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 ๐Ÿ˜Š  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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


These little stitched labels are so addictive I have found!!

.. and it's so easy using one colour thread - well it's one thread, and many colours as it is variegated!

I ran out and have to wait for an order... thank you Susan for helping out and sending me some to keep me going....

I sewed those two over the weekend....

.. today I wanted to play around and see what they would look like with the fabrics... and then I ended up sewing a few columns....

I think I will keep adding on like this as I get the stitcheries done....

I just want to keep sewing them... but I do need to do some of my other blocks too... I wonder if you are like that too...

Hugz from Fiona.....

Friday, September 29, 2017

Taking time......

.... to dream.... dream is enough time to finish all the projects I want to do! 

Hugz from Fiona

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome Girls

It's been lovely having our stitch-a-long grow in numbers - welcome to all the new girls..
I have been blown away by the variety of different fabrics everyone has chosen, not to mention the assortment of threads being used too.   I am persisting with the variegated dmc threads I have had sitting around for years - trying desperately not to chop them up into varying shades..
I have completed four more blocks so far - I don't mind being ahead a little so when things get busier especially as we near Christmas, I will not fall too far behind..
I will trim them down later..
Well that's all for me today..  keep up the great work girls...

Welcome Erica

I am posting this on behalf of Erica who has joined the No Fuss Stitch-a-Long.
(Since she already had the book, it wasn't too hard to twist her arm...entice her to join.

Erica doesn't have a blog and is more likely to be found sewing dresses for her two granddaughters rather than patchworking - though she has made some lovely quilts. 
Erica joins me and my friends at our Annual August Retreat.

So here are Erica's first blocks - pretty spectacular I think - sewing white on a blue/green background - well done Erica!!!

Wonder what her fabrics will be?? - we will have to wait & see.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Thank you Helen for inviting me to join the NO FUSS Stitch-a-long group. I have started tracing out my stitcheries but am having a bit of trouble deciding if I will use one colour or a variety of colours. Will  do that this week and hopefully make a start on the first three blocks. Post photos soon.

Friday, September 22, 2017

its a start!

I have started the stitcheries!
using just one colour for the stitcheries, 
DMC 814
(I was given a huge cone of this a few years ago)

here it is,
with a normal DMC winder to show the size.
A friend gave it to me in 2012, after having it for a couple of years herself,
she felt that she wouldn't use it, and knew I did a lot of redwork stitching back then,
(and still do)...
so wonder how many more years I'll get out of it?
and I've used heaps of it already!


Monday, September 18, 2017

stitching on

I think I might have gone a bit wild but it's nice to have some finished in reserve for busier months. 

I'm loving these. They are so easy to trace out and stitch. 
Definitely no fuss! 
That's the end of my second skein of thread. 


edit: I started cutting my fabrics after posting. It had to be done, I was getting emotional knowing they wouldn't be in my stash any more. 


These smaller blocks are so much fun....

Hugz from Fiona

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First Block Done...

First block?... or is it the last block?!

Block #35 is finished... I'm going to work backwards through the blocks, doing the odd-number blocks, then forwards doing the even-number blocks... if that makes sense๐Ÿ˜‰
 I have all the heart-eyes for the thread I've chosen๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.... the shades are gorgeous & it variegates beautifully every few inches. No sheen like the standard DMC threads, but that is intentional of that particular range with the DMC embroidery floss collection.
Bye For Now♥

8 Done

Loving these blocks they are so quick to do,i have finished 8 and that will be it for awhile as i go away next month for a few weeks.
Cheers Shez xx

Two done…


Two down….lots more to do….


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Finally Made Up My Mind

Thank you Helen & all of you other ladies for your inspiration & encouragement to join you!

Being that I already have so much on my sewing radar, it did take some genuine consideration about whether to join in or not.
I already had the book (big plus)... so my only stipulation was that I must be able to make the top entirely from my Overload, entirely! Well only a brief browse was needed the other day for me to realise that I can indeed pull enough print fabrics together... so I took out my chosen stitchery fabrics & got cutting...
I even had thread too; a very nice DMC variegated.

It's going to be my 'Fridays Project'... during the day at patchwork group & then later on back at home during the evenings. Easy to take with me & easy to work on.

Thank you for having me.
Happy Stitching!

another little block

Cute little block this week

.. copied Susan's idea of cutting up the fabric..... nice having tidy little piles and knowing that I have enough blocks

Thanks girls.... fun sewing with you all....

Hugz from Fiona 

Sunday, September 10, 2017


I started this years ago… I did do several stitcheries, but used them in other projects…, when this came up I thought why not….as I do love this pattern….thanks girls for letting me play…
These are the fabrics I am going to use…I have so many threads I have decided to use several different reds…
I can also say all of this is from my stash which is even better….
have a fab day Peg x

Friday, September 08, 2017

Lovely to meet you

Hello everyone,

I'm so looking forward to a no fuss project!

Thank you the Tuesday girls for starting this and Helen for inviting me in.

and (I think) thank you to Fiona and Shez for encouraging me to start another project!

I'll be using the remnants of my treasured Paris Flea Market stash with a couple of ring-ins to fill it out.  Linen from my stash to stitch on and thinking a variegated thread which I don't have yet... or maybe lots of colours which I do.


Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress


Thursday, September 07, 2017

How dopey am I ?

Probably not a good idea to ask that question  is it ?

Well I had better tell you why.....

If you get an invitation from me for my personal blog just ignore it please....
I got muddled up and thought I was in this blog and wondered why all the authors had disappeared so I started inviting you girls to be authors to the blog......

then discovered I was on the wrong blog......
There are a couple of invites for this blog still out there so please just check which blog the invitation is for......

Holy doooooly I am getting sooooo dopey.....
Funny really I guess.....
At least I gave you all a good laugh so that is good.....


My new stitchery .....

Yep I'm back again......

A couple of ladies are making stitcheries  for the quilt that show various stitching groups they are in.... you may have noticed that "we" the Tuesday girls have one that the lovely Sandi drew for us....
I will be changing a few of the stitcheries that I don't really like or apply to me....
eg.... the sand between your toes ..... 
I hate sand and between my toes is yuk for me.... lol

So I have drawn one for this group that I will be using.......
if you like it and want a copy just let me know....
I'm not good at designing or drawing but it gives you an idea of what you can do to personalise your quilt.....

no pressure and you don't have to use this in your quilt.....
 I won't be insulted if you don't..... honestly....
Mind you the over achievers who have drawn all the stitcheries ....... 
it is bad luck for you lol....
I'm being naughty

Nearly forgot to mention.....
when doing a post can you add a label with your name....

Happy stitching girls

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Letting you know

Hello girls.....

You will need to accept your invitation email so you can post and put photos on the blog.....
check your junk mail if you haven't received one as it may be there.....
let me know if you haven't got one yet....

I do hope you all enjoy this Stitch-a-long,....

Wow ..... there is 18 of us now, gosh our list has grown.....

most of all remember..... no pressure just have fun.....

Sunday, September 03, 2017

2 blocks for me.....

I will have 3 done before end of September..... yahooooo
slow but sure....

Saturday, September 02, 2017

3 Blocks Done

3 blocks done,i am really enjoying stitching these.
cheers Shez xx

Friday, September 01, 2017

Yay.... started....

First block done... I love it...

Thanks everyone... so fun sewing with you all....

Hugz from Fiona

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Stitcheries so far.....

I have 4 stitcheries completed and have decided to make my quilt using my stash only. I have lots of lovely Tilda fabrics so I'll be using them. 
Can't wait to see everyone's progress. 
Have fun!


Wow - what a great response to our Stitch-a-long

How great has it been seeing everyone's keen responses to doing this stitch-a-long..
  Seems quite a few of us have been in the same boat with always wanting to do this quilt but alas, life gets in the way (or should I say - other projects)..  I have loved seeing the photo's of fabrics and the started stitcheries.  This is going to be sooooo cool - I can't wait to see how they look when finished...
I have decided to do mine in the new tilda range (I confess - this is in my stash) and with variegated thread.  I don't usually use bright fabrics but lately have been pushing my boundaries with trying new colour ranges and I definitely am one of those oddballs that don't like using variegated thread.  I find when I use this type of thread, that all I want to do is chop it up into bundles of dark, medium and light colours.  This, of course, defeats the purpose of having a variegated  oh well,  lets see how I go..
Here are my fabrics..
On Tuesday I completed the fourth of my stitcheries (no order, just which ever I pick up next)..
Keep up the good work girls - they are all going to look great...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tuesday Girls Rock

I have finally chosen my fabrics for Ruth's quilt,i am using my stash of French general and using Kangaroo Paw cottage garden thread to go with it,i have also started tracing out the stitcheries today,and i have also remember to soak the thread as well,lol.
Thankyou Tuesday girls for hosting this SAL ,you girls rock.
cheers Shez

I'm in too!

OK my copy has arrived, thanks to a lovely lady over on FB (thanks Ros)..
I'm going to use my stash of scraps to do this quilt
(there are sooooo many)
 I need to get them into something!
so thought this might be a good way to keep on with my stash busting this year...
Thanks again to the Tuesday Girls who have inspired us to celebrate this journey together!

woo hoo - I'm in!!!

So lovely to have this gorgeous quilt to make with others.... special thanks to Helen, Susan and Shez for twisting my delicate arms!!!

I had this selection of Tilda fabrics in my cupboard and so it's wonderful to find a pretty project to use them for....  there are two different soft pinks so I am using them for the stitcheries...

I've actually changed my mind about the thread since I took that picture...

I've spent some time in between other things tracing out the stitcheries so they are ready and waiting

looking forward to sewing with you all... and thanks Brisbane Tuesday girls for the inspiration ...

Hugz from Fiona