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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Catching up.....

First I'd like to show you the beautiful gifts that arrived in the post last Friday from my dear friend Sunny, who sadly doesn't blog anymore.....
This is a gorgeous cross stitched wall hanging in my favorite colours. The sails are all different quilting blocks and it has a lovely saying stitch on it..... Love it and it has joined other minis made by many different friends on the wall in the "Cave"












Sunny also included two handmade cards and a cute Snowman ornie...


Now I need to list my UFO projects for " Sunday Stitchers Challenge " and also with Cheryll for the WOOFA challenge .......



No 1 ....... Jelly Roll Waves baby quilt... Needs borders and then pinned, sandwiched and quilted













No 2....... Charm Square Blocks baby quilt.... needs borders ,pinned ,sandwiched and quilted..
No3....Twisted Windmills , its sandwiched and pinned ready to quilt and is this months challenge No..


















No4..... was just the last Christmas  placemat  I had to finish and was last months No and is done ...

No 5...." Gnome Needle" case by Lynette Anderson.....










Nos 6-10 . Lynette Anderson's BOM     " Andrespn's Farm"
by doing two each month I hope to get it done this year as it lingered in my cupboard for a longggg time...












No 11 ...... "Twelve Days of Christmas" by Hatched and Patched.






and lastly No 12 ..... A Brutus " designed by Red Brolly" block left over from a quilt I made and decided to make it into a mini...

Just needs to be sandwiched, pinned and quilted...

By having these lovely folk organise these challenges I hope to get some finishes again by the end of the year.... HUGE thanks ladies........

Must away and do some shopping, have visitors coming for the long weekend....

Happy Stitching and keep safe...

Hugs  Maria ❤

Monday, January 20, 2020

Using Scraps...

I think I have got myself in a bit of a muddle going through my scrap box by cutting up many different sizes for at least three project








and also trying to find some time to made my very first block for RSC 2020 . For this month it's green. and the small pile of green on the table  is for my blocks..

For some time I've watched bloggers make the " International Sisters" block and wanted to make them. Sew for the challenge this is the block I have chosen....












I'm very happy how my "Sisters" turned out and look forward to next month's colour choice to make more...








Must away now and tidy up sew I can work on "Frolic" after dinner.

Happy Stitching

Hugs  Maria ❤

Saturday, January 18, 2020

First FNSI for 2020

As it was the third Friday of the month it was great to join Wendy and 15 others for our first FNSI for 2020...

As one of our Bobbing friends was having a birthday I decided to make her a Mug Rug to go with her Hot Chocolate sachets.....

Helen loved both small gifts....

Then I went through the stash to find suitable material to make some "Aussie Hero" Blocks..













completed four ...





These two are my favorites....

















Thank you Wendy for setting up our linky for FNSI even though you've been very busy.

Will pop over to visit others HERE over the next few days...



Must away to make my UFO list for Sunday Stitchers...

My thoughts are with all the folk affected by the dreadful fires especially all the firefighters and volunteers.

Hugs  Maria ❤

Monday, January 13, 2020

Fun Retreat

I spent the last four days at retreat with just a small group of friends...  Our "Retreat Mum" spoilt us by having this cute mug sitting on the table...                                         









Love the Gnomes and their sewing machines...






Even though we enjoy lots of chatting and catching up we did get manage to work on many projects


sewed 285  X  2 1/2" squares into 11 blocks for project in previous post.

Made these into a flimsy
















and also got another flimsy made using this kit that had sat in my cupboard for many years....





 



I didn't realise my "Windmills" are turned a different way than the pattern until I took the photo........



Was pleased what I got done and there will be a few things ready for my UFO list with the Sunday Stitchers...


I did manage to take photos of a few lovely flimsys others made....



DD's project on the table.....










Linda's very old UFO is finally a quilt for her MIL...
The above blocks were made at a previous retreat sew Jo got them sewn together this time...










another of Jo's gorgeous flimsies...


Sadly I missed taking photos of other beautiful tops and Retreat Mum made four gorgeous bracelets....

May get a photo later and will post then..





Must away now and organise dinner...

Thinking of  the folk affected by the fires and all volunteers doing such a great job....

Hugs  Maria ❤

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Weekend Sewing....

This weekend I decided to cull that neverending huge scrap box




and make QAYG blocks for Jan Mac who is runs Oz Comfort Quilts which she started in 2009 ...
Cut background 11" for
 10 1/2" FINISHED blocks .......
35 blocks make a quilt...

Please pop over and see how you can also help...




while sorting through the box and ironing suitable pieces I decided to also cut more 2 1/2" squares. They are for a long term project I started many years ago


 and after seeing Lou's post and that she was going to work on her long term project I recognised the book and remembered I had that also lurking in my cupboard....

I am off to a retreat soon and will sew some more blocks together ...











Oh! before I go must show you my new friend "Clever Trevor" 
He does a great job watering the grass around the house block......

Well must away and hugs the all the folk who are affected by the fires, especially all the helpers..

Hugs  Maria ❤


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Three in One

Last night I joined Cheryll for the first FnwFs for 2020










 




and WOOFA which Cheryll is also organising


as well as finishing the No 4 of the Sunday Stitchers UFO Challenge by finishing the 8th Christmas Placemat.


I always enjoy my SAL with my blogging friends , thank you ladies for organising us.
I'll be visiting others  HERE  over the next few days to see what they have made.

I must away now and continue working on "Frolic" 

Happy Stitching 

Hugs  Maria 😊





Monday, December 30, 2019

Last Post for 2019

On Christmas morning I opened the two Bonbons I received from the Tuesday Girls, Helen,Sandi, and Nor.....


Lovely gifts in the large one and a delicious chocolate in the other..

Thank you Ladies for all my gifts.

Look forward to joining in for the UFO Challenge next year....









It was lovely to open my post box today and see it filled with more letters for me,

A nice card and gifts from Helen




another card from Susan with a sweet Angel...















Michelle sent a cute wee bird ornament in the card with a red Combi...




A beautiful hand painted card of NZ's native Christmas tree and Tui bird, done by a young girl with cerebral palsy .
from Raewyn















I was touched to receive a handwritten card from "The Ladies of the Land" where I sent some quilts for folk who lost all in the terrible fries that are still burning...








300 + quilts , isn't that fantastic.... sew many lovely folk helping....




Thank you to all the ladies for my cards and ornies...







Wishing you all  " A Happy and Healthy " New Year ....Hope we get enough rain for our farmers and also help put out those fires.....


Must away as it time for some sleep....

Happy Stitching,

Hugs Maria 😊