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........

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Done and Dusted

As usual I have my blocks finished just in the nick of time.  

The plan was to do the machine applique and little patchwork panels on Sunday.  However, it was such a nice sunny and WARM day that I couldn't stay inside, so a mad rush last night and tonight.

I decided to make my leaves and acorn in autumn colours, as that is more appropriate for the season at the moment.


I've still been using tiny scraps for the applique.  The lady birds and floral heart were removed from Chooky's fabric scrap bin when we visited a few weeks ago - too small for her tub under the table.  They weren't even big enough for the tiny squares in the patchwork panel.

You can't have ladybirds without spots.  One fabric was ideal with a small print and I added some colonial knots on the other while I was stitching the head and legs.

The blue heart is another tiny triangular scrap from Nundle.


I love the way the patchwork circles have turned out.  Unfortunately, I have finally had to look further afield for fabrics, going to my stash.  I'm running out of suitable sized scraps to get enough variety of colour.


I had a couple of "Doh!" moments.  Early in the piece I was very organised and traced all the circles and squares onto the background fabrics ready to blanket stitch.  The only problem was that these two blocks don't get embroidered and the circles are smaller.  Fortunately, there is JUST enough fabric in the patchwork panel to make a 5 inch circle and hide my tracings.

Also, don't you hate it when you do this with Vlisofix!  Yep, fused to the front of the fabric.  More haste, less speed.


So, another month finished with two hours to spare.  Not only that, the whole border is now finished. I didn't think I would make it this time.  

I'm really looking forward to playing with the centre block next month.

Thanks for keeping me on my toes Chooky.  You know how much I appreciate the incentive to keep going.

Cheers 

Janice

8 comments:

Maria said...

Great finish Janice and yes I also hate when I do that but I seam to do it often..

Love Bears All Things said...

Everything looks great....I had Hubby looking at Lady Bugs online....he said they have bigger heads than I gave mine but then after checking there were some with heads you could barely see. Also they have antenna but ours don't....Did you know there are yellow and orange ones and even a blue, I think.
Keep up the good work.
Mama Bear

Susan said...

I think its great you have been able to use some tiny scraps - that darn vlsiefix gets everywhere!!! - better than ironing it to the iron!! (although not if that was your last precious piece of fabric). Good luck hunting further afield for fabric, I felt I had to do my ladybirds in redc - even though there is no other red in my quilt...will have to wait & see if it works. YOur blocks are looking great.

nimble thimble stitchery-do said...

Glad to hear in the comments above that there are even blue lady bugs cause that may be the color of mine. Your blocks look amazing.

Fiona said...

love your colours you are finding in the scrappy box...
Hugz

Chookyblue...... said...

so pleased you put those little scraps into your quilt...........I love using bits of fabrics from friends......and I love to keep you on your toes......don't want to have to crack the whip at you do I now.......goodluck for July......

creations.1 said...

If it is a scrappy quilt the red will work. My quilt has fabric from a friend also!!

Dawnie said...

Looks great Janice, loving seeing them all. Great inspirarion to keep on with it.