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........

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last minute December.....

Thank you Maria, whose latest post which reminded me to get myself busy and post my photo of December's block......

Happy New Year everyone!!

Made It !!

Just put the last few feather stitches onto my ginger bread person... sew my December Block is complete.....

Wishing you all A Very Happy , Healthy and Safe 2018

Hugz  Maria :)


Dezertsuz: December Block

Finished it today!

December - Susan Oh 2 Sew

Oops - almost the end of December and I haven't posted my December block - those two Quilt Police will be after me!!!   LOL

As I have mentioned before, this quilt will be for my eldest daughter and she had requested a few...well quite a few...design changes.   So the ginger bread man became a tree... I will add a star later.


I didn't stick to the "plan" when making this, so already had the bottom section of hearts and stars joined to the end pieces.  
In fact I haven't stuck to the plan at all as I have the house block started as well.
Since we were going to visit eldest daughter & husband (who live in Townsville) for Christmas this year - and it is the first time she has been away from Brisbane for Christmas, I joined the blocks I did have and took it with me so that she could enjoy it.

There is a lot to go and I need to unpick those seams - I did use a long stitch - but I'm happy with how it's coming along.
Certainly a commitment to have it finished well before Christmas 2018.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

December Tick

I've been enjoying some down time and finishing some stitching.

So happy to be keeping up with this beautiful project and looking forward to the next 2 blocks.

Monday, December 25, 2017


I'm posting my November and December blocks without patchwork for now just to show my progress. Embroidery on January and the center stars is progressing, I should be caught up by the end of January...

AKA Mama Bear

Friday, December 22, 2017

Susan: October Block

I'm not yet finished, but I have the stitching part ready!

  I actually have now sewn the large squares on each side of this, but don't have a picture yet.

Friday, December 15, 2017

December's block

This months block is the ginger bread man.....

December is a very busy month for many of us ......

Wishing you all a very wonderful Christmas season and thank you for participating in our stitchalong... Just think - next year we can all hang up our lovely new quiilts...

Hugz from Fiona


Above is my October block, I think...
and below after it was sewn to the
other two....
Now see, I have my snowmen
butted up to each other and one is sideways?
I've taken all that out and am doing it correctly...
also had to piece my background after cutting it too small
I used a nativity because I believe..
and wanted to include the true reason for 

And below is the Penny Rug I made for 
my May project, right? 
I made this as a gift
and it is already in its new home.

I have done the embroidery for 
November and December
and plan to finish the applique
Mama Bear (Sammie)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

November Finish

While sewing has taken a backseat in November, I did finish this block during the month but hadn't gotten around to sharing.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November - Susan Oh 2 Sew

Somehow I missed posting my November block - I have back dated the post so its about the right time.
Here it is - only a small design change this month.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

November Finish

My turn to post a finish! I had great fun making this block, and a hard time remembering to photograph it! Yes, you're right. It's backwards. Why break a winning streak?

  The vine was done with a lovely variegated Sassa Lynne Serendipity color that I've had since about 2008 or 9. The lettering is DMC perle 8 in turkey red 498.

Friday, November 24, 2017

November Blocks...

                                         My November Blocks are done

but still have to work on the sashings...  Need to find some matching fabrics..

Happy Stitching..
Hugz  Maria


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Singing Carols in November —

Well, would you believe it, it's not even the end of the month and I have something to share already?!
I see on my last post I said I'd share more photos of some of the joining up I've done --- whoops I'm a bit slow to get to that one --- maybe next post :-)
Happy stitches everyone,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Catching up

Just finished my October blocks. Now onto November. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Singing Carols - November

How is everyone getting along with their blocks?

I am wishing a lot that we had started earlier and that my quilt top would be ready for Christmas?  I wonder if you feel the same .... at least we have next year to look forward to it ...

I had a couple of days at a retreat this weekend and got my November block put together....

They really are very sweet pictures and I love the relatively simple blocks to hold them all together...

Happy Stitching everyone.....

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Dragging the chain this month but I have sewn a row together -

Decided on one wing instead of two

Sunday, November 5, 2017

October - Susan Oh 2 Sew

Ooops - I was early last month and very late for October!

Here is my October block - another re-design - based on the future recipient's request - apologies again Michelle.

It does look a bit bare - the reindeer will get an eye and the background will get quilted with some snowflakes and maybe some "landscape" detail.

Just as well my November block is well ahead!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October finish

A quick share before I turn into a pumpkin!!
I have finished October's block —
Gosh it's hard to believe we are over half way through this now (well, if we've kept up, that is!). I've done a bit more joining lately so once I've taken some more photos I can share those too - I'm so excited with how it's coming along!
Hope you're all enjoying this as much as I am ♥
Happy stitches,

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Susan: First Row

Hello, Everyone! I've missed you all the last week. My computer died and it took a week's mail to get another one. It's used and I almost thought I was going to have to send it back, but when I downloaded the latest iOS, it's been working fine. So, here's a pic! I finished the October block last week and couldn't upload to IG after they updated on Wednesday, so I hope they update again soon and fix that! I sewed the top row all together and I just love it!
I have beads to add, but will probably put those in after quilting.

Monday, October 23, 2017

October block....

Here is my little birdie with the envelope block.....

Very sweet...... I am enjoying the applique and piecing in each of these blocks....

Thats 5 out of 9 blocks done now ..... over half way to a quilt!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

October Done...

It's nice to have completed my October Blocks last night...

Happy Stitching.

Hugz  Maria :)


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

September Block

Just a tad late with September, but well underway on October's as well -


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.