Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year and the Last OPAM for the year....

                                                 Wishing everyone a Very Happy 2016        

Now it's time to post the last OPAM for the year...... Some were made earlier for swaps sew I can reveal them now and also some I DID finish this month...

A big thank you to Kris and Peg for always keeping us on track each month to finish our projects...

It's time to reveal my SSCS  my partner was Martine . Hope you don't mind Martine, I borrowed your photos as they were nicer than mine..

Her Ornament....

Main Gift....

Santa Sack Swap my partner was Carin and these are some of the gifts I made for her..


                                                          Table Runner  

You can see the other gifts by visiting Carin...

Table Runner for Ellyn..

and Bunting 

and some for Sunny....

16 Coasters for my Blogging friends....  

Kitty Cushions  For my Two Great Grand daughters.. 

A Christmas Stitchery..

 Mia's Birthday "Block  Quilt "

and of course Hubby's " Aussie Flag Quilt" 

My tally for this year is 78 and my total finishes since joining  OPAM in 2010 is 388.. Unbelievable.

Hugz Maria :) 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Santa Sack Swap

My Santa Sack Partner was Carin from Sweden and I was delighted with all the beautiful gifts she sent me…..

A Lovely “ Dala Horse “ fabric bag…. great to take to Patch..

Two “ Zipper Window “ sachets…Handy for small project's….

with  a matching pouch  a tape measure and binding clips… Such great gifts….

A mtr of “Fabulous Fabric “  Lovely sweet Birdies…

look at these gorgeous “ Crocheted Coasters “ in the cutest Holder……

and I LOVE this stunning  “Table Centre” 

it is sew beautiful…

A big thank you to both Cheryll  for running the fabulous swap again this year and Carin for my being my partner who sent the great parcel…….. 

Hugz  Maria Smile

Friday, December 25, 2015


A huge thank you to Chooky and her Helper Janice for once again organising the  SSCS Swap for 2015… Today we were allowed to open our main parcel.

I discovered my partner was Tonje from Norway..  

Tonje sent me Beautiful Table Runner

as well a glue pen, reflector (opps not on photo sorry ) , some yummy choccie and sweet plus two lovely postcards all wrapped in a calico shopping bag. Sew very handy…
Thank you sew much Tonje for my beautiful gifts and I enjoyed being your partner this year… Have a Wonderful Christmas Day.

Hugz Maria Smile

Thursday, December 24, 2015

                  Wishing everyone a Wonderful Safe and Happy day tomorrow…

Hugz Maria Smile

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Last FNSI's for 2015

I would like to give Wendy a HUGE thank you for running FNSI all year and also having a gift for someone each month….. I am looking forward to joining in again next year…

This month I sewed along on both Friday and Saturday nights as I was on a mission to make a quilt for Hubby for THIS Christmas

                  It’s been a mammoth task but here is the Quilt. Taa Dah!!

                                       Not a bad effort for two days…

sandwiched and pinned ready to quilt…I have four days…… 

Must away and start quilting while hubby is out…. That's been the hardest part, hiding it from him..LOL

Hugz Maria Smile

Friday, December 18, 2015

Who's joining us for FNSI...


 I am  sewing along with Wendy now. Do you still have some Christmas sewing to do.....You can still sign on HERE and join the ladies in the Northern hemisphere as I will be doing tomorrow night. Decided today I NEEDED to make a quilt for Hubby for Christmas......

this is what I did today.....

Cut up all the blue's in stash into 6 1/2" squares and started to sew them together.....

Just finished my dinner and cuppa sew must get back to sewing......

Hugz  Maria :)

Thursday, December 17, 2015


I have received  lovely mail over the past two days from my blogging friends,

Christine  sent this gorgeous Felt ornament with a sweet wooden Angel,  

 From Illene a cute Snowman,  

Helen covered a little notebook with the perfect fabric and included the pattern.

and my Christmas Postcard all the way from Canada sent by Marla ( You can see the one I sent to her on my header. )

Marla also sent two lovely pounches. One has lots of different tea bags. can't wait to try them..

A HUGE thank you to all for making my Christmas special.......

Hugz  Maria  :) 

P.S.....Why oh why is Writer Live not letting me post to my blog... :( 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Happy Mail...

When I went into town yesterday to collect the mail there was a little card in my mail box amongst the letters …it means there is a parcel that was too big to fit in the box inside the Post Office….

OH it was my “Santa Sack Swap”  from my partner Carin who lives in Sweden….

Look at the lovely little parcels and those delicious lollies…they bring back memories of Christmas when I was small growing up in The Netherlands…They are special treats you can only get at that time of year..

I did squeeze and give the gifts a little shake but have popped them away sew I am not tempted to peek inside the parcels…and not eat the Lollies…

Off into town to collect the mail, wonder if there will be nice letters, not ones with windows…

Hugz Maria  Smile:)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Done and Dusted

for 2015….. All my swaps have been received, Christmas Cards are in the post and last night I finished the last of the christmas gifts……

these two “Kitty” Cushions ( saw them over on  Beth's blog )  have joined

the “Doggy” one waiting to be wrapped for my three Great Grand children.

The  “ BLOCK” quilt is completed for my GGD ‘s third BD on the 23rd Dec….

Pattern from Allison Harris’s Book “Growing up Modern”.

Now to tidy the “CAVE” ready to work on my UFOs……….

Hugz  Maria Smile

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It’s Arrived….

I joined Chooky again this year for SSCS and yesterday my Parcel arrived.


Couldn’t wait to get home as I was allowed to open the small gift .

020       Wonder what’s in the small box ???



I love the sweet little “Mitten” ornament and there was also a delicious chocolate but it’s disappeared…LOL..

A big thank you to Chooky and her Elf helper for another fun swap.. Also to my swap partner ????????

Off to finish my Great Grand-daughters Christmas gifts….

Hugz  Maria  Smile

Saturday, December 5, 2015


last night was the final FnwFs for this year… As I am visiting my DD it was lovely for us to join Cheryll and 31 other ladies for a night of crafting.

I had sandwiched and pinned this


ready to quilt.


managed to get 5 blocks done. Only 6 to go…


and DD worked on the hats for her DDs dance costumes…

Thank you Cheryll for organising us all year, even when you are on holidays. Looking forward to joining in again next year. First one being on January 8th 2016…..

We are off to see Lion King tomorrow. Yeh!!!

Hugz  Maria Smile