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........

Monday, September 30, 2013

Final SAL completed.

Here is my completed needle book. 

I am very thankful to Chookyblue for letting me join in the SAL. I am happy to complete all months with no Ps recorded. 

Thank you. There have been some fantastic projects made this year. Well done everyone. 

September SAL Project

Hi all - finished .my  September project, the Anni Downs needlecase just in the knick of time. Have enjoyed the SAL thanks Chooky.

I chose to use the same fabrics I used in the sewing bag from last month instead of the small squares.

Cheryl

miserable........

Miserable.......
....pretty much sums up how I feel ("hayfever" is killing me) and also about finishing my SAL projects.......my attempts have been made with some progress but no finishes.......
Anyway I have a few posts to catch up on............looked but not yet commented and you have some lovely finishes........
i'll do a better post when I stop sneezing....also some of you are so close so we'll add a few weeks on to get some more finishes then I will sign off for the year.......
Keep stitching if you have not finished.....
Chookyblue...........
PS pass me another box of tissues.........

All completed

Thanks to Chookyblue and Susan for coordinating a great year of projects! I've finished my needle book, only need to sew the button and loop: tis a finish for me!!! Was my first stitchalong and although I cursed a few deadlines I completed all nine projects! Yay me!!
   
                                  


                                 

I'm lateeeee!!!!

Hi girls, I'm so late :-(
I think to end next week but unfortunately I'm not sure. I'm sorry Chookyblue and to all.
Hugs from Italy, Emanuela

Second pass for me please

 
 
Hi Guys... Sorry but I need to use my second pass... between retreats, birthdays and going over to Vanuatu... I didn't have time to even start... I still going to make it, and when I finish will post a photo.
 
Thanks
 
 
Sandyn

I didnt think I would make it....

but I most certainly did!


I decided (given the tight time frame) not to piece any of it but I am so happy with how it has turned out.

A huge thank you to Miss Chooky and her offsider Susan who without a lot of organisation and whip cracking I know I wouldnt have nearly as many projects completed.

De

Needlebook Finished.

Here are some photos of my Anni Downs needle book. All finished except for the button. In my button box, I have a collection of all sorts of buttons so it is hard to believe I can't find one the right colour or size for this. Will have to buy one when I next go to the shops.


Now to work on my August bag and hopefully finish that soon so I can clean my 2013 slate by having finished all the projects.
A BIG THANK YOU to Chooky and Susan for keeping us in check over the last few months. I have enjoyed being a part of this 2013 SAL.
Hugs Noela.

Post to come

I am travelling home today after a few days away. Will post my finish later this evening. 

Sorry

Sadly i must use my pass... things didn't happen the way i respect and the time run out and i just made a part of the embroidery .....

this was my frist SAL and i love to participate .
Thank you girls

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September (almost) Done

Due to lack of thread...grrrrr.....I can't complete my needle case but here it is in its current state...






I have ordered some silk of the colour I wanted, so hopefully, it will be close enough to the original and I can finish the heart and applique it on.

I didnt piece the front section - but I did do the middle of the back - forgot to photograph that - I'll do that when I get the heart done.


So, Miss Chookyblue, I know you can't sign me off for September - but I had good intentions.

Thanks to everyone who has joined in the 2013 SAL - it has been a lot of fun - I have made things I would never have made, learnt a lot and made e-friends from all over.  And I had even more fun cracking the whip...

A huge thankyou to Chookyblue, I love the fact that you do this and hope you can keep us going for another year/project....though I am more than happy to wait til at least mid December....too many things happening now....

                                                         Chookyblue, for you:






This stitchalong....

.... has been so much fun......
(well they all are but I did enjoy making the other smaller projects in the books)

I chose not to piece the fabric for the front and used some sewing themed fabric ....... 


the stitching is done in Cottage Garden Thread "Cranberry" .... 


... some felted blanket wool for the needle patch....


... I was delighted to find a perfect button which matched the fabric and just did a little plaited rope to wind round the button ....


.... thanks Chookyblue and all the encouragers on the blog.....

Righto, Gotta Go..... I'm going to miss sewing with you all...... 'till next time!
 

A little cheating !

As I won't be able to finish my last work in time, I show you the needle case I made for my friend Vanessa last year...
This is our last pattern !





As soon I'll have a new one I'll show it ! I promise !
Florence

Saturday, September 28, 2013

22 down, only 2 more to go!!

Yup, that's right Chooky!! I've just finished off my third ... second to last?!! ... Ah!!! I have two more blocks to go before they are all finished ('best friends' and 'chair')!! Yay!!!

Presenting .... da da-da DAH!!!! ... My 'sewing' block!!

Well now, it's almost 11pm, so I'm off to prep up my next block 😜 ... I'm aiming to have them all finished by the end of next week so I can spend the weekend putting it all together!!

A Gardener's Journal~~~~FINISHED





Hi Everyone, Dzintra here
doing a great big Happy Dance wooo hoooo
my Gardener's Journal quilt is finally finished
and I am soooo happy with it!!!

I remember a few months into starting this quilt I broke my arm which just put me back several months in everything and at one stage wondered if I would ever get it done!!!  I'll never take the use of 2 arms for granted again....

Thank you so much Chooky and Peg who are the inspiration for doing this
and also thank you to all the fellow stitchers out there for all the support and encouragement along the way in getting this quilt finally completed....
I have thoroughly enjoyed doing my Gardener's Journal and I will bring it up to Nundle next year to show it off.....

Till then.....Happy Stitching
'bye, Dzintra xoxo



Friday, September 27, 2013

Last Project

I enjoyed stitching this project.




Project Finished.

Sew nice to have completed my Sewing Case by Anni Down.as I am sew busy getting ready for our show.


045


041



This is the first year I have joined Chooky and ladies for the SAL.
I am pleased to have sewn the project each month.
Now I have some lovely bags, pincushions and needle case to show at our Hanging in October and nice gifts for Christmas.
Thank you Chooky and Susan for organising us all. Hope you have something for us to do again in 2014….

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Progress & Problems

I started the stitchery part of my needlecase a few weeks back...I decided to make it in the same colours as the Natalie Bird pincushion since I liked it so much...(even though at the beginning of the year I cut out another set of fabrics for this project....)

I wasn't sure I would have enough thread but I thought - "No worries - its still on the web site I can order more...", so I stitched away - and ran out of thread.  Tried a local supplier who were going to see if they could order it in for me....still waiting to hear from them so its not likely I will be purchasing from them...Ordered some from a Sydney supplier - who was away so couldn't send it til last Monday - it arrived on Wednesday...BUT it is totally different - to both my old skein and the image on the web site . . . .

Poop . . .now I'm stuck until I can find something that resembles the original lot.
I will make the needle case over the weekend, but for now it will have to be missing the front "heart" - 



You can see what I've stitched, the scraps from my sewing and the skein I received.

If any one has any Dinky Dyes 6 stranded cotton in a blend of dark purple, teal green and ochre - can you either let me know if it says #124 Freo - or something else in case I got the number wrong....or if you are prepared to sell it to me - let me know . . . .



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

slow progress........

Susan I am working away SLOWLY..........
Can't see any real progress yet.......
BUT I AM WORKING........
how about everyone else????
Chookyblue............

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

what's happening...........

Look out girls I am back on the job...........Susan has cracked the whip very well while looking after you..........gosh even I am scared of her............just got to find the "motivation" and all will be well...........
If you have completed all the projects each month you are a champion and if you have finished the SAL with any "p" passes you get a WELLDONE............
check out the sidebar I have updated.............
CONGRATS TO THE 

CHAMPIONS

Come on girls we need more champions.............it's not too late to go back and make a previous month either.........
........lets have a great finish............

I hope the silence is because you are very busy stitching.................
come on girls we can do it...............
Chookyblue...........

August finished!




I finished it! This bag has a bottom!!! :) Love that fabrics and I surely reserve this bag to my, for sewing tools. Love it!

P.S. Hay! Chooky! Hold on a moment! I'll sew the september one in few days! I'll do!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

There's still time . . .

to finish your Needle Case...8 days if you live in Australia

Come on girls . . .the last project . . .lets show Chookyblue what we can do!!!

Maybe this will help???

.


Extension or pass please

I love all the needle cases being created out there ...
Unfortunately mine is only in its early stages with no hope of being finished by the end of the month!.... is there such a thing as an extension Chooky?? (end Nov??)
It has been fun stitching with my stitch-a-long buddies and I have enjoyed the projects we have done...
Thank you to an amazing little Chooky who has kept us on track and pushed us along...
Are we doing it all again next year?... count me in!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

MY NEEDLE CASE


 The inside of my needle case. I have managed to put needles, tape measure, pen, scissors, pins and needle threader into my case so it can go with me anywhere and I have everything handy.


The outside of my needle case. I have duplicated the heart from the inside and added birds and flowers from my sewing case so it all matches. I also added an antique glass button for my closure and it once adorned my Grandmother`s blouse so good memories there as well. This will become my most used sewing holder as I really like it.
 I have enjoyed doing these projects as they have been quick and easy projects to finish as well as being practical and beautiful.
I hope we get to do some more projects next time.
 Bye for now Jude from judesstuff.

September done

Here is the last project from this year's SAL. All the projects have been ones that I have wanted to make so it has been a pleasure. Thank you to Chooky and her lovely helpers for organising and running this stitch-a-long. It is very motivating to see everyone's progress and has been fun seeing all the posts.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Greetings from Finland

Hei all my SAL -friends!

This shared year has been a wonderful experience. I have got many new ideas and I have got a lot of more courage to try them in practice. It would not had happened without you, my dear stitching friends!

The year would not have been this amazing without Chookyblue and Susan... hmm... and of course... not to forget their whip swing-effects ;o)


I'm so happy that our last project is Anni's sweet Needle Book. This was a second time, when I made it... the first one I sewed last Christmas, a present to my sewing friend.
This time I made it to myself;o)
Finally I had a chance to use that GORGEOUS button, bling-bling petals with a velvety center!!!

I used a velvet also inside the needle book, the white velvet heart. And maybe you will laugh to me now, but I did it again...HEXAGONS!... this time 1/2". The stitchery I did with hand-dyed cotton by Atalie, color Peridot. As in the first time I finished the needle book with the binding. I think it's quite nice way...

I hope so SO much that we will meet again in some other time... in other SAL. 
But I also understand that organizing these SALs is not an easy piecy!

I wish you all a creative, exciting and happy end of this year!!!
with hugs Satu

September Tick!

My set is complete with this months project! 

I always like to have a place for my scissors in my needle cases so I've turned the heart on the front into a scissor pocket. It has a clip inside to make sure they don't fall out. 
This has been so much fun this year stitching along with each months projects. Thank you so much Chooky for the inspiration and encouragement to complete a project every month. I'm over the moon with all the projects I've been able to finish. 
Teresa x

All done

What a great little project to finish off our 2013 Stitch-A-Long.  


This has been so much fun to make the projects each month.  Thank you so much Chookyblue and Susan for keeping us organised, on track and inspired to finish the fun litttle projects.  I have enjoyed making every one of them.