Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My OPAM Finishes for July….

this month I can reveal a few secret projects I have been working on.
My “Winter Mini” sent to Sue.B.

Winter Mini for Sue.B. 2013

Just loved putting this one together..

“Christmas In July” Gifts for Heather

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Santa, Stitchery Table Runner and the Plum Pudding and Holly on a tea towel… thanks cheryll ,our swap mum for these two.

“Bali Batik Jelly Roll Quilt” also my "Sew It's Finished" project.

Batik Jelly Roll 2013

Blue and Yellow swap blocks quilt.

Swap Blocks Quilt.2013

OH I nearly forgot my SAL Project for this month…

Penquin Bag.July 2013

My version of the “Chilly Penguin Bag” by Natalie Bird from TTS book. 

Hugz  Maria

Friday, July 26, 2013

Opening my gifts a Day Late

Xmas in July

For “ Christmas In July” as we have been away in the Big Smoke but it was well worth the wait. Look at my beautifully wrapped gifts I received from Debra at Sweet Little Cottage

1 Debras gifts

and inside were these gorgeous gifts…

2 Debra's gifts

A “ Swag of Bright Stars” with jingle bells on. A table centre with Perfect Xmas trees and a Snowman ornament to hang in the tree. Like the special label Debra stitched..

3 label

Debra also added some special HOT spices as an extra treat……

Here are the gifts I sent to Heather…….

1 Heather's Xmas in July gifts.

All Gifts  4 X in july 2013

Thank you to our "Swap Mum Cheryll" for organising another fun swap to participate in…..

Hugz  Maria

Saturday, July 20, 2013


It was sooooooooooo cold last night ( 0 deg ) that it was nice to sit in the cave with heater on and sew…….
I found my AUSSIE Swap Blocks and decided to put them together.


Really like the way the flimsy looks hanging in the trees this morning. Love all the blocks but especially the one with the wave hand stitched by Ank . It was more luck than design that the wave is the right way. LOL.


I always have something under my machine as leaders and enders  so I also completed two “  Round the World Scrappy Blocks.”


Last night was the first  FNSI with WENDY who has kindly taken over for a few months while Heidi and Bobbi have a break. Thank you Wendy. I had a great night stitching along with my blogging friends.

Hugz  Maria

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In the Post, Aim. 4 Acc block and BOMs

Last Friday I popped five parcels in the post including

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these gifts for “Christmas In July’

“Winter Mini” sneak peek..


 Both swaps are organised by Swap Mum Cheryll . thank you for running two fun swaps…

this is Lesson 3, unit 5 for Aiming for Accuracy.


put the borders on “Grizel” the June Owl.


this is “Dippet” the July guy…


and I completed “The Reindeer Barn” block from The North Pole QAL with Val


Oh it’s midnight again sew I am off to bed.. Goodnight..

Hugz  Maria

Monday, July 15, 2013

Good News…..

Wendy from Sugar Lane Quilts will be helping out Heidi and Bobbi and running FNSI for the next few months…

You can go over HERE NOW to sign on for FNSI this Friday July 19th………..




Thank you Wendy as I love to join in and sew along with my friends for FNSIs.


Hugz  Maria

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A change in the Weather and my OFW project..

yesterday it was such a nice sunny day I stopped as I drove along the ocean road and took this photo…

July 2013

but today as I was sitting in the cafe opposite the Marina the sky turned black and down come the rain.



Louise and I did get wet on our walk today…Brrrrrr!!!!!

now to show you what I made from my hexies I posted for last weeks for OFW…..



It is my SAL project for July .Thanks to  Karen for organising OFW each week.

Hugz  Maria

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Had a great night sewing along with my blogging friends last night and worked on my 2nd Aiming for Accuracy Block.


The Sew-A-long is teaching me to be more precise and I am trying the open seam method too. This way the seams seam to be easier to match up and less bulky.


Here are the 1st and 2nd Blocks.

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Also finished two swap projects…

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Sorry this is all I can show you… Do you like my “Spider” ???


and I enjoyed making this little “Quilt of Love” too…

Thank you ChERlLy for organising us for another great FnwFs. Will go over now and see what you all have been sewing.
Hugz  Maria

Thursday, July 4, 2013


to wish all my US Friends a Happy 4th of July…………


and especially my Aussie friend Sue and her Bloke who are travelling the US ………..


Oh and don’t forget folks it’s “ FriDaY niGhT with FrIEnDs” tomorrow night…… Hope CHeryLl hasn’t forgotten ??????? Sew we can sign on HERE

Off to sew my first block for “Aiming for Accuracy” as the second one comes out today US time………

Hugz Maria

OFW , GOODIES in the POST and more on the RETREAT

Signed in for OFW with Karen and friends but I didn’t complete a flower but got these ready to stitch together for mine next SAL project.


This week I  received my Aussie Swap Blocks from Erin


and my gorgeous “Lets Celebrate” gifts from Clare.



Love the beautiful stitchery on my rug mug and the great bright Mug bag with it’s perfect button..
Thank you ladies…..

At our retreat we worked hard…….


ate lots of good food…


sew I had to go for a long walk….


I finished quilting my Bali Jelly Roll quilt. worked on some secret projects, sewed some bright blocks, pinned this “Star” quilt and started to quilt it.

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Was pleased at what I got done at retreat and had a fabulous relaxing time with my friends.
A BIG thank to Linda for being my driver…….

Goodnight all   Hugz  Maria

Monday, July 1, 2013

Back Home Again

after a fabulous few days away visiting my DD and family overnight, before going to our Retreat at Avalon in Toodyay.

Here are a few photos I took while away..


Do you like the pile of fabrics my GD put in the trolley…… She has recently got hooked on sewing…

Coffee and with my favorite cake before going to Toodyay…


Colourful tree in the main street of Toodyay..


I was amazed at this store that has opened in the tiny town..



so many Christmas treasures to see and buy…

Quilt sandwiched ready to Stipple….


Will post some more tomorrow. I am ready for bed. Goodnight..

Hugz  Maria