Saturday, July 20, 2024


As it was the third Friday of the month time to join Wendy for FNSI…..

In the afternoon I worked on Anni Downs BOM “Sunshine ☀️ and Lollipops 🍭 “ 

Ready to take to retreat next month…

Then cutting a scrappy quilt for hubby , also to take to retreat.

And in the evening I sat and stitched some more hexies for the #1 Chookshed Challenge.

Must away and get ready for bed…..

Happy stitching 🧡 

Hugs. Maria πŸ’–

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Blocks and progress on #1.

I’m  all caught up with my Birthday Laundry Basket blocks ( till Tuesday ).

The Aqua/Teal RSC blocks,

Log Cabin 

And my Dragon

Aussie Hero blocks….

And it’s good to have the first sets of four joined into the first row of  #1 Chookshed Challenge .

Must away and put the kettle on for a cuppa while I stitch some more hexies.

Happy Stitching

Maria πŸ’–

Saturday, July 6, 2024

FnwFs for July !

JULY!! Already , this years flying by so quickly. 
As I was in Geraldton most of the day I didn’t get a lot done for FnwFs but I did enjoy sewing along with Cheryll and friends and do some of my EPPed La Passacaglia done.

Today is a sad day for me as we will be celebrating the life of my dear friend Jean. We’d been friends for more than 23 years Enjoying Tuesday night cards games , long visits ,trips to the movies  and over past couple of years we would have our Saturday morning coffee and chat . Miss you my friend πŸ˜˜πŸ€—

Must away and get organised.

Happy Stitching 🧡 

Hugs. Maria 🌷

Monday, July 1, 2024

July Chookshed Challenge is


Thanks Deana. After checking my list I see # 1 for me is the “Baby Hexie Quilt.

All these hexies were made on our many road trips years ago and most are put together with an embroidered hexie.
Hope to get it made at least into a flimsy.

Must away ,running late for croquet.

Happy stitching 🧡,

Hugs MariaπŸ’•

Friday, June 28, 2024

# 10 Chookshed Challenge.

And what a challenge it was for me . I did the stitchery for the lid some time ago and then it was put aside. So when Deana asked the Zoom ladies to do a challenge this year by picking 10 projects for us to work on I put Lynette Anderson’s sewing box on my list….. 

Making the 1 1/2” hexies and sewing them onto the side panel was the nice relaxing part BUT putting it all together sure was challenging…… 
I don’t like putting in zips and this was one had to go into a round lid !!!!!!! Then sourcing some template was a challenge but did manage to find some eventually ..So tah dah!!! # 10 Challenge completed…. Not perfect but done…..

Thanks heaps Deana without the challenge this sewing box would never be completed and now I can gift to my GD … looking forward to seeing what our No will be for July….

Must away and have my late breakfast ….

Happy stitching 

Hugs. Maria πŸ’–

Sunday, June 23, 2024

FNSI for June

Thanks Wendy for getting us together for another FNSI…. After catching up with the Laundry Basket blocks again, ( Tuesdays come round so fast ). 

I sat and hand stitched all the 1 1/2” hexies onto my # 10 Chookshed Challenge.
It’s all done and yesterday I got them sewn onto the bottom of the basket and put zipper onto lid…sorry no pics …
Now I need to buy some plastic template for the inside. So far had no luck….

Must away now as the sun shining and I’ll get the trailer onto the quad to pick some fallen tree branches .

Happy Stitching , Hugs Maria 🌷

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Mid month update.

I’ve been busy making 1 1/2” hexies for my #10 Chookshed Challenge with Deana…. Only two more sets to go and I can stitch them on and start to work out how to assemble the sewing basket ! 🀞

Must away and get to the shop…

Happy stitching 

Hugs. Maria πŸ’–

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Finally ( long post )

I can do an updated post after having NO internet or phone connection for over a week.  I did join Cheryll and friends for June FnwFs  and made my Aussie Hero Blocks and the Angela’s RSC blocks for June.

During the week I completed the second Giraffe πŸ¦’ quilt …

Put together leftover and orphan blocks into 3 different sized quilts . 

The one on the left I have gifted to a croquet friend needing a snuggle quilt.

The next two will go in my donation box.

I was also able to spend a lot of time working on my # 10 Chookshed Challenge cutting glueing and sewing many 1/2” hexies for the sewing basket.

Plus I did some mending and took up a couple of pairs of jeans, all had been shifted around the Cave for a long time. 

Also enjoyed a couple of games of croquet in the sunshine between our wonderful 112ml of rain .
Happy dance as our tanks are now full and all the farmers are happy too.

 Do I thank Telstra for all the time not spent on my iPad or phone ??? Or has it taught me lesson not to spend so much time on devices…..

If you read to the end thanks you , must away now for some lunch and off to croquet…

Happy stitching.

Hugs Maria πŸ’–

Thursday, June 6, 2024


has this week gone???  Every day I was going to post what my # 10 Chookshed Challenge is and now it’s Thursday night and I still hadn’t done so before I’m off to bed I’ll post.

It’s Lynette Anderson’s sewing basket. I started on the  stitchery a few years ago and would pick it up and work on it at different times so that is done.

I’m pleased this is my # 10.Would be great to have it done by the end of the month!

There are approximately 120 1/2” hexies to be made to go round the basket so lots of cutting and glueing to be done.

And before Tuesday comes round again I’ll post Laundry Basket blocks 

# 22

And # 23

Must away now and also snuggle up under a quilt like Lacy and listen to the lovely rain filling our tanks while nodding off to sleep.

Happy Stitching 

Hugs Maria πŸ’

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Chookshed Challenge #5

Time to post my #5 Chookshed Challenge which is a Baby Quilt made with 1930s fabrics….

Thank you Deana for organising this challenge and I look forward to the next No…. 

Happy Stitching 

Hugs   Maria 🌷🌷

Monday, May 27, 2024

Filling in time

While I wait for the next Chookshed Challenge number drawn by Deana for June. 

I looked through the boxes on my shelf I found some more orphan blocks to play with

and in the cupboard there were two pieces of fabric I could use for backings.

So my challenge is to make a flimsy that will fit these backings??

Oh and I see when I popped over to Angela’s blog the colour for June’s RSC is  BLUE. Another dig in the fabric box and found some blues…

Must away now, go to the shop the before some playing in the Cave and then off to croquet….

Happy stitching 🧡 
Hugs. Maria πŸ’–


Thursday, May 23, 2024

Working on

my # 5 Chookshed Challenge .sewing on the binding ,

And when I finished that I made the 6 1/2 “ block  #21 of the Laundry Basket Birthday quilt.

And I’m pleased to have the second Giraffe πŸ¦’ 
Quilt sandwiched and now pinned. 
It will be the next project under the machine.

Must away now and pop down the shop.

Keep well and Happy Stitching,
Hugs. Maria. πŸ’–

Saturday, May 18, 2024

FNSI for May

I always enjoy my FNSIs with Wendy and friends . The plan was to quilt the 1930s baby quilt as it’s my #5 Chookshed Challenge for May BUT I was sidetracked when I opened a box and found this.


Some left over blocks from an earlier quilt I made for my GGD ( you can see it HERE ) 

I only needed to make a few more blocks and I’d have another donation quilt.

So the baby quilt was left hanging over my chair while I spent time sewing the new blocks and getting the top together.

All done, now to find a backing so I can sandwich and pin ready to put on the quilting pile.

Huge thank to Wendy for organising us for FNSI even though she wasn’t well. You can see what other’s did by popping over HERE.

Now I must away service my machine and QUILT the 1930s baby quilt .

Happy Stitching,

Hugs Maria πŸ’–

Friday, May 10, 2024

Getting all my Blocks done.

Before working on the two baby quilts I have in progress I made my weekly/monthly blocks.

First I’ll catch up on the Laundry Basket Birthday Blocks.

Block 17

Block 18.

The RSC blocks with Angela this month is PINK ,

The log cabin block and my little dragon.

Last are the Aussie Hero blocks.     

Must away as I need a coffee after doing this post. Blogger was not being helpful.

Happy Stitching
Hugs Maria🩷

Saturday, May 4, 2024

FnwFs for May

I made an early start for FnwFs and cut all the blocks for the 1930s baby quilt ready to sew when I join my friends . Managed to get it sewn into a flimsy ,sandwiched and pinned ready to quilt. A real bonus when joining my virtual friends as well a get together with friends here…..

As I didn’t take my machine I decided to trace the Giraffe πŸ¦’ ready to make the next baby quilt.

Big thank you to Cheryll and my friends for a successful fun sewing time.

You can pop over HERE to see what others did for FnwFs

I must away now and do some blog reading.

Happy  Stitching 

Hugs. Maria 🌷

Thursday, May 2, 2024

May Challenge is

So when I checked my list I see it’s a bag. I don’t need another bag so I’ve decided to swap it . As I need to make a few baby quilts for gifts thought it would be fun to play with these. I’m thinking maybe a simple Fence and Rail quilt.??

Thanks Deana for keeping the fun going with our challenge…

Must away now and do some cutting.

Happy stitching 🧡 

Hugs Maria 🩷