Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Treasuring the Swaps ....

I do enjoy swapping.... I am learning different blocks and making some of those little goodies I would probably not make otherwise....
plus I get to know some new people

Christmas Mug Rug swap....

I wanted to try out Foundation Paper Piecing.... I had got some tips from Tonya who has got a series of tutorials HERE ..... so I used FPP to make the little tree

I found this lovely little Nordic Pine pattern HERE - have a look... there are lots of free patterns


and then I pieced a block.... the mug rug was about 7" x 13" in total....


The swap was organised by Crafty Pug on the Christmas Block Swap

The other swap I did was with Janet for a postcard.....

I hadn't made one of these before so it was fun.... Janet and I agreed on a 'regional' theme

 ..... I had to include our lovely Barrier Reef, our beautiful sandy beach (with thongs) and the Southern Cross stars...


I enjoyed both mini projects....

I made a bunch of blocks....

In July Terri wanted any Star in Red, White and Aqua....


Larissa wanted Goose Creek using Green, Gold, White and Reds


and Sue wanted a Sawtooth in either Blue or Red on a White background....


I hope all my swappies enjoy their blocks as much as I enjoyed making them

This is the Wonky Eye Spy block I received from Sue


isn't it great .... I just love those jumping penquins in the middle  -  and there were some extra fabrics which I really appreciate - thanks Sue

this weekend I caught up on this months blocks.

Cheryl asked for any simple block in brights....


A Christmas theme in Reds and Greens for Larain


and a Log Cabin in Traditional colours for Jen....


So... lots of blocks done ......

Sweet little wrens are still amusing me.... here they are at the reflection on the car...

Mr has a bit of colour change happening (he will go a brilliant blue) and Mrs is enjoying the blokes attention over her......


Today I am linking up with Melody's Tuesday Treasures...

I hope your day is wonderful...........

37 comments:

Sheila said...

Great job on all those blocks , wow you have been really busy .Love the postcard , very creative indeed!hugs Sheila

Sandra :) said...

Paper piecing is a lot of fun, and it's really the only way I can get any accuracy while stitching, lol. Your blocks are lovely, and that postcard is adorable - I have that "barrier reef" fabric!

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful array of blocks Fiona and i agree with swaps they are fun and get you sewing projects that you probably would never do,love those birdies

Marilyn said...

Such a clever postcard. lots of detail for something so small. All your blocks look amazing and I am sure they will be well received.

Tarnyia said...

Loving all your blocks that you have made and I will be checking out the paper piecing as it looks great xxx

Vintage Cate said...

Joining swap groups is a "Treasure" I agree Fiona. It has made me be more adventurous at what I attempt and more accurate when it is for someone else!!! Your blocks are all beautiful. Happy stitching.

Anonymous said...

Love all the eye candy.
You have been a very busy person.
All the fabrics make me want to play along.

Allie said...

Wow Fiona your blocks are fabulous - I LOVE your postcard and mug rug too! You have been so productive!

Sue said...

All your blocks are gorgeous. I often think of all the swaps and blocks flying around the world. Imagine how many are in post offices everywhere.

Mad about Craft said...

Everything is lovely!!

Bev C said...

Hello Fiona,

Love your little postcard,creativity at its best. You just about have a quilt there with all the blocks.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Bev C said...

Hello Fiona,

Love your little postcard,creativity at its best. You just about have a quilt there with all the blocks.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

rosie said...

Wow Fiona, you have been so busy! I love all the little blocks, particulary the log cabin and the FPP tree.. you clever girl...

Sue B said...

Thanks for sharing, I agree with you. Staritng the block swap groups has enriched my life making lots of new like minded friends. Truly a treasures. Hugs, Sue x

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wow you have very busy with all your swaps and have done some lovely stitching there.Your postcard is great.
Love the little wren 'update'.
Michelle xx

Janet said...

I love the santa and tree in the centre of the log cabin block. So cute! It is so inspiring making things for others in swaps. I'm constantly trying new things and using colours or fabric that I would otherwise never have used. And of course I love the postcard :)

marina said...

Love all the blocks you have made and received. I especially love your mug rug with the tree, so pretty. The thongs on the beach are so cute.
You have been busy!

Quilt Kitty said...

Wow, that is a lot of beautiful blocks completed & off to good homes. I love your Christmas mug rug, bet the lucky recipient will be very happy. I'm going to check out those tutorials. Thanks. Tracee xx

donnaquilt said...

My goodness, you've been busy! I love all those swap blocks - especially the postcard (my folks spent a few years down under).

I haven't done any swaps. I'm not sure I'm up for any commitments right yet. It took me over a year to get a tote bag and clutch done up for a friend at work! I did lots of other projects, just not the ones I owed her.

Your little birdies look entertaining; your little guys will be getting ready for spring while our bright little fellows will be losing their beautiful plumage for the winter. :(

Melody said...

I agree, swaps are so much fun. Your blocks and mug rugs are wonderful and highlight what a talented quilter you are. Thanks so much for sharing them with us .

retdairyqueen said...

You certainly have been busy Love all the blocks

Tonya said...

Lots of great stuff! You did great with your FPP. I love those penguins too...they really stand out!

And your postcard is great!

Maria said...

WOW you sure have been busy with your swaps Fiona.
The foundation pieced Mug Rug looks great but I am not a lover of it (foundation piecing)too fiddley.
Your Wonky Blocks are going to look fabulous together.

Fiona said...

Thanks everyone... in case you look back Dogsmom and Donnaquilt - your comments come as no reply so I can't answer you... but I do appreciate your comments....
Hugz

Anonymous said...

What wonderful work you do, Fiona! *grin* I think I'd like to be your swap partner someday!

Chrissie said...

Thanks for sharing, loved all the blocks especially the mug rug and postcard. Thanks for the links too, I now have some lovely patterns to try. You have been sooo busy.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Bubz...all your blocks are just so lovely...how good are swaps...

teresa said...

Lots of lovelies to look at... your blocks are wonderful. I also love your swaps.. I adore paper piecing and you've done a super job. Just love that postcard though... hard to go past that. I've always wanted to make one of those. Busy, busy as always xx

Cyndi said...

All of those blocks are wonderful....you were a busy bee this past weekend, weren't you? And I adore that little tree you made for the mug mat....I'm going over to check out that tutorial. I've not done any Foundation Paper Piecing but think I might have to give it a try!

Have a great day today!

XOXO,

Cyndi

DeeDee said...

You know I love swapping.. and how lovely are all your blocks.... I bet your stash is awesome to sift thru...:D

Stray Stitches said...

You made some amazing blocks. And your mug rug with your first attempt at paper piecing looks beautiful!
You also have received a lot of great blocks.
Isn't swapping fun?

Joy McD said...

Wow, you have been so productive! Love the Christmas tree best... I will have to give it a go!
lv,
Joy

Charlie and Wendy said...

You have made some beautiful swaps, I particularly LOVE the mug rug and postcard!!

Lyn said...

You have had a busy time and what lovely things you have been making- a wonderful array of blocks- and I love those little penguins too, what great fabric is available these days... I'll be heading over to the site you mentioned with your Christmas tree, thank you for that

Marg H said...

Wow! You have been busy. I'm impressed. What fun you've had as well. Keep us updated on those birds, they are delightful. Take care.

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Talin's Corner said...

I really like the Nordic Pine block, it is different from most of the tree paper piecing blocks. Your Wonky Eye Spy block (from Sue) just makes me smile. It is so colorful and "happy". You sure have been busy.

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