1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....
6th SAL 2017.............A Holly Cottage Christmas by Michelle Ridgway.......once again the pattern is in an affordable book so it is easy for everyone to join in...........and you can raid your stash for the fabrics........or lash out and buy a the whole lot........this SAL will be run by Fiona aka Bubz Rugz and Raewyn........
Chookyblue........

Thursday, September 9, 2010

So What Now ???????

So much for my good intentions... I spent a couple of days trying to get some sort of message from the quilt to tell me just how to quilt it and just couldn't get passed a gentle meander. Really, I even tried to put off sandwiching my GJ quilt but the only thing that happened was I ended up trying to use up the left over fabric bits by piecing the back.

Then with still no idea I tried to get some inspiration by designing my quilt label, by the way the stitchery in it is one of the UFO's I found the other day - well, I've got to make use of them some how, right?






In the end I just gave up and went with the meander, something understated and simple that doesn't detract from the blocks.
So now my version of Annie Downs, Gardener's Journal is finished and bound, so what now? Yep there are plenty of 'to do's', WIP's, UFO's and PHD's but they're not half as much fun as starting another - tee hee.
By the way, remember I told you about the ladies that come to the shop and like to keep up to date with the SAL and sometimes give me ideas on mine? Well at least one of them is making her own GJ quilt. Sharon doesn't have a blog but once she is finished I'll post a picture of her quilt.


To all of our stitching sisters over the Alps in Christchurch. Keep smiling girls I'm sure nobody will mind if I speak on behalf of all of us and say our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
hugs
Miche'le







18 comments:

Anita said...

Congratulations on your finish!! It looks fantastic!

DAWNIE said...

How proud you must feel to have accomplished the finished product Michelle. You have done a lovely job.

Terry said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! Congratulations on a wonderful finish! :0)

Cubby House Crafts said...

WOW! Congratulations its just gorgeous!!! You must be so pleased with it!!
Lisa ʚϊɞ

Jindi's Cottage said...

Awesome, a great looking finished quilt. Congratulations :)

Chookyblue...... said...

super duper effort...........I thought from top to binding it might be awhile but once you got into it there was no stopping you.......it looks great.......thanks so much for being part of the GJ SAL.........

Sonia said...

WOW....looks fantastic...and congratulations...it looks awesome.

Grethe said...

Your are a really BB!! Super looking quilt, congratulations:-)
Being honest,wish it was me!!!
But glad still to keep the dates of Chookyblue`s plan:))

suzitee said...

Well done...what an awesome achievement! Looks great...but what next? LOL

Yvette said...

I love it! What a great backing too! You did a fantastic job.

Yvette said...

I love it! What a great backing too! You did a fantastic job.

Yvette said...

I love it! What a great backing too! You did a fantastic job.

Love Bears All Things said...

I love the label. I have an extra one of those so I might copy your idea. I've not ever done the meandering but want to try it.
Your finished quilt is just wonderful.
Mama Bear

bettsylyn said...

It looks wonderful! You should be so happy. It gives me inspiration to keep on stitching.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Thank you so much ladies for all your kind comments, please realise that if it wasn't for this SAL the quilt just wouldn't be finished. I think the idea of stitching with others is just awesome and exactley the kick in the but I needed to make me complete it - so it's thatnks to all of you.
hugs - Miche'le

suzitee said...

I have to agree Miche'le...this group is such an encouragement! When I read your "what next?" comment, I was secretly wishing that Chooky will organise another SAL in the new year...this has been such fun!

Pepe said...

Congrats! And now enjoy it on your sofa!:-) Lucky you...

Jytte R said...

Congratulations with your finished quilt. You have made it so beautiful. I agree with your thoughts about how to do the quilting. I already have the same thoughts and I can tell you I am not good in quilting and awful afraid of it. But you did it well.