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

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Well here I am.....finally.....uploading my first post on SAL - yay.  Finished are my one and only (at this point anyways) threadcatcher .....

 
 Kinda wishing I hadn't added the button now......but too late to change my mind......and I did use a decorative stitch - cute little daisies......they do add some pop to the lining.

 
Then came the shoebag - ladies, you need to know I am really not a blanket stitch professional/fan.....dislike immensley performing the task - so I cheated when it came to the flowers - they're held on by Heat n Bond and a running stitch.....where there is a will, theres a way.  My turned applique ended up a little wonky as I often have these moments where I think "Nah - I don't have to do it like the pattern says".....(regularly regret those thoughts once I head off on my own little tangent).....it really did need the freezer paper!!!

 
But all in all - happy with the results!!!  And even happier I have 2 finishes prior to the end of January that are both for me!!!!!

 
And look what else - a start on February............

 
I have been involved with a wonderful group of ladies over the last few years (The Material Girls), where we meet once a month and stitch together.  This year I decided to take a sabbatical as a change in my work role has led to an increase in responsibility and workload - leaving me to be much less reliable to attend the monthly gatherings and meet the deadlines for gifting etc.  Joining you ladies in SAL is perfect - still have accountability, (Annies Dreaming can often be more Annies Procrastinating),  definately receiving inspiration from the lovely finishes posted, and the items I now get to make I'll get to keep (or not, cos I do love making for others).  Thanks for hosting Chookyblue!
 
Oh, and did I mention - my lovely shoe bag now houses my socks.......I get to look at it every day!!!
 
xoxoxo

6 comments:

Fiona said...

both are lovely finishes Annie...
Hugz

Susan said...

Well done Annie - I think patterns are just guides - do what you like in whatever way you like - its the end result that matters the most in most cases!

Chookyblue...... said...

your shoe bag and thread catcher look great and I see a start on February......well done........

Chookyblue...... said...

oh and glad we are able to fill the void of your friends.........

Patty C. said...

Love your work ;)

Jan said...

Lovely fabrics, lovely result.