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 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