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........

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Double Finish

Happy day ... avoiding the whip 😉

I managed to pick up a DMC varigated that I hoped would work and am very happy with the result. June and July completed.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

No self whipping for me....

I think there is a special word for whipping oneself... but I'm not into that....

... so I thought I better get a move on...

 I had done my stocking applique before my holiday.....

and I started my pudding as soon as I could when I got back.....

... and did the piecing for them both at the same time....

I am loving the applique on these blocks ... and the piecing is nice and simple with the squares....

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July - Susan Oh 2 Sew

July is done - I've got the fabrics for the August block - need to do some tracing  . . . .

Really enjoying these blocks.
Thanks Fiona and Raewyn!!!

Catching up

I've found my stash and added the side panels to my blocks. I'm not having much luck with my cream backgrounds. This one has red streaks. I'll wash it once it's finished and see what happens. Otherwise I'll have to get creative!

Friday, July 7, 2017


Honey I'm home.......

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You guessed it... the whipcracker has got her whip out!!!! 

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This morning I went through the posts so far and updated the sidebar where your names are.....  M is for May (the little project if you wished), J for June and J for July.

You will notice some have j instead of J - this is code for those of you who have finished the applique but are choosing to do the piecing of squares at a later date - I feel it is still a finish but just noting the difference.

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There are a number who have not started and not posted at all...... are you still sewing along with us???  Please let Raewyn and/or me know.  It really is a lovely quilt

The blocks are not too hard don't take too long to do - the pieces are quite big for applique and the piecing is all squares....

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So what do you think of my outfits as whipcracker?  I'm wondering which suits me best .....

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Hoping to see a few more blocks soon - I may have to call in another whipcracker to help ...

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Righto, Gotto Go..... whips to weave, outfits to find.... 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Block...

Sew far I am keeping on top of the SAL blocks...
 It's fun choosing which fabrics to use on each one . I'm not sure how many fabrics I will have left sew will do the sashing at the end after all the blocks are complete....

Hugz  Maria

https//: maria-lifeontheblock.blogspot.com

June July Progress

Lucky I made a good headstart mid June because sewing time vanished for a bit with end of school term and busy with cattle work. Now with a couple "free" days up my sleeve (not counting general hose duties and end of year book work), I hope to make some good progress on both June and July blocks.

So far ...

Ready for applique and stitching ... so happy and really enjoying this project xx

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Behind but started....

Good morning.... and here we are in July... have you started your next block???? No pressure!!!

Well, I was on holiday in June - thank you Raewyn for all your whip cracking!  though it doesn't look like much was needed - so many wonderful blocks already - I have just been looking through them ....

Well done ...... I just love all the different colours of this quilt....

I went over to the UK - where I have lots of family including 2 of my 4 children and 5 of my 8 grandchildren - it was just lovely spending time with them and we visited a few beautiful places too.  Back again - delays in airports and a 1.30am arrival home but we are catching up on our sleep and I am busting to get back to my sewing.

I did my stocking before we left.... the block is not finished and I will get the piecing done this month done as well as the Pudding block.....

It's such fun..... I am so looking forward to having this quilt in my home....

Keep up the great work - I am inspired by you all...

A very late intro and a very late start :(

I have no reason, just an excuse...the 2016/17 school year is finally over...yesterday!  Yippee!  Today we celebrate Canada Day...Happy 150th Birthday for all the Canadians out there!
So this is my story, I cannot for the life of me decide what fabrics I want to use for this lovely quilt.  What a predicament to be in.  I'm pondering french general reds or Primitive Gathering blues... I'm sure Chookyblue is voting for the later and to be honest I'm leaning to the latter myself just because I have more in that stash and its always good to get 'brownie points' with Chooky.  LOL

Anyways, I'm Holly from Newmarket, Ontario.  I first met Michelle a couple of years ago when I came to visit your amazingly beautiful country Down Under.  Chookyblue and Susan set up a lunch date with me and unbeknownst to me they had over 20 ladies out that day. I will not try to remember all who came out as I am sure to leave one out and that just would not be nice of me. It was so overwhelmingly awesome!  Michelle came with her original Cottage Holly quilt and what an honor that was.  I am very excited to see how mine will turn out using only two colors of fabric.  Should be interesting.  I think blue would be nice as it represents the chilly days we have here in Canada.  Although red would be nice as it is a traditional Christmas color.  Oh the decisions we are faced with as quilters.  LOL  I had better decide quickly though, the clock is ticking and if THE WHIP is still long enough I'm going to be hurting. teehee!

Thank you to Fiona, Raewyn, Chookyblue and Susan for running this SAL once again.  I promise to behave.

All posts need a picture so I hope you don't mind me sharing this one with you although it has nothing to do with our SAL.  Lots of flying geese and hst's.  Phew eh?!  I was so happy with how accurately they all went together.
I made this not only to honor Canada's 150th birthday but also in honour of my late Father who was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for my friend who just retired from the RCMP, and for my 2 Aunts and 2 Uncles who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and for my best friends son who is currently in the Royal Canadian Army.  God Bless you all!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Late Introduction

Hi Ladies, posting a late intro here!

I am Joy from Days Filled with Joy,  an Aussie who lives in Saudi Arabia.

I've been here in Oz for the past two months, which has been great because I could order my book and be sure it arrived safely, rather than trusting the mail system over there.... it is now in my suitcase ready take back...

I was going to buy thevfabric here in Australia as well, but then decided I'd better buy it when I get back to Arabia because my suitcase is too heavy already :) So when I get back I'll go shopping and then post my fabric choice... I'll be behind, but hopefully I'll catch up soon.

I'm enjoying seeing all the blocks that have been made!

Susan: Also a Finish

I finished my block last week and forgot to post it! *face palm* Here it is:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Block One nearly done....

Here we are nearly at the end of the month - it's been great to see progress on the blocks so far - thank you to those who have shared, it's always inspiring to see how everyone tackles the block as well as the yummy fabric choices :-)
You'll think I'm pretty slack (as a SAL hostess) for sharing just a partial finish - my block doesn't yet have it's pieced squares added.

Some lovely fabrics that I have been waiting for have come into my local quiltshop - I'm going to use those for my quilt instead of these, which were bits and bobs from my scrap box. So I'll be starting over and probably turning this into a cute mini ... great for Christmas gifting I think!

Remember to keep sharing, everyone - and keep calm (and post anyway) if you get behind - this is a friendly encouraging place to be :-)
Happy Sewing!!

Christmas Stocking

Hello my friends.
Busy time at our house looking after a sick 
baby grandson.
So at last I had time to finish 
Christmas Stocking block. :)

I only made up the side blocks as still sorting fabrics 
for the squares.
Please with stocking block.
Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Taahdaah! Done, dusted and way over due!

I thoroughly enjoyed stitching along with you all. I believe I am not the only one trailing along. I encourage those of you who have yet to complete their quilt to stitch on. 
I did have mine done for a while but I seem to loose momentum with all of my quilts when it comes time to bind them.  But once I get going I can't wait to finish.  She is hanging nicely in my living room...I love it.  Thank you Chooky and Susan for your patience and gentle nudges. 🇨🇦


BTW, I didn't know if there was an instagram tag, so I used #hollycottagechristmas
Finally, I have something accomplished, though I'm not finished. First, here are some of my fabric choices:

  Am I going to be the only one who will do everything backwards?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June block finished

 This fabric didn't show up well in the below photo
so I made this to show it better...
I had bought a charm pack a few years back, can't
remember the brand but I have some fat quarters from
the same fabrics so that is what 
I'm using for the patchwork...I used a piece of
felt for the circle and left the stitching off the toe
and top as the fabric already had stars on it....
Looking at the pudding applique, I've decided 
to use some other stitchery from the book
for that block as Christmas pudding really
has no significance to our family....And I've
decided to do the candle mat as a gift so I'll be doing
that soon to count as my May project....
I'm enjoying seeing everyone's posts...
AKA Mama Bear

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Still Prepping

I started the month by gathering my fabrics ànd cutting the base blocks, sashings and borders.

I am using a "Winterberry" charm pack for the 4.5" squares and some 2.5" squares with the remaining squares and applique from my stash. Instead of red/green I've been wanting to work using blues in a Christmas quilt and found a lovely blue/gold for the sashings and have gone with a pale blue base fabric for the blocks.

Doing "scrappy" is something I struggle with and need to have some control over fabric placement ... so ... prep, prep, prep. All the 2.5" squares and 4.5" squares are cut and layed out ... ready for sewing.

I also need a bit more of the blue/gold for sashings. My apologies for not following the plan exactly but I will start on the stocking shortly .... promise.