SAL 45: no excuses!

I’ve got a bit more done 🙂

No cyclones to hold me up this time, but I haven’t got as far as I’d intended because of needing to finish the TWX quilt in time for the beginning of May.

Here’s the previous version, crumpled hoop mark and all…

And here’s the update. Not a lot, but not totally shameful either 🙂 And at least this time it’s pressed.

I’ll be taking this sampler away with me on holiday, and hopefully I’ll find time to put some stitches in it amongst all the other fun. Don’t you just love that little fan border at the bottom – so cute!  Next come three large square motifs in a row, each about the height of two rows of letters. I can’t decide whether to work left to right, right to left, or middle out. Well, you’ll see soon enough!

Do go and see what all the other SAL members are up to. There are some truly beautiful and amazing pieces being worked on. We’re all over the world so posting happens at different times. If you don’t see a SAL post the first time you look, it’ll be worth going back to check. Here are the links:

WendyMary Margaret, Timothy

See you next time, on 14th May.

SAL 44: It’s Debbie’s fault…

I didn’t have much of a chance to stitch recently.

A lack of electricity and lots of big scary wind and rain will do that. Big bad Tropical Cyclone Debbie paid us a visit, in case you don’t follow this blog regularly. Anyway, extremely good excuses over, here’s the stitching.

This is where I was before:

And this is where I am now. Apologies for the wrinkly fabric; having only just had electricity restored and with so much else to do, I couldn’t find time to press it. Getting the flood mud out of the house takes priority over embroidery projects right now 🙂

This new pattern will repeat across to the opposite border, and after that I start the larger blocks of stitching. Do take time to go and see what all the others  in the Stitch Along are working on, there’s some really beautiful work in progress. Remember we’re in all sorts of time zones and I’m one of the earlier ones, so if you’ve come here first, it might be an idea to wait a while before you visit the others.

Mary Margaret, Timothy

See you next time, on 23 April. Hopefully by that time, I’ll have been able to use my iron!


SAL 43: Time for something different

Here we are again, time to show what I’ve been stitching away at.

I took my embroidery away with me when I went on holiday recently, but due to have far too much of a good time, I got none at all done while I was away!  Since my return, I’ve managed to get the right hand border filled in down to the design either side of the Z. After this, there’ll be another decorative band, and then it’s time for the Big Stuff.

Here’s where I was before:

And here’s progress to date:

Do hop on over to everyone else’s posts and see what they’ve been up to; we’re all working on something different, and in different time zones, so if you don’t see anything new, try again later.

ChristinaSusan, Kathy MargaretCindyHelenStephLinda,
Catherine, Wendy

The next SAL post is due on 2 April. See you then 🙂

SAL 42: A line under the alphabet

I got the border under the letters finished!

Here’s where I was last time:


And here’s where I am now 🙂

letters-bottom-borderIt felt good to ‘draw a line’ under the letters, which I found slow going, especially at the end. Now, I can let go and enjoy myself with the borders, blocks and patterns which happen below the line, as it were.

Don’t forget to hop over and inspect progress on all the other SAL projects; links below. We’re all in different time zones, so if there’s nothing up yet, give it a few hours and try again

Catherine, Wendy

See you next time, on 12th March.


SAL 41: almost halfway

It’s that time again.

I’ve managed to keep a bit of momentum going this time, and my progress isn’t too shabby.

Here is where we were last time.


And here we are now.  Not huge progress, but respectable.

sampler-middle-borderDo nip over and see what the others are up to. We’re all working on something different, all at our own speed. And we’re in different time zones, being all over the world, so if you don’t see something new the first time, go back for another look. It’ll be worth your while:

ChristinaSusan, KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLinda and

Until the next time, on 19th February…

SAL 40: alphabet done!

Yes, I’ve finally had enough time to get all the letters finished.

Christmas gave me the time – and an excuse – to leave the sewing machine switched off, and all of my hand stitching projects got some serious attention.

Here’s where I was last time:


And here’s where I am now. Bit of a change, eh?


In case you’re wondering, this is just halfway through the piece. There’s the border you see started at the bottom left, then another one, and then a row of three large block motifs about the depth of the top three rows of letters, and finally, a narrow border under the whole lot.

As always, you should go and see what the other members of the Stitch Along are up to – it’s all different and all very beautiful, so head over there and be inspired!

ChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenSteph, Wendy, who is returning after some time off, and this month, two new members:
Linda and Catherine. Welcome, both of you!

If anyone would like to join in the Stitch Along, click through to Avis’ blog, and leave her a message or an email. She’ll explain how it works and what you need to do. It’s such a great way to progress stalled projects or get the impetus to start something new!

See you next time, on 29 January 🙂

SAL 39: more alphabet

It’s Stitch Along time again!

Here’s where I was last time:


And here’s where I am now:

alphabet-to-tEveryone in the group is working on something beautiful, so it’s worth your while hopping over to take a look. I’m one of the first to post, due to the time zone I live in, so you might want to wait a while till the others get their posts up. This time round, I’ve decided to condense things a bit with the links to the other members. The group is growing, and the list was getting rather long.

ChristinaSusanKathyMargaret, Cindy, Helen, and
Steph – our newest member. Welcome, Steph!

Next SAL is on the 8th of January. See you then.