Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy 2018

                         I would like to wish all my blogging friends a


                                                      Happy , Healthy and  Safe 2018...................  




Happy Stitching

Hugz  Maria :)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Update.

I am pleased to have received an email from my  SSCS  partner Wendy that her parcel did arrive but because she was unwell didn't open it till yesterday.... Hope you are much better now Wendy.

Thank you Chooky for running the swap and your assistant Elf Denice...

I made Wendy a reversible Ornie....



























and as Wendy is a lover of crazy patch I decided to make her a Table Runner like this.....






Now I can also add these to my last OPAM for 2017....

Happy Stitching
Hugz  Maria :)

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Last OPAM for 2017

WOW it's hard to believe that another year is nearly finished and it's time to post my last OPAM for 2017.. This is the seventh year I've joined the lovely ladies  Kris and Peg for OPAM and I do hope they run it again next year as it does help keep me on track...  Thank you heaps ladies...XX


I finally finished the little baby quilt that come home with me from my DDs a few weeks ago...
Remember I didn't quiet have enough binding to go all the way round, you can see it HERE .






                                                                                                 









This is how I fixed the problem...
Added a piece to fit on each corner....
I think it worked out well.




Out of some the scrap fabrics that also come home with me I made a basket . I bought a Dolly and made a blanket to wrap her in and put her in the basket which was I gifted to be given to a special little girl for christmas..


Thanks Ellyn for the idea..

I can now show some of the Christmas gifts I made awhile ago...















Tea Towel and Rotary Cutter Sleeve.





Two Scissors Keeps...























and of course the Driftwood Tree.




I still can't show you the gift and ornie I made for SSCS as I haven't heard from my partner... Do hope the parcel hasn't gone astray...

Sew that's it for this year. I plan to have a good clean out of the Cave and make a list of UFOs and anything I know will never be finished by me I will pass on to someone else to finish...

Happy Stitching,
Hugz  Maria  :)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Making a Start

on Clue 5 for  Bonnie's  Mystery  "On Ringo Lake" 



I still have lots of cutting and sewing to do for clues 3, 4 and 5 before Iv'e caught up.... Hope to get some sewing done before the next clue is revealed....


For Christmas this year I received lots of lovely gifts in the swaps I joined in. You can see them in my previous post.....


Happy Stitching 

Hugz  Maria :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

SSCS, No Fuss Swap and special gifts....

Each year I love to join in for Chooky's SSCS and this year I received my parcel from Martine all the way from France. A big thank to Chooky and her assistant Elf Denice for organise the swap again this year.

When I opened my parcels on Christmas morning I was overwhelmed,


















This was the main gift. A beautifully stitched wall hanging....

and look at ALL the other amazing gifts she kindly sent to me.


Thank you sew much Martine for spoiling me sew much..

Can't show you the gits I sent to my swap partner as I haven't heard if she received them yet...

Another swap I always love to participate in is the No Fuss Swap organised by Sandi and this year the lovely Illene and I love all the gifts she made and sent to me...


A great covered notebook, gorgeous gingerbread men tea towel, lovely lace and cute button ..
and two yummy Santa choccies...          Thank you Illene such great gifts...

These are the gifts I sent to Anthea ,




 




I also was able to open two special gifts from my overseas blogging friends.

   


           







 Sunny made a beautiful stitched wall hanging which looked great behind my Christmas tree


                                                                              and Ellyn sent a lovely birthday/Christmas parcel

The sweet little zipper purse will hold my coffee money when I go for walks , love the woven christmas tree to pop on the tree, will have to think about what to make with the mini charm packs and love my pretty pin..

Huge thank you to all the ladies for all my wonderful gifts.....

Happy Stitchig

Hugz  Maria  :)




Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Happy Christmas...

                      Wishing All my Friends a Safe and Happy Christmas  from Down Under



                                                                     Hugz Maria :)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Last FNSI for 2017

I got an early start for FNSI with Wendy and 16 other ladies but it was not a sewing project I worked on but this,












While going for walks along South Beach I collect pieces of driftwood and some of these where picked up by my DD sew I decided to make her 


                                             A Driftwood Tree..


Even the little fish on bottom was an old lure someone had thrown out on the beach..

After dinner I thought I'd put the binding on a baby quilt that come home with me on my last trip to my DDs..












Found the perfect binding in my bag of left over bindings.








But after pinning it on


there just wasn't enough to go all the way around......Do I just add another pieces or find a different  binding ????

It's time for an early night sew thank you Wendy for another great year of FNSI and look forward to joining you again in 2018... Wishing you a Happy Christmas and All the Best Wishes for 2018..

Happy Stitching
Hugz  Maria  :)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

FNSI and Goodies in the Post..

I am looking forward to spending our last FNSI for the year with Dear Wendy and friends... Thank you sew much for organising us each month Wendy even though you have a lot going on... XXX

There's been lots of goodies arriving in the post,

The cutest little "Angel" from Susan



A sweet " Star " ornie  from Di

















A fabulous Felt ornie from Fiona


love the wee Christmas tree on the card...

Christine sent a lovely thread holder in her card...
















and Illene's beautiful basket of goodies arrived from the "No Fuss Swap"...



It will be hard not to open them till Christmas morning..

Thank you to all my lovely friends for my gifts....

Happy Stitching,
Hugz Maria  :)




Monday, December 18, 2017

Blocks, Blocks, and more Blocks

Over the last few days I've been busy working on lots of blocks,

Clue4  Bonnie Hunter's Mystery "On Ringo Lake"


                                              Linking up with Mystery Monday Link Up 4















Some  Aussie Hero blocks and the first one I sewed was like this.....  Grrrrrrr ..............

sew I had to do a little reverse sewing.........



My blogging friend Mary from Needled Mom asked if anyone would like to make a few "Thomas Fire Blocks " for the folk who have lost everything in the HUGE fires in California USA.
we can send them to The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild"   who will make them into quilts and distribute...
You can find the address and pattern for the blocks HERE..

These are the ones I popped in the post today......


Then I made the last Fat Quarter "Quilt-A-Long blocks..
Wonder when I'll sew them all together ??????


Now to get back to quilting my Roundabout Quilt

Happy Stitching,
Hugz  Maria. :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Busy Working

on Clue Three of    Bonnie's Mystery "on Ringo Lake"


It's fun working on the new clue each week and seeing what the next one will be on Fridays....
You can pop over HERE to see others work and join in with Bonnie for the Mystery...


Happy Stitching
Hugz  Maria :)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Catching up, SSCS and FnwFs

Just catching up with my posts after spending a few days in the big smoke...

I joined Chooky again this year for SSCS .


this year I received a big parcel from Martine B all the way from France..












I was allowed to open the square gift on the top left hand side ....









Look at the sweet little cushion with the cute hedgehog holding a star Martine made for me..
It will be difficult not to open the other gifts till Christmas day...

Huge thank you Martine for my gifts and also Chooky for organising the swap with her Elf helper Denice...










For the last  FnwFs of the year I joined the lovely Cheryll and friends while visiting my DD and family......
It is always special to be able to spend a FnwFs in my DD craft room.....


















While Sandra sewed costumes  I traced a free Christmas stitchery Michelle kindly shared with us and also started making this felt Santa ornament....




I enjoyed a visit with my sister ,  went shopping and of course going to Miss Maud's for Princess cake with my DD and GD


enjoying my GDs dance concert on Saturday and today it was time for the drive home ...

BUT I don't know why I always seam to come home with a pile of stuff from DD craft room.....
















An unfinished Baby Quilt , left over FQ bundle, pieces of fabric , tin of beads and felt ornaments a friend gave her ?????

Hmm... you'd think I have enough stuff in my own Cave.....


It's time now to make a cuppa and check out with others have done for FnwFs ...

Happy Stitching
Hugz Maria :)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gaggle of Geese

I am really enjoying sewing along for Bonnie's Mystery  "On Ringo Lake" ........

This weeks clue No2 was to sew up a Gaggle of Geese...

Here are the ones I've sewed so far....



Over Half way ... hope to have them all done before the next clue comes out.....

Happy Stitching...
Hugz  Maria :)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

It's that time

of the month we need to post our finishes for OPAM with the fabulous Kris and wonderful Peg ...It's thanks to these ladies I make sure to have at least one finish each month... Big thank you to both...XX

When I went outside to hang my finished "Super Hero" quilt to photograph I was surprised to find this.....





















Sew I took the photo on the verandah 





                                
















while the workers fixed the rotary.                                               




Managed to make my youngest GGC s "Santa Sack "


and two baskets and a pencil case out of scraps as well this month.


Of course I have other secret sewing I have completed but you don't see them till the end of next month.....

I can show you what was in a lovely parcel wrapped in gorgeous BIG DOTTY FQs+ 2  that I received this week from my Dear friend Sunny...


Just love this Table Center and beautiful handmade card ,







 












my birthday gift.. Sweet hexies and lovely stitched vine with cute wee buttons for flowers.

The bigger gift is for Christmas and even though Sunny said to open early I want to wait for awhile before I do. Would like to pop it under the tree when I put it up......Thank you heaps my friend...XX

Now I must go and finish my 6 blocks for the FQ SAL..

Hugz Maria  :)