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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
I have been stitching forever it seems and now do this just for pleasure,My DH and I are retired so I have lots of time for my hobbies--sewing Gardening and walking my dog. Have 4 grand-kids aged from 18 to 11 One lives in Australia and the others are very close to where we live. Hope to contribute more thru this blog. Kiwi Jan New Zealand

Friday, November 16, 2012

Xmas Runner and Mug Rugs

I have been happy sewing this week-- managing to finish several items that will go into my Xmas stash! When I have finished a project I put all fabric left over blocks or part blocks into a plastic bag-- They dont see the light of day for some time--one usually has had enough of THAT fabric by the time the project is finished---
This week was take out the basket with Christmas fabric as well as plastic bags of----'Going thru these bags brings back memories of articles made many moons ago-- and the fabrics are --new again-  One such piece was just the right size for a smalltable runner just had to add the end pieces quilt it and bind it -- had a few scraps left over so made the mug Rugs to match.

Then out came another plastic bag -- nice cream and greens odd windmill blocks  that needed to be used and a good sized peice of floral -- red and cream Pointsetters -I see more Mug Rugs for my Christmas stash
These Mug Rugs can be used either side which side do you like?
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Kiwi Jan

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hark the Herald Angels Sing-- UFO.

Today at the three J's meeting I finished off two UFO's--One is a block made for a Christmas Challenge at my quilting club--Pinestream Quilters  many many moons ago.
The challenge from memory was a Christmas hymn  --mine was Hark the Herald Angels Sing. This block is a mixture of handwork and machine work-- the Angels are hand stitched --buttonhole stitch and then outlined with Gold thread. Then a star machine stitched around the Angel.

I also had this little sample block a Christmas Star waiting to be made into something-- so added a border, a little machine stitching with Fudge , plksu the binding and here we have a Rug mug. Cute eh.A nice size for a coffee mug to sit on.
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Tuesdays -Angels finished

Today being Tuesday the three J's --[who by the way all have all sewing machines that begin with J!!!] all brought their Angels so there could be a three some photo.
Each Angel is very different and have definite personalities,
So out comes another UFO of J 's thank goodness she does not have two more to share!!
Will this one be finished in time to join the big display at Christmas??? Go J!!!
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Saturday, November 10, 2012


A miserable day here in Lower Hutt –NZ. [for anybody who wonders where Lower Hutt is]-    great for stitching!

I have  Purple Xmas ATC’s to make –[Artist Trading Cards] the collage is drying before any embellishments are added photos to come later--

Today effort with Fudge was to make 4 postcards—The theme is One of your favourite things—Well Christmas is a favourite of mine—many reasons –one being   the fabrics one can buy with Christmas as a theme— and sparkly thread  –  One of my rules when making ATC’s or postcards is to use scraps--- not to cut into a piece of fabric—These are all made from Scraps.

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I wonder what country they will end up in?

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Kiwi Jan and Fudge [my Janome 6500]

Friday, November 9, 2012


Tuesdays the three J’s meet for stitching—a week ago one of the J’s made us a challenge—two of them had made or partly made these Angels—I think this may have been a good few years ago—neither of them finished –and one of them actually had two—so guess who got the second one—the other J!!! Me!!

I also got to finish number one J’s Angel—just a few fiddly stitches to hold the wings in place—This is all done by hand –beautiful Stitching—number one J!!




Over this last few days I have been working on my Angel—I have to admit the face was done on the Angel I was given—just as well—Thanks number two J!!

My Angel is Purple Angel or Xmas Angel or maybe just Angel—and is a mixture of hand stitching and machine—No back view of mine –

Number two J has been woring on her Angel and I am sure it will be finished this week  so

The challenge is finished –   yeaaaaaaaaa!!

wonder what this Tuesday will have in store for the three J’s  !!


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Kiwi Jan and Fudge