Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Julieanne's blocks

These are the blocks I received from Erin Barkle...arent they beautiful??!!

Wonky star for Fiona 

Thanks for providing photos Julieanne ;-)
Keep the photos coming!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Candlemat for Naomi

Rosemary has provided this lovely photo of a candle mat for Naomi.

With apologies for its lateness,
Rosemary says 'It will be posted tomorrow' ;-)

Keep those photos coming ;-)

Christmas Star

Mary asked for a Star block in Traditional colours

this one is "Annie's Choice" from quilterscache

It has arrived with her now after a travel over the seas....

Hugz from Fiona @ BubzRugz

Saturday, 28 July 2012

August Partners have been allocated

Hi everyone,

August partners have been allocated.

If you haven't got your email, please let me know and I can re-send it.

Just a few stats for those that may be interested ;-)

We have a total Active Membership of 33, with 26 swappers this month, and 7 sitting out

15 Australians
6 from USA
3 from Canada
1 from New Zealand
2 from UK

Friday, 27 July 2012

Arrival in PA

Jen let me know my package  arrived in PA!
This is what I sent her...
As she & I e-mailed about these, that  mug-rugs are ''newer'' to us...
they are fun to make &  as I mentioned on my blog looked up different "tutorials"
and ended up making these three!
  Jen said she liked red so she received the 3rd one in the pic with the extra red sashings!
 I enclosed a coffee & some some yummy tea bags to sample while she uses her lil-mug-rug!
Glad she liked it & hope she enjoys!

I also want to thank Cathy for all her time & effort to put this swap together & arrange all the
Christmas in July partners!
I know it's lots to do & I appreciate it- it is a joy to be a swapper!

So Jen has received hers & I mine ....so we are completed!
Thanks girls & Blessings~

Pat's block for Bobbie

This is the Star block I received from Pat S ... 

Isn't it just gorgeous .. and the lovely handmade Christmas cards are beautiful too ... 

thank you so much Pat ... I love my block  ... 


Thank you so much!

My "Mug-Rug" arrived today & I love it!
What lovely colors & such a neat precise job!
 I sure enjoyed doing this "Christmas in July Swap" with you!



Cathy's CIJ Mug Rugs

Boy, have I been busy in my sewing room!

Here are some pics of the CIJ Mug Rugs/Table Mats I have made for my partners (yes, plural).
I gave myself an extra partner to even up the numbers ;-) then I found I had inadvertently left someone off the list :-( ooops!
So here we go!
I won't say who these are for so as not to ruin the surprise when they reach their destination.

While I was sewing, I used one of the hot chocolate packets that came with the mug rug from Diane

Thank you Diane, this was soo yummy! can't wait to try the others ;-)
Diane and I must have been on the same wavelength, as when she posted photos of her mug rug on her blog, I was working on this ;-)


I am really pleased with how this turned out ;-) I love using my new Dresden Plate ruler.

Now off to do some more sewing ;-)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Basket block for Michele-Marie

Thanks to Michele-Marie, from Eli Waters, Qld for this lovely block,


and Michele-Marie wanted a basket block for her Xmas swap so I sent her this red and green poinsettia basket.

I'm enjoying the opportunity to learn new blocks - and this was my first basket block. 
 Kind regards Cathy T, Helensvale, Qld.

Welcome to Gerri

Please join me in welcoming another new swapper to our group - Gerri from Washington, USA

Gerri has joined in time for the August swap.
Partners will be allocated over the weekend.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Julianne, Jessisca, Erin ....

July block for Erin

Christmas in July Mug Rug Swap for Jessisca

I sure hope they are both happy with their blocks! 

EDITED:  Mug Rug received from Jessisca

Thanks Julianne ;-)

Keep the photos coming!  

Don't forget, you can send your photos to Cathy, the Swap Co-Ordinator,
and all the bloggy stuff will be taken care of for you! 

For: Jen in PA

A lil-peek of whats on it's way to your post box...
"Christmas in July Swap"
I've been enjoying playing & learning making different "Mug-Rugs"
you can see some more on my blog
I do hope you will like  it!
It should be there in a day or two along with a lil-treat!
Please let me know when they come...

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Mug Rug ....

My mug rug from Jeneta arrived.... just have a look....

you have to admit it is pretty awesome... and a generous size too so I can have a big piece of cake at Christmas....

Thanks Jeneta... I love it ... and thanks Cathy for organising this fun swap...

Hugz from Fiona

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Rosemary's Star

Here is the lovely Christmas star that arrived in the post yesterday from Rosemary.  I also received some pretty Christmas quilt labels, thank you.  The star is gorgeous and beautifully made.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012

July block for Vicki

A seek peek of the July  block that is in route to NSW Australia
for... Vicki K.
I have e-mailed her a couple times and no reply however...
I have sent it off as I am thinking that she is just busy! :)
So...I will await hearing from her that it arrived!
Hope she likes it!
She had no certain request, so it was fun to play & try something new!


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

July's block for Pat S

Pat asked for a Christmas Tree ... any style .. which made my job so much easier .... and here is what I made ... 

I do hope it works with your other blocks Pat ... I really enjoyed making it ... 

Mug Rug Swap completed

I have just received this gorgeous mug rug from the very talented Wendy B from Queensland. Her ingenious design and workmanship is amazing. Thanks Wendy.
And this is the mug rug I made her.

Candle Mat for Jan ...

I have just finished the Candle Mat I made for my partner Jan S ... 

Jan asked for octagonal or round - a star would be special ... in plenty of purple

This is what will go in the mail later today ... 

Hope you like it Jan ... huge hugs ... Bobbie xxx

PS ... My candle mat from Jan arrived in todays mail ... the photo did not do it justice ... I love it .. the colours are so perfect and will fit in our new home perfectly .. thank you Jan ... you did a fantastic job ...

Jeneta's Mug Rug ....

This is the little mug rug I sent to Jeneta ..... she has received it now so I can show you....

I love those happy little dancing gingerbread men....

I used a free design from Allie HERE  - there are several other designs... I think I might need to make some more!!

Thanks Cathy for hosting our Christmas in July swap

Jeneta has provided the following comments:
I ADORE this beautiful gingerbread mug rug! Thanks Fiona. Jeneta xxx 

Monday, 16 July 2012

Christmas in July - Billy to Raelene

Billy has provided a photo of what has been sent to Raelene.

such gorgeous work ;-)

Keep the photos coming!

Log Cabin from Billy to Dawn

Hi everyone

Billy has provided a great photo of her log cabin block for Dawn

such a cute fussy cut centre ;-)

Keep the photos coming! Don't forget, you can send your photos to Cathy, the Swap Co-Ordinator, and all the bloggy stuff will be taken care of for you!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Farewell to Pat

Please join me in saying farewell to Pat, from Oregon USA.

Pat has been with the group from the early days in 2010 and has decided she needs to cut back on her activities for a while.

Sorry to see you go Pat, please take care of yourself and hope to see you swapping again some time in the future.


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Block from Jeneta for CathyC

This is the block I made for Cathy C - she has now received it! 
I decided to make a block that I hadn't tried before called 'Improv Chevrons'. I like it so much that I'm going to make one for myself!


Keep the photos coming!  Don't forget, you can send your photos to Cathy, the 
Swap Co-Ordinator, and all the bloggy stuff will be taken care of for you! 

July Blocks - Diane and Sandy


This block is on it's way to Sandy, from one of our newest members, Super Speedy Diane ;-)

This block has been received by Diane from Sandy. 

Diane says "I THOUGHT I was going to like this swap... now I KNOW it xx 
Diane xx"

Thanks for providing photos Diane.

Keep the photos coming!  Don't forget, you can send your photos to Cathy, the Swap Co-Ordinator, and all the bloggy stuff will be taken care of for you! 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Our First CIJ Candle Mat ;-)

Jan has provided a photo of her gorgeous Candle Mat on it's way to her partner, Bobbie.

My partner for this swap asked for a candle mat in yellow and green, with maybe burgundy - Christmassy colours, but not quite traditional red and green. This will make it useful for the whole year.
It was a beautiful square block which emphasised the Rotunda design, and it is still OK as a round mat.
Looking forward to my requested purple mat.
This one goes in the mail today.

Happy stitching,

Monday, 9 July 2012

July Block for Sharon of Nova Scotia

Sharon has requested for 'any theme in traditional X'mas colours'. Well, Sharon, hope this block is okay and it is on the way to you.

Sneak Peek from Jeneta for CathyC

This is my first Christmas block swap and it is for Cathy C. 
Here is a little sneak peak of what is in the mail! I hope you like it Cathy.

Jeneta x

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Busy in the sewing room

This is my second post today.  I also took part in the Christmas in July mug rug swap and this is what I have made for Mary Chow in Canada.  I got this design idea from one of the tutorials that Cathy provided as links. Great way to use up all of the Chrissy scraps.

Rosemary's Star

I had time for a bit of stitchin this afternoon, and managed to get my block for Rosemary made.

Rosemary requested any block in traditional colours such as holly. Well I have a lot of holly in my stash, so I decided to use some of that.

This is an Ohio star with a fussy cut centre showing a traditional Christmas village scene. The cream fabric has gold embossing and is poinsettias. I will pop this in the mail to Rosemary on Monday.