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........

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Blocks Done and Dusted

Just in the nick of time....phew!

I planned to do most of this month's blocks while joining in with Chookyblue's Chook Shed Birthday Party.

As things often turn out, I didn't have quite as much time to work on them as I thought I would, so it was the usual last minute rush to have my blocks finished.

I'm still having fun using my tiny scraps.

Hopefully I will be a bit more organised next month.  There aren't as many busy weekends as we had in May (so far).

I'm loving seeing all the different colour combinations.  It will be great to see them all finished.


Every month I start working hard on my blocks and then I have a dip in the middle so in the end of the month I have to work really hard again! But here is my May blocks.
I changed the small blocks a bit and made two initials instead.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May complete

I'm really enjoying this project and its so nice to be stitching along with all of you…. I'm loving all the different interpretations of Anni's pattern too!

Last month I had the wrong butterfly and my initial … that should be in this month.. OH well!… at least they are done!

I had a lovely stitching day with friends today ...with lots of birthday surprises and these fabulous patty cakes.. ...Happy birthday to the chookshed too!!


May finished just in time. Didn't think that I would make it.
Anita Shabbyquilt.

Friday, May 29, 2015

May finished - with 2 days to spare!

Doing better this month by finishing before the end of the month!! 
"Arrived" at Chookyblue's (virtual) sewing party tonight so I could finish off my last block for May...

...and here are all my blocks finished!!......

Between you and me I'm not too happy about the bees wings - too far apart I think - may re-do them......later....sometime...

Now the sensible thing to do would be to start the June blocks...ummm ...let's see what the weekend brings?

Have enjoyed seeing everyone's blocks - some lovely fabric combinations happening!

Happy Stitching

Mays finished!

Hello Ladies :0)
I've been a bit slack getting to the blog posting, I have finished this months blocks for a while now.
I caught bacterial tonsillitis, so have been down most of the month. But getting back in the swing now!
I'm loving this quilt.

I really like the initial blocks, Too cute!
Already started on next months.

Keep it stitchy Ladies,
Kel x


More blocks done !

Made in time this month !!

Little blocks :

and big ones :

All May blocks :

Now on to the next ones !!

Almost Done....

With the blocks for May...I hope to finish them up during the party over on Chooky's blog this weekend...will post pics when I find my camera charger and get the battery charged...I have not been able to find it since my trip, hoping I did not leave it in the hotel. That said, I will now have a cuppa and sit to stitch a while.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Catching up and working hard

I am a bit behind, even after a wonderful catch up with Chooky in April, who was whip cracking. My life has been taken over by my health. Knee pain has resulted in finding out that I need double knee replacement so for the past three weeks and the next five weeks I'm undergoing Prehab intensive muscle development, 3 hours a day of combined physio and hydrotherapy. So on Tuesday this week I needed a well deserved rest day and dragged out my box and sorted myself out..  Zip log bags became my friend, so I hope now I'll catch up - april is almost done

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Up-to-date too!!!!

I hate  being behind so thought i would show you i am now up to date!

Here are my March blocks

And these are my april ones..

You will be able  to tick me off for these months now ladies!!!!

Now i can start on May

Happy May....

Does anyone else feel time is running away......

I love doing these blocks but I still only manage to get them squeezed into the month

My butterfly is definitely a bit wierd.... perhaps quirky ....

Righto, off to see what you have all been up to.....

May blocks done

It's May!
With flowers, bees, and butterfly(it's probably different story from there)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Well, it's a finish even if it is late...

I'm behind, and I'm embarrassed about it, but I am still working on my projects.  I decided today that I wanted to at least have the January project completely finished.

I used the pillow pattern from Gail Pan's book for the pillow.  I was dodging rain today and unfortunately you can't see the quilting.  I love it, and I know it will be so fun to use this upcoming holiday season.  Now I'm back to work on my applique.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, May 25, 2015

Getting Started

I know , I know  I am  late again  getting started.... oh well...  But what I really want to know is, does anyone else just get in a big mess when they start all of this.  Choosing fabrics , cutting out etc.????  Mind you I am not showing you all the mess... just that I am working on it.  Hope you are all enjoying your stitching 


6 days.....

Image result for thankyou
to the girls who have been posting there finished blocks..............
trying to drive the SAL along it partly mine and Susan's job...............
getting your blocks done and posting them is your part..........
so thanks to all the girl who have finished til May so far..............
I can't wait to see what else you SAL girls post before the end of the month.............
PLEASE put some effort in.........just a little push along.........
I don't want to crack the whip..........
Happy Stitching...........
PS you should only have 5-6 blocks left if you got started when I posted last.............

Waiting for June

Puh,now are my May blocks done,and I can have some quiet days waiting for June. 
I hope the June blocks will come with sunny,warm days . May has been the coldest here in Norway since 1996. I want to put away my warm jackets and wear t-shirts... 
And be able to sit outside and stich...  :-)
Hope you all have great stitching days. 
Hugs from Laila :-)

Mai Blocks all done

sew in time for this Month,next month i am in the USA,if the pattern comes late i wil not able to do

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May blocks completed

I have been somewhat distracted of late; travelling for work, attempting to complete an assignment for university.

One success I can share are my May blocks and they are completed.

I like how they have turned out and have already cut out June blocks ready to start.

Mark me off please Chooky.

My May Blocks Are Finished !!

My "Natures Journey" is coming to me by a block of the month kit  from Anni Downs store "Hatched and Patched" in Bathurst .... so you can understand my eagerness each month to greet the mail man .... and he hasn't disappointed this month .... here are my May blocks .... all done and dusted and with a couple of little changes of my own ....

I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's different fabrics and methods of stitching !

I'm using blanket stitch and appliqué because I simply like that method ... but I have needle turned the hexagons for this month ....    Lots of lovely finishes by everyone so far this month too!   

Keep up the good work ladies ...  Chooky might not even have to crack her whip this month if everyone makes a huge effort !! 

Lagging behind....

I just thought I would do a post and say how inspired  I am  seeing all the different versions of this lovely quilt design.  I am still plugging away but still way  behind.  This weekend was totally committed to this Sal but the month still not complete.

I am just doing what I can with any spare minute ,  as  dont want to rush  this gorgeous quilt, but want you all to know that I am committed and it will get finished and am srill stitching away.


May - Susan Oh2Sew

It's all done - and a week to spare!!

Sorry - no bees - at this stage for me - and when you have initials of SEW its hard to not use them all together.  I've made a good start on June and even have some pieces cut for the big middle block - trying to get ahead so I can work on some other projects that need to get done.

Happy Sewing everyone - for those who are finished May
Well Done - Excellent!!!

For those who haven't - Come on Girls!!!  
You can do it - let's aim for the 31st and get them in on time!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

May Blocks

Hi girls..

I have completed my May blocks.. now onto June.



May Blocks

Finished my May blocks earlier this week. I left off the embroidery initial & added a heart instead.
Happy Stitching,

May Blocks!

 Enjoying all the variations of this SAL.  We are almost done the border blocks Ladies.  Eager to start that centre block.  I love it!  Here's to June!  I'm well on my way too!

I guess I missed the instructions that said to trace the mirror image for this appliqué technique.  Oh well my bugs can fly west instead of east.

Friday, May 22, 2015

May Blocks

Wow finished this month's blocks with a few days to spare -
Look forward to checking out all the others. Cheryl

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Part 4

It has been a busy month so far, but I'm glad to tell that my May blocks are finished.  
                       I enjoy looking at the great blocks you all have sewn.
                                               Happy Stitching!

10 days for 9 blocks........

So how is the stitching going everyone............
anyone else finished May............
hope you can start sharing them soon.............
any more Aprils finished too.............

So we have 10 days left in the month so 1 block a day with a day to spare...............
come on.........come on.........we can do it...........
we are early 1/2 way............
Happy Stitching........

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

....And May is finished!

Earlier this month, in the very beginning, I considered dropping out of the group.  I'm sure if I had done that, Nature's Journey would simply become a UFO...My Birthday was the fourth, my sister had been very ill for a week and they had taken her off the respirator....I prayed she wouldn't die on my Birthday...it was just after midnight on the 5th. We buried her on the 9th.

At that point, I had prepped 2 of the large squares and all of the small.....I'm glad that I didn't quit because, look, today is the 18th and I am finished.

I do not like doing the leaves at all...so you can see my blossoms only have one each....I see that one of the squares for the next section has multiple leaves....I am going to begin with that one, do a couple of the leaves, move on to another square, then come back and do a couple more leaves. That way I can break up the task.
I find myself with a couple of extras: a heart and a hexagon so I may use those for part of the next section.
I went in the craft room this morning to cut some large squares and discovered I'd used all of the fabric, except for a couple of strips for the small squares...so its off to Hobby Lobby for me today.
I have been visiting you all but haven't really commented....you are doing great and I enjoy seeing every one's work.
Happy Stitching, 
AKA: Mama Bear
Bears at Home

Monday, May 18, 2015

May ... Hooray!

Instead of  "make hay while the sun shines" ... I "stitched while the showers fall".

For the first time I can say I'm finished my blocks early ... I have no idea how that happened. Loving this quilt and this group ... thank you :o)
Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers


My week sitting around in the hospital and motel turned into 4 days but it did produce the finished June blocks. Very pleased to have them done.
These are all of the completed June blocks together

The BIG Blocks

The LITTLE blocks. The little bug has been appliqued and does have a head and legs - the bright green I used is just not showing up too clearly. I am thinking that I an going to take a photo of all of the blocks together as a record of ALL THE HOURS OF HAND SEWING!!!
I have only trimmed the February blocks so far - I will have a night of trimming in the very near future!!
 Before I went I set up the centre block so this week I have started on that - the photo doesn't do it justice but I am really happy with how it came together. Now, fellow bloggers, this took 6 hours to set up!!! I ended up placing baking paper over the pattern and ironing the applique pieces to that then I peeled it all off in one piece and placed it on the pieced background.
I have read ahead and boy oh boy there is some work a coming up!!! I am going to start cutting out the gazillion little 2" and 1.5" blocks for the borders and start sewing them together. I am not really on a roll - just on a mission to have the top completed this year so I don't end up with another UFO in the cupboard!!!! I have a couple of additions to the borders in mind but more on that later if they come to fruition!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015


It's a beautiful rainy day here in Perth...netball has been cancelled, and I have the whole day to fiddle with my NJ SAL blocks....BLISS!

So I pulled out all my fabrics, grabbed my completed blocks to avoid any double-ups, and suddenly realised that I haven't posted my April blocks! OOPS!

So here they are...with hopefully the May ones to follow in the not-so-distant future. Yikes....I'm getting a bit forgetful in my old age! LOL :)

Susan (aka Suzitee)

Look what I have here .....

Look what we have here .... My Gardeners Journal only a million years late :)) Finally gifted to my mummy for Mothers Day !!
I actually love it a lot !!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

`M` for me

Hello my friends.
My May blocks complete.
So `M` for me when the the month is finished.

A closeup of most of the blocks.
I was so pleased to fussy cut my butterfly`s wings.

I am enjoying the DMC v115 thread.
The other little bug didn`t get a closeup!

Love this flower print and enjoy English paper piecing.

Different colours for these two flowers.
I have checked that there is room to cut down to size.

Happy Stitching,