The secret is out!!
Scrap Quilt Secrets that is.
This is the super new book by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting. As the name suggests it's a collection of clever quilt patterns plus tips and ideas for using up those ever growing piles of scraps that most of us have lurking in our sewing rooms.

I wont say too much because I'll be back next week for my turn on the blog hop. In the mean time you can follow along the Scrap Quilt Secrets trail by visiting all these great blogs. You'll also have a chance to win a copy of of the book each day. 

3/21    C&T Blog
with Diane (that’s me)
3/22    Bonnie Hunter
3/26    Pat Sloan
3/27    Valerie
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe
3/30    Rachaeldaisy
4/1       Julie
4/2       Barb

Now for a bit of Blue Mountain Daisy fun.
I hope you like the way you never quite know what you'll find on my blog. 
Sometimes its sewing related, sometimes flowers, maybe a story or poem...

Today its swap cards.

My fascination for swap cards started on my 8th birthday when I was given the gift of 20 colourful cards. Not only did I love the pretty pictures but it meant I could join in the fun of collecting and swapping with my friends at school. We'd spend our lunch times trading cards or displaying them in themes. I especially liked cards with cats or ballerinas.

I have no idea what happened to my original collection but a few years ago I saw some swap cards and in a wave of nostalgia started a little collection again. I bought some mixed collections and soon had a good range of all sorts of things.

Cool Cowboys

Flocks of birds

Merry couples

Circus fun

Retro advertising

geometric and patterns

And even a pair that shows a quilt.

The playing card sides are fun too. I love seeing how varied the pictures cards are.

Lots of serious regal expressions on the queens.

A few months ago I came across my box of swap cards and couldn't help thinking it's a shame that I keep them hidden in a drawer. Wouldn't it be much better if they were out where they could be seen.
A quick rummage in my kitchen cupboards produced the perfect rectangle plate. Now the cards sit on a coffee table where we can flip through when we feel like it. I know Mr Daisy looks through them too because the top card has often changed.

How about we try something fun and different?
For everyone that is kind enough to leave a comment on this post I'll randomly pick out a card especially for them and email a picture of it. A small way of saying thank you for encouraging me with your wonderful words. Won't it be fun to see which card turns up for you.
(If you don't get a reply from me it's because you're a no reply commenter. If you're not sure you can put your email address in the comment).