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, April 30, 2013


It's been a mixed bag of a month and for a while I thought I'd have to title this post "Stitching till midnight"! Finished the little wall hanging half an hour ago - phew!

It's been great to see all the different versions ; now here's mine - and I love it. Wonky (some deliberate, some not!) stitching, Kate Spain Fa-la-la fabrics, no hanger because it's going to be blu-tacked to a door (lazy, but it works and saves extra holes in the wall/door). Done!

April done, now for May

Just checking in with my finished April project. I still need to put some kind of hanger on the back, and I'm unsure if I'll do any quilting on it, or leave it as is-we will see. Now to go and look at May's project!


April is finished

Yay & with less than 12 hours to spare my April SAL project is finished.

I choose to make mine long & skinny so I could hang it in a skinny wall space

Fabric is an old range of French General

I'll have an 'A' thanks Chooky


To get it made by the deadline!!!!
this is 'hot' off the sewing table---
it doesn't look it==but there is another all red point on the left on the bottom--
you just have to look close--
I also did mine in this manner cause it will take up less wall space or will work on the door--
and speaking of the door--that is where I took the picture--
Smiles and hugs, di and miss gracie

Ready for Xmas Bon Noel

Just finished in time........................  I really enjoyed this one. I just used lots of scraps from my stash. I used double sided cotton batting instead of pelon, it worked well when it came to quilting.

April Done

Almost two days to spare and I have a finish.

Monday, April 29, 2013

April wall hanging

I started to make my wall hanging a few days ago and I finished
it yesterday!!! I'm glad I made it!!! Now I can start making the
beautiful bag for the month of May!!!

                                   Have a nice day!!!

My Bon Noel is finished.

I have had the stitcheries done for a couple of weeks but had a few other things to finish before I could put them together.  I decided that I too would go for the long version as this suits where I want to hang at Xmas.
For the stitcheries I used a Cottage Garden thread called Blue Wren and chose some Nancy Halvorsen blue fabrics from my stash.
Mark me off for April please Chooky.
Hugs Noela

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Almost ready!!!

I'm still working on my April wall hanging!!!!

I hope that I can finish it today!!!!

                                Have a nice day,

Bon Noel... finished.

I have finished!!!
I decided to use Anni Downs Christmas fabric..
I wonder where I put those rusty bells.
It's so nice to have a project finish so early for Christmas.
Anyway, happy quilting

Bon Noel............De Style

 Here is my Bon Noel wall hanging.  I have had this finished since earlier in the month but just havent posted about it.  (Susan posted a photo from a recent blog meet).

I have already made a good start on the stitching for the bag for May so hopefully I can get that done early in the month as well.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

My little Christmas wall hanging

Hello everyone.
I`ve been away for a week.
I went to stay with my sister down south. 
We both attended 
Anni Downs workshop.
Learnt lots.
 Before that some secret stitching for a friends birthday gift.
Plus I had stitched and finished my
TTS Bon Noel Wall hanging .
This is my first chance to blog.

These are the three designs that I choose to stitch.
All ready to put in Christmas box ready for December.
Off to sort fabrics for next months project.
Happy Stitching,

Is Christmas just around the corner?

Woah!  Eight months to go before we can hang our Bon Noel!  This is my version of Bon Noel.  It has been great seeing all the different versions, colors and fabrics.  That is the best part of belonging to this SAL!  I love all these little projects.  They make great gifts! 
I think a nice hanger and some rusty little bells would finish this off just perfect.  I will have to look for bells now! 

Christmas in April

My April panel is done !
This month I literally respect the explanations...including the color !

I used my leftovers of the BOM Christmas Fun and I'm very pleased with the result.
I've seen many beautiful versions during this month !! Bravo !

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's Happening

April's stitcheries are traced I found my thread and tonight I will stitch for as long as I can.

With a trip away & school holidays, time has gotten away from me. Thank goodness I still have 4 days to get it done

Watch this space for Aprils task to make its finished debut

April SAL

Please see attached photo, having trouble with internet.

Long Time.... SKoW

I finally can post some progress on last years SAL , Some Kind of Wonderful. 

I had full intention of keeping up even though I got excepted a little later than others and it shouldn't of  made a difference. And then my daughters who was having twins developed complications and I ended up away from home a good deal this past year.
 But Yeppie I have something to show. 

The boys are doing great and I'm back in the swing of things. Have 3 rows to go and I hope to show more soon.
Until then

April done!

 I had  finished the stitcheries for the Stitch-a-long a while ago but hadn't found or made the time to put it together. Yesterday was Anzac day here so there was a little time to sew this together. Feel like adding some rusty bells after seeing Fiona's wonderful hanging.
No stitchery done in the waitingroom of the
hospital. Why???????? I forgot the most important
thing............my needle!!!!!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Only 5 days..................

I just have 5 days to finish the April project.
I was so busy sewing on other projects that I didn't had
the time to work on this one.
Today, I have to go to the hospital with my son for a
check up, so I quickly draw the stitchery and I'm going
to sew in the waitingroom.

                                   Have a nice day,

Using My Pass Card

Yes, title says it all!  This month I have had Stocktake, a Manager out on Annual Leave and just to top it all off, Business Improvement instore conducting a Risk Review for 2 days (and no, all did not go well).......no time and no mood for stitching in April........so time to redeem my "Pass Go and Do Not Collect On The Sidebar'' card......on a lighter note, I have enjoyed looking at all the lovely finished projects.......Go SAL Gal's!

Little wallhanging....

I loved doing this months project

and am loving seeing all the different versions of it

... there is a little bit of hand quilting around the edges of mine .....

and I found a little rusty hanger and added little rusty bells onto the ends of the prairie points....

... did you know it's 8 months till Christmas?..... 

Righto, Gotto Go..... I have my bag for next month traced out and thread ordered

  (Fiona Bubz)

March SAL Completed

Here is my wall hanging, it wa fun stitching this :-)

Have traced out April's stitchery and will be ready soon to start.

Happy stitching everyone


(ps have nil internet access at home, it has gone on the blink and Telstra cant fix it, so all intenet access is now via phone)


Here is my completed wall hanging

MarK Me oFF

Please Chooky... mark me off for ApriL as I finished my project.
I actually finished it last week but forgot to put it up here on this blog...ooppssss...
I LoVe this hanger and as you can see I placed it in a vertical manner and I still have to get a small hanger for it... but it's DoNe!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Its a finish!

April's project complete!

Spot the mistake!....... Can you see where I forgot I was doing stem stitch instead of back stitch? Oh well.....no time for reverse stitching!

 I would really like some bells on my points!...I'll put some on when I find them.

till next time

April..... Tick!

 I just love seeing everyone's version of this months project.
I can't believe how different the same piece can look by using different colours and fabrics. 
They're wonderful!
This is my version of the little Christmas wallhanging.
I just love the little stitcheries... it was difficult to decide on which three to use.
Happy Stitching everyone!!!
Teresa x

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tis done! Yay!!

Enjoyed making this little Christmas wall hanging.

Slowly Getting There

Stitcheries are almost done, perhaps a finish this week-end.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tis Done!

Hi everyone,

Here's my April project all done and dusted almost two weeks before the deadline.
I decided to make my banner long and skinny by turning everything on its side. This was so that it could hang in various small spaces.

What a fun little project.
I love all the finished banners I'm seeing on the blog. Congratulations to everyone who has finished April so far.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Hi everyone, hope you are all happily stitching away to finish this months project on time. I loved doing this one as Christmas is a happy time of the year where I get to see all my family together. I chose these particular designs as I think they will appeal more to my grand children. There`s Santa who they all love along with his reindeer and the angel who sits on top of the tree. I will go see what we have for next month and see if I can get an early start. Bye for now Jude from judesstuff.

April Greetings From Finland!

Hello all my SAL friends!

I have seen many BeaUTiFuL and impressive wall hangings during this month at our blog!
I'm happy to show you my version of Bon Noel ;o)

Here is those three stitchery patterns, which I chose.
And yes ;o) I made few changes - again!!!
My birdies welcome Bon Noel sitting in their Christmas tree. Maybe they are right now decorating it?!?

An angel has an appliqued star in her hands. And I used - as many of us - more color in stitcheries: different kind of reds, yellows greens and grays...

When I thought of the fabrics I noticed that this pattern is 5" x 5" charm friendly.
You'll need only 8 charm pieces for this top.
 Isn't it nice?
I used fabrics of Basic Grey's 'Blitzen' collection.

I hope you all enjoy this project as much as I did...
now toward May! 
Can you believe May is soon here? It's horrific how time flies...

wishing you a creative stitching time
- Satu -

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Brisbane Pin Cushion Party

The Pretty Pin-cushions of Brisbane had a get-together.

and an April Appreciation club was born!

(Marilyn, De, Jeanette and Susan)

No crazy people living in Brisbane....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April done.

My April project finished.

Happy Stitching,

April of thousand waters

We are waiting for Spring....we only have rain and rain and more rain , so making this christmas panel was in the weather mood .....

I Hope you all like it
Now is time to prepare  May task , and hope for sunshine ....

Saturday, April 13, 2013

APRIL - Done!

As a poet said, Cristmas is when a man want! So, here we are in April, waiting for Spring to arrive... it´s a little bit late, you know....and our task for this month is a little wall hanging for Christmas!
This is mine, done since last March, but was waiting for a little sunshine to have it Catching the Sun!

Friday, April 12, 2013


April project completed. This was such a fun project to complete.

April finished

Very happy with this very cute hanging.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

On the way to being finished

While I was on holiday I was able to get my stitching done. But I think my stitching looks like it has been on holiday......LOL...Oh well. My be it was the wine......LOL...

 Hope you are all enjoying your stitching wherever you are.....