Saturday, February 28, 2015

OPAM for January and February

I am delighted to join Peg and Kris again this year for OPAM. These lovely ladies keep me on track with mine finishes each month. BIG thank you to both…
There are six finishes for January and February.…

“Angel Stitchery ” 

Christmas Wishes


                                                   Charm Square Quilt    


“Valentine Heart”


                                                Valentine Postcards…

Janet's Valentine Card 2015

Jeanneke 60th BD 2015

Koala Mittens


Hugz  Maria Smile

Saturday, February 21, 2015

FNSI , SAL Blocks and A Postcard…

the last two nights I have joined Wendy and 60 others for FNSI. Thank you Wendy for getting us together again.

Firstly I played with my scrappy Snowballs and 9Patch blocks which I am SAL with Terry.


It won’t be the prettiest quilt when it’s finished BUT I will have used up piles of 2 1/2 inch blocks and DH will have a new quilt for the lounge…

Next I finished my February  Blocks for my other SAL with Chooky and her whip cracking assistant Susan..


This is the first time I have done needle turn and I can’t say I am enjoying it YET…

Must show you the lovely Valentine Postcard that was sent by Janet all the way from The Yukon in Canada…


Sew sweet Janet, thank you….Also Sheila for organising the swap…

Big thank you to all the lovely ladies who keep me inspired to keep sewing in SALs and swaps……

Hugz  Maria Smile

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Swaps

This year I participated in two “Valentine” Swaps. 

First one is the “Initial Valentine Swap” organised by the lovely Cheryll and my partner was Marilyn from NSW ( no blog )

I made Marilyn a pincushion and used the beautiful Stitchery designed by Wendy from Sugar Lane Quilts which was a free gift for joining FNSIs


and yesterday I received my lovely Valentine gifts from Michell .


I was very spoilt…. thank you Michell for my gifts.


there was just one spot left on the wall in my cave waiting for Michell’s beautiful Heart wall hanging…

My second swap was a “Valentine Postcard” swap organised by Sheila .

My partner was Janet who lives in the Yukon Canada, sew my card had a long way to travel. I was pleased it arrived on time..

 Janet's Valentine Card 2015

Sheila also asked if we could make a special Valentine Card for Jeanneke in the Netherlands as she was celebrating her 60th birthday on Valentine’s  day….

Jeanneke 60th BD 2015

I love making and receiving these Postcards…..

A huge thank you to both swap Mum’s, Cheryll and Sheila, for organising these great swaps ……

Hugz Maria Smile

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Retreat, FnwFs and GTG…..

I have had a fabulous week… spent three days on retreat relaxing with friends. Just chatting, sewing, eating, drinking and sleeping….


Then spent FnwFs with my DD …


only managed to sew one of my SAL patterns on and organise a few others…

Then today DD and I meet our blogger friends and had fun shopping in two fabric 
stores and then had a lovely lunch together…..



What a perfect week…. Thank you to all ……

Very tired sew I am off for an early night……

Hugz MariaSmile

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Not Much Sewing

I am enjoying my early morning walks


with Lacy,



then go bobbing with my friends


and today we had a coffee at the Marina watching the little catamarans go out to sea to race..


it has been hot and muggy this afternoon before we had a thunder storms which has now knocked out the power….

DH has gone fishing sew I went into the shed put the generator on the bag trolley and got power to  the house.. At least I can put a fan, the fridge and tele and not be sitting in the dark…


thankfully I still had some of DD yummy bolognaise in the freezer and we have a gas stove.


I have enjoyed a delicious tea and now I can visit my bloggy friends on my laptop ( till the battery runs out )

What have you been doing today ????? 

Hugz  Maria Smile

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Oh it’s HOT !!

the temperature soared over 40 deg cel today, Lucy was happy to flake out in the cool laundry floor

Jan 2015

and I stayed in the Air Conned house and sewed my Binding together for the “Charm Stars” quilt.



even found a good way to hold the binding as I seed it onto the quilt…


Taa Dah !!!!! All Finished….


wasn’t going out in the heat to hang the quilt higher to get a better photo .. Sorry…

My DD has made me a fabulous quilt and I would love you to see it HERE ..... Can’t wait to visit her sew I can pick it up….

Hugz  Maria Smile

Sunday, January 25, 2015


It is always nice to sew along with Wendy and the ladies for FNSI.
I decided I just needed to put my “Charming Stars” under the machine and go…


Managed to finish quilting around the stars and a small star in the centre of each.


Nearly did all the shadow quilting along the sashing when the bobbin run out . Sew called it a night.

Thought I would join the Northern Hemisphere ladies last night but just couldn’t get motivated.

Thank you Wendy for another lovely night sewing with you all…

Off for my walk, brekky at the cafe and a dip . Will visit the others to see what you all did for FNSI later today..


Starfish Cafe 2012

To all my Aussie friends have a Fun Filled Australia Day…..

Hugz Maria Smile