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........

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Block A finally finished!

I am way behind of all you ladies, but must admit I am so excited to be catching up. I finished Block A tonight at 11.30pm, Adelaide, South Australia time on the 30/6/10. I had wanted to be further ahead by now but life happens. I have used a Moda, Collections for a Cause-Legacy Jelly Roll and Charm Pack I had leftover from a prevoius project. Tonight it is very cold here... 3.5 degrees C, now I am going to sit and admire my block with a lovely cuppa before I retire to bed, very happy that I have finished my first block and looking forward to start tracing the next block tomorrow. Thanks for spurring me on ladies, your blocks all look wonderful.
Happy Stitching
Sweet Cinnamon-y Hugs to All.
Dawn x x

Stitching block C...

I stitch "Faísca" ( = Spark), my dog's name:))
In a quick view by here I took a look at your works and I loved them. I'm late again because I´m a teacher and this is the last month of school.
Happy stitching:))

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Block C

Block C

Yippee for me I am finished with block C – that was cheesy, I did not realize I was speaking like Cat in the Hat until I typed it. I finished all those house stitches, it actually was very relaxing, which was a problem, each time I starting stitching I became sleepy. Off to the next block!! 

a gardeners journal 001 a gardeners journal 002


Monday, June 28, 2010

Slowly back to normal ... Here is block C ...

Hello again everybody,

I`m back; not for full,but doing my best. My wrist and things are still not the best to work with.It`s bound to go slower than I first thought. But the cast/(plaster?) is just off,and I have had a busy weekend,sewing and organizing this and that.

During my absence I have,among things,enjoyed checking this blog and looking at all the lovely new blocks. OMG(!),I think all blocks are so great,and not to mention the whole quilt being finished. It is so clever of some of you that you really pick your own version of fabrics. I always have great difficulties choosing fabrics! Anyway I just love this specific border fabric,and now I am glad I at last decided to use it. Have had a long time to think,you know.

We`re having a good summer up here closer to the north pole,but still waiting for warmer days to come.A fortnights holiday down south of Norway coming up on July16. As it is bound to be suncream and sand around,must pick carefully what to bing for handcrafts. Gosh,may be not GJ! Well,still a long time till next year :-) We have plenty of time all of us,I think.

Glad to be with you again! Till next time: Happy Stitching to all :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Still plodding....

slow and steady, but still at it girls....with 2 quilts on the go, one seems to be getting more attention than the other, hoping to even it out and have a share of a block or two soon.

Not Dead...Still Stitching

Wow, what the ? happened to June...I know I said that about May but June...come on, give me a break...aren't months supposed to be more than a couple of days long!!!  Or is that just me...

A couple of days to go yet so you never know I might get the May block put together as my world has started spinning a bit slower, but at least the Block A stitcheries are done...

and I've started June's for Block C...

Given that the June block has the largest stitchery in it I'm not even going to pretend that there is any chance of that block happening before Wednesday.

Finally read all the blog posts for June last night...great work ladies...how awesome that there are even a couple of finished tops in there and love the individual touches like adding ric rac and some colouring-in...it really does help to motivate to see how everyone else is faring and to see all the different variations...

Happy stitching everyone...

in chilly Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Block E is now completed

I thought I was going to have Block D & E finished today until I realised I hadn't completed the Vege Patch. Oops. So only Block E got completed today and I am now relaxing and stitching the Vege Patch while enjoying a night on my own. Hubby has gone to work, kids are both visiting friends.

Ahhhhh the peace and quiet. And whatever I want to watch on TV.

Hope everyone else is having a great weekend too.

Hugs Fiona@Dragonfly-Crafts (NSW - Australia)

250 posts..........

wow this is the 250th post..........can you believe that in a few short months
we currently have 60 stitchers
 we should be 1/3rd of the way thru the stitchery blocks by the end of June which is only a few days away......
.....our little counter should be saying 180/540 but it is only at 107/540 so we had better get a move on........
.....me included.....
.....I haven't even got the house traced but I nearly have a different block finished..........I have fallen off the "stitching wagon" but hope to be back into it this week.........
I know I will because every time I see another block finished i get so excited about seeing mine finished too........
If you haven't finished a block or posted on here for a bit just take a pic and show us where you up to...
...maybe the SAL members can help you get re-motived too.........
Happy Stitching

June's Efforts

I've had a busy June and this all I have been able to do. I have retraced the house and traced the ones for July, so they are ready to go. I'm off to Bunya Mountains tomorrow for a bit of R&R. After some morning bush walking, I think an afternoon or two of stitching is in order, that and chocolate and bubbles. I also bought myself a pair of el cheapo magnifying glasses. I have good prescription craft glasses, but these are just that bit better.
It has been wonderful seeing all the new blocks.
Take care,
Kayly in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


Lee has started a blog just so people can find her........

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guilty as charged...........

...I've been watching all your fabulous posts, so many busy bees while I've been busy with other things and haven't finished last months block yet....! Just so you don't think that I've given up here's my photographic proof..............

I will get back to it AND catch up, just not this month, don't give up on me girls....

Lizzie, freezing near Ballarat, Australia

Block D is finished! :0)

It's been fun stitching these blocks and I've been able to keep up with the one a month plan so that's good. I was worried about getting this one finished on time and now it's done with a week to spare! This is block D. I'm doing them out of order because I have to make them fit together as I'm not following the pattern.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quilt top together and Borders

Well I have officially finished the top of 'A Gardener's Journal'. I am pleased to say that I am very pleased with the way it has turned out.

House Stitchery

Yay!! the big one is behind me, I was excited at the beginning of the month
cause I had started this before June and thought I'm miles ahead......sure!!
here we are at the end of the month nearly and I still have the other two too complete.
So head down and tail up and we'll get there.

Happy Stitching

Yay I have started.

Well I hope Im not to late to start.  I think I have started.  Not sure on the thread colours yet.  Might need to change them to go with the fabric I have. 

Any way   Hello everyone and thanks for letting me join.  

Cheers  Kez

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Shh!!! I have finished 'A Gardener's Journal'

Well when I got home tonight from school...I noticed the postie had been. I opened the package to find that mum had finished the stitching on the last 3 blocks. I was that excited that I rushed out the back to start sewing the blocks...and drum roll please.........Tah Dah here there are and the top all sewn up....
Block D

Block E

Block I

The Fished Top...alll I need to do now is the binding. That might happen during the school Hols.
Thanks Chooky, Peg and Dale dor this beautiful project that I have just finished...
(HUGS) Andrea :)

Lees’ Block E

Oh my goodness – Lee is so fast and her work is amazing. She has just sent me photos of yet another finished block. I stitched from 5pm yesterday until 7am this morning on the house block and I am still not finished, almost there. Isn’t Lee’s block beautiful! Great job Lee!!!


Jennifer for Lee    

Monday, June 21, 2010

new SAL stitcher........

Cathy has joined us in the SAL blog.........you can find her at Highland Quilter
Also our lurker Susan is searching for her book and will probably join us...........NO pressure Susan............lol.......no pressure at all.........go and ask her if she has pulled out the fabrics yet???
If you don't get it done now with the group support then when will you get it done.........lol............
I am so excited we made it to 100 blocks...................fantastic effort stitcher's since I couldn't count and was out a couple.......so we had to get a few more done to get to 100.........
Chookyblue in OZ

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Collage of my First Two Blocks!!

Whilst fiddling about and seeing how my colours looked together, I made a collage of photos of my first two completed blocks! I spent a couple of hours at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Show on Saturday and was terribly inspired by the beautiful quilts on display! Now on to block 3!!!
I have to say also how great it is to see everyone finishing off their blocks and blogging about them so constantly! It makes us want to keep up (even when it is sometimes hard to fit everything in to our busy days) and I'm really looking forward to seeing the end result for eveyone! It really is wonderful to see all the finished projects and everyone has used such different colours and schemes for their blocks, so they should all look very individual when sewn together! Pleased to see we made 100 for this weekend .... that should keep Miss Chooky very happy!!

Instructions versus destructions

I have finished Pulling the weeds and My gardener has grey Gum Boots, because without the book with instructions I used destruction's . As she didn't have any other flesh showing I thought she was allergic to mosquitoes. Margaret


At last I have my first block complete - hopefully it won't take as long for the next one. Have falled behind your girls, but hope to catch up now.

Better Late Than Never :)

Here is my May Block finally , sheesh who would have thought life would be so much more busier with 6 kids instead of 4. I have started June's Stitcheries but hold no hope in getting them finished in time.....

Greetings from Finland

Hello stitching friends!!!

Here's my block C.
After each finished block I'm more and more excited with this quilt...

And also with this group;)
With your support it's easy to keep the schedule.

In my previous post I asked your help with my borders. I'm happy with all your comments and I will do more blocks until I'll make the final desicion.

I enjoy reading your posts and seeing your progresses.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Ssh! Don's tell Andrea but when I finish the corn stalks tonight I will do the lady kneeling in the garden and then I am finished . ---- Time for Janet's Christmas things ???

Two more blocks--completed!

This is block H(July)...I finished it last week...It is extremely hard to get all of it in the photo because it is such a long block...I love those little wreath blocks...
I managed to finish this one today...This is Block B..I know it is out of order but I had the stitching done so I wanted to put it together...Plus, I used some of the fabric from the swap I did with Lee in North Carolina...Lee doesn't have a blog and Jennifer is posting her progress for her...."Can you spot her fabric?" When I finish and put on the label, I will refer to this block and note that the fabric was from her.

This block is going to butt up against the 'no place like home' block...see that long pink piece on the side..It is one of the border blocks for the house....Hum, I wonder if this gets us to 100...Chooky?...
My 1&1/2 inch squares have given me problems...They seemed to lay even on this one...there were just so many of them.
I'm loving this stitch-a-long...my first ever...it is wonderful meeting all of you and learning about you as we go along.
Happy stitching,
Mama Bear

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Block C finished!

I finally found some time to stitch together Block C. Luckily I had already stitched the house earlier which was a great help.  I wonder if we will make it to 100 blocks!
Keep up the great stitching and greetings from Canberra, Australia.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Block A completed!!

I have finally sewn together Block A and hopefully am now on track! I cut the potting shed a little short so have lost the bottom of the pot - but not to worry! Will now get busy on stitching the next block so I can be "on time" for the end of June! It really is inspiring to see the colours and blocks completed by everyone! Thanks for the inspiration ladies! Fiona x (South Coast, New South Wales, Australia)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

.....having lots of fun...Lee



Another post for Lee – isn’t the rick rack adorable!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Aussieneedlenut - Two Blocks Completed !!!

It's half way through June, but I am so excited that I can post two blocks! (G & A)

Have enjoyed seeing them come together.

Love seeing everyones progress, it's very encouraging.
....... Lynda C

another block

Hi All just adding another block
sorry about the pic I did not want to wait until tomorrow I also traced some more stitches so I can get on with it
hugs Beth


heres the challenge do you think we could get to 100 blocks completed by next weekend?????
we are up to 92 so it's not far...........who is nearly finished a block...........I think I could get one of mine finished.........anyone else????
or better if we could get 105 blocks done we would have 1/5 of the groups blocks completed.........
who else is close and could just push themselves a little????
Lets get stitching
PS off to trace the house today

Lots of thanks ..............

Here we are,my DD and me,at the plant-nursery and picking flowers for you,a whole a trolley full to thank you ever so much for posting nice words to me,both here and direct to my email. Very sweet of you:0) I definitely should have come around to you lot, but you probably understand why not!!! The flowers will be planted here in Oslo-Norway,for the time being ..... :-)

About one stitch(!!)a minute,approx. one hour a day,making slowly progress on the stitchery.The tools were done earlier,but the wreath now and a real match to my arm. I have not done any sewing on the machine,hopefully a bit in the coming weekend.
Have you noticed the plaster is violet! Great! They cut the old plaster off,checking the X-ray and decided a soft bandage was not good enough. New plaster will do the trick and in another fortnight I`ll be "right as rain":-)
That means soon I`ll catch up with Chookyblue`s plan,which I love to follow.
My DD is writing this for me as a one hand-system is very difficult.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Block H is completed

Bloch H is now completed. I had a bit of trouble with the wreath, but I am sure it looks alright. I pressed it a few times to make it sit right. Anyway must start the next block. I hope you are all having a lovely long weekend.