How to JOIN quilting block swaps Australia
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Only a few more Yellow and Blue blocks and I can put them together for a nice single bed quilt.
Sharryn asked for any block made in Black and Whites.
and this is what I made for her….
Monday, February 25, 2013
Lessons I have learned.
1. Back up your computer
DH and I had NEVER backed up anything, so we are very lucky that we have not lost any thing. We have now purchased an external hard drive and I will diligently back up weekly.
2. Ensure that your virus protection is up to date.
We thought ours was but it turns out that it was about a year out of date and was not keeping up with all of the nasties that are sent around the Internet.
So what happened you may ask...
I was opening and reading my emails as you do, in the normal manner and one of the websites that I love and regularly purchase fabric from had sent me an email about a sale, so of course I clicked on the link to have a look and enjoy some eye candy - retail therapy web based. And WHAM, my computer froze. I tried to shut down on the little X - no luck, so tried Cntrl Alt Delete - no luck so I just switched it off.
On rebooting the computer a message came up that I had a catastrophic error. gulp.....
The repair man said that the virus was a Trojan, and had probably been lying idle in my computer waiting to strike. It was nothing to do with the website that I was visiting, ( thank goodness), so I can feel safe to continue to shop with them.
So I have a bit of arranging and updating to do getting everything back to familiar and I should be able to get the March swap partnerships out on time this weekend.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I was in total ahhh when I opened it up and realized that she hand stitched every stitch on the block.
She sent me some wonderful extras also.
I haven't hand stitched blocks in a long time and don't know if I could even go back to it since I have been so spoiled with my sewing machine. The only hand stitching I do now is the quilting.
Thank you so much Ank for taking the time to put so much energy into doing this block.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
DH is taking it to the repair shop tomorrow and x fingers that he can fix it and restore all of the data back. Failing this I am going to have to start from scratch and gather all of this information again, Thankfully every one is a saved contact in hotmail so I can email you all if I need to.
For now, we won't panic, so no need to email me all of your details unless you receive an email from me asking you to do this. I have my iPad , which is where I am writing this post from, and I can get into hotmail on this for now, but it is a work supplied iPad so I can't save personal stuff on it.
Worse case, the March pairing may be delayed depending on what happens at the computer repairers tomorrow. X finger for me that everything can be saved.
Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....
Monday, February 18, 2013
So, if you are thinking about having some mid month fun, why not join us.
Swap partners are sent out in the middle of the month and we make each other two little blocks each measuring 6.5 inches raw edge to raw edge.
Its a great way to use up all of those little scraps, and just look at some of the quilts and blocks you can make with the versatile 6 inch block
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
But not anymore! lol
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Karen requested a plaited block in complementary bright fabrics on white and having just bought a pink and orange fabric that I thought would be just right I got started right away! It is actually a little brighter than it appears in the photo.
I love the way these blocks look and might just have to make a quilt of these one day. Thanks for being my partner this month Karen!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I will be popping this in the post for you tomorrow Lori, might check and see it weighs less than 50 grams first ;)
There has been a lot of emails lately regarding the rising cost of International postage, which is causing a few ladies (sadly) to leave QBSA.
I have been communicating with Cathy ( who runs the Christmas group ) at length over the past week to try and come up with a solution, questions we have been asking each other are:
Do we split into two groups? one international and Australia?
Do we stop swapping internationally and revert back to an Australian only group?
Do we leave it like it is, and let the members drop out if they don’t want to swap internationally?
Do we allow individual members the choice of swapping with their own country or with everyone in the group.
I have emailed all of the US members, as it was firstly the US members that have been dropping out of the group due to a recent increase in postal charges. I have given them the option to do USA only swaps or stay in the mix with everyone, and all but one have opted to stay swapping Internationally. Which is really pleasing, as why join an Australian swap group, and not swap with Australians.
There are a lot of tips on saving postage and I thank you all for your feedback. Lori has come up with a good solution for the US ladies which reads
So you may want to let these USA ladies know you keep your envelope to a business size 4.1/8 x 9.1/2 (USA) and get a global stamp $1.10 and you should have no troubles. It helps to go to the counter & ask 'what do you have available to this area.
I got stung today at the post office sending a parcel to the US, it contained two blocks, flat in a plastic zip lock bag and a note card. As it weighed 71 grams it cost me $6.20 to post. The post mistress informed me that us Aussies have also had a price rise and to get a letter to the US, its needs to weigh in less than 50 grams and be flat, so I guess that means no more double blocks, and lighter note cards.
I have therefore gone onto the Australian post website and can give you the current cost of posting to the US and other countries that we have regular swaps with and they are
TO USA AND CANADA
( costs correct as at 5th Feb 2013)
under 50g $2.35
50g – 250g $6.20
250 – 500g $14.20
Please bear in mind that these are posted as LETTERS, anything bulky will be treated as a parcel and the costs would increase accordingly.
So, where to from here.
To those ladies that we have made special arrangements with, we will honour that, but this is for a limited time as partners will run out. Other than that, no changes will be made to the groups in the short term but we suggest that if postal costs are a concern to you, to be mindful of the weight of your letter before you head off to the post office.