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........

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Kept Me Busy

I am a bit behind on Chooky's attack plan and now's the time to tell you why.

This week-end we had our annual guild meeting in Denmark and I have been stitching a BIG project for my local shop during the summer. Take a look here and see for yourself. I have been doing a few other things which will be revealed during this week.

By the way I met up with Jytte R at the meeting. Unfortunately none of us was thinking of pictures at the time.

I just need a little more stitching on my vege path and block number 4 will be done. I'll be back in a few days.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Up date from Dale blocks D,E F & H

I've really been working hard this month, just one to go which I have started.Hopefully I will get the quilt together for September.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

YES!! I made it : Keeping the plan of attack :-)

Well..... back from Festival of Quilts in UK,things are almost back to normal for me. It was such a lovely experience,peaceful and at the same time exciting, concentrating only on quilting for days. Now the usual things around me,and the Garden Journal is shaping up!
I do not know about September yet, but above you can see my Block D,

a good feeling inside showing you block C and D sewn. I have noticed that some of you already have done so. Hurrah, I am so glad that I finally have two together !!!
I`ll be back sooooon with block F. Well,have just started though, but planning to working hard in September!!

HAPPY STITCHING to you all :-)

Seed sowing time.......

Hi there everyone, at last I can get an "H' added ........... some seed packets and tools stitched just in time for spring!  I'm looking forward to getting the real thing underway out in the garden, things are definitely starting to 'spring' into life around here quickly now.

There has been some awesome progress in the last couple of weeks, it amazes me how there are so many styles and colours appearing, I love the personal touches some have been adding to really make their quilt their own! 

Till next time, happy stitching,  Nicky

Another One Bites The Dust

...and another one done, another one done, another one bites the dust, yeah!
 Ooops, sorry I'm getting a wee bit carried away with a 'Queen' song but it seems just so appropriate.
Please Miss Chooky, may I now have an 'F'?
thank you

thank you

Thank you I did manage to get a copy from a friends online shop here in Tassie.
Hope everybody is enjoying their weekend

Help Please

Hi Girls,
Can anyone tell me where I can get another copy of A Gardners Journal ? I have given away the original and only have a copy with some pages missing, I thought I'd copied them all before sending off the original to the U.S.A, now my local shop has no copies left.

Still behind, but TWO more blocks to add to Collection.

You see, I really am not much of a green thumb, so have to keep adjusting the pattern to my needs.  I couldnt resist changing the house to something similiar I used to live in the country a few years back.  I am only a few behind now, so if I dont keep dawniefying, then I should be caught up soon.

Block C - June

Block B - October

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday in the Garden.....

Ok, it's NOT actually IN the Garden as much as putting my Garden together.
I managed to have some free time to put some more
of my "A Gardener's Journal" together.
Part of Block FPart of Block I
Block A,B,C,D & E all together

Now back to more stitching.... Hope everyone else is getting a little bit done each day.

Fiona@Dragonfly-Crafts (NSW Australia)


Yeah, I'm doing my wee bit to increase the months total, and now have completed 'E'. 

Maybe it's the weather or maybe it's because I'm now used to getting the blocks done, but they do seem to be getting easier - or is that a false sense of security?  Any how here's my completed block, may I now have an 'E'? 
Thanks for all the prompting Chooky.
hugs all round

Friday, August 27, 2010

yet more pics

I'll try to get more of my pics uploaded soon, everybody's work looks just great.
Bell (Isabella)

another pic

This has been a great diversion for me, I'm loving all the different blocks and colours folks are doing and how they all look.
Bell (Isabella)

Sorry to have taken so long

Sorry I have been so long in posting life this year has been a challenge to say the least however enough of all that so here is one of the blocks I have done so far.

Vege patch is growing.

My tomatoes have ripened. So too have the lettuces and broccoli. I'm just waiting on the pumpkins and carrots to get big enough to harvest.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Block H done and dusted

I've finally had time in the sewing room to get this done

its actually straight its just my wonky pinning to the design wall

still stitching away at block F

I am joining the blocks as I can, is anyone else doing this???

Block D complete of me too

Its nice to have one done before its due.  Still loving making this one.  The colours are so different to the ones I have made before.

Hope to stay on track but I think Im still lacking a few block.  Will have to check the list once again.

Cheers Kez


August's Block D is all done...

...how fun is this one to stitch? The little corn cobs and carrots are just way too cute!

I took the advice of several of you lovely ladies, and prepared that big nasty house block to stitch when I get ahead of "the plan" for the month. It's coming along quite nicely...but boy, there is some stitching in it! It should definitely keep me out of trouble until September rolls around :)
Susan (aka Suzitee) xxx

Lees Block F

Here are photos of Lee’s block F. Very pretty!!

lee5 lee1 lee2

lee3 lee4

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blocks C and D

are now finished YIPPEE and they have been joined.


that leaves me with Block H to sew together and I am currently stitching Block F

and I only have 1 and  bit of block F left to stitch :)

Happy to be back on track and caught up

Monday, August 23, 2010

At last!!

I have finally finished the first block - well almost!! I have just realised that I forgot to sew the top row of rectangles on LOL
Full credit for getting this block done goes to Chooky for cutting out my fabric for me - champion!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Some 'Catch-Up' Stitching!

After deciding that I REALLY needed to get myself into gear and make some progress on my "A Gardener's Journal" blocks, I've spent a very pleasant weekend doing some catch-up stitching ... in between the usual household chores of course. SIGH! How much more stitching could I get done if only those housework faeries would come and visit me! :0)

Now, our recent holiday gave me a bit of stitching time and a wet day this week gave me a bit more, then yesterday and last night we played "Let's Avoid The Election Television Coverage" and the resulting movie marathon helped me make even more progress. So this morning when I headed for my sewing room to add some piecing, this was my little stockpile of stitcheries ...

After a bit of head-scratching over the flower wreath blocks (remember, while I LOVE stitching, I'm not overly experienced at patchwork techniques!! Plus ... I think I missed some important instructions somewhere! Tee! Hee! Hee!) I managed to piece two more blocks ... June and July's blocks, so I guess even though I'm still behind on the Stitch-A-Long schedule, I'm no quite as FAR behind! :0) So here's the results of my head-scratching and piecing ...

Block C, "There's No Place Like Home". And boy oh boy was 'building' that house a marathon! I think I could almost have build a REAL house in the same time!! :0) That's June's block and ...

Block H Garden Tools was July's goal block. Considering my patchwork inexperience and the missing instructions (OK ... so maybe there WEREN'T any instructions missing and it just SEEMED like it cos I'm instruction-impaired! Tee! Hee! Hee!) I was pretty pleased with how the flower wreath and violet wreath came together.

So far, this is how my quilt is shaping up ...
Hmmm ... for someone who isn't really a patchworker, I seem to be doing quite a lot of piecing, don't I?! :0) I'm loving how it's all coming together ... and was even inspired to head out into my own garden this afternoon ... at which point, I probably resembled the lady I'm stitching at the moment for block D ... without the hat! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Well, I'm now off to watch the "Dancing With The Stars" semi-final and help the poor lady just mentioned with her weeding! :0) Til next time ...



D is Done & Dusted...

Ta Dah!  Presenting...drum roll please.....Block "D"!!!...

...not only within the specified month but before the month ran out of days....it's an August miracle!! (ha ha ha)

I don't know if I'm just getting used to reading Anni's instructions for putting the blocks together or if this was one was particularly easy but it went together like a dream...no unsewing...no what the?...nothing...just sew and iron...easy peasy...hope the rest of the blocks have taken notes from this one on how to behave!

Catching up on the posts for the past week this morning, awesome going ladies...so motivating to see everyone's work...

Happy stitching...

Friday, August 20, 2010

No place like home

Yey...   Another block complete.  This is so much fun having some completed things but still need to catch up.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Cheers Kez

Block E is done! :0)

I just finished another block of my Gardener's Journal. This is block E and it's my fifth block. Only four more to go! :0)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Greetings from Finland

Hey there!
I just noticed there is lot of stitchings in September.
So I took 'a false start' with block F.


I finished block D;)

I also realised that I'm over the half way now!
Five blocks done, four left.
IT feels soooo good;)))

I'm surprised how quick and easy I have made them.
BUT I'm quite sure,
not without you,
Chookyblue and all the other SAL -girls!



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'D' for Done

I think now that I have this block (D) done I'm all up to date Chookyblue. 
 Maybe that spell of sickness has done me just a little favour - you see I got all of the stitcheries done when I couldn't get to the machine, now all I really have to worry about are those piddley little squares that we all have to sew so many of.  The best part though is knowing that I'm not doing it alone and that Miss Chooky will be there to whip us into shape with her feather duster if we do start to slacken off. 
Yeah, I feel like I'm on a roll.
Have a great week