Friday, 28 December 2012


Well finally....
What a challenge for me and it's a reminder for me to 'not'
try a 'new' block when I am behind....
I had quite a struggle making this block, it seemed like those
2-7/8 inch squares are so hard... however my husband
was able to help me with reading these measurements!
(how embarrassing is that, I can do this-just no metter what they were not okay?)
(so thankful for that)
I had made her one block and then decided that I did not like it so,
 I made her a different one.
So with all this being said there is a block in route to your house,
Rev Traci
       Here is the block..........

Yes, it is finished and for that I am very thankful!
There are a couple lil-extras for the long wait :)
Thankfully we both live in the USA & it will be there before the end of December!
Thanks for swapping & hope it will fit in the rest of your collection.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

A beautiful 'Christmas' block...

When my block arrived on Christmas eve.
I was thrilled!
The picture that was posted really does not
do it justice.....
it just is so lovely.
And not only did she me a gorgeous block....
she also sent along some sweet lil' extras!
Thank you so much....
Rev.Traci Holgen
for a lovely swap.
I let Rev.Holgen know that I am making her a new one as I am not 
happy with the first block that I made for her.
I am struggling with this pattern...any suggestions anyone?

Saturday, 22 December 2012

December Star from JanetH

Janet has sent this lovely bright block to SueB

isn't it gorgeous!

thanks for providing photos JanetH - apologies for the late posting to the blog ;-)

Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas for Lori in WI

Lori asked for the traditional Christmas colors with no characters.  You think she will approve?

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Look what CathyT made!

Here is a lovely table topper made by CathyT

Thanks to Lori (USA), Erin (Qld), Cathy D (NSW), Sue B (SA), Jen (USA), Fiona & Bobbie for your blocks during 2012.  I've added some of my own and made this beautiful table topper for Christmas.
Thanks again! Cathy

Thanks for being part of our swap group CathyT, even if it was only for a short time.  CathyT will be taking leave from the Christmas Swap group for a while.

Swap Co-Ordinator

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Final Block Swap for Michele-Marie

I received not 1 but 3 X'mas trees from my December swap partner, Michele-Marie. Thank you so much for the gorgeous blocks and I especially love the Xmas tree trimming. As Michele loves 'basket blocks', I decided to make her one, although my basket does look more like a 'pot'!! We definitely will miss you Michele and wish you all the best in all your future undertakings. Thanks for being a great partner.

Monday, 17 December 2012

2012 in review

2012 has been a great year for the Christmas Quilting Block Swap Australia Group.

The two highlights of the year for me have been the Christmas in July Mug Rug Swap and the Birthday Celebration Giveaways.

Since our formation in October 2010, we have had 69 swappers join our group, with 23 joining just this year.

Currently, we have:
32 - Active swappers
5 - on long term leave (possible return in 2013) 

Just an interesting observation, our membership currently stands at:
20        Australia
9          USA
4          Canada
2          New Zealand
1          UK
1          Germany

25 have left the group of their own choice

Sadly, over the last year or so:
2 have been removed (failure to communicate)
5 have been suspended (failure to communicate and/or swap)

Members are not removed or suspended on a whim, but failure to communicate and/or swap is simply NOT ACCEPTABLE.  If you feel that it is OK not to communicate with your partner or it is OK to have one-sided swaps, then maybe this group is not the group for you.

I would love to see our fellow swappers take the following pledge.

I, **insert name here**, pledge to do my very best to have integrity and honesty in my swap commitments. To be on time, every time, to participate in discussions and to communicate with my swap partner if I am going to be late or unable to complete my swap obligations.

Some time before 1st January 2013, an email will be going out to those members currently on long term leave seeking an expected return date.

So from me here in Australia, I wish you all
a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.


December Block for Ann

This is the block that is now winging it's way to Ann in Nova Scotia.

Hope you like it Ann!
Happy Holidays to everyone at Christmas Quilting Block Swaps Australia!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

November Block for Jessisca

This is the block I sent Jessisca in November. She asked for any block with a Christmas theme. I quite like a bit of quirkiness amongst the traditional - I hope Jessisca does too!


November Blocks - Cynthia & Lorraine

Cynthia has provided a photos of her November swap blocks

To Lorraine

from Lorraine

thanks for providing photos Cynthia ;-)

November blocks to and from Janet-Australia/December block for Jen in Pa

These are my blocks I made for Janet in Australia and the awesome blocks she sent me..they are to bright and fun, I just love them, thanks so much Janet!
 The first photo are the blocks I sent Janet, the second photo are the blocks Janet sent me. 

This is the log cabin I made for Jen for the Decemeber swap, I sure hope she likes it!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Block Update

First was my October block from Lorriane here in NZ for the Xmas Block swap.

Then I received nice and fast my block from Mary in Canada for the November swap

And I sent her this Friendship Star

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

time to vote: Weekly Quilt Contest

Entries have been called for Christmas Quilts for Quilting Gallery

it is now time to vote HERE - there are some amazing Christmas Quilts, please go visit and have a look

santa table runner

These blocks have been sitting quietly together in my to do pile for some time, and finally I stitched them togehter into a table runner

The centre santa is from Fiona, the poinsetta star from Rosemary and the pine cone star from Lorraine (NZ)

This is now centre stage on my dining table for this Christmas

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Quilting Gallery Christmas Table Runner Competition

Since we are a Christmas Swap group, I thought I would let you know that Quilting Gallery Competition theme this week is Christmas Table Runners.

There are some lovely table runners entered this week - you can vote for up to four of your favourites - go visit and see some lovely Christmas table runners.

For those people who have made a Christmas themed Quilt, keep a look out for next week's call for entries ;-)

Friday, 7 December 2012

FLYING OFF... Texas today ..

hope Jessica likes them xx

Have a WONDERFUL Holiday everyone xx

Diane xx

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Holly Star

I love holly, its just so, well, Christmassy

So when my partner requested a star in traditional Christmas prints I could not go past some holly.