SAL 48: time on my hands…

I’ve made a good bit of progress this time.

I had to take a few breaks from things like quilting and joining blocks, and the embroidery was the perfect way to do that and get something useful done at the same time.

Here’s where were last time:

And here’s the latest progress.

There’s a mistake in there, but it’s minor and I’m not sufficiently worried about it to do any frogging. I’m simply going to adjust the design slightly to make it look ‘on purpose’ ūüôā

As always, the others in the group are working on fabulous projects which you can see by clicking on the links below. We’re in different time zones and post at different times on the same day, but if there’s nothing new there the first time you check, it’ll be well worth your while going back for a second look.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue,
Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret,
Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy,
Mary Margaret, Timothy

See you next time, on 16th July.


SAL 45: no excuses!

I’ve got a bit more done ūüôā

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 ūüôā 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 ‚Ästso 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:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue,
Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy,
Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine,
Wendy, Mary 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 ūüôā

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.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue,
Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy,
Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy,
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.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose,
Christina, Susan, Kathy,  Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,
Catherine, Wendy

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

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:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose,
Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda and

Until the next time, on 19th February…

SAL 27: a fresh start, a blue sampler

I made a selfish choice, and went with the piece I really wanted to make for myself.

I’ll definitely get back to ANZAC some time, but not when I have so many other balls in the air. One of¬†the embroidery¬†pieces I’ve been contemplating needs a lot of counting and planning and I still have to make a chart. So that’ll have to wait too. The other needs a major investment in a lot of skeins of different colours. This one ticked the boxes. No chart to create, no millions of colours, just two.

BlueSampler top left cornerWell, it’s another sampler. No big surprise there, since it’s common knowledge that I love them. Two colours, not one, gasp! It’ll be larger than the last one, by quite a margin, worked on 16 count Aida in dark navy and mid blue. What you’re seeing is the mid blue. Some fun borders, some nice lettering, a few flourishes. Some quite tiny stitches¬†‚Äst16 count, what was I thinking¬†‚Ästbut at least it keeps the thing a manageable size. This is¬†a small section of the top left¬†corner.

As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, even if they’re not posting progress today. Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you may need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up.

Avis at
Claire at
Gun at
Carole at
Wendy at
Lucy at
Cathy at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at

Welcome, Constanze, the newest member of our growing group! Jule is taking a well earned break but will be back.

See you next time…

SAL 25: Big letters

Travelling has meant a whole lot less sewing time this month, but I’ve managed a few stitches in spite of everything!

Here’s where I was last time:

Sampler 7 Feb

And here’s where I am now:

Sampler start of top left

For those of you who have been wondering how much bigger this little sampler is going to get, now you know! That’s the top border… So, still about 25%¬†to go.

As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, even if they’re not posting progress today. Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you¬†may¬†need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up.

Avis at
Claire at
Gun at
Carole at
Jule at
Wendy at
Lucy at
Cathy at
Jacqui at
Jess at