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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 28, 2013

Minty chocolate

I have changed my preference slightly on my churn dash block to include mint green. My partner for May was Cathy Beal, and this is what she made me. It does not show well in the photograph but the green is a delicious shade, like that if a minty aero chocolate bar.


Friday, May 24, 2013

May Block to CrafteeCC

Today I sent my May block away to Cathy aka CrafteeCC, a day later than planned.

You won't believe the trouble I had obtaining plain black material.  Even looking at the other end of the country when away, but I finally found some.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

No Internet - no phone

Just a quick post to let any one that has tried to email me on my personal bigpond email address I won't receive it.

we have just arrived home for five days in the Gold Coast, where I attended an inspirational conference for work, on our arrival home last night we have lost our phone line and our Internet is down.

Very frustrating after talking to a call centre for an hour last night and another 45 minutes today we have to wait until June 3rd before a technician can come and see what the problem is.  Not much fun do be doing this on my birthday :(

I am writing this from my work iPad, and I can still access the quilltingblock@hotmail emails from that.  I will attempt  to send out the block swap emails later this month from this, but if it proves difficult they may be a little late.

Now to go and get prettied up as Mum and Dad are taking me out to lunch. It's  not every day that a girl turns 50.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Swap blocks from Ruth

 These are the two beautiful blocks I got from Ruth. Both are just perfect.
 These are the blocks I sent Ruth. I wasn't confident in my colour choice so that's why I sent two. Thanks for being my swap partner this month Ruth.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blocks from Dawnelle

Here are my two pretty blocks I received from Dawnelle, Thank you!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

updated blocks - CathyC

I have just come across some photos of blocks sent and received in the last few months that I have failed to blog about :(

Blackfords Beauty
March 2013 - made for Julianne, QBSA

March 2013 - Received from Julianne

QBSA-swap for Noelene
April 2013 - Sent to Noelene
April 2013 Received from Noelene

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I am thoroughly spoilt

My swap partner for our birthday celebrations in April was Amira, and I have to apologise in the delay in posting this.  I received not only this beautifully made churn dash with the prettiest fussy cut tea cup centre


But also this fabulous pastel set of fat quarters, they all have a sweet sewing theme to them.IMG_0018 And how cute is Amiras card check out her blog Little mushroom cap, she does such amazing work.

Thank you Amira.

It is a long way from Canada .................

Mail takes a while, to and from Canada, but it is worth waiting for a beautiful block like this from Ann -

It is actually a deep, vibrant purple rather than the blue in the photo and it is just gorgeous. Thank you so much Ann. This is the block I sent to Ann -

Janet asked  for blue and white. I had a great time making these blocks - simple and different from any I'd made before -

Janet sent a purple pinwheel - soft and gentle colours - so beautiful - I just love it. Thank you so much Janet.

Alison asked for a log cabin block. I've made this block before but not in the striking colours of aqua to teal on one side and lime on the other around a grey centre. This is the one I made -

and here is the lovely pinwheel block that Alison sent me. I love the large prints against the white centre. Thank you so much Alison.

One more purple pinwheel is due any day now. I'm sure it is time to put them all together and stitch a very special quilt just for me. Dark and light, lots of purple or lots of other colours, patterns and plains, they are all so good together and I will have a great time making the arrangement.
I do so appreciate this swap group. Sewing for partners is challenging and satisfying, and receiving from partners always makes me smile and appreciate that 'this was made for me'.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

April blocks.....

Deb sent me this lovely Churn Dash block....

and look at my fun extra Block swap birthday present....

.. it's getting cold here in the evenings and I really don't like cold ears so this is perfect...

Thanks Deb... I love both the block and the beanie....

This is the block I sent to Debra who asked for any star in purple and violets ..... with a cream on cream background.... I hope there is enough purples in this.....

Since it is our QBSA's third birthday I sent a stitched initial using one of Michelle's initial patterns - stitched in purples and violets... and a skein of violet thread



Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Since I sent the may swap partners out I have had three members email me as they were not allocated a partner, and it seems that some of the data from my spreadsheet has vanished.

So, if you did not get a partner can you please email me so I can find you one, and sadly I will need your postal address and block choice details as well.  I do have a number of members sitting out this month, but if you want to email me to double check that I have everything then thats ok.  Better to be safe than sorry.

I am sooooo sorry that this has happened and I cant explain it, I back up data every month, but did have a tidy up so may have accidently deleted some of you.  So you are not unloved, you just have a swap co ordinator that is a bit silly from time to time. ( either that or gremlins came to visit).


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Birthday swaps

 This is the block that I sent to Vicki for our birthday swap. I included a Theodore Cleave button and some hand dyed fabric.
 This is the superb block I received from Vicki with one of her own bag patterns as the birthday gift. I aim to make the bag in the near future for a gift, just have to get the fabrics together. Thanks for swapping with me for April.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

April blocks

A big hi to all the bloggers & quilters. This is my absolute first comment anywhere on a blog so thank you Tarniya for my first block, the whole experience was fun & exciting waiting for a return block. Can hardly wait for the next one.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Minted chocolate

That’s what this block makes me think of, a yummy chocolate with minty filling.

This is for Cathy B who lives in Georgia in the USA.  Her request was for a minty green Ohio star on a chocolate background.

It will be in the post on Monday Cathy

Cathy B

My April block

From Jen in Pennsylvania USA
I had gone to a home school conference and when we returned home
our sweet neighbor was excited to bring in all my mail and
 I'd gotten some packages from 'out-of-state' ha!
She sent me a lovely sewn and pretty block Jen is a gifted seamstress.
Along with a few birthdays goodies!
Thank you Jen I am blessed & enjoyed our swap...

Blessings~ Lori USA