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........

Monday, August 31, 2015

August over

August was not long enough for me!…So.. sorry to report.. no progress from me this month!

I just got home from doing  Trek 4 Kidz.. a bush bash on rough dirt roads..a fundraiser for the Starlight Foundation…. and believe me.. totally unable to stitch on those car trips!!
Before we left I was making costumes… so excuses, excuses… please don't give me the chop!!!

I really love doing this project with you all… and you are doing some great work..
I promise to catch up by the end of September.
I really need some stitch therapy after my bash experience.. so am super keen to get back into it!!
Happy stitching


to all the girls who have August done CONGRATS...........
they look fantastic............

Just made it!

Stitched my last little square on at 10pm! I wasn't sure that August would be done on time but am pleased to have made the deadline! Here is my centre block.

August Done and Dusted

Once again I finished by the skin of my teeth, putting the last stitches in last night.  Phew, with a day to spare.

Firstly the borders went on, continuing to use only fabrics from my stash.

Then I had to make the decision as to how I would attach the diamonds.  I could do like the pattern suggested, ie basting over papers and hand appliqué, or I could baste  over papers and then machine appliqué with a blind hem, or I could do like the rest of the quilt and use Vlisofix and a machine blanket stitch.  After much procrastinating and the month very quickly passing by I took the easy option and used machine blanket stitch.  It came together quickly and I don’t think the appearance of the quilt is compromised.

I'm loving how it is turning out.  It could quite easily be a wall hanging just like this.  I've cut all my coloured squares for next month.  There are now no pieces larger than a two inch square in my bag of scraps.  I then had fun pulling other fabrics from my stash.  Now I just have to cut the small blue squares and the pink pieces and get on with lots of piecing.

Next month looks like it will certainly keep us busy if we are to finish the top, particularly as there is lots of other things going on now that the weather is warming up.

I'm loving seeing everyone else's versions.  Thanks as always to the whip crackers.



End of Month Update....

Well, didn't quite make it for the end of August but here is my progress to date.....all the little diamonds now in a compact box so together with scissors, cotton it becomes more portable......
and here is the progress to date.... the top row is sewn down and the side row is being organised for spacing!

No more time for chatting - off to have dinner and then get on with the stitching!

Happy Stitching!

A just a little behind

I have nearly finished my appliqué centre.
I had to put it on hold to write an essay which is due this evening.

For my reward I am going to spend the rest of the evening back stitching the centre.


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August done....

I went away for a few days and took my applique with me only to discover I had not cut enough so this morning I quickly did 6 more and sewed them on.....

Glad I could make it in time......

... it's surprisingly big with these borders on....

Thanks everyone.. so nice to sew with you all and see so many different ones ... and they all look fantastic...

August ... Made It Just

It's a good thing that August has 31 days and not 30 or I wouldn't have made it....finished off the last row this morning. The sun is so bright this morning it hasn't photographed very well.

NJ will have to go on the back burner for a bit as September is a super busy month here starting with DD's wedding next Saturday. With the ceremony at home there's all the last minute tidying and decorations to finish making. I hope to get all those little squares cut before school holidays at the end of the month so maybe then I can concentrate on the Journey.

Loving everyone's finished centres ... well done!

Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August Progress - Susan Oh2Sew

A wonderful Sunday Stitchers day and a wrap up to a week off work...

I'm not finished and won't be by the 31st - oops that's tomorrow!!! but at least I have made progress....

and I cracked the whip over Noela & Lynda!!!

Happy Sewing everyone.

August done just in time

I spent today at Sunday Stitchers adding the last 2 rows of squares.

Happy stitching,

August Finished

Mama Bear

First set of borders !

August is done !!

I still enjoy the different parts of the quilt !

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Holiday's homeworks

Hi, girls! I went on holidays on August and I always bring with me some patchwork homeworks. This year I did the same but this is my first holidays with my little new-born, so the time was not the same as the past... :) I quilted Henrietta Whiskers and I made some Nature's Journey blocks. Very busy this autumn, but I will work every sunday to Nature's journey! In the meanwhile, so happy to see your progresses, I do love July and August blocks!!!! <3

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Little Stack!

A job for the weekend..... my little stack of diamonds all ready to be sewn onto the border...
..the aim is to get them all finished by end of the month - but that is fast approaching so will see how we go!

Is anyone else feel like they're racing to the finish line!!
Happy Stitching

August Update

Well lots of little diamonds to sew on this month to keep us all busy. Am very pleased with the result though -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Finally July done

Almost done the July block( legs of butterfry and lady bug are still missing, sorry). Does it look OK? It is the first time to do the peeper border, so if you could see some mistake, would you let me know? 

I am sorry that it is quite late to done it. I moved back to Korea from California 2weeks ago. I am so exited to be here, but I miss there too. 

Progress pic

Just a quick pic to show my progress!

All laid out now, just going to sew dark border on and begin appliqueing. I glue prepped the squares all in one hit, instead of EPPing them.

Kel x

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August Progress

Just a quick pic and spiel. I'm done cutting the squares and will begin appliqueing them as soon as my typing fingers are free!

Also just want to point out, that the measurements for the finished size of this months block can't be right. It doesn't finish at 27.5 x 33.5. It can't. That would make it too big on both long sides when the next border is attached. Either that or I'm going nuts lol, which is quite possible...

I decided to go with a plain border instead of a scrappy one. The centre piece is pieced and to me that adds enough interest. So I went with the plain arrangement.

Hope everyone is madly stitching.
Lots of hugs,
Kel x


April finished!

I bet you didn't see this one coming any time soon. I, for one, have not been holding my breath waiting for this last block to get finished. But, today, during one of little A's naps, I decided to see if I could get the block prepped - and, after that was completed, see how much of it I'd be able to do before she woke up.

Well, I didn't get much done before she was up and ready for action again - but she did play on her mat for a little while so that I could finish the appliqué. The star is completed - and thus all the blocks from April can now be crossed off the list!

Not too bad, it only took about four months to get it done.. :-p

I'll see if I can get some new background fabrics selected and cut for May and June tomorrow (or this weekend, what ever comes first with some me-time). I'm not sure when I'll be able to start July (or August, for that matter) seeing as we haven't found a desk yet. Actually, we're missing quite a bit of stuff, and since moving, still have a bunch of boxes here and there. But, we're getting there. The house is liveable and we're getting to know the neighbourhood and the city. So far, not really missing Oslo - but I guess we'll get to that point too, sooner or later.

But tonight I'll be celebrating this one little victory!

May I have an "A, please?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

July/Aug catch up

Tomorrow, I am off to a retreat at Tamborine Mountain where I am hoping to catch up on my SAL blocks. Will be there until Sunday so should get a good bit of stitching done on that centre block, then I can add the pieced border which I completed last weekend.

Well must go, as I need to pack for tomorrow. Be back next week with an update.

FEB CHOPPED.............

I had to put my big girls pants on and make a decision.............
as life spins in a whirls I have said enough is enough...........
Image result for chop

Sadly I have removed 4 ladies from the SAL...........I have tried on numerous occasions to contact them with no response so I can only assume they no longer wish to be part of the SAL or they no longer have the email address I contacted then with.............
these ladies had not even shared one month completed blocks...........
I have seen some progress from some but many months ago.............
If you are reading this and your one of the ladies and still want to be part and will show your progress then please contact me ASAP.........
Next on the chopping block are those who have not completed March............
so get moving........
I feel a bit mean but we all joined in to do this together..........
yes there are some hiccups along the way .......but as things happen to people along the way they often email me if there is some delay......some of those reasons have been wonderful holidays.....
some not......trust me you would not believe what people have had to deal with during this SAL............absolute terrible heartache this year but everyone has picked up and kept going.........some even saying the SAL is what has kept them going..........
Ester was behind but OMG look what she has been posting lately.........
YOU CAN DO IT.........

2 more borders to go!

Slow going for me now with my fractured ankle, but sewing a little bit! I am so happy with how this is turning out! Cast comes off next week so hopefully the top  will be done soon!
Leaskdale, on canada


Good evening,

We had a terrible tsunami-like fload storms last week in Budapest turning squares into lakes and streets ro raging rivers. My workplace had been seriously damaged, I was very nervous and shoked for days.  It was relaxing to have this beautiful pattern at home, though all this experience had an effect, it is far not as perfect as I can sew, but well... sewing this was a healing and felt much better and the "scars" are mine, in my heart, on my quilt.  

Just two pictures of many, during the fload: 

After the fload:

And my center block (without ironing):  

Happy sewing!:-) 


Monday, August 24, 2015


I just come back from hollidays, this is my block of this month.

I'm so happy to share it with you ♥

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Progress!!

Sorting little squares......
......... finally the borders are finished.....

..... and fabrics are waiting to to be cut into 46 x 2" squares!! 

Happy stitching to all those creating this lovely quilt!

Shhhhh June is finished!!!


Here am I with june done and july on going!!!

this part has been longer .. not only because it wasn't prepared before.. my holidays in the beach had finished.. then there was a little stop ...

but here are the blocs.. Ohhh Just now I've seen there is something missing ... some legs ... will be done just after to finish the post ....

and I was also preparing the July appliqué, my work in progress now ..  

Hope you like my progress.. when july will be finish..... then August ... and  .. and ... 

Thanks to all!!!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Part 5

Finally the blocks for June are done. 
My ladybugs have got a personal twist, but I think that's okay :-)
The next weeks seem to be busy. I know there will not  be much time to give the quilt priority, but I hope at least to make progress.
Have a wonderful weekend all of you!

August-Part 7

Hello my friends.
First border and Diamond Applique.
I decided to use my Paisley print for all diamonds.

Quite pleased with this part.
Now to finish cutting 2" squares
ready for part 8.
Happy Stitching,

Friday, August 21, 2015

August Update

Today is August 20
Oops! Only 11 days left to sew
these 40 diamonds onto the center portion...
they are all pressed and just need the paper taken
out of them and then I can get started....I figure if
I sew 5 or more each night, I'll make it.   

 But first, I've got 
to finish this...shouldn't take more than an hour, right?

I'm glad I went with the pink background
pieces as suggested..I'm liking the way it looks...
and since my applique blocks are white, I think
this was a good choice.....now on with the show...
Mama Bear

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I'ts looking great!!!

I am excited at what my center is looking like.
I was concerned it wouldn't look right but its starting to come together nicely.

I have also added the next border for August and have started to add those squares on point.

Happy Stitching Dawn 

August is done!!

Hello girls.

I have completed my border for August.
Wow, this quilt is so much fun.
Loving using these Tilda fabrics.

Thanks girls.

Sandy N

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Well, well. .. made it ✔✔✔

Found out where I went wrong... center panel was smaller..  on the length..
OK I will have to learn to read instructions clearer .
Love my results
So I will be doing some different maths to work it out..
Now for the lots of 9 patches...on and atom I say ..
Big hugs to all ..
Diddles. .

Having Withdrawals...

I so miss Australia!  During our three week stay I stitched most of my centre block, after all the 30 hour jaunt made for good stitching time. Bah!
So enjoyed working on the centre block but maybe because I was on holidays?!  Or was it because of its beauty?!  Maybe both!
Here we go...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August sew

it is autumn,unfortunatly,but better to sew,are verry finished early this month,thank you for your comments  allways,

this round was first a bit difficult,i am not exactly,but it went verry well