favourite bundle

Thanks Elle.....

Thanks to Elle for my Churn Dash block that arrived this week...... I love those colours ....

So fun collecting these

Thanks Elle... it's perfect 

Hugz from Fiona

Friday, June 29, 2012

June block from Billy

I've received one of my June's blocks. This one came all the way from Australia. Bobby sent it to me. It's wonderful. I'll have a great friendship quilt in no time.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Deb's Star

Deb from Queensland is my partner this month and her request was any star in purples or violets.  Rummaging through my stash I realised that I really dont have a lot of purple, but I did find enough to do this for Deb.

I challenged myself and made a star that was a little more difficult and I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I hope Deb thinks so too

A pretty block

Here is the 12” blog the pretty May block I received from Brenda
Thank you

Ank’s July Block

I know it is still June but I like to make my blocks as soon as I receive my partner from Sue. Will pop it in the post tomorrow.
Ank asked for Ecru, soft brown,green and blue.

Ank's July Block 2012

The block is called “Another Nine Patch Star” from quilter’s Cache.
Hugz Maria

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June blocks

These are the 2 beautiful disappearing 9-patch blocks I received from lovely Maria in Canada.
They will fit perfectly into my planned quilt.

I have completed my July 12" swap block for Donna in Victoria. (below)
It is a variation on the Carpenter's Square, made in black, red & blue.
I shall get to Post Office when this rain stops...LOL.

Kerry in rainy, wet, miserable & cold Queensland

Cheers, Kerry Qld

Dawn's June block

For June, I think Dawn was new to the swap so I was able to do a double swap. Dawn asked for either of two blocks and as both were relatively easy I made both. The under block is black and a pale lavender although the photo doesn't show it up too well. Dawn has received the blocks so I can show and tell.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My block from Carmen

Heres my block from Carmen, its so beautiful!  Thank you Carmen!

Hugs!  Julianne

This is my block from Chantell

I love the colours and patterns. It is so crisp and bright. Also in the parcel - a covered photo album. I cover books for others but this is the first covered book that is mine. Photos of my mothers 90th birthday and some of the grandies are already in there.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Janets block from Maria

This beautiful block was made for me by Maria from WA. I love the colours! Maria also sent me some lovely buttons and trim to go with the block - Thank you Maria!

Thank you so much Sue, I love being part of this swap!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Swap blocks going out ..

I have done rather well today getting caught up on my swaps ... 

I have Noelene's May and Leena's June swap blocks ready and packaged up to go in tomorrow's mail .. 

Noelene wanted a log cabin block made with black on white and white on black .. I just love the way these blocks look .... very very effective ... 

Leena asked for a Spool block made from the pattern at Quilter Cache ... 

Here is what I finally made for her ... 

Hope you like your blocks ladies ... 

July Block and June....

My July partner is Rosemary 
she wished for the block Card Trick with a black background...
 I think the blues stand out so well with the black...
I will be away for a couple of weeks 
so I wanted to get Rosemary's block done and in the mail to her...
these two blocks are from my June partners Helen and Erin...

just loving the blue and yellow together...
Thank you ladies for being my June partners...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Slight change to rules on the give away

As many members dont have a blog, you can simply like the comment on face book for an entry
or comment on the give away post for an entry.  Do both and you get two entries.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

July partners sent early

Hi Ladies

What a mammoth month  We have 84 members, and ALL of them are swapping this month which is probably a first, and certainly the biggest monthly swap we have had.

You still have a week to get your June blocks send off to your partner, so please make sure you email you partner if you are running late, and even though I have sent the July partners out early, you still have all of July to get those swap obligations done.

Only 16 places left before numbers are capped so if you are thinking of joining, better be quick.

As you are aware I am endeavouring to have sponsored monthly give aways for members, past members and followers there are rewards and benefits of the fun and free group.  How cool is that.

Well must run, off to a friends 40th birthday party to play croquet - that will be a first for me.

Have a fun month quilters and I look forward to seeing all of the fabulous blocks exchanged.


Fabric worm are one of my favourite online fabric shops.  I spend ages browsing at the amazing array of fabric bundles and organic cotton. 

I am excited to announce the very lovely Cynthia from Fabric worm have agreed to be a Sponsor of QBSA and have offered THIS fabulous fabric bundle as a prize.

So jump on over to fabric worm and take a look at the beautiful bundles of fabric they have on sale. 


If you dont win this one, I am sure you will be tempted to make a purchase. I know I will be.
Members, past members and followers of QBSA are eligible to enter and the giveaway will end 5pm 30th June- so lets call this our end of Financial year give away.
To enter simple tell me which is your favourite fabric worm bundle pop a comment on this post
I would love you to blog about it and link back to this post.
For two entries LIKE the post about this give away on our Face book page. (non bloggers can like the post on face book for an entry)
The button for Fabric worm will also be placed on the left side of the Blog.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My block from Sharon .........

............... this beautiful, dramatic block in reds. I love it!

Also a bundle of 2 1/2 inch squares that I can make into other blocks - creams, greys, greens, aquas - mustn't over think it - let the combinations flow.
Thank you so much Sharon, they are gorgeous,
Happy stitching, Jan

Thanks Donna...

Mr Postie brought this lovely block for me from Donna....

Thanks Donna.... another great block for my collection...

Hugz from Fiona

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jeneta's Star....

This month I made a block for Donna... she asked for any block and since I am collecting Churn Dash and have not made one myself yet I did so 

Churn Dash for Donna

I was also partnered with Jeneta who is a newbie to our group... welcome Jeneta .. great to have you...

Jeneta asked for any star in Blue and White so this is the one I made....

Ohio Star for Jeneta

Hugz from Fiona 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

May swaps

This is the block I made for Jane. I hope she liked it!

And this is the beautiful block I received. I love it! Thanks so much, Jane!

Another swap quilt completed.

A few weeks ago I showed you the flimsy but now I can proudly show you the completed quilt.

This is the fourth quilt that I have made with blocks received in the QBSA block exchange, and I think they keep on getting better.

I have been calling this one blazing arrows swap quilt, as a reference to the style of block used, but now its complete I have renamed it BlacK KaT.  As I mentioned in a previous post this if going to be a gift for my girlfriend Deb who is an avid cat lover, and turns 50 in July.

I started collecting these blocks in September 2011, and one member (Beatrice from France) kindly sent me two identical blocks in my exchange with her, so I used this extra block to make a matching cushion.
This a true Multicultural quilt with swaps from the following ladies
Beatrice - France (2)
Encara - Spain
Teresa - Portugal
Brenda - USA
Cathy - Canada
Helen - Australia (2)
Erin - Australia
Raelene - Australia

As always when I position a quilt for photos my camera shy dog Robbie (not) jumps on it to be in the picture.  Look at him posing for the camera  - so cute.

Janet’s June Block

On Friday there was a parcel in the mail for me. It came from Qld sent by my June swap partner Janet.   I love the cute box she put it in and the card.


I am very happy with my lovely block.


Thank you so much Janet..
Hugz   Maria

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 I know I'm being late for posting my april swap, but here it comes. This is the block I sent to Lorraine
 And this is the beautiful block I received with a nice card and a special NZ mug rug. Thank you so much Lorraine!
And this is the other side of the mug rug! I really love both sides!

Monday, June 11, 2012

We love the Fat Quarter shop


I am sure everyone has heard of the fat Quarter shop - they are the go to place for online fabric shopping as they have such an enormous range.

The very generous and lovely Kimberly, owner of the Fat Quarter shop has kindly agreed to be a sponsor of QBSA

To make things easier for members - due to the International range of members donations will be in the form of gift vouchers that recipients can use to shop online with.

Stay tuned as Kimberly and I work out the logistics and look forward to some more competitions for followers and members of QBSA.

But in the meantime, why not hop onto their site to do a spot of shopping
 - just click on the button above.  This button will also be placed on our blogs side bar for members to easily pop on over to do a spot of fabric shopping.

Fat Quarter Shop

June blocks

This is the block I sent Petah for June

This is the Harvest star block I received from Petah. She even included the pattern sheet which was great. Thanks for being my partner this month.
I also got to swap with dawn in USA but as she hasn't yet got her block I'm keeping it a secret. Welcome to the swap though, Dawn.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Churn Dash from Jeneta

How wonderful to have new people joining our block swap.... this month I was paired up with Jeneta and she has already made and sent me this awesome Churn Dash block in Civil War colours

Thanks so much Jeneta... it is perfect ... I will get to making your block soon....

Hugz from Fiona

Saturday, June 9, 2012

June Swaps...

This month I had two partners and both are Aussies...
my first partner is Erin and she wished for either a ''Road to California or a Star Block" 
and any colour choice... so I did
 Road to California is a trendy grey and orange with an off white background... 
this block is winging its way to Erin as of yesterday...
my second June partner is Helen who is a newbie 
and she wished for either  a "Double Hourglass or Patchwork Star" 
with white and my choice of other colour...
I can tell you the Hourglass block is a little tricky but I got it done...
Ladies I do hope you like your blocks and thank you for being my partner for the month of June...
Luv Tarnyia xxx

Friday, June 8, 2012

May Blocks

 This is my wonderful block from the lovely Helen.  I love it sooo much.  The colours are great - so bright and bold.

and this is my block for Helen - I hope she loves it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My June block are on the way

This month I had to swap partners. I've already posted their blocks. They are both going to travel all the way to Australia.

This one is going to Billy

And this is going to a new member who recently joined our group. It's Jannene.

I do hope they like them.

From New Zealand

This stunning block arrived in my letterbox today from the lovely Lorraine in New Zealand.  Lorraine also sent me this useful sun glasses case, she must be spying on me and sees how naughty I am to put my good sun glasses into my handbag without a case.  I am sure to use this now.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Yellow pops

As I have completed the top in blazing arrows - my new block choice is any block in black, white, grey and yellow and look at the beauty I received in the post today.

This is from Sue P, a fellow Adelaide quilter.  I love how the yellow in this block really makes it pop.

June blocks ............

Michell asked for this pinwheel block in Civil War prints - it is actually darker than the picture shows -

and Sharon left the block choice to me, in yellow, white and grey. So many choices and possibilities I could have made a whole quilt [but didn't]. This is the block for Sharon.

Happy stitching,