Wednesday, September 30, 2015

OPAM, Nice Mail, FnwFs ,Blocks and Swaps…

It’s been sew nice to be in the “Cave” and play with my machine after 8 weeks away….

Since being home I have completed three of my Stitcheries for Sept OPAM. Peg and Kris do a great job keeping us on track each month.

1….You can see “Santa’s Workshop” HERE.

2….and it was lovely to put together Jenny's free BOM "Vintage Kitchen"


Thank you Jenny for your lovely design…..

3….next was the binding on “The Festive Season” by Hatched and Patched.. A longgggg table runner.


Thanks Fiona….

and look what arrived in the post…..


These beautiful goodies from Cheryll as I was the lucky winner of last month’s gift for FnwFs..    
Sew don’t forget to pop over to Cheryll's for this months FnwFs this week…. You may be the lucky lady who wins this month…..

I enjoyed playing with my scraps and make some QAYG blocks for Jan…..


and some “ Quilt Blocks to Heal Violence”


You can read more over at Jo's…….

and of course there is lots of secret sewing because I have joined both


Cheryll's Santa Sack Swap

and Chooky's  SSCS this year…

Guess what I will be working on for FnwFs ??????

Hugz  Maria Smile

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Not Sure

where the days have gone since we got home but I have been keep busy mowing the “Block”


the weeds were sew high after 8 weeks away, even Lacy got lost in them


looks lots better now ..


Also in my spare time I have cut and sewed , cut and sewed till I have finally finished  "Nature's Journey" YEH !!!! Never thought I would ever finish the top.


Thank you Chooky and Susan for running the SAL and keeping us on track each month…

Happy Stitching
Hugz Maria  Smile

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FNSI and Goodies

Home at last after our long drive around Aussie, sew nice to be back in the cave joining Wendy and 49 other ladies for FNSI by two….

While on holidays I stitched Santa’s Workshop by "The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs.." Last night I put on the border,quilted and finished the binding..


Loving the Blue……

Tonight I cut 200 2” squares for my Nature’s Journey.. another 200 to go and then sew them into 9 patches…..


and I have started stitching this cute stitchery…


while unpacking the Humpy I found all the treasures I bought along the way on our trip….






last one is a sneak peek as they will be Christmas gifts……
I have plenty to keep me busy……..

Happy stitching.
Hugz Maria  Smile

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Don't forget to pop over to Wendy's to sign in for FNSI.
Not sure whether I will be in the Humpy or home but I will be sewing along with you all...

Hugz Maria.  :)

PS.... Just realised this is my 700th post...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Catching Up 2 ( a day late )

After leaving Bathurst we made our way to Canberra ACT.. Boy is it cold there… 0 deg at night sew the heater was on full….
We spent the day visiting the War Museum


it was a long and tiring day viewing all the detailed displays…

we moved on again yesterday, stopped in Yass for morning coffee and hubby noticed there was a fabric store having a 30% off sale..



look at the nice panels and spotty fabric that left with me and are now tucked away in the van….

as hubby likes to go the back roads and avoid lots of traffic we do find some treasures……


of course we stopped and had to check out this fabulous place…


the smell as you walked into the door was delicious….


how would you like this for your very own birthday cake?

after an overnight stop it’s on the road again and there is always a necessary stops..


and in Renmark….



Stayed in Clare SA two night sew hubby could watch The Eagles play and to catch up with the dreaded washing …..

Off in the morning, heading West only 2800 kms to home….

Happy Stitching

Hugz Maria Smile

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Catching Up

Since leaving the Gold Coast 9 days ago we have covered many 1000s of Kms, hubby has driven up, down and around The Great Divide, which I wasn't happy with at times….Very Steep at times. Sad smile

along the way we visited the “ Three Sisters “


while staying in Bathurst NSW hubby and I drove around the world famous MT Panorama ( slowly ).


visited the National Motor Racing Museum


and I was delighted to go HERE


sew much eye candy…



and something did hop into my bag…


Time to make a Milo and go to bed….Hope to do another post tomorrow……

Hugz Maria Smile

Saturday, September 5, 2015

FnwFs at Bathurst...

Even though it was very cold in Bathurst last night I was nice and cosy in the "Humpy" with the heater on and stitching along with Cheryll and others for FnwFs 

I managed to complete two more hexies.......

And finish the 7th block in Jenny's "Vintage Kitchen. I am two behind as I haven't been able to download and print them while on our travels... Will have lots to do when we get home...

Will catch up with the ladies to see what they have been doing over the next few days HERE

Thanks Cheryll for another fun night....

Hugz Maria 😘

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pincushion Linky ........

Ida is running a "Pincushion Linky"
And I have been visiting others and seeing all the lovely pincushions and because we are travelling around I can't show my pincushion collection but then one of my blogging friends asked did I not have a pincushion in the "Humpy"

And I have and here it is.... Love this cupcake one . When our  Patchwork Club had a High Tea last year we had a lucky number draw and I was lucky enough to win it.

  Hugz Maria 😀

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Special Sunday

While tripping around Aussie and spending time in Queensland I was delighted to spend time with the Sunday Stitchers this week. Many of them are ladies I have been blogging with for a long time…


                                                  they all look very busy……


         Such a fun group…



It was sew nice to sit chat and do a little sewing while getting to know all these ladies better….


I was even able to show the "Ass Whip Cracker " Susan my completed center for .Nature's Journey" SAL along with Jeanette and Lynda…


The day went by far too quickly .      Love this group photo of us all.

 Back row from left……
                                    Maria, Sandi, Me, Susan Inca, Noreen, Nola.

Middle Row from left…..
                                     Deb, Helen, Jeanette, Alison, Cheryl and Lynda.

Sitting Front…..
                                                  De, Marilyn and Teresa……

thanks to all for a memorable day. Sadly the day went far to quickly.. Catch up with all in blogland. XXX

Hugz Maria Smile