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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

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Blue and Yellow Swap Block Quilt….

After collecting my Blue and Yellow Blocks for the past 18 mths I had fun putting them together into this quilt.

Swap Blocks Quilt.2013

thanks goes to Vicki, Erin, Kym, Carmen, Sharryn, Isa, Cathy USA, Leena, Pam, Ank - Holland, Janet, Adelaide and Terry for their gorgeous blocks…….


this is an extra block which is the start of my next quilt.

Hugz  Maria

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blocks a plenty

In an attempt to swap with every member, I am doing a run of double swaps, this month my partners are Helen P and Erin B. as it turns out Erin and I were also partnered in the Christmas swap.

Here are their blocks......

A country colours friendship star for Helen, complete with chooks, can't get more country than chooks.

And any star in any colours for Erin, so I chose a twist in the friendship star, in one of my favourite colour ways if green and pink.

If you want to see Erin's Christmas block you better hop on over to that blog.


July Block from Elizabeth

Heres my beautiful July block from Elizabeth..its a lonestar paper pieced block                       and she did a fantastic job!  Thank you Elizabeth!!
                                                   Its perfect!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tropical block

My partner for July was Lorna who sent me a block in my new colours of aqua, grey and orange, ans what pretty block it is.

The was also some extra fabric and a sweet card purse.
I also wanted to share this nifty little quilt block tool that I have come across (and ordered).. It's called the quick and easy block tool and its a flip out cutting guide for 102 popular quilt blocks with cutting instructions in 5 sizes per block. Perfect for block swap group members.

It also has reference guides for fabric requirement, it cost 21.95 + postage from Ozquilts, but I think money well spent and will be an invaluable tool.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July blocks...

Today I received my Churn Dash block from Noelene... thanks very much....

... goes perfectly with my others...

I sent Noelene this Braced Star....

I have to admit I really struggled with this one and this was my third version.... first time ever I was ready to give up with a block... it's effective though - I like her choice of the black and yellow

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pauline and CathyC - July swaps

this is what  I made and sent to Pauline, who has let me know it has arrived safely ..........
Starflower Batik
..... and she likes it ;-)  Thanks Pauline!

this is what Pauline sent me ;-)
thanks Pauline - it is perfect - I love all the different purples you have used ;-)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mystery Block

This is the block I received on Friday (some cute fabric too) - it will go beautifully with the others ♥

Really sorry I don't know who to thank - DD opened the mail (3 squishy parcels) and put the envelopes straight into the recycling as it was bin day (not usually that efficient LOL)

Lucky #19

Random number generator selected #19 out of 21 comments on the Fabric Direct give away.

So a huge congratulations to Karen Falzon from New South Wales who is the lucky winner.  

Your prize will be posted to you next week.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sue's June Block

Here is the block I sent Sue for the June Swap

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Give Away Time

As mentioned some time ago, we are celebrating reaching 200 followers at Quilting block Australia. It's really lovely that some if our past swappers have rejoined, and others still comment in our blog and Facebook page and stay in touch with us.

Again, a huge thank you and hugs to the very gorgeous Eve from fabric direct for donating this pretty set of Anna Bella for our give away. There are five 25 cm strips of fabric in this set.
I recently made a purchase from Eve and asked if she would be so kind as to sponsor us again and she was more than willing to do so, so lets reward her with some online shopping fun at Fabric Direct

To enter the give away, simply pop a comment in this post telling me what sewing tool you cannot live without, for me it's a good pair of sharp scissors.

Entries close at 5pm next Friday 19th July and the winner drawn by random org. I will announce the lucky winner on Saturday 20th July next. Entry is open to all current and past members of Quilting Block Swaps

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scrappy Postage Stamp Block for Amira

UPDATED 21/7/13

here is the lovely block Amira sent me for June
from Amira QBSA June
It's a bit late, but now in the post for Amira
for Amira - QBSA - June - from CathyC

July ................

My July partner is Kelly who asked for Ohio Star, in pinks. I made a block in 2 fabrics, and had to make another, this time using 4 fabrics. It is wonderful, the different look achieved by a different arrangement of fabrics or colours. These are the blocks I made and sent -
and this is the gorgeous pinwheel Kelly sent to me.
I think I'll have to change my selection next month - my collection of pinwheel blocks will make a beautiful quilt with a purple theme. There is some purple in each block, sometimes a little, often lots - and they are all stunning.
Thank you so much Kelly for this month's block. Thank you everyone who has stitched a pinwheel block.
Hugs, Jan

Sunday, July 7, 2013

July block

The block I've made for Karen; quite a challenge for me but I think I did it OK..

Bear paws for Ruth

I ended up with a double swap this month as one of our members has had some unfortunate family health scares that needed her attention, so I stepped in and took over the swap for her.
Her partner was Ruth who is saving bear paws in rich earthy tones.

This is a pattern that I love making and had fun with it, it will be in the post tomorrow.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lemon liquorice

Last night I stitched the binding on this gorgeous block swap quilt which I have named lemon liquorice.
Thank you to all of my swap partners that contributed to blocks in this quilt. It's a great example of by just picking a colour range and letting your partner choose what they make you and they all tie in perfectly together. I still have a few blocks in this colour rage, and they are all stars so I will continue to save stars in this colour for a second version.
You can see the full layout of the blocks in an earlier post ( when it was a flimsy).

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June ....and May

My swap partner for June was Jan and she asked for a pin wheel block, so this is what I sent her.
This is the beautiful  depression block she sent me, she had also made me a coaster and enclosed a coffee and a tea. Yumm!
I know I should have ironed it, but I like it anyway.
And I haven't blogged about my May swap. This is the stunning block Fiona sent me!
I forgot to take a pic of my churn dash for her so this pic is borrowed from her
Thank you ladies for the lovely blocks!