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.....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February Blocks....

Sorry Chooky for being tardy with this post. I have all the blocks appliqued and one block stitched. The stitched block has a bleed of color in the purple section of the thread. I am going to wait until I do the March blocks to embroider these as I am trying to get my thread to set. A couple of dips in boiling water should do the trick. So I hope you can mark me off for this month. What a learning curve for me. I moved away from my regular method of applique, which is blanket stitch to doing needle turn on this little quilt. Whew! All those little pieces were a bugger to get down until I found a rhythm as I went along. I do hope I improve much more over the course of this quilt. I also changed a few things as I went. I made a five petal daisy instead of the funny little flower. Then I decided I had had enough of those tiny circles and used an extra hexagon and heart for the circles. There will be changes in this months blocks as well. I think it is ok to make the changes as it reflects what I like best. All in all this has been a great learning curve this past month. I promise to be on time this month and have them all ready for inspection soon. I have made a start with cutting out all the shapes and preparing the blocks for stitching them down. Any advice on needle turn with these tiny pieces would be much appreciated.

February done

Hi girls !
I've just finish my february's blocks, a bit late but done.
I already start the march's ones.
I chose beige colors for the backgrounds' fabrics and blue and red for the applique.
See u soon :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March complete ....

Loving this stitchalong sooo very much!!! March is complete....will be good and not start April......ohh who likes being good lol


February is complete.

I finished my February blocks on Friday... I even posted images on Instagram under the #NaturesJourney hashtag. But life gets busy and I diddn't manage to get onto the computer and post some pictures until now. Whoops!!!

I bought a few of the background fabrics, but the applique is all scrap fabrics.

In all honesty, I'm not a fan of blanket stitching, so I decided to stem stitch the circle blocks and back stitch the square blocks (the hexagon appliques).

I'll do better next month and have my post up on time. Really! ;-)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Being cheeky .......... March finished

I'm getting in early..........

Just in case I am a little naughty and struggle to post again this month I am getting in early, here is my March blocks completed.

I have never been this early in any SAL (hope it makes up for me being late Chooky).

I was so enjoying putting the blocks together I just had to keep on going.  How much fun I am having seeing the quilt come together.  I hope you like my colours, my kids arn't convinced, saying it is very different to what I normally do.

We have had bushfires burning in my suburb of Baldivis for the last month, unfortunately they have been deliberately lit.  It is so scary and they are burning too close to homes, schools and putting lifes at risk and putting  a stop to our main freeway system.  Monday's fire was too close to our home, lucky the forest has gone and we have vacant land.

Back to my studio to have fun.

Happy Stitching
xxx Meg xxx

Oooooops I didn't post ...... and now I'm late

Hi girls, I have had so much fun in February working on my SAL, I sooooo love it.  No excuse for being late, stitching was on time, bad blogger ooops!

I couldn't work out which fabric I preferred.   I started with a red colourway (as is my favourite colour to work with) using French General, I wasn't completely happy ......

and started again using a blue background, similar to the original and love it.

I am so enjoying needle turn and am really happy with my results.  I experimented using a long very thin needle and the results have been very rewarding.  This quilt is so addictive.

I hope you forgive me Chooky, promise to be up to date with blogging this month :))))))

Happy Stitching
xxx Meg xxx

Well, I Have My Pattern...

I usually do not order things from overseas if I don't have to.  First of all, I'm so impatient and I hate waiting.  In this case I decided I had to because the pattern was so new I couldn't find it in the states anywhere.  I waited and waited and checked the mailbox everyday and when that beloved envelope finally showed up from Australia I was so excited...that is until I opened it up and found this...

And although I love this book and think it is gorgeous, it was not what I was expecting.  I couldn't even post about it because I was just that disappointed.  I got right on the computer and reordered my Natures Journey.  I'm sure I put the wrong pattern in my cart the first time and they were so gracious to send my second pattern out right way.  You can imagine my elation when this arrived this week...

This is my progress for February...just getting the pattern here.  I'm heading to the sewing room to start cutting some fabric.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

February blocks

I have just recently received my patterns and am just making a start one February blocks. Hope to catch up soon! I am looking forward to this Stitch-a-Long!

Petawawa, Ontario. Canada


To start with - I had a great time yesterday evening!
And here's my February blocks all done.
Susan and Chooky - I promise I'll behave next month. Oh, that will be this month!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February blocks done.....

My apologies Chooky and Susan for my late post. Finished the last 2 blocks today. Have used a mixture of French General fabrics with a few odd pieces from my stash. I've really enjoyed fussy cutting the fabrics and stitching these although  in the future I will allow more time for that process. I have also chosen to use blanket stitch applique instead of needle turn.

 I've left the little circles out of the heart blocks for now as I may add  buttons to the centre but if not will add the circles later.
Congratulations on so many finishes and a big Thank you to Chooky and Susan for pushing us to finish.
See you next month

past 1/2 way............

ok come on girls............we need to get some more of you including me over the line...............
we all committed to the SAL so we need to stay on track............
getting behind in part 1 is not good............
Jan was optional but Feb isn't..........lets get stitching.......
just go back thru and look at what everyone has done for some inspiration...............
sidebar is updated.......
46 47 girls up to date........
Happy Stitching............

February stitching


The stitching was done but I hadn't taken the photo. I feel like I've been running the kids around all weekend and I have only just now had a chance to do my show and tell. The blocks are not trimmed yet so there are a few threads here and there. Now to keep up to date each month.

Lynda (bettsylyn)


Almost there

I'm not finished yet and won't be before midnight because I'm going out tonight. My plan was to sew all night and be finished before midnight. Well, that's life! I can almost hear the whip coming my way. You can see what year I sewed, so I will keep up better in the future.
Here's how far I've come, you'll get a completed photo tomorrow.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February completed.

Yay...cross me off Chooky and Susan!! Have enjoyed so far...even needle turn...and I have started on March ( trying to make it rain Chooky ;)  )

February blocks..my favourite is the red hearts.

January stitchery..on linen with brown/tan thread.
Have loved seeing all of my fellow stich-a-long friends work. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Suze.

February .... Tick

Phew that was close... Complete with 1 hour too spare :))

February Done and Dusted

After getting  my blanket stitch frames finished before we went to New Zealand at the beginning of the month nothing further was done till today.

Seeing as the appliqué pieces are so small I decided not only to use my stash but to dive into my scrap boxes.

I pulled out the pieces in the colours that suited and there were quite a few.  Some of them were quite small, just crumbs, but it was fun using the tiniest pieces that I could.

It was at about this stage that I had a visit from a certain whip cracker to check up on me. Fortunately I was working away.  It didn't matter that I was still in my jarmies and bed hair.  Just as well she is a tolerant friend.

I'd like to have used needleturn appliqué, but it was easier, if not that much quicker, to just use machine blanket stitch.

All finished by late this afternoon.

The basket block has a very special fabric in it.

I only had this tiny bit left, which is even tinier now. 


This fabric has a bit of a history.  My grandmother made a wagga/beadspread for my mum in the early 50s, which has a scrappy patchwork back.  There is some of this fabric in that quilt.  It probably dates from the 30s.  One of the very first pieces of patchwork I ever made was an English paper pieced coathanger cover, back in the early 80s.  I used this fabric in that, just a fabric I found in Mum's scrap bag, which then ended up in mine.  It is nice to see it being used over such a long period of time.

Now back to the grindstone to get on with March.


February completed

Tonight I finished stitching the year block for Februarys blocks.

I am loving how these look all together.

Thanks Chookyblue for hosting this stitch a long - tick me off the list please.

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February Done (Susan O2S)

...with only hours to spare...I had a big sewing marathon - I rarely just sit & sew all day unless I'm on retreat...but a deadline is a deadline so I did what I had to do - I sewed  and had the TV going...

a few variations and I have "optimistically" sewn 2015.
Hopefully the March blocks won't be a last minute scramble again... 

Uh oh..... deadline looming today!!!!!!!!

Phew - I can relax all finished

a few "dawnifications" along the way, but that is normal for me.

Almost ....

Almost finished the biggies ... Hopeful to finish the littlies by midnight :)) 
If not will be by tomorrow ....

Done it!!

Missed the whip with hours to spare!!
Having a retreat weekend at a winery!!  (just a little wine between stitches)....
Put in a big effort in the wee hours this morning..and wallah!!.... Feb finished!

Just a little setback....was that too much wine??

Cheers Lea

Making a start and cracking the whip.....

While I traced my shapes (making a start) I cracked the whip on my buddy...... She is going great really doesn't need me....but the pressure is on since it is the last day of the month..... Go girls.... Show us your progress even if your not finished...... 
Evelyne has a pass........

Friday, February 27, 2015

Made It!!

Here it is the end of February and I made it! 
The blocks are all finished  -  ironing  and trimming them to size will happen later tonight.......

 I have done a little needleturn applique before and decided to use this method for the NJ quilt - my journey through this quilt I think will be perfecting the method - a few squared off hearts here - oops! 
Am enjoying seeing all the finished blocks... keep up the good work.

Happy Stitching!

Feb done!

Finished a few days ago and forgot to post!!! Here are the little ones all done, so that makes a good start for the year! (I already posted the bigger ones earlier in the month.)

I am loving all the different colors and fabrics that everyone is using! March here we come!!!


Yay...made it with a day to spare :)

Looking at all of the lovely work coming through gave me the mojo to get stuck into the last couple of blocks and the threat of chooky's whip looming also helped.

Here are my completed Feb blocks

congratulations to everyone on their finishes for this month, hope I can keep on track (fingers crossed)

I've Made a Start

I have finally made a start on my journey to finish this beautiful quilt. I am trying to decide  whether to  blanket stitch or needle turn.   I am not very good at needle turn....  Anyway I have cut out most of the first stage....I know I won't make the end of the month target but maybe by next Friday it will be done. Life just gets in the way of what you want to do sometimes.

I found the bobbin  donut the perfect 5 inch circle..  I just one the work everyone has been doing.  Its storming here right now, hope it rains..a lot of thunder and lightning.  good night all....

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Here's look'in at you Chookyblue!

I'm over the finish line with 2 days to spare........

So you can stop waving that whip at me Miss Chook.... I'm a good girl I am (sometimes).

Now that I've got the bit between my teeth I can't wait for the next block to arrive from Aus.  Would you believe I'm actually considering making TWO Natures Journeys.   Nope... I haven't lost my marbles I'm just blown away by all the lovely blocks and fabric choices you girls are making and I'm getting overexcited.    Will someone talk me down from the ledge here.......:o)

OK... happy danced around the garden punching the air three times already.    I figure  that's enough aerobic exercise for one day.... back to my needle and thread then.....

Hope you girls are all as happy as I am today....

See ya soon......
Josie  xxx  

Nearly there...

before I get a spanking I had better comment on where I am up to,
I have done everything except the small circle's in the centre's and will post a pic of the finished blocks hopefully before the clock strike's midnight :)

I think I can, I think I can...

Sorry to say I am not finished...hope to be by Saturday Midnight (and that's local time Chookyblue).

But some progress... I have realised that all my small squares have a square border and some should be round, so I will just swap them with blocks in the right month later on...

So, even if you are not finished like me - jut put up a short post and let us know you are working on it...otherwise Whip Cracker #1 will be on your case.....just sayin' . . .

Will I do the 2015...or 201 and leave a gap??