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........

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Still not completed........

It has taken me a few weeks to work out if I wanted to add the diamonds to this or do something else. I finally decided to add the red Ric Rac between the two borders and am now working on joining my 9 patch blocks to the sides, top and bottom. Sorry, it's not the best photo.
Have to do a bit of Xmas secret sewing before I finally get back to it.
Till next time...........

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hip hip hooray. .I have a topper.

Well.. with a lots of sewing undoing.. remeasuring. And a bit of adapting.. I have a beautiful topper.✔✔✔✔
I have thoroughly enjoyed this process. I started 3 months late ,got up to date, lost the plot.. he he
But I now am so so happy,
Blogging and seeing all the beautiful creations from one pattern ,AMAZING...
You all should be very proud of yourselves.
Thank you To MISS CHOOKY BLUE and her whipping assistant.. he he. For cracking us into sew sew sewing....
Now all I have to do is quilting...and put it all together...
Can not wait for next challenge. ..
I have learned so much and my sewing is all the better for it. And I have met so many beautiful new friends along the way .
Big hugs XXL......

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gardener's Journal - by Kris

Kris has finished her Gardeners Journal top - well it was finished in September and I have taken a while to post about it for her..

Pop over here to read her story and see some more pictures.

Well Done Kris!!!
(The blog header tells me this is a project from March 2010-2011)

Getting There!

Seen here - blowing in the wind - is my Nature's Journey quilt after spending some time on it this weekend!

Hope to do some stitching after work during the week and actually get the top at least finished by the end of this month! 

Will be back soon...
Happy Stitching 

Friday, October 23, 2015


a top is done !!!

I'm so happy to have finished it nearly in time…. what are 3 or 4 weeks in a lifetime !!! ;)
Now the quilting ! 
Not by me so we have to wait a little longer to have a complete quilt but I think the harder part is done !
I'm very happy to have made the journey with all of you, so inspiring !!


Thursday, October 22, 2015


I'm way behind!!!!
There's always something else to do.
On 2 october, I had surgery on my both knees.
While I was resting, I could choose the fabrics for
the applications. I prepared everything because
on the 13th I had surgery for a gastric bypass.
I did a part of the applications in hospital
before my surgery and the rest at home
while I was resting.

This is the result!!!
I'm slowly getting there.

Have a nice day,

Monday, October 19, 2015


Well, after a couple of weeks the momentum has returned! 
I cut all those little squares but then fell into a hole and Nature's Journey was no longer happening :( ..... but yesterday the sewing machine was out and humming away as I was on the "Journey" again.... a little way to go but there will be further updates later in the week!
And, how inspiring are those lovely finished tops (or quilts)!

Happy Stitiching

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Nearly there ....

One side down ... Three to go !!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

One my way ....yeah ..

Yeah . Got up early and sewed the needle turn blocks together and put them on.
So so happy . Love it ..
Love this view out my window..
Feeling blessed.
Big hugs to you all .. keep stitching the end is nigh ..
He he 😆😆 Diddles. Xx

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Having another go at posting.. it's was not working. Got my machine back from the doctors..
All good it feels much better and ready to get back to work .. he he
I have been working yesterday arvo.got the sides and top done..
Little pesty  squares today ...
I have also been to Fiji for a wedding 5 days ..beautiful did  to pick up a stitch . Did  not have time.
He he too many cocktail hours.. hic.
Loving all the photos and posts. You are amazing. . All of you . So talented..
Big hugs 
Diddle. 😆😆

Monday, October 12, 2015

I'm a Topper!

Finally, and just 11 days late...
I wish I could have finished on time...
but, alas, things get in the way...
here is the completed project...
I'll sew my other border, I'm adding and 
then quilt it before I post again....
Congratulations to all who have finished...
and the rest, like me, you'll get there...
just keep stitching...

Not the best photos, a lot to get in, but you can see
it's finally done....
Thanks to Chooky and Susan for all
the time you put into this SAL...can't
wait to see your finished quilts..
Mama Bear



… I have taken back my needles…
Vacations are not the best time to sew ! but I still enjoyed this special time !!
Little squares border is finally done !
Colors are not exactly like that…I hope more pictures soon !

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Nature's Journey - Quilt Top Done

I am so happy my quilt top is done!  I have put a full weekend in sewing to get it done. 

This is my first fully completed Anni Downs quilt. Thank you Chooky  and Susan I know it would not have been done unless I had deadlines to meet. 

It's also good to know you are not doing it on your own.  

I am not sure when it will be quilted soon..... I hope.

Thank you ladies I have enjoyed my journey with you all.  I think everyone has done beautiful work....so until next time enjoy your stitching. 

I will still be checking out the blog to see how you are all going.


I had to decide ion the colour for the  vase.. I left this until last. I began with red , then blue and finished with grey.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Nature's journey part 3

So slowly... so slowly! But I want to sew!!! Very difficult to find out time (returned to job, a baby one in my home, an adopted one next door just in front of his beloved aunt and last a new project on a second university degree... don't know how to find out time, only an hour a week!!!!), but so lovely this project!!!! <3 :)

Just Updating Progress

Finished the single 2" borders today and added two sides of the pink border..........I'll soon be a topper as Susan says but I think I'm going to add another border in red before I quilt it to make it just a little larger....I already have the fabric......I'll go back to a blue for the binding..

Mama Bear

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Not long now...

About to sew on the needleturn borders...almost...almost....there

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Still Working!

I am still working on Nature's Journey...today
I put in about 4 hours...as you see, I finished sewing
on the applique border and began to put together the 2
border....I had to go back to the cutting table as I didn't have
 enough of the color squares, didn't know it would take so many.
Its okay to do it in stages, though as having my head bent that way
tends to initiate the old vertigo...
I have two of the sides, sewn and ready to put on....
as I worked in assembly line fashion, I began to do some of
the pink border so won't be too far behind when I get to
I should get a couple of hours of sewing in tomorrow..
but must make a cake for a meeting on Thursday night...
so probably not 4 hours...the end is in sight...
now I'm thinking about backing...
Mama Bear

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Hello my friends.
I am smiling :)
My `Nature`s Journey` is finished.
I had to keep going as this was not to be a UFO.

I pegged my finished quilt to the side of the deck.
There was a bit of a breeze.
I am so pleased with the red and teal colours in this quilt.

Turned quilt around to show quilting at it`s best.
More machine quilting in this quilt than
my last so that shows my progress there. :)

I made a heart label as hearts in applique.
Thankyou to Chookyblue and Susan for SAL.
Thankyou Anni Downs for this delightful pattern.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, October 5, 2015

Keeping you Updated!

Well, I have fallen behind...but not too far.....
Under the watchful eye of Miss Dora......
..... I cut out the rest of the 2" squares on Friday night (FNWF night) ..... all the "blue" ones had been cut out earlier)..... here they are all stacked up.....
...so there is no excuse now not to start stitching them all together..... .. I could say the end is in sight! 

Congratulations to those that have finished their tops - or have even quilted them! I've so enjoyed seeing your lovely work!! ..... Very inspiring!

Happy Stitching

Saturday, October 3, 2015

In my hoop.....

I'm taking a little break from the Natures Journey SAL. I am on the last row of diamonds....hope to add the borders in the next few days....
For a change of pace tonight I've started to stitch for a Chrissy swap..... shhhh tis a secret swap.....

Friday, October 2, 2015

Quilting along.

Hello my friends.
Each day I am working on this quilt!
I thought I`d show how far on I am with my quilting.

I have machine cross hatched the centre and 
free motion quilted the applique circle and hexagon.
Then placed on my hoop for hand quilting
round applique.

Now I am back at the sewing machine.
This is the back showing the quilting.
The flowers and leaves are the checker board border.
A little reverse stitching needed 
but free motion a learning curve for me.

Next time I post the quilt will be complete.
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Deadline!!

Officially - the deadline is passed.
Technically, the deadline is for Australian Eastern Standard Time - so even if you are overseas you missed it!!!


The Whip crackers are not really that tough - just big softies both of us - 
so although I am whirling that whip - I will give you some lee-way.   

 (And also I kind of have to - since neither of us are finished...)

Tally time:

2 Champions
quilts finished, blogged and hopefully hanging somewhere for all to admire.

16 Toppers
A great effort by all - and especially those who have had those life things thrown at them, illness, injury, extra work, uni courses, house moving to name a few.

I hope all the "Still Going" group are able to find some time over the next month or so to finish off... there are another 12 ladies who have finished August so can't be too far behind.

Of course the blog will still be here - so I encourage you all to move onto the next step - quilting the top or getting to a finished top - hopefully before the mad Christmas rush.

Thanks to everyone who is actively participating - it is indeed the group motivation that keeps a lot of us on track - Deadlines can be powerful motivators.!

Missing Deadline

Today is September 30 here in the US....and I managed to get two sides of the applique border done...Whoops! I cut one of my small blocks too small and looks like I'll have to do that one over...looking ahead, I have no appointments the first few days of next week so I think I can finish the top by October 7 if not before so not too far behind schedule...
Mama Bear