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........

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stitching Started...


Finally I have managed in the last week and a bit to get some actual stitchy progress made...I started the stitching part, that in itself is progress!...so here are the first five applique blocks...
Sure, the stitchery isn't done, there is a bit missing from the suitcase (the name tag...oops! seems I forgot to include that bit when preparing the block) and the patty cakes need their cherry decorations but hey, it's a start and not too shabby for a week that also included two new working environments!...

I'm using a new-to-me applique technique, back basting, which, with the inevitable twist or two of "making it work for me", I'm finding enjoyable.  I don't do the needle turn as you go along thing well...I just don't...it makes applique a misery and I always resort to the way I was taught back in the mid-1980s of basting the shapes then appliqueing...I think I've finally found an alternative way that I get along with even if I've reinvented the wheel a little bit in the way I go about it and my method is not strictly "by the book"...works for me and hey, what does it matter how we get there as long as we have fun and achieve the result we are after.

Now on to the January blocks on the list...after I give that suitcase a tag and the patty cakes their cherries on top!!

Happy stitching
AnnetteM, Jindi's Cottage

9 comments:

Jindi's Cottage said...

Hello!

Kayly said...

WoW! How prolific! Wish I had your oomph. They look great,

Fiona said...

they look great - you've done quite a lot all of a sudden ... I don't think it matters how you do it... so long as it works for you....and you have fun at the same time....
Hugz

Theresa said...

They all look wonderful, I especially like your suitcase. You'll soon have the stitchery bits completed.

Chookyblue...... said...

so long as the bits of fabric stay on the quilt all is good......

Vickie said...

they look super..and I say-so long as it works for you it's a good way.cheers Vickie

Susie said...

Looks wonderful...I'm interested in what stitch you use to applique once you have basted?

Susan said...

We cant tell that they are not stitched so just go ahead and do what you can when you can. Its the end deadline that matters most afterall! They all look lovely

Love Bears All Things said...

Hey, its your quilt and you should do it the way you want...I think they look great...
Mama Bear