Wednesday, 11 December 2013

November block from Cathy

November PP block received from Cathy yesterday - just lovely, and she also included some gorgeous batik fabric from the block. Many thanx, Kerry

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Fabulous patterns

Hi Ladies

I was recently asked about the star block that I featured on the very first post on the blog and where this pattern came from.

Searching for it, I came across the designer Cath Hall that has a fabulous blog all about paper piecing with links to FREE PATTERNS for her wonderful designs.

HERE is the link to her blog Wombat Quilts, A home grown Aussie quilter now living in the USA.

Here is a snippet of some of her wonderful designs.

Hop on over and say G'day.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

From Jenell to Kerry

Here are the 2 lovely blocks I received from Jenell - love the colours, especially the background grey fabrics. Many thanks, Kerry

Friday, 29 November 2013

My Nov/Dec block

I have just received my block from Helen.
Love the fabrics.
I have also added a link on my Blog
What do you think.
Beautiful colours.

Friday, 22 November 2013

November blocks for Jenell

Sue gave me a double swap this month with a new member Jennel, who requested a star block in her chosen colours. Welcome to the group and I hope these blocks will fit in with your project, Kerry

Monday, 18 November 2013


I have had time to sew this week so I went and did all my swaps as well as my local groups blocks.
I am up to date now.
Here is the first blocks I did. Atlantic Seas.
Unfortunately the first blocks points weren't too good so I had a bit of a practice and here are the results.
Janet hope your are happy with them.

Then I continued on with the Heart Bows for Helen. 
These were fun to do. I think they have turned out well.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Chocolate cupcake

This month I really challenged myself with making this cupcake block for De. I had to re do the bottom half as my first attempt was a shambles, but once I got into the flow it all came together quite well.


Sunday, 10 November 2013

Starburst for Julianne .......................

Julianne asked for a scrappy Starburst block. I did use the gold fabric for the very narrow round, to define the star, otherwise the pieces are a mix of dark and light, bright and subdued. When I look at the block I relate the fabrics to the projects in which I first used them.

Into the mail tomorrow morning. Hope you are pleased Julianne, Jan

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

November tulip blocks for Cathy

Cathy asked for 6" tulip blocks - I really enjoyed stitching these blocks.
Hope they will blend in with your planned project.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Block from Sandi

Here is the beautiful block Sandi stitched for me - absolutely love it. Sandi provided tips and links to help me (being a novice to paper piecing). Thanks for being my swap partner, Cheers, Kerry Emoji

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My first pp blocks for Michell

this was only the third time I had tried a paper pieced block - this one took a few attempts but I got there in the end :)

this Shoemaker's Puzzle block is for Michell who has let me know it has arrived safely

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

My block to Anna

Anna wanted "Circle of Flying Geese"
I am really happy with this block.

My 1st blocks are here

I received my first block today. Well I thought it was one BUT when I opened the parcel there were 2 blocks. WOW lucky me. They are both fantastic. I didn't know what to expect with the Hunters Star block and I am very happy I chose it. Anna you have done a great job.
Look what else Anna added.
Coffee sachets and chocolate biscuits & a mug purse
Thanks Anna

Thursday, 10 October 2013

My block to Sandi

Sandi received her block so I can show you all now....
I've always admired this block on Craftsy
so I sucked it up and did it! 
I love love love the way it came out,
and it used a ton of scraps!
         I guess that's why its called "Scrap Attack"!

                            I hope you enjoy this block
                  Sandi, I had fun making it for you!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cup Cake Party ....

This is the Cup Cake block I made for De. I am pleased with the result - hope you are too De.

Until this block I have only done paper piecing on simple patterns; but lots of foundation piecing - stitching onto very fine, unwoven, non-adhesive interfacing. This saves the exercise of tearing and removing all the pieces of paper - specially the fiddly bits in the seams. The result is a stabilised block.

I love the cats you have made for me. Looking forward to them arriving soon. This block goes into the mail tomorrow. Jan

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

For Jan

These will be leaving in the post today for Jan.

I hadnt done any paper piecing for quite some was fun to do it again although I did have some issues with one block so made another (I was a bit skimpy on the fabric).

I also had dramas with printing the pattern to the exact size but managed to get around that with some highly technical (NOT) computer skills


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Wow - amazing blocks

I was very excited to receive this squishy envelope today containing my first PP blocks from Nolene, and take a look at them. In a word WOW. ( and how cute is the card).



Sunday, 15 September 2013

For Encarna

Hi Everybody I haven't done too many paper piecing blocks. 
Tonight I have done 2. phew

the lighting wasn't the best for the photos but into an envelope they go. 
I have a favourite which one do you guys like? Hope Encarna likes them.!!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

September PP swap for Sandi

Being a novice (I'm wearing Learner Plates) at Paper Piecing, I was excited to join this group to improve my skills. This is the block I stitched for Sandi called Night and Day. I welcome suggestions and hope that this block is suitable for Sandi. Cheers, Kerry in sunny Queensland

Friday, 6 September 2013

For Noelene

The fun part about being the swap co ordination is I get to see what everyone has chosen, and pair them up. The hard part is deciding who I will swap with first.

When QBSA started, I had one member in my first month, then two more joined and so on, and initially I swapped with everyone new each month, until it got to the point where five, or one month seven joined in a single month and that became impossible. So I have kept track of who I have swapped with, and am working through the list (but not necessarily when), as records go back over 3 years.

I do know however that Noeline joined up in those very early days which is why I chose her to be my first partner In this swap, to be reacquainted.

Noeline's block is a six inch one called pinwheel. I printed off three of the pattern in case I made a really bad one, and still had two to send. All three turned out ok, not as perfect as I would like, but I am a self taught novice.



And we are off

Our first swap allocations have just been sent, and all ladies participating have been sent and invite to upload pictures of blocks made and sent, or blocks received onto the blog.

We have 15 ladies participating, and a big thanks to Sandi for doing a double swap, and to the other ladies that have offered to do them as required, rest assured this will be shared around.

Now Hi Ho Hi Ho, off to my PP sewing room I go .

Sunday, 25 August 2013


I have been getting a few questions on how the group is going to be run, so I will post this FAQ post. and as each new question comes up I will pop it on here.  Once the group is established this will move to a page.

Q.  What does my skill level need to be?
A.  Intermediate to advanced sewer, but ok to be new to PP, as you would have the basics.  Let me know if you are really new and I will not pair you up with the more technical blocks until you are ready.

Q. How often will the swaps be held?
A. Bi monthly to begin with.,  September, November and January.  Then will re- evaluate if we go monthly or not.

Q. How big do my blocks have to be?
A. They can be any size, if you are paired with a member that has a 6 or 8 inch block you will make them 2 blocks for your swap, and if the block is 10 or 12 inches you only make them one.  Try not to chose a block bigger than 12 inches.

Q. How is the swap run?
A. Exactly the same as the main group, you chose a block and colours and each allocation you will make your partner her choice and she will make you yours.  You have a month to make and send the block (or blocks - depending on size).  You can have two choices if you like, and you can change your choice at any time by letting me know).

Q. Can I post pictures of completed blocks on the blog or FB page?
A. Yes, once the first swap kicks off I will email all participants a link to be a blog contributor or you can share them on the face book group page if you prefer or both.

Q. Can I be a member of more than one group.
A. Of course you can, and if you want to stagger swaps then that is ok too. ( eg one month PP swap, one month  main 12 inch swap group.  Just let me know and I can factor this in on the spreadsheet

Q. What if my main swap block in the 6 or 12 inch block is a PP style block?
A In this case you will automatically go into the PP group, as I would assume that if your request is a PP block to be made for you, then in turn you would know how to make them for others.

Q. How long do I have to make and send my block?
A. Please try and stick to the one month turnaround, even when we are on bi monthly swaps, as if its easy to forget about it all together, but if you do need more time, let your partner know, and usually this will be ok.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

getting excited

Hi ladies

I am for one getting excited about this group and have just ordered some foundation piecing paper so I am all ready to print my partners templates and get started in a couple of weeks time.  ( from Ozquilts for 100 sheets if anyone else is interested).

Thank you for joining and welcome to our new members, its great to see some new faces.  I have listed members on the side tool bar.

Apologies also for the incorrect email address in my original post, I have corrected this and you should be able to contact me now.

If you have not already done so, please send me your postal details, block choice and colour choices so I can get the spread sheet updated in time for the fun to begin.

We also have a blog button now, a huge thank you to Cathy C our lovely Christmas group co ordinator for sorting this out for me, I really am a techno bimbo when it comes to things like this.  Simply copy this button to your blog and attach the link

Monday, 12 August 2013

Welcome message

Hi everyone, and welcome to our new swap club, specifically designed for ladies that want to hone their skills with paper pieced or foundation pieced blocks.  Most members should be of an intermediate level and the standard of blocks should be amazing, I for one cant wait to see them.

There is so much scope on the kinds of blocks you can make paper pieced, even the simple ones can be done with this sew by numbers method, I am a beginner, but even so amazed at the results I have managed.

If you would like to join simply email me at and I will add you to the group.  Swaps will commence bi-monthly and increase to monthly as membership numbers grow.

Here is some pictures of paper pieced blocks for inspiration

Images used with kind permission of Carol Doak