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.....

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Progress

Ok, so it's not a finish or even any sewing, but I'm feeling like the end of the tunnel just got closer, July is cut out ready for today's sewing machine day, slipping in a bit of pleasure sewing with the work load. I even have a ziplock bag, filled with all the appliqué pieces, ready to stitch.... 

Dear Chooky, I may be claiming double letter status this month... Not promising, but I am motivated.

Forgot to post MAY

Whoops!  Forgot to post May's stitcheries.  Put  it on my "birdontheborder" blog instead.

I dropped my folder,  Oh no.. blocks everywhere and so I had to sort them out.

I decided not to use my initial but the name of the quilt on the monogrammed square.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Caught up

As promised from last post....drumroll please...here are my May AND June blocks!!! Yay. I'm also happy to say that I have started stitching July...BOOM! lol.

May blocks, favourite is bottom rhs bee/bug ;)

June blocks, favourite is top lhs branch with leaves ;)

Thankyou again to Chooky and Susan for the hard work they put into keeping us honest, and updated on each others work...I am extremely grateful!!!. Have a great week my stitch along friends...I'm looking forward to a wonderful weekend celebrating a gorgeous girls 21st birthday and catching up with Kate...send me warm vibes- it's going to be freezing!!!!! Xo Suze. 

One Day Late

I have finished June's only one day late and  it's my second post this month . Pretty good for me. 
Thanks Chooky for setting up the  SAL. It does make me stitch and I am amazed how much I am getting done. I am sure it would be still in the sewing cupboard if I was not doing the SAL.  
But you are right it is sometimes hard in the busy lives we all live and we do sometimes get behind.   Perhaps we all should realise how important  "me" time is.  I consider stitching as a little me time..especially when I am caught up.....  Good Luck with it every one ..happy stitching..


This is when I am glad I have already cut a heap  of 1 1/2 inch squares and saved  them in a cute little tin.

No cutting required.Yeah!!!


It's July, and I'm sorry to say that I haven't my June blocks done! I'm also sorry for being quiet for so long. I enjoy to read all the posts, but unfortunately I haven't comment. There are sooo many beautiful blocks which will become great quilts at the end.
Tomorrow the first summer guests will arrive, and I know the sewing machine will have a rest for a few weeks. But hopefully I will make progress in August.
Greetings from Oddbjørg

June Blocks...check me off Chooky-Susan!

Chooky, Susan and the SAL Gals...I am so sorry for not keeping up with the comments.  When June rolls around I go into survival mode as I am the Head Secretary at an Elementary school.  June is a'crazy' month at my school.  There is so much to do to close up the school year and prepare for re-opening in September.  But I did it!  I'm done now until the end of August.  I promise to be a better commenter.  I am coming to your beautiful Land Down Under!  We will be staying with my cousin in Wurtulla but traveling around to see Melany, Noosa, Fraser Island and at some point down to Brisbane.  We won't be renting a vehicle because I don't think I can drive on the wrong side of the road.  LOL  I sure hope we can meet up Susan.  
See you soon Australia!

Getting Ready

Yesterday, I tided some of the fabric I've been using on this project....I'm getting excited about putting the pieces together...
 This is what I'm planning to use for the peak a boo border
around the center section...it is a little deeper red than
shows here...

here are some possible backgrounds for the center blocks

And here are a lot of small pieces I can use for the patchwork
I will be happy to see the end to the applique portion of this project...
Getting excited...
Mama Bear
Bears at Home

Still here

Hi, everyone
I haven't done June blocks yet(so sorry), but I can finish them soon.
Thank you for encouraging me.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Up to date....finally and just in time!

After breaking my finger I was a little behind,
but I have finally got there in the nick of time.
April blocks completed
 May Blocks completed

June blocks completed

Sorry about the last photo, its quite late and
my camera doesn't like night time.
 I am loving the look of my blocks now....
The encouragement and inspiration from you all is amazing.
Hugs Dawn x x

May complete (tick)

Can I please have a M for may Chooky. 

I'm slowly catching up - June is prepped, so I may manage a double month if I'm lucky in July!

June blocks....

are just  about done.......just a finishing off a few bits.  Hopingto post a picture over the next few days!

I am really enjoying seeing everyone's finishes and it is always very inspiring to see the pictures filter through.

I am also enjoying doing this SAL, but  I have to say that the pressure is on, trying to get them done in time each month as there has been so many blocks to do along with the pre planning of colurs etc etc.

As you say we are all so busy, but I have to say for me, i spend any free time with needle and thread.  In fact I spend many of my lunch breaks escaping the office to go and stitch get my blocks done, so I can assure you, i havent given up, just trying to keep up. !!

July however may take a little longer  so I think I will struggle to get that one done in time, so feel I might  be running a little behind on that one.

Re blogging and comments, when I do get some free time, I do try and leave comments here and there.(that is when im not stitching) heheh!

Looking forward to seeing so many different quilts at the end. They all look so good thus far!

June Done and Dusted

As usual I have my blocks finished just in the nick of time.  

The plan was to do the machine applique and little patchwork panels on Sunday.  However, it was such a nice sunny and WARM day that I couldn't stay inside, so a mad rush last night and tonight.

I decided to make my leaves and acorn in autumn colours, as that is more appropriate for the season at the moment.

I've still been using tiny scraps for the applique.  The lady birds and floral heart were removed from Chooky's fabric scrap bin when we visited a few weeks ago - too small for her tub under the table.  They weren't even big enough for the tiny squares in the patchwork panel.

You can't have ladybirds without spots.  One fabric was ideal with a small print and I added some colonial knots on the other while I was stitching the head and legs.

The blue heart is another tiny triangular scrap from Nundle.

I love the way the patchwork circles have turned out.  Unfortunately, I have finally had to look further afield for fabrics, going to my stash.  I'm running out of suitable sized scraps to get enough variety of colour.

I had a couple of "Doh!" moments.  Early in the piece I was very organised and traced all the circles and squares onto the background fabrics ready to blanket stitch.  The only problem was that these two blocks don't get embroidered and the circles are smaller.  Fortunately, there is JUST enough fabric in the patchwork panel to make a 5 inch circle and hide my tracings.

Also, don't you hate it when you do this with Vlisofix!  Yep, fused to the front of the fabric.  More haste, less speed.

So, another month finished with two hours to spare.  Not only that, the whole border is now finished. I didn't think I would make it this time.  

I'm really looking forward to playing with the centre block next month.

Thanks for keeping me on my toes Chooky.  You know how much I appreciate the incentive to keep going.



Still here

Sorry haven't done June yet. Hope to do next week. Been away for 3 weeks and busy with EOFY work.

June is Done!

By the Skin of me teeth! I'm done ;)
I was dragging me bum a bit over the button hole, but it's all done now and onto month 7!

Mark me off please Chooky ;)
Lots of hugs to all, keep on stitching ladies!


Still Here

Just to let you know I am still here. Not much done on the stitch-along in the last month.  Have been sick and had a quick trip to the South Island.  In the last week have got back to sewing again, but now on night shift again.  Strangely enough I seem to start sewing when this arrives, so hopefully another post soon.

May & June

Was determined to get back on track with this one so I have plenty of time for the centre block.... great to be back on track.

I check in here often and have read all posts, love seeing all the quilts coming together!

My dog ate my homework!!

True!..she did!!.. but I got it back...
My glue pen didn't survive though!!….she munched the lid to bits!! :(

June finished…I know, one small square has a circle… but I seem to have a heap of hearts!!

I'm really enjoying seeing everyones blocks…we're over the hump and heading to the home stretch now!!  WhooHoo…or maybe the centre panel is the hump!!??
Cheers Lea

June.....done :-)

Yesterday I manage to finish my June blocks...
So now I'm ready to start on the big July block. 
That will be my summer job,yes we got summer her
at last. ;-)

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am still here and have mostly caught up!

I have had a little hiatis from blogging but Nature's Journey has always been on my mind.  It is so nice to see everyone's version of the pattern! I will comment this week and get caught up on everyone's progress.  I have completed the prep work for the applique and am now taking the time to applique...between training for marathons and getting as much of Canada's short summer as I can I take the quiet moments to applique. Yay for prep work!

Here are my parts 3, 4 and 5.  I am still playing with the stems.  For part 5 I am happy with them because I went back and mad the stems ON THE BIAS ;).

I like that the project is so portable!  I can't wait to put all these blocks together! Such fun! Happy Sewing everyone!

Yee Haaaa

I am very pleased to announce that after a weekend of slogging away I have my JUNE blocks finished.  What a relief to be up to date finally.

Golly July looks like a task - I had best not leave that to late in the month.

Hope you are all sewing away and enjoying the process.

Hugs - Fee xx

June is finished......

.....for me.
Happy Stitching,

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June blocks and the beginning of July

June blocks are done!

And July is ready to appliqué! I love how this turning out! Lori, Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Natures Journey Catchup

Hello to my stitchalong friends...a bit of an update for you all, and to keep Chookys whip away...lol!!

March blocks...

I'm getting better as I go along with this needle turn technique, or so I thought 'til I got to the points on the pieced block!!!
Loving this pear block :)
The next lot are the April blocks...the diamond star block was a challenge, my centre is not as tidy as I'd like!


Probably my favourite block so far... 

Have a lovely day!! Cool one here have had around 3" of rain this month everything is beautifully green and muddy!! Better than the red dust though :) Will update with next two months blocks this week...Cheers, Suze.

I`m in time.

Hello my friends.
I`m in time with my June blocks.:)
I had an accident earlier in the month
and wasn`t sure this post would get done.

I had sorted the applique and cut squares for the blocks
but not the 1 1/2"sqs for the circle blocks.
As I have damaged my back, standing for cutting
had been impossible. So pleased that I can do so now.
Still on my pain medication though.
Also no driving till the 17th July!!!
Happy Stitching,

I'm back!

Hi, girls! I'm back! Thank you, Susan, for inviting me! I couldn't stay without a Stitching along project by Annie Dawns and now I got the pattern! I stitched the January pattern and I decided to make a wallhanging like the one in the third photo, from Some kind of wonderfull... Now I'm on holiday far away from home... can't wait to return home to begin the quilt pattern!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Welcome Pepe!!!

We have a new recruit - so pop on over to visit Pepe and say hello.

Pepe emailed and said:

I'm Pepe from pepelovespatchwork,  I partecipate to three stitching along
 and I couldn't partecipate to the last because I've had a baby and I was so busy!
 But now I'm here if you want! I stitched the January stitch (published on my blog)
 and today arrived to me the Natures journey so I'm on the way if you want me to join you!!!!!
 Love Annie Downs so much!!!

Her January stitchery is here.
I think Pepe has a bit of catching up to do, but if enthusiasm counts she is well on her way.

Well, we'll, I get a big ✔✔✔

I have finished June... yeah yeah .. had lots of fun this month .
little squares
and bugs,
Cute flower and acorn ...
Oops just realized I forgot the bugs legs.. he he he is legless..
Hope you are all having fun stitching too...
Now for the BIG CENTRE.. do we really only have one month for this one.. ( just asking)
Big hugs stay warm and cosy,
Big hugs Diddles xxxx