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........

Sunday, March 6, 2011

SAL started & border stitching idea.

I have assembled my first three blocks, traced the stitcheries & commenced stitching. They are so cute & I am enjoying stitching with DMC 321 stranded cotton. My fabrics are screamingly loud, I am gazing admiringly at others gentler palettes, but I think mine will be a bit of festive fun. 
Some comments have been about the difficulty in getting the stitching border evenly within the patchwork frame. It can be tricky as, with the small allowances, a couple of millimetres makes a huge difference. To avoid this issue I usually trace the stitchery on with pigma pen and add the border myself with a 1/4" ruler (and a water soluble pen) so that I know it is accurate. Then just freehand in any crosses needed on the frame. Here is how it looks in progress...
 Alison aka Cardygirl xx

13 comments:

Cubby House Crafts said...

Such happy cheery fabrics!! Love them! Thankyou so much for the tip...I shall be doing it in future.
Lisa

Chookyblue...... said...

OMg yes they are *BRIGHT* but it is great everyone is picking what they like.........thanks for the tip about the borders.........

suzitee said...

well Cardy, you know how I feel about bright! LOVING IT! Christmas should be bright and cheery, and filled with things that make you smile...and these colours sure bring a smile to my face :)

Sue W ♥ said...

very festive, I love it

Isabella said...

Love your bright fabrics thanks also for the tip mine are a bit wonky

Kris said...

I absolutely love your blocks. So cheerful! Great fabrics!

Love Bears All Things said...

Thanks for the tip, my first one is rather crooked and I was thinking of taking it back out and redoing it....I like that everyone's fabric is so unique to the individual..personalities come through...yours are very bold and bright..that's what makes this so much fun, seeing each interpretation...happy stitching.
Mama Bear

Joy McD said...

I love the way we all have such different fabrics! Your's is going to look great!
lv,
Joy

BubzRugz said...

Your blocks are looking fantastic.
Hugz

Jude said...

lovely fabrics and looking forward to seeing yours completed.

Jindi's Cottage said...

I love the look of your fabrics...happy and fun...

Sandy at Cookies and Cream Craft said...

Screamin loud and oh so fun!! I wouldn't even of thought it! It's going to be wonderful, Alison. Thanks for the hint, too.

Pepe said...

So different, so original! Nice fabric choose!