Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Catching up and Stay At Home Retreat and FNSI

Last week I was keep busy making three Flimys , two are secret projects but I can show you my SAL 'Holly Christmas Cottage" designed by the lovely Michelle Ridgway...

Now to sandwich and quilt this one.

secret one ....

Number two...

Then on Thursday tided  the Cave and got some projects organised to take to our "Stay at Home Retreat." Our Patch ladies love these weekends. We hire a local hall and have all our meals catered for.  We spend all day and into the late night sewing, chatting eating but go home to sleep in our own bed....

Friday a few of set up the tables etc before all the ladies arrive at 3.30pm

Most of us are ready for our dinner at 6.30 pm but there is always someone engrossed in their sewing....

As I was busy sewing all weekend didn't take anymore photos. I did get lots of different projects done.

Friday I appliqued  my Gnomes from Fat Cat Design...

                          Block one and two.

then on Saturday put together  my Layered Diamonds Quilt which I sandwiched and pinned at Patch today.

 Sunday I sewed together 3 mini charm squares into a great table topper.
Thanks Ellyn...

Now I have a few things to work on for FNSI with Wendy  this week... You can also join in the fun  HERE...

Oh! also got a few more Pineapple blocks made but I need your help to choose the sashing please..?????

Spotty or  White

Had the best weekend and pleased with the projects I got done.....

Must away now and get ready for bed...

Happy Stitching..

Hugz  Maria :)


  1. Oh my goodness--you are 'hot' on the sewing trail these days--neat projects---love how your Christmas one came out--
    as for the Pineapple blocks--I did like the first one--darker dots--if you had used that fabric on the background of each block--other wise==my choice is the 2nd one the white on white-now we will see what the others have to say!!!
    enjoy, di

  2. Oh wow! You have been busy. Lovely projects. Your Christmas quilt will be lovely.

  3. Woohoo so many beautiful projects and finishes, love Michelle’s quilt.

  4. Oh certainly are on a sewing roll....wonderful projects and what a great idea for a retreat....

  5. Love your Holly Christmas Cottage! You got a ton done at retreat! I need to take pics of what I got done at my retreat. We've talked about doing a retreat like yours but it hasn't happened yet.

  6. What a busy time you had... your gnomes really are rather fun and I do love your version of Holly Cottage (we do have such good taste in patterns and fabric!!) Heaps done.... I like the plain fabric for the pineapples myself... I think the spots detract a little bit....

  7. Busy as usual!
    Love the Christmas quilt Is it for yourself?

  8. Love your version of Holly Cottage. Thats a great idea for a that! You certainly are making some lovely projects....secret projects....hmmm very intriguing!

  9. Ooops! Forgot to say that I'm not a sashing girl so I would probably would have a whole lot of floating pineapples so I am no help lol xx

  10. Hi Maria
    Love the sneaky-peeks of the secret sewing... Holly Cottage Christmas looks wonderful, well done!... so glad you all had another successful At Home retreat, such a good idea & you got a lot done.
    As for the sashing, I like the plain fabric.

  11. Oh such lovely sewing going on in your corner of the world!! So glad the at home retreat went well.... and I like the white for the sashing too... xx

  12. What an amazing array of work. I love your quilt, it looks incredible. Your retreat sounds great. Enjoy :)

  13. What a great way to spend a weekend. xx

  14. Looks like an excellent weekend, loving the Xmas quilts. I think the spotty sashing for the pineapples

  15. Love your holly Cottage quilt top, so pretty. And I love the idea of a catered retreat where you all get to go home and sleep in your own beds.
    Go with the spots, I say, or maybe something else which has a little added colour?

  16. so many beautiful projects! I love seeing fabric I sent you all sewn together. glad you enjoyed your weekend

  17. You have been so busy. I vote on spotty for the pineapples. Those are gorgeous. I also LOVE the gnomes. That was one I was thinking about doing and yours are super cute. Great job on the pretty Holly Christmas Cottage top too.

  18. I think this is such a wonderful idea - and you got so much done...Love the Christmas trees

  19. Oh wow, so productive!! What a great retreat! Where do I start, you've done a fabulous job with Michelle's quilt and all your others are lovely too - I've been saving those Fatcat Christmas patterns - nice to see you starting it. I like the white sashing for the pineapples and will be interested to see what you do :-)

  20. Wow you have been so incredibly busy! I love the idea of a retreat! Your Christmas quilt is gorgeous, and I'm enjoy the colours of your diamonds quilt x

  21. You worked on heaps of stuff..... Retreats are the best.......


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