Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Blog Address

Hi Girls,
Just letting you know that I am using a new blog address.. it would be great if you could follow me here now and not my old blog address..  thank you and sorry for any inconveniences..
Here is my new address  -



From Lynda To Illene

This gorgeous parcel was given to Illene in the No Fuss Christmas Swap..  I am putting up a couple of photos for her..  Lynda did a fabulous job - well done..

Love the fabric in your zippy pouch. well done..Merry

Saturday, December 30, 2017

November & December - Susan Oh 2 Sew

Oops - that Quilt Police lady will be chasing me - I didn't post for November or here they are:
Happy New Year to all.
May 2018 be happy, healthy and you get time to do whatever sewing you'd like to do.

Christmas Swap '17

Thanks ladies for the great Swap organised!
My goodies went to Susan...
 I just love the thread I used on the needle book... hhmmm, might have to make myself something with that now 😉

And Maria sent me the sweetest items... I'm going to make a decoration/ornament with the gorgeous big Santa button.

thank you both ladies, it sure was a great swap!

Bye For Now ♥

Friday, December 29, 2017

My December blocks

 It is great to see all the swap pressies...... 

I hope you all had a very  Merry Christmas ........

Here are my December blocks.....

Sorry about the yukky photo......

Thursday, December 28, 2017

From Anthea to Susan

I received these lovely things from Anthea:
The needle case - using the stitchery- is lovely and the Santa Spreader - the treat - is such a  cute santa with sunglasses.

Thanks so much Anthea and also to Sandi for organising these fun swaps.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

from Erica

these are the gorgeous things that Erica sent to me, 
hmmm minus the gingerbread man biscuit, 
he seems to have disappeared ...wonder where?
Merry Christmas everyone, 
and thanks Sandi for another great little No Fuss Swap, 
and thank you Erica for my gifts!

No Fuss Christmas Swap

Merry Christmas Girls, I hope everyone has had a fabulous Christmas whether it be surrounded by family or sitting on a beach eating prawns alone... I have had such a busy few weeks that I am hoping to catch up on my blogging this afternoon..time will tell if I can get it all done.  I was wondering how everyone went with their swaps..
Susan sent (handed) me a pretty wrapped parcel when we saw each other last, to put under my tree for Christmas day. 
I Love my tea-towel Susan made - it's a very clever way to use up pieces ribbon and lace, I will have
to remember this technique in the future..  
I also found inside - yummy Cadbury chocolate, a packet of Christmas stocking buttons, a gorgeous piece of lace and a pretty mug rug...  I love the lot (hubby also particularly loves the chocolate and has already made plans on me sharing with him - so he thanks you too)..   Thank you Susan for being my No Fuss Buddy - I love all of them..

 I made for Erica and seeing as she doesn't have a blog - I thought I would post what I sent to her..
A piece of Red lace, a santa cookie, three Christmas buttons sewn on a card, a white/Christmassy tea-towel and a needle book with one of the stitcheries on the front..  I put all these in a small sack (I didn't make the sack - it was one I had prepared earlier - much
Well that will do me for this post - I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and thanks girls for participating in my little swap.. It was lovely being part of a swap, I have enjoyed our Christmas one..

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's Here

I am posting on behalf of Maria as she is have some technical issues at the moment...
Maria's gift has arrived from Illene and she is looking forward to being able to open it on Christmas day.  Thank you Illene.. xx

Sunday, December 17, 2017

its here!

thank you Erica!
it's under the tree and I didn't peek, or shake or squeeze
I promise!
Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Merry No Fuss Christmas

My parcel has arrived from Anthea...ooooh the temptation!!!

I'm lucky enough to be able to hand deliver mine - so it will get "posted/delivered" on 17th December.
Thanks Sandi for adding in a bit of fun!

Merry Christmas to everyone - hopefully your Christmas is sorted...mine isn't!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

No Fuss Christmas Swap

Morning Girls,
Just doing a little check in here - making sure no one has had any problems contacting their partners etc.  I'm in fine form with my parcel and it is ready to be posted so keep an eye out for it Erica.  I have plans to go to the post office today but seeing as it's a Tuesday and our regular stitching day, if I run out of time then it will definitely be at the post office tomorrow morning...
 I am looking forward to see what everyone has created for their partners..  remember to resist temptation and don't open until the 25th.  Oh and drop me a line, letting me know when you have either sent or received and I will mark it on the sidebar.. 
I have not been commenting a lot on everyone's posts but have been stalking them constantly and I am impressed with all the progress everyone has been making with their blocks..  pat on the back to everyone oh and gold stars too..  Looking great girls..
Well that's all for me..
Merry Christmas Girls.

Santa's Little Helper..

Monday, December 04, 2017

oooops a bit late with November blocks

At last I have finished the November blocks..... better late than never I guess.....

Blocks for November

Here are my four blocks. I am so rusty with blogging it has taken me ages to work out how to load the photos again. Looks like I need to jot down some notes so I don't forget for the next post.

Below are the first four rows which I have joined together as it makes it easier to select the threads I use for the next blocks. This quilt is all from my stash, fabrics used are April Cornell's  Poetry Collection and 3 Sisters Faded Memories which I have had in my cupboard for a number of years so good to finally find a project to use them in. Threads from my Cottage Garden collection for the border and DMC threads for the stitchery. 
Everyone's blocks look great, so happy I am sewing along with you all. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I've started!!

This is my first post on this's taken me a little while to decide on my fabrics and threads and then make a start.
Here are my first two finished blocks —
These are lovely to stitch aren't they?
Now that I've started I hope to keep chipping away at the blocks.
Happy stitching,

Monday, November 20, 2017

No Fuss Christmas Swap

Ho Ho Ho, Santa has done the draw for our Christmas Swap...
As previously stated, it will be a down the line swap, with the first person making for the second and the second making for the third etc...
Contact your partner as soon as you can for their address and make sure you get your gifts in the mail in time for "opening day" - December 25th..
So here we go...


I will add everyone's name to the side bar along with their blog links for those who have a blog..

Any questions??? don't hesitate to contact me and I will see what I can do to help..

Your Yule Tide Host..

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Some stitching....

These tag blocks are just great for small pick up and go stitching and as they are all in the same thread they are very relaxing to do....

It's hard to stop once I get going and I have to remember I have other things to do also!

I'm so glad this quilt was pointed out for a Stitch-a-long... I never knew about it before and it really is very sweet....

Friday, November 17, 2017

No Fuss Christmas Swap

Ho ho ho.....
Just a reminder girls about the Christmas Swap - there are two days left before the cut off date, so if you are interested in a little swap then read the previous post about it and add your name to the comments on that post.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

No Fuss Christmas Swap

I thought it might be nice to run a little swap for Christmas and this should also run with the present stitch-a-long theme of Ruth's Quilt.
Now seeing as some of us are having internet issues still (one of the reasons we stopped running our swaps), I thought we would make this swap open to non bloggers as well, but you do have to have been part of any  of our swap or Ruth’s stitch-a-long previously.
This is not a compulsory swap - only join in if you have the time to participate and are interested in having a little fun..

The Rules - 1.  Add your name to this post if you wish to join in by the 19th November.
                         I will post  your partners on the 20th.
                    2.  It will be a down the line swap - number 1 makes for 2, 2 makes for 3 etc.
                    3.  Opening day will be Christmas day so posting should be done well and truly
                         by this day - please allow for our slow postal service and Christmas rush.. we would
                         hate for anyone to be disappointed.
                    4.  When you send and receive just drop me a line and I will mark you off on the
                         side of the blog...
                    5.  Contact your swap buddies personally via email to exchange postal addresses.

The Requirements - 5 items needed for this swap..

 1.  Make something with a Ruth's quilt tag.  Choose a tag - any tag or design your own tag  and
      make something with it - a pin cushion, a needle book, a Christmas ornie, a bookmark -  don't
      let my examples uninspire you - you might have your own ideas on how you could
      incorporate one of the tags. Don't go over board - keep it simple and small...
  2.  1 x  Christmas tea-towel
  3.  1 x Piece of lace - 50cm
  4.  1 x Christmas button
  5.  1 x Small Christmas themed treat..

Individually wrap your gifts and put them in a small box, gift bag etc to be opened on Christmas day.
Remember - we do "No Fuss" swaps so don't get too stressed - it's meant to be a bit of fun.

If you have any questions then drop me a line and I will do the best to answer you asap - and don't leave it too long to contact me if you can not get hold of your swap partner for their address..

Well that's all - Who is in????



Slow and steady……

And, I am still plodding along……


Four done and four more ready to go….


Thursday, November 02, 2017

October blocks - Susan Oh 2 Sew

October blocks done & dusted . . . .

I have a few more partly done....that will satisfy the November target - but I have a "bit" of  Secret Christmas Sewing and some secret Christmas craft that has to be these might be taking a back seat for a few weeks.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

My October blocks.......

I have been trying to play catch-up and have my Sept and October blocks done by now but unfortunately I only have three completed with the next three traced and partly stitched.
I'm using Cottage Garden threads for the outside border and DMC threads to add different colours to the main stitching. Trying to match the fabrics I am using in the quilt as I go.
Am pleased with how they are turning out so far.

Till next time,
Happy stitching  Noela....... 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where i'm at

Thanks for letting me join.

I didn't have the book but i was interested in the stitchalong & have been watching as photo's were put up & everyone's version lovely & so different. I was on a destash site on Facebook & lo & behold up popped the book at a good price. I did think on it a little while & decided that yes i would grab the book. :) Here's where i'm at.
Sorry they are a bit hard to see. I'm using a pink/green Cottage Garden thread.
I  took an EPP break & got a bit carried away with stitching last week.
Happy Stitching,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Update from Susan Oh 2 Sew

Hello fellow stitchers

I realised I have been missing from this blog - that I should have posted some progress pictures  (I know - there are no Quilt Police to chase me - or to remind me!!!)

So, an update....I was feeling keen one day (in September)  - so cut all my rectangles....this is the result - rectangles, large scraps, throw out scraps and selvedges.

I have been stitching away - and just to keep the records straight - and get that imaginary tick for completing the September goal - here are my 3:

I am really enjoying see all the variety in thread and fabrics being used.....

Happy Stitching!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

October Update

4 more for October and 196 fabric pieces cut 
(and still heaps left in my stash!)


Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Very First Post

I am very new to stitch-a-longs but would have to say I am thoroughly enjoying stitching with you all. One less project that gets put in my 'one day' pile.

Thankyou so much to Susan for all your help getting me started with both the stitching and the posting.

Thanks also to Helen for getting us all together, wonderful idea and love that it is no fuss!

I finished another 3 blocks on the weekend and have to say I am much happier with them. I don't do many projects with embroideries in them and it has taken a few attempts to get back in the rhythm.

We have been away the last 2 weekends and I find these little stitcheries ideal to take with me. I have sewed in a showground, by a lagoon, by the ocean and even on a couple of ferries.  A good little project to pick up and fill in time.

This is one of the fabrics I have chosen for some of my blocks. I have a selection of pinks, greens and a bit of blue to mix in with it. The quilt will end up going to my lovely mother-in-law and she will love these colours. I made her a lap quilt many, many years ago and she has used it so much the front started to fall apart. Time for a new one!

Like a few other ladies, my favourite block so far is the rose one.

I look forward to seeing everyone else's progress.

xx Erica

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Wet October

We're stuck in with this rain event down the Queeensland coast ... so no off-farm or on farm work means extra stitching time.

Now I need a trip to town for some stabilizer before I can start more stitcheries.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Progressing Nicely

Hi Ladies
So lovely to see all the stitcheries coming along, everyone is doing such beautiful work!
This is where I'm currently at:
 Sorry the pic is not so good... just couldn't get a clear one for some reason.
All the stitcheries are now traced & have their stabiliser on the back... & they sit in my kit-bag for this project... along with scissors, needles, thread, hoop, thread-catcher... so easy to just pick up & take it with me each Friday to patchwork group!

Bye for Now ♥

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Few More Finishes

I have gone back to the beginning of this stitch-a-long and can only find a handful of photos that I have posted about.  So I thought I had better do a catch up.... I think I may have added them on Instagram only so far.   I have completed 13 blocks -  These blocks  are so quick and easy to do, that my stash is building faster than I thought.
Not the greatest photos but they will do..

The rose block is my favourite block.
That's all for me as this is the first time posting from my phone and i can't say I'm a fan..  lol
Catchya all later...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My October blocks.....

So many girls joining in with this stitch-a-long....... fabulous......

I have enjoyed reading and looking at all the progress being made by everyone......

you will all be finished well before me I think..... lol....
so many different threads and background fabrics, it will be great to see them all finished.....

Here are my October blocks.....

Keep up the good work girls.....
23 of us now...... how good is that ??????

Monday, October 09, 2017


A little more stitching last night and a press this morning.

Onwards now with October traced and ready for evening relaxation.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Hi .. I am Lyn from Toowoomba, thank you to Helen and my friends Christine & Fiona who told me about these cute little blocks....

I am really enjoying stitching them...

 I decided to stitch them in multi colours, to probably be incorporated in to my scrappy 1.5 inch square block quilt that has been waiting for some exciting new inspiration to give it a real purpose..!

Of course - I am working on so many things at once - that seems a bit crazy to those who do not understand...  I am sure you all do, so I think it is fairly safe to admit that here.

Friday, October 06, 2017


I thought I had said hello but scrolling back through the blog silly me didn't get to it. So here I am in sunny (too warm already) Queensland, enjoying another new project 😊  Yes I have several on the go at once so my short attention span can jump ffom one to the next. I love stitch-a-longs for their friendship, company and it helps to keep me on track although sometimes ... like now ... I have to play catchup.

September is in progress

and I have my fabrics picked out. A few years back I decided to gather black and white fat quarters and liked the idea of pairing it with black stitching.

The hardest part was finding them.  Looking forward to watching everyones progress. Thank you 😊