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.....
Chookyblue........

Friday, September 30, 2011

Yahoo....I've finished...

with half an hour to spare- it's just gone past 11.30pm here in NZ and I have just put in the last few stitches of the binding.. (UPDATE...1st October...have replaced photo, rushed to get one on the post last night....a bit windy outside though...so had to pin it to a tree in the garden!!)

4hrs and 35 mins and counting down..........

I had some friends over sewing today............we didn't have to go to the cows..............days at home are rare so it was lovely......... champagne and a lovely lunch together.........lots of chatter.......
I worked on my TTS as the deadline in loaming..........sorry the stitchery is upside down for this snap I have ditched around the stitcheries........
binding is cut - going to attach now and then start hand sewing it down..............
can I do it.........it's going to be a long night...............hope the eyes hold out and I don't fall asleep..........
Keep Stitching............
Chookyblue...........

CHOOKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

u remember my promise?
i would have finished the quilt within september 30.










and this wonderful backing that I do love :)





and i do and do and do love much more the new entry, i am sure she will cuddle in the new quilt :)


now, talking seriously Choky, when do we start Anni's "my favourite things"?

the book is getting old.
the fabrics are  WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so, talking seriously, do we have to wait for lazy girls like you? :-PPP

hugs to all from Milano.
Kokina

p.s. thanks so much Chookie, i would have never finished it without you.
a great hug and a smoochie.








Almost There But ........


 My Quilt Top is together except for the final border.  I auditioned fabrics last night and just do not like any of them so have ordered some more French General Red for the final border - The inner border had photographed a bit green but it is actually Grey.


So I am almost there.....  Congratulations to those girls that are already finished.

Hugs - Fee X

Quilt (TOP) Completed! JIT...........

Well here it is, the top anyway, just in time.................Inbetween packing up my house to move I pulled out my sewing stuff and as I had it all on the dining table ready to pack, I decided to just cut the two border pieces and quickly sew them together when my son was asleep (little 14mth old hands love everything they can reach on the table).............



I'm afraid I'm not going to get time to go and buy batting today and then quilt and bind.......that is just not at all possible.



I'm really happy with the outcome and I'm going to try machine quilting for the very first time. I did a class with Deb Louie a couple of mths ago and thought this was the perfect quilt to attempt my 'quilting in the ditch' and 'free-motion' - wish me luck.



I'm thinking of the lightblue as the binding too..........or maybe red?

I also want to add that I've really enjoyed this SAL Chooky - thanks for organising. Its so lovely to see everyone's work and different fabrics. I hope you have all enjoyed this as much as me!!

Happy Stitching, Susie

Yay I made it!!

After a big day yesterday quilting and binding I finished off my quilt!! So I am doing a happy dance today to have finished before the dead line (only just)






Thank you to all the girls in the group for their encouragement along the way and big THANKYOU to Chooky for all the time she puts into this stitchalong...I needed all the whip cracking other wise I know I wouldn't have two (GJ and TTS) finished quilts!!

Lisa
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Whoa...she cracked the whip...

With 24 hours to go I must admit I have been finished since May!  Life got in the way!  But here it is...mission accomplished.  I plan on hand quilting it when life slows down for me.  I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching along with all of you.  Thank you all for your inspiration!

Tis the Season Binding, Label, Finished!

My "Tis the Season" Finished!
Binding - Check!
Label - Check!


All ready to go for Christmas.....
This is going to look so good with my "Noelle Table Topper"...
A big thanks to Chooky and all the girls from The "Stitch 'A' Long" Blog for encouraging me to get this finished.....
Bring on the next one Chooky......
Until next time. Happy Stitching....

Kate

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Will I make it?????

That is the question... I have seven blocks hanging up on my wall:


....waiting for these five blocks to join them:


I also have the wreath done and now need to do some writing in it to turn it into the label - no photo yet till it is done. I am most impressed with all of you who are done already!!! So, after this quick update I'd better get back to work and see just how far I can get before the countdown timer runs out!!

xxx

Joy from Joy's Quilts

I think I can....

I still haven't given up on meeting the dead line. Although I think some speedy stitching might be needed! Lol!






Congratulations to all those girls who have finished...you are all keeping me going, and of course Chooky and her whip!! Lol!

Hope to be back soon!

Lisa
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I am supposed to be working on my quilt, Chookyblue is expecting it finished by Sept 30th.

 Hmmm I don't know if its going to happen yet, I have stitched it all together, it needs a few finishing touches then quilting and binding, I like making things but not the actual quilting so much, it always makes my hands sore! I was a late starter though so maybe I'll get a few more weeks?????????

Borders

 A quick update to let you all see that I have added my borders.  I have cut my binding strips in the same colour as the outer border fabric.
I chose my inner border fabric to frame the blocks.  I am a little worried that it may be a little too bold.  Time is ticking away.  Still need to layer, quilt and bind.  I feel it is time to give up sleeping, cooking and cleaning until I finish the quilt!!  I have enjoyed working on this project.  Thank you Chookyblue.
P.S.  Does it count that I am twelve hours behind Australia?  It is still Wednesday 28th here!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Finished....and on time.......and very happy....!!

Well, I have learned that it is fun to stitch-a-long with others and see the many varied versions, and varied techniques that emerge. This has been a first for me, and definitely not the last.....

 I have enjoyed the little stitcheries, and very pleased with the final result. I decided to hand quilt around the darker borders with perle thread and it turned out just as I'd hoped. 

Picked up the outer border fabric at Spotlight, and I like it.....adds a bit of pizzazz, and brightens it all up...


....so I'm all ready for the Silly Season to begin now.....and the calendar tells me it is looming....Santa's elves will be busy right now, hopefully making me a new sewing machine...hahahaha.......what will they be making for you???.........

It will be a lovely thought when I look at my beautiful Christmas quilt hanging this year, to know that there are lots of houses all over the world with a similar one hanging, all ladies sharing a passion for stitching and sewing.

....I must take this opportunity to thank the very special Chookyblue for hatching the SAL,  keeping the SAL together, allowing me to join, and keeping us all informed and motivated........just hang that whip up......I'm on time....(wiping brow!!!)

....so bring on the next project.......when you're ready of course.....I have plenty to do while I wait!!!!

Sandy XXX

Boo Hoo.....

I don't have any photos cause I'm too sad about the fact that my machine quilting was a disaster!

I am now practicing my reverse stitching. It's not fun!

I'll have to forgo having my second TTS quilt done by the deadline. I am going to hand quilt it and it will take a while!


GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ELSE THOUGH FOR THE DEADLINE!!

ON BEHALF OF CHOOKYBLUE - CRACK CRACK! LOL

aarrrgg...........

All plans of finishing are being DISRUPTED by everything............i'm still trying BUT.........life happens.........

Keep up the great work girls............a few more finished..........
..GO FOR IT............
Keep Stitching..........Chookyblue

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Phew! Finished at last.

and just in the nick of time.
My top had been finished for a while...quilted it yesterday and stitched the binding on today. 
Thanks Chookyblue, it was your countdown email that pushed me over the finish line.

Cya on the next journey
Tereasa

Blocks done and top together

last block finished

second last block sewn into quilt

the top finished
This morning I sewed the blocks together, I am still working out what to do next. I was thinking about sewing all the leftover stripy bits together and doing that as a skinny border. I have a dessert roll (5" by with of fabric)of this line - Glace by Moda it has the blue fabric that is used in the bottom right hand corner block as well it comes in green, cream and red.
Sue S

Monday, September 26, 2011

Stitch-A-Long

I have finish the top of my quilt.... I decided to use ric rac in the border.


Here is a picture of my last two blocks. The block on the left I will be using as a quilt label. So apparently I have around four days to quilt it... will I make it????


Anyway, happy quilting


Sandyn

Deb in Penny is done too..............

Sorry Deb I forgot you had emailed me these pics last week
this is what Deb had to say..........
"Finished my Quilt in the August month but lost my camera cord to computer
It was a fun project to do and I had lots of fun.
Rainy here in Pa. and Chilly   Deb"

Posted on behalf of Deb in Penny..............
Keep Stitching............
Chookyblue...........

Tis the Season Finished

Here is my quilt top completed. I finished stitching the binding on it today at my quilting group. I am very happy with the way it looks and am pleased to have completed it with a few days to spare.

Thanks to Chookyblue for running this Stitch-a-long. I have enjoyed being a part of it and following every one's progress. The quilts all look so different. I still have to complete my Gardeners Journal so will continue to pop in with updates on my progress as it happens.


Bye for now

Noela.



Getting There

Borders sewn on

Basted and ready for quilting

Only 5 days to go until the end of the month will it be finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye for now from Liz

Its a Finish,yipee


My Tis a season quilt is now finished,binding on and stitched down,yipee.
Thankyou Chooky for such a fun and inspiring way of tackling a big project,i have enjoyed stitching away with all you lovely ladies out there,well done everyone and i hope everyone gets a finish,thankyou again Chooky.
cheers shez

Sunday, September 25, 2011

countdown timer

There's a countdown timer at the top of the blog...............will you make it...........
Or better still will I make it?????
Chookyblue...........
PS very impressed with the posting this week.........keep it up.......thanks Maree