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........

Thursday, June 28, 2018

One Block at a Time

This block is now needle turned and just need to do the embroidery.

These are the blocks i have made so far,hope to get some more done today.
Thankyou Fiona and Michelle for encouraging me to keep pottering along,one block at a time and i will get there.
Cheers Shez xx

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thank - you.....

A quick note to say thank you for those of you who joined Raewyn and I for Michelle's Holly Cottage stitch-a-long.... .  

I just loved the quilt and so making it with friends is just the best..... 

There are 4 completed quilts.... Well done Lyn, Raewyn, Maria and me

2 completed tops - Narelle and Susan (dezertsuz)

2 almost completed tops - Susan (oh2sew) and Sammie

and a few with blocks - we all have long term projects and hopefully we will continue to see some of them....

I know Michelle has been delighted to see the different versions being made

As you know we 'borrowed' the blog from Chooky so that I didn't need to make a whole new one.... Thank you so much Chooky for lending us your blog - made is so much easier....

Take care and Happy Stitching

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Susan: Top Finished!

Yesterday, I put the final border on A Holly Cottage Christmas. I auditioned several fabrics, but I kept coming back to this yellow one with gold leafy vines on it. I bought it recently from someone's eBay shop for very little, and it seemed perfect for this top. I noticed that different colors gave the top different looks, and I liked this look. I'll be binding with the rest of the red/green/gold plaid that is around the hearts and stars and a few other blocks.
Once this goes off to the quilter, later in the summer, I'll be ready for another something!

Friday, May 11, 2018

A slight renovation..

I did some minor changes on my blog today - changed some links and removed some items that no longer worked as intended. I linked my IG (Instagram) to my blog a while back, which is why there's been some slightly abnormal postings from me lately. But it seems to be working.  

Craft-wise things are trotting along in an OK manner. I'm considering joining the next round of FibreShare - signups start this Saturday - and I'm working on several of the latest SewSampler-projects. This past week I've managed to get a good bit of craft-time, both after the kids have gone to bed and whilst Hubby is off climbing. That sure feels good - time in the crafting zone, that is.

Mine's done......

Monday was a public holiday so I spent it doing some of my own quilting....

... so now my Holly Cottage is finished....

Thanks Michelle for your lovely pattern.

I really really really loved doing this quilt

Monday, April 30, 2018

Done !!!!!

I'm sew happy to have completed my Holly Christmas Cottage Quilt...... A beautiful design by Michelle....

I would like to thank Fiona, Raewyn, Chooky and Susan for keeping us on track for this fun sew-a-long ..

hugz  Maria


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Down to the Final Borders!

Bordering is all that's left. The green cross borders that I used in lengthening the quilt slightly will be the first one, and an unknown red will be the final one.

Monday, April 23, 2018


I'm really happy to share some photos of my finished - quilted and bound - quilt.
I may have got a little carried away with my quilting but once I started I couldn't stop :-)
I cross hatched in the squares and then did a more dense filler in the applique/stitchery blocks.
Then quite dense feathers in the border - that took forever but I got there in the end!
So happy with how it turned out... thank you Michelle, this was such a lovely pattern to make.
I hope you're all making a little progress on your Holly Cottage Christmas quilts too :-)
Happy Stitches,