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, May 7, 2015

I Have a Catch Up Plan

I have a plan.  

I have blanket stitched the outsides of March and April and am now going to applique the centres on.

I will do this over two nights after I finish my night shifts (yep I am doing them....again so soon)

I have cut out and drawn circles and squares for the other months.

I will catch up.

The last couple of months have been stressful here.  I will not go into to much detail but sometimes the last thing I want to do is stitch sometimes, but crossing my fingers things get better here.

I thought this year was going to be a good year.....it still may be..... fingers crossed.  I will divulge into it more at a later date.

Sorry .. but not totally off

Dear friends,

I want to apology because I cannot sew so much since February, due to a personal problems.. that i don't want to explain so much..

It is not and excuse, .. but for me was a little bit the reality, I couldn't sew because my mind was quite blocked after to prepare the blanket stitchery for February blocks, sine then I've not sewed at all.. only a couple of weeks ago I prepared the appliqué for those blocks..

Now Stitchery of January is done,  February blocks are almost finished and I've started with the stitchery of March.

Hope soon I can take some picture to share with you my advance and I can say that I've sewed again.

I always want to tell you that I'm using the BOM from the Home patch .. and it will be the first time i will have the same fabrics as the original have also ..

So Sorry .. but definitively I want to be updated !!

See you soon

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Finished the blocks for May. Now starting the June blocks. I have a week sitting around a hospital next week (hip replacement for the MOTH) and a motel, so will hopefully finish Junes - so optimistic am I that I have started setting up July and taking with me also!!
Starting to enjoy doing this now. And loving seeing everyone's photos - such a varied lot of nature's Journey Quilts coming up!!

April Blocks

Here are April blocks. Just a little late because when I got them out to photograph I realised that I had left two leaves off. I am looking forward to the May blocks - I already have one done.

I love seeing everyone's versions.

Lynda (bettsylyn)


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Complete with a Glass of Red

A very cold night stitching with my Quilting Group, we had fun and giggles.

Came home to a a yummy late dinner cooked by my "husband" :)) it was soooo yummy.   I had to finish my last block and then May is finished. Yeah !!!  And a nice glass of red wine. 

Happy stitching all my blogging friends. So look forward to seeing all your workings, it's so inspiring. 

Hugs xxx

Catching up.

Almost caught up..March is done..April prepped ready to sew.
Shapes all cut out...hoping to be onto May by next week. Broken pinky finger kept me behind but now on the mend.

Happy sewing days

One off the late ones

As always (or nearly always) I'm behind schedule.  Our theatre production is over.  All the costumes are being dry cleaned and laundered ready for storage.  National swimming titles are but a dim memory and my biannual scrap book retreat is over.  This morning my prepped blocks for March came out and I've been stitching away.  I'll be doing some more this afternoon while waiting for my son to finish school.  Tomorrow is my Sewing Guild day so I should have 5 hours of uninterrupted sewing.  Enough time to complete March and get started on April. I'm mindful that May's BoM will be arriving soon.

Thanks for the inspiration - both from Chooky cracking the whip and seeing what others are doing.  I'm hoping to be organised enough to include some pictures tomorrow!


Monday, May 4, 2015

March is now finished - Aprils is started

So it's the 4th May and I've finished March's blocks
Sticking to my one block a night with a few nights out for meetings
My plan to catch up and finish Aprils and May's blocks
Before end of May is on target

Mark me off for March Chooky


Hi Girls,

A few days ago I posted my blocks for March
and April.
Yesterday I began and finished my May blocks.

And I couldn't stop....so I began the Juin blocks...

Only 2 blocks to go and juin is finished to!!!

Maybe....if I find the time this evening....

Have a nice day!!!

A is for April

Just a tad late but my blocks have gone from here (April 30)

 to finished.

Now I'm ready to start blanket stitching on my May blocks tonight.

Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

May blocks done!

Thought I would get organised and get Part 4 of Nature's journey done early!

Here they are !!

Only 3 little days late…

April blocks are finally done !!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mays blocks progress report

Just thought I would give you all an update on this months blocks.
The tulip blocks are my fave so far.

Enjoy your stitching ladies, I am!
Kel x


April done!

 April blocks done! Only 2 days late! Love seeing everyone's beautiful blocks! Lori, Leaskdale, ON Canada

April's post ...... just a tiny bit distracted

I am a little late, I think I had a tiny excuse ........ I got married on 11 April 2015.

I had a wonderful day, surrounded by wonderful friends and family, the weather was perfect and we had so much fun.

I was slightly distracted at getting my blocks completed, but as Chooky said "no excuses".  I am so enjoying this SAL - it's a challenge but is coming together beautiful.  I'm a little fussy, needle turn is not easy for me, I can see improvement for me each month. I'm loving my chosen fabrics, blue is out of my comfort zone.  Everyone seeing my work says it looks great. 

Loving seeing the SALs blogs, your work is totaling inspiring to me. I especially love the brighter fabrics. I'm so looking forward to putting the quilt together and seeing all finished quilts. 

Happy stitching
Hugs Meg 

Is it Too Early??.....

...for a progress shot of May??

Keep at it girtls - seeing great results from many of you...progress shots are encouraging for everyone else as well.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

YEP i've slipped behind.

Hopefully by the end of May I will be all caught up. Here is April progress minus a large block which seems to be missing in action, it is my half complete dragon fly....maybe it just flew off.




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to the 33 girls who have finished April..........
well done......
you are well on the way to have a completed quilt in the SAL timeframe............

We still have 8 ladies to finish February..........some of you I have not heard from and others I know are working away............
22 to finish March and 40 to finish April........
Not so good these stats...............come on girls I know you can do it...........
Some of you have posted progress..........if you have not done a post in April you better get a post up here fast.........we all want to see how your going.............it's part of being in the SAL that keeps us going.........seeing what everyone else is doing........
I read this quote in a newsletter this week........
I thought lots about this in many areas of my life........
It'll give you something to think about.......and not just in relation to the SAL......

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, etc…

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Particularly In the aftermath of the earthquakes in Nepal remember no matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.

1 day to late!!!

A few days I told you that I didn't finish March
and April.
But I felt the whip cracking.....and I got started!!!
Yesterday I finished March....

and today I finished April!!!

I've also sewn all blocks together, so I'm sure
that I don't use the same backgrounds
next to each other.

Now I'm sewing the blanket stitch from
all the blocks and then I'm starting
my May blocks.

For all the girls who are still stitching....

Have a nice day!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Day late!!

Well, I did finish the blocks, albeit a day late!
Now I'm finished, I'm going for it with this months blocks. 
I really liked Aprils appliqués. Love The lovely little bees :)

Keep it stitchy ladies!
Kel x


Chookyblue's update

I had to have a major resort before I started the rest of my April blocks...............
balancing out the colour especially since I am doing different colour circles.........
just got caught  with a few other things that had to happen............
but nearly  there........
It's been great to see where everyone is up to.........thankyou to those girls who are finished and great to hear from you even if your not finished it is nice to see your progress.........and if your not finished you pretty close so keep up the great work...........now onto May............I wonder who will be finished first this month...............maybe me...........lol..........

Nearly Finished....

Nearly finished, just a few more hours needed. 
I am doing a little update post as I have not posted recently due to recovering from surgery.
I cut out all my applique background block at the start of the project.  Plus I also cut out the templates for the embroidery in plastic.
I am matching the thread colour for the embroidery to the fabric background. 
I embroider all the blocks first before starting on the applique.  I was on track to complete Chooky's recent attack plan then I had a few hiccups again! 
Here in the UK the May Day bank holiday weekend starts tomorrow, which means a long weekend to catch up on my blocks.  

My April blocks

Well, I failed. I didn't honestly think I'd be able to finish them at all - but seeing as I am only missing two blocks, I'm still pretty pleased. I mean, I managed these without growing a third arm and with a (now) eight weeks old baby who is completely mommy-holic (rarely pleased if not located on or near me). So, I guess I won't receive an A next to my name yet, but hopefully soon. 

My favorite block this month? The dragonfly!

Here's to finishing the April blocks soon - and to a fresh try on May!

Happy stitching from
Tonje and Aurora.