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.....

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September - Done and Dusted - The Quilt Top is Finished

I made it!  The first time I have been able to keep up with a stitch-a-long all the way through. I'm loving seeing all the other versions.  So many girls have been able to meet the deadline, which is great.

At the beginning of the month I was very good, cutting some each day and then piecing them into two patches and nine patches.  My little fabric baskets came into their own.

Then I seemed to stagnate. I think I was worried that they wouldn’t fit.  After reading the pattern and realising that I had to trim the quilt after the previous border was attached, everything came together nicely. 

It was fun working out the placement.  Joey was a great help.  He’s not usually allowed anywhere near a quilt that is being worked on, but it was a little hard to do anything about it when the quilt was on the floor. He was very well behaved.

Here we are with the first border attached.

Next to trim down all the appliqué blocks.  Measure twice, cut once.  All good.  Here they are attached.  I was pleased that no two of the same blue background ended up next to each other.

Finally, last night I attached the final two borders. So, in what seems to be my usual style, the month’s progress was completed with one day to spare.

I’m really happy with how it has turned out.  It is much brighter than it thought it would be, as quite a few of the fabrics are fairly dark.

I’m also happy that then entire top is made from scraps and from my stash.  No fabric was bought.  Mind you, it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference in my fabric piles.

Now I have to give my friendly custom quilter a call to arrange to have it quilted.  The end is nigh.

Thanks so much to Chooky and Susan.  As I’ve said before, there is no way I would tackle a quilt with this much work without the threat of the whip and the camaraderie of all the other girls working away with me.

And finally, I must mention Anni.  Aren’t her designs just awesome.  We are so lucky to have her in our midst.



Sorry, I am still here.

I am still here. Because my inner check border is shorter than applique border, I need to sew all squares again. 

My Journey is nearly at it`s end !

Hello my friends.
My journey is nearly at it`s end but a few more days quilting yet!
So far:

Trying to get backing and wadding 
with top in place ready to pin!!
As you can see this little lady was helping,

A lot has been quilted but still a few hours to go.

I`m finding my back and shoulders can only take
small amounts of time on this.
Plus school holidays and family due to visit.
I`ll keep on with my progress and show as
soon as complete.
I`m disappointed not to have finished this month :(
Happy Stitching,

At Journey's End

Well nearly ... except for the quilting and binding but for now I am super happy with a finished top.

Sorry but I couldn't decide which photo layout I liked the best so went with all 3 ... I'm just that happy to have a top.

I can't thank Chooky enough for the opportunity to be part of this years' SAL and to Susan for being co whip cracker. In all the ups and downs of the drought, working off farm and general life, this has been the one thing that I could control. All mapped out with steps for each month ... great support and friendship with fellow SAL Gals and lovely comments cheering each other on.

Congratulations to our Champions and to those who have finished tops ... they are all amazing to look at and I love all the different colour combinations.

Fingers crossed that another SAL may commence with the new year. Knowing all to well how Mother Nature and other "stuff" can push you to your limits sometimes ... this journey has been a lovely oasis.

Thank you xx  ~  Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

I Made It!

I didn't expect to take to long to show you my finished top.  You know what happens to the best laid plans... they come unstuck when you catch the Devils own stinking cold.   Never mind..... I'm finally able to show you my Natures Journey.....

I have to say that signing up to stitch along with Chooky, Susan and all you girls was the best thing I've done in years.   What a difference it makes having a reason to keep up with the blocks of the month... fear of the lash is a great motivator!     I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be another SAL starting soon.    

OK... now I have to quilt it.   I'm thinking of hand quilting.  Never done it before but I really think this lovely project deserves yet more effort on my part.

Must dash.... I'm on retreat at the moment and computer time is restricted.  Thought you might like to see the sunset here on the Mull of Galloway last night.....

Have a lovely week... stitching Natures Journey

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Its a finish!!

Some amazing quilts out there!
Its been great to see everyones progress and without the deadlines of the SAL I'm sure my quilt would have ended up a UFO.

Well ..it still needs to be quilted… but here it is…the fairy floss version of Natures Journey..

Bring on the next SAL please Chooky and Susan…and thanks heaps for organising us all to make some fabulous quilts..thanks also to Annie for designing such a fun project.
Happy stitching everyone.

Lots of Little Squares.

I am getting there girls . I have all my squares and rectangles cut out for the entire quilt. I have all the diamonds pinned on and one and a half sides diamonds stitched on. So I had better hurry up and get sewing. Sorry Chooky didn't make the deadline...Yet  . 

 I am adding my pot(vase) last . I am not sure what colour I want yet.

Update for September

Well unfortunately I didn't get the large quota of sewing for the borders finished this month as I had hoped, but I am well on the way -
Three quarters of the nine patches completed and I will continue to work away on them on the weekend. Cheryl

Natures Journey Update

With the deadline looming I am sorry to say I won't be meeting it!

While in retreat recently I managed to get most of the centre block complete.

I have left the dragon fly and the butterfly. I won't be adding those little extras.

I am off to stitching tonight and have packed my NJ box. So tonight's plan is to
- cut the border
- trace and cut the diamonds and hopefully
- prepare the border for the diamonds.

I am not one for excuses but with work commitments and the uni course I haven't been able to balance time. I have taken a week off work in the hope that I can knock over the final essay for this course and then I can focus on NJ.

Well done to everyone as the progress is amazing.
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Still Making Progress

 Lots of stitching later....
Here is the result....
After I made this photo, I left for a road trip, a wedding
and a return trip home...
I am going to be busy this week but hopefully I'll be able to get
some sewing done on Wednesday...
I didn't trim my applique blocks as I made them, so
I have that to do before I can sew them together...
I like the way this is beginning to look...like
the colors...
Mama Bear

Monday, September 28, 2015

My progress so far........

Hi everyone, here I am at last to show you a couple of photos of my progress so far. Not sure if I will be able to have the top finished by the end of the month which is only 2 days away, but I will keep plugging away and hopefully it will be finished by next month.

I am really pleased to have finished my satin stitch stems on the centre block at last. The peeper is attached and the next border is almost there.
Love all the finished tops and completed quilts. Congratulations to those ladies. Everyone else is doing really well. Thank you Chooky and Susan for giving us the push we need to get the top over the finish line. See you next time............ Noela........

PS: Edited by Susan - it is hard to see in the picture - but Noela's satin stitch is beautiful. - Certainly worth the effort Noela.

Diamonds on the inside ...

I turn everything into a song .... So I'm behind and I thought I would just skip the diamonds .... 

But it really needs them .... 

Don't you think ? So I'm diamonding away for the next few days ....
Have got the next border ready to go ....
It won't be a September finish but it will defiantly be October !!!

Getting her dun

Well, a bit of good news first.
I finished the top except for the two the borders.
Yay for me!

Bad news is, I sprained my foot while motorbike riding yesterday, and it's my sewing foot too, so I won't be able to use the machine for at least a few weeks.
But that's ok. I'll just have to put my feet up and hand sew my butt off!
So, I need a tick for last month still, and we will postpone the next tick for a few weeks ;))

Hoping everyone is stitching up a storm and "gettin her dun"
Kel x


Reporting in!!

I have to say I am just loving all thenposts and the finished ones are fabulous.   They are all so different.  Sadly i dont have any updates on mine, but I will get back to it and I will get it finished.
I always feel very guilty when I see the results coming through.  I will get back to it soon and report in with a finished centre.