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........
Chookyblue........

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Flimsy!!

I suddenly realised I hadn't shown my flimsy top! Ta-da - here it is —
(Not the best photo sorry and the border looks wavey as there are door handles in the way!!)

Isn't it fun seeing them all come together - so many beautiful versions :-) 
Please keep sharing, even if you have got behind. We'd love to see your progress and have the chance to cheer you on.

Happy Stitches,
Raewyn.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lagging behind

As some of you know, I've been ill with shortness of breath and coughing for months.
Last week (Monday-Wednesday), I went on retreat with friends and carried the cottage block to applique and embroidery...alas, I forgot the matching thread for the cottage fabric thinking I could do the embroidery before the applique. I  did what I could. After returning on Wednesday I was admitted to the hospital with Pneumonia which we now realize I've had for at least 6 weeks.  Came home Sunday night, still recuperating, hoping to feel like stitching soon, I've brought it to my bed.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Top Complete

 When I joined the Sew Along for Michelle's " Holly Christmas Cottage " I had some Anni Downs "Under the Mistletoe "   fabric left in my stash which I wanted to use but nothing else matched for borders and background .  Sew my lovely friend Fiona  from Bubz Rugz offered to go shopping for me in her favorite shop "Quilter's Angel" 
After many TXTs and photos she purchased the fabrics which the fabulous ladies sent to me ....         

         Sew it is nice to have Michelle's " Holly Cottage  Cottage" top completed


A little different form Michelle's pattern but I love it...........

Big thanks to Fiona, Raewyn, Chooky and Susan for running another great SAL....

Happy Stitching

Hugz  Maria :)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It's a flimsy..... tada......

I'm really happy how pretty this quilt is.....

I used a set of Anni Downs fabrics for doing this cutest pattern of Michelles 


At least I have a feasible time frame to have it quilted by Christmas?????

It's ready and folded and has the binding too.... 



Hoping to see a few more blocks going on.... we are coming to the end of this Stitch-a-long.... of course that won't mean you can't still post up your blocks and quilts.  All it will mean is that I am no longer coordinating .... 

Keep going... a few blocks to do .....

Hugz from Fiona....

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March = Finished Top

With a change to my weekend plans, I found myself with some sewing time today.  This has been a beautiful project to work on ... thank you Michelle for sharing your lovely design with the quilting world ... love it!


Another thank you to Fiona and Raewyn for putting their hands up to lead the charge ... A pleasure to be part of this great, supportive group  😊 A windy day with frequent showers doesn't make for the best photography.

Susan-Dezertsuz: Progress on Cottage Block

I'm not quite finished, but here's my progress. I have the embroidery left to do, but the appliqué is finished.
 

Monday, March 5, 2018

A quilt finish.....


I had hoped not to have to put this post up just yet......

In early December Lyn contacted me to let me know that she was sadly going to pull out from the Stitch-a-long for health reasons.  She was a bit sad as she had bought the fabrics and particularly had wanted to make it for her family.

A few of us said we would make it happen....... so we did.  I am sorry I didn't open it up widely but Lyn wanted her privacy so she could concentrate her time with her family, and we needed to work to a tight deadline.  Thanks to Michelle and Raewyn for putting down all your other stitching and doing beautiful blocks.

We did make it... got it sent back to NZ,  Lyn received it last week and I heard from a friend she was thrilled with it.

I am very sad to say that Lyn passed away on Saturday......  I know several of you will have known her bloggily and through swaps..... I received a wonderful folder cover from her one year through the SSCS swap, which I treasure and use.

RIP Lyn - your quilt was made with love....  and I'm sure you will all agree that her choice of fabrics was just perfect... it looks wonderful.





Our love and condolences to her family and friends

Sunday, March 4, 2018

February + 2 Days

Now if February had 30 days like other months, I would have been on time ... here is my final block.


I so loved tending the garden around this sweet cottage. Inspired by finishing, I have joined this block with pudding and stocking blocks. I did then keep going while in the moment and joined the 3 strips into a top minus the final 2 borders.