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........

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Our New Adventure.......

You did get warned there would be something happening


Michelle  is an Australian designer and last year produced this lovely Christmas quilt and pattern book.  I snatched up a copy as soon as I could but good intentions have been kept at bay....

Now is the time to sew a new Christmas quilt....

Isn't it just too pretty?????


This is Michelle's book - as well as the quilt there are a number of other projects in it too.....



... and Guess What?  Raewyn and I are going to host a Stitch-A-Long and we would love you to join us.

Chookyblue has kindly offered the use of the Stitch-A-Long blog so we can post our progress and keep encouraging one another to keep going....  Thanks Chooky -

We would love you to join us - the blog will still be available to those of you who are finishing off previous Stitch-A-Long quilts to post your progress.

Wanting to start in May - depending if people need a bit more time to gather supplies ....

Please let me know if you'd like to join.....

Holly Cottage Christmas can be purchased directly from Michelle.... details are in the sidebar of her blog....

Although Michelle did her quilt using Needleturn Applique, it lends itself well for blanket stitch (hand or machine) and there is some stitchery too as well as the piecing of the blocks, which are not complicated at all.....

I have a fat 1/8th pack of Anni Downs fabrics - and bought a bit of extra's for borders and background.... this is what I'll be using....


Taking names now... more details later ..... 

feel free to ask questions - I'm new at this hosting!

Righto, Gotto Go... planning to do!!!
 

24 comments:

Fiona said...

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Lyn said...

Well this is really exciting..Yes please count me in..I already have the book on my bookshelf so all I need to do now is sort out some fabric (and that is usually what takes me the longest)..Thank you for the chance to join you on this journey...and all the best as you host it for us

Sonia said...

Oh exciting stuff.... and I have that fabric put aside for a Christmas project, so very tempting.

I am said...

Awesome idea ladies ,please put my name down,I love Michelle's designs,I have the book now to find the fabric xx

Chookyblue...... said...

Way to go girls.........sounds great.........love the fabric you have chosen Fiona and I do have the book so will join in too........

Susan said...

Oh, the temptation....whole quilt....projects?...so now I am going to want Anni Christmas fabrics too....

Wendy said...

A beautiful quilt to be sure. Hopefully I can finish up my Natures Journey and have time to sign up for this one as well. I do need a Christmas quilt as I do not have any.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Now this all makes sense.....would love to join...I am sure I have Michelles amazing book.....thank you......xxx

Raewyn said...

Exciting stuff Fiona!! I look forward to joining us on this journey!!!

Clare said...

I too would love to join in. So count me in too. Happy Stitching.

Maria said...

Oh yes please .. I would love to join in with Raewyn and you to make Michelle's gorgeous quilt....
My DD challenged me to make a Christmas quilt this year sew this is perfect. Thank you ladies... 😘😘😘

Wendy B said...

I'm in too....I'd love to join....I've had this book for a while and just havnt got around to starting...perfect opportunity! Thanks Fiona and Chooky and Raewyn xox

Lolastichida said...

Yes I would love to join again! This is so much fun!
Lori

nimble thimble stitchery-do said...

I am all over this one Fiona! I have seen Michelle's original quilt and it is stunning! Plus I have a signed copy of Michelle's book which she so graciously gave me when I was over visiting. What a day that was. Maybe again one day. And to top it off my name (Holly) is all over this quilt! Just meant to be! So please do count me in and thank you so much for getting us up and running again.

chrisi said...

Yes i would love again, i love it, Greeting from Switzerland

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

A gorgeous Christmas quilt.. how could I not join in!!! But I won't be able to get my book till I go back to Oz in June.. can I still join in? xx

Narelle said...

Oh the dilemma... I really would love to ...

Cheryl said...

Love Michelle's book, so yes girls I would love to join you

De said...

Oh why not! I have the book ... its safely in the sewing room (buried treasure in there) .

Marilyn said...

I have tried to resist but I think I am failing. The book calls me, the blog calls me, the quilt calls me. Oh what the heck, why not. Just fabrics are not calling me, so does that mean I need to go shopping?

Motherdragon's Musings said...

You girls have twisted my arm. This quilt looks so lovely and cute. Hopefully can use some of my stash up. otherwise will be hitting some online fabric shopping.

Excited.

Please can I sign up.

Sharon Jones, Cloncurry, QLD

Motherdragon's Musings

Hopefully will get me back into blogging as well.

Motherdragon's Musings said...

Where did you get your Anni Downs fabrics? Were they in a collection etc?

I live in the outback so shopping is limited to online.

Please help.

Love Bears All Things said...

Is it too late? Just saw this post and I'm sure I am way behind already.
Mama Bear
Sammie

Pieta Laker-Ratcliff said...

I would love to join in. I need a Christmas Quilt and Michelle's designs are beautiful. Good way to use up the Christmas Fabric stash (ha ha).