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........

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Finish

Wow...even shocked myself that I have October block done. It helped that I had the perfect Christmas Postcard fabric and could fussy cut a card. A quick stitch Sunday night and ...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Been on Retreat

Nothing like a few days away on retreat to catch up on a stitch a long. 
I still have to do some embroidery on a couple of the blocks. 

This is a beautiful quilt to work on. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Susan- Dezertsuz: On the Last Day of September ...

I finished my Holly Cottage Christmas block!

  Here it is with the other blocks - can you see my mistake, other than doing everything backwards on each block? If not, I'm not telling you!

  And sewn together with the corner block:


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Made It !!!!

Put the finally stitches in my Blocks for Sept this morning.....

Now I hope to make a start on next months and not have to rush to finish..

Happy Stitching
Hugz  Maria :)


Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Block

I finished up September's block today....As you can see, I've done the heart and stars instead of the one with the three stars...I don't think it really matters as they're the same size....

 I have the smaller star and heart blocks ready to applique so I'll take them on my upcoming trip....I've decided to copy Susan and do a nativity instead of the post block...it won't have very much embroidery so I should have that one finished before the end of October..
Happy Stitching,
Mama Bear

Monday, September 25, 2017

August Block

My August block is done - more work in this block than you would think.  September's almost done - so back soon. Cheryl

Sunday, September 17, 2017

August September Caught Up

Happy to be on a roll ... I have managed to catch up with my blocks in good time.



So far...

Loving this project and all the beautiful blocks being shared on the blog, thank you.



I need more weekend…..!!!!

Friday, September 15, 2017


I have been working away at the appliqué. Some still  need the embroidery done and some are for future months. I prepped all the smaller appliques at the same time and have been stitching them as time permits.  I have a few more appliqué blocks to prep before I start cutting squares from the left over fabrics. My plan is to complete the blocks to date over the next few weeks. 
Initially I was not sure how my fabrics would look but now I have some done I am very pleased with them. The starter for me was a pack of 5 fabrics I won last Christmas. 

September Stars and Hearts....

This months block is sweet with it's extra block of stars at the top and the little hearts and holly underneath.....  Family and Friends

I'm enjoying seeing the blocks together on my display wall.....

So great seeing the different versions of this quilt - lovely work from everyone....

Hugz from Fiona

Thursday, September 14, 2017

August blocks

Suddenly we are half way through September!
So here are my August blocks —
As you can see I had a major fail with doing feather stitch on the gingerbread man and opted for some chain stitch instead!
I've made a good little start on this month's blocks so maybe I'll have it completed to share This Month :-)
Happy sewing everyone

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Progress August September

Last Sunday/Monday I managed to complete the machine applique on both blocks.

Now I can trace the stitchery parts ready for those mini moments when I can stitch.

I have a new block keeper.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Catching Up

I'm all caught up (I don't think that is very good grammar) but am happy they are complete. Lots of family issues at the moment with mum moving into aged care and not settling. It's nice to have something else to concentrate on.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Susan: August Block Finished

I finally got the last of the embroidery done, and the blocks sewn together, yesterday. I did, in fact, do most of the remaining stitching on my road trip. Fiona, you asked about the trip. I went about 205 miles south of me, to Atlanta, Georgia, (which is going to have lots more of the wind and rain from Hurricane Irma than I will get!) for a special purpose, and didn't get to play in the local quilt shop in Marietta, where we stayed, because the hours they were open interfered with why I was there. Still, I stitched! Yay, me! Now I'm not behind ... for at least a few weeks. LOL

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September - Susan Oh 2 Sew

I know its early in the month - but I have a block to share - it IS my September block - it will go in the  middle of the top row - instead of the "Family/Hearts" block.

This quilt will be for my eldest daughter who likes to remember the reason for the season . . .so it had a bit of a re-design...like a few more of the blocks to come.

I hope everyone is enjoying their stitching - we would love to see some more posts...it doesn't matter if you are behind - just show us what you ahev done.  There are NO Quilt Police on this beat.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Just In Time

As you might have guessed, I didn't do anything on this quilt in July, but I have been busy stitching in August....
 This is the stitchery I did to replace the 
Pudding, so July's block is done.

 And here's August. I think I left one of the 
candy canes out.
 I realize it is most likely September in
Australia, but here in the U.S. it
is still August....In Alabama it is the 31st
at 3:30pm.
I have loved seeing what everyone is
doing and the colors and fabrics
being used...
I have been working on the Penny candle
mat and that will be my May 
project when it is done.....
AKA Mama Bear

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Susan (dezertsuz): Not Quite There

I have everything stitched down, but I still need to do the hand stitching and the squares around. Here's my picture as of tonight:

  Yep, backwards, and yes, I do know what causes that. LOL It'll be fine. I'm going on a two-day temple trip to Atlanta and plan to stitch on the 4 hours there and the 4 hours home. Maybe Thursday night in the motel, if I have any energy left, too. Might finish it, who knows!

Monday, August 28, 2017

August - Susan Oh 2 Sew

Here is my August block....no eyes on the gingerbread man yet - maybe some embroidery to add later.
I have changed the position where this one will sit in the quilt so the sashing blocks are the opposite to the pattern.

I hope everyone is enjoying their stitching.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

My progress




I am attempting to make to make two of these quilts designed by our very talented amazing Michelle….

One for each of my grandbabies families….

I do struggle with needle turn, so I am doing the good old buttonhole stitch…

Have a fab day….Peg

Monday, August 21, 2017

August .....

Hope August block is going well for you ......

Here is mine....

I'm loving these blocks..... and loving sewing along with you...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Aug Blocks done.....

Well I have completed the appliqueing and stitching on my blocks for Aug...

I still don't know what I am doing for sashings ????????    I'll make a few more blocks and then see...

Hugz  Maria :)


June July and August

June and July blocks were completed a couple of weeks ago.

I decided to piece all my blocks when I was doing these two as I had the time then.

August block was finished today .

Stitching Fun ..   De

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Susan: July Block

It was finished, but I was staying where I couldn't access wifi - first vacation in 7 years! So, here it is in all its glory.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

June and July Blocks

Loving everyone's blocks and all so different. Here are my June and July blocks.  Now for some reason I had it in my head July was the Gingerbread block, so will swap those around. Cheryl

Just the stitchery to do.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hello .....

 hello to you all....

So we are now at August, and our lovely block Christmas Blessings with a star and a heart aswell.

(I've just added the picture of the plan on the sidebar which hopefully makes it easier to see)

This block has a bit more applique than the ones we did before...

I have started by doing my star first and am now working on the heart....

Anyway - just popping in to remind you I am always watching and whipping!!

Righto, Gotto Go... that heart needs stitching!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Using Christmas Thread.

Hello my friends.
I have been unwell with flu the last few weeks.
No stitching at all till late yesterday :(
I decided after seeing Fiona`s Stocking block
to use a Christmas thread for wording.
One of my sister`s gave me 
Cottage Garden Thread : Mistletoe
as part of my gift last Christmas.
I thought it suited July`s block,
so I am using it in this quilt.
I will re stitch block one`s words to match.

I am so pleased with this block.
The stand and topping have gold thread which makes it sparkle.
I used DMC 3052 for tie and back stitching of holly.
The blanket stitch on holly is DMC 936. 
The pudding DMC 3047.
Heart DMC 816.
Berry 221.
I have cut out my applique pieces for next block.
I only need to work out what size my background piece is to be.
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My July finish in August

As one of those who is supposed to be cracking the whip, I thought I'd better get myself organised and post my finished July block.
How are the rest of you doing with your blocks? Now that it's August it's time to start thinking about the Blessings block - plus a star plus a heart!
Happy stitching :-)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Finally Success I Hope

Here I hope is my first completed block, if this works I will add my next one. For some reason I have made this simple act of posting extremely difficult.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2 Blocks bite the Dust

I am really enjoying making these blocks,
Cheers Shez xx