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, November 30, 2010

planning 2011.........

Many of you have said you will miss the group blog once finished the quilt........I have really enjoyed it too........swamped occasionally but thats ok I caught up and your very patient......
...so I have been looking and thinking for ages what if anything we could/would go onto.....we have discussed the subject a few times......... 
Really it has to be what I want to do otherwise the blog doesn't continue..............
It has to be stitchery, not expensive to get the pattern and I have to love it...............well I am pretty sure I found the solution and was so excited about showing you this week........

.......BUT it is raining at my house and now I won't get mail until I get to town.........with the rain forecast I will be lucky to get mail delivered Friday week...........one HUGE disadvantage of living on dirt roads.............

Anyway hopefully very soon I can share the 2011 project.........we won't start until Feb/March...so you will have heaps of time to get organised if you choose to join me......you may decide you don't like what I have chosen and that is fine......we can work all that out later.............I have some serious work to do on my GJ quilt and once I get the secret santa projects out of the way I can get back to GJ stitching.........
.....I will be seeing Anni at Girls Day in the Country in March and my Gardener's journal HAS to be finished by then...........

Catch you later..............

Friday, November 26, 2010

Rosie is back

Our friend Rosie is back, I went up to her home tonight and we set up a new blog, every time Rosie gets a blog something happens and she cant get back into it so lets hope this one lasts a bit longer for her.
She is now known as "happy Rosie" so please go visit her and say wellcome back

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Block E

The last but one - block E

It took me some time to make this block but finally it is here.
It is winter in Denmark with snow and it is season for patchwork and all the time I see projects I have to do. They simply jump on me.
I become a little stressed with all the projects, but suddenly the courses, the fairs and shows are over here before Christmas and I have time to finish the projects and that is a good feeling.
All the way through this stitch-a-long I have been looking forward to stitch the 'Annual Garden Show' and that is what I am working on now; it is such 3 nice ladies and I love them.
I have sewed the blocks together so far as I can and I have a good impression of how the finished quilt will look.
I think I will be happy with it.
Happy stitching everyone till next time.

Catching Up - Block B

Getting more caught up finally.  Here is my Block B.  I tried needle turn on the hearts for the first time ever.  I think it turned out okay.  Wow two more blocks to go!  I can't believe it.   I have a bit of the quilt sewn together and it looks so beautiful!  It is so fun to see finished quilt tops.  Well, I am off to stitch by the fire where it is warm.  It is -5 here and we have a wee bit of snow!  Happy Stitching Everyone!!!

Lori, Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada

Monday, November 22, 2010

Block A completed

It has been quite a while since my previous post and I must say the end of the year is looming up much too fast for my liking but, finally, my Block A is finished. I find the most time consuming part of putting the blocks together for me, is choosing what fabric goes where. I lay out the blocks I have completed and then try to make sure the block I am working on has an even spread of colour in relation to the previous blocks. Where do you find you spend the most time when making the blocks? Would love to know.
So here is Block A all stitched together. I am happy with how it looks which is just as well as I don't like unpicking especially all those tiny squares.

After seeing all the different fabric choices that are being used on the blog, I can't wait to see how the quilts will look when completed. Very different, I should imagine.
Well, ladies, happy stitching until next time..........
Noela .

November's Block I finished

Finally made my way into the sewing room and had the time over the weekend to stitch together November's block I. It is a lovely feeling to be up to date this month as there are lots of things I should be sewing. My squares look a little wonky but that means they will go with all the other wonky ones!
Sylvia in Canberra

More From A Gardener's Journal

My Gardener's Journal Quilt is still just a top, haven't made any progress on it since last I posted, however, I wanted to share this bag I made using the instructions in the book.

I lined it with the Mary Engelbreit fabric used in the border around the embroidery piece. Click to see close up.

Mama Bear from Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A bit late......

Here is my block B .... late again, still have to put the hearts on but will do that later. I'm off on a 14 day cruise to NZ next saturday so I have drawn the last 2 blocks just in case I get a bit of stitching time.... have stitching will travel ..... so I will pop back to see everyones progress in December.

Happy stitching everyone. 


Monday, November 15, 2010

A Heartless B.....

No...No..Not what you're thinking! I meant block B without its appliqued hearts.

I'm still deciding on which applique method to use. I have not tried needle turn, but would like to learn it and now may not be the time to start. It's getting to the busy time of year. There's time yet. I'll think some more.

I now have only two stitcheries to do. I'm getting excited as some of my blocks can be sewn together now. I'm pleased with the overall look and hope to be able to show you soon.

Hope everyone is having fun also.
Brisbane - Queensland - Australia.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A little stitching...

...actually, a little more than a little :)

Here are my three lovely ladies at the Garden Show...

...this would have to be my favourite block. Something about these girls just makes me smile.

So Block I is now complete and looks like this...

BUT WAIT! There's more...

...the colours are a bit off, but I couldn't resist showing you this! Yes, that red is my first border! I'm waiting for my second border fabric to arrive, and then I can think about who is going to quilt (me or a professional)...it depends on how impatient I get :)
I'm going to be a bit lost without this quilt to stitch...must be time to start my Christmas stitching !
Susan (aka Suzitee)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Finally Block F is Finished

I just finished Block F this weekend at a retreat. How fun to relax and sew and eat for 3 solid days!  I wish I could go back.  It was so much fun.  Anyway here is my Block F.  Just a month or so late, oh well.

It is so much fun to see some finished quilt tops.  Off to stitch the October block.  Happy stitching everyone from Ontario, Canada.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Three More Blocks Done!!! ..................... Aussie Needle Nut

Have been a bit side tracked from the Gardener's Journal.
I had to make Jock the Wonder Dog a "Wonder Dog" suit. He's watching "Hey Hey it's Saturday". Yes, I know it's all very silly!!!

....some lovely quilts being made, keep up the good work girls! .........Lynda C

Long Time Between Blocks!

I know ... you all thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth and that you needed to send a search party, didn't you ... so did I a few times in the last couple of months! Tee! Hee! Hee! Life has been a bit of a merry-go-round of deadlines, magazine commissions, commitments ... and a bit of real-life gardening too.

Our re-vamped, re-planted pond area ... complete with guardian Bunyip, Bertie, near the waterfall. :0) But this last weekend saw me actually grab some time to do a bit of 'gardening' on my GJ quilt. Block D is now FINISHED!!

A lot more pink than I ever used to be able to make myself use, being the Anti-Pink gal! :0) But the best gardens have a blend of all colours, so that's what I'm trying to do ... I think mine is turning into a reflection of my real-life garden ... a cluttered, country cottage garden ...

My Gardener's Journal quilt is 'growing' ... slowly! :0) Thanks to you all for your encouragement and support - isn't it great to have such a large cheer squad! ;0) And thanks to the tireless Chookyblue and the inimitable Peg for giving us all a prod. Happy stitching, gals!! Til next time ...



It's finished

One Gardeners' Journal Quilt top

I pieced the last 2 blocks today then
sewed the borders on once the girlies were home from school

the hearts are ready to be needleturned on tonight

Yippee its finished and off to the
quilter tomorrow

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy as can B ..........

"I`m singing in the rain" all the way across where ever,
through the air to you all!!
Happy is my middle name at the moment.

Please believe me,I did not think I could be "on time".
I like the two blocks here sewn together. The small things
I should redo,I do know from previous quilts
will disappear when quilted.

So now the three ladies are drawn and waiting
to be stitched.

Happy,Happy so far:-)