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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

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Mark

At Queenstown Symposium  2011 -- the classes I took were all hand work. There was no way I was taking Fudge with me – she would have taken all my luggage allowance  not going to happen. So Fudge stayed at home –while Irene and I went to Queenstown for a whole week stitching stitching and more stitching!!!

The piece below is the last of my three class samples to be finished.

I have used a piece of old calico that I rusted several years ago. I found some of the rusted marks were in fact in the shape of a heart. So what better shape to use as my mark then a heart.

This wee quilt is my life. Hearts joined ,  new hearts added ,hearts broken,colours represent my family and are colours that played big time in my life. Blue for boy that’s easy.Red for Girl  red you ask  red rag to a Bull!more hearts later in life.It has taken me a while to finish this definitely  must be in the right frame of mind to work on this .Not a big quilt but one with feeling.

4 My Mark

The top has a Battenberg lace table centre as backing and then is set on a finished quilt  both these just happened to be something I had and were exactly the right size.

5 My Mark label

The label has been tea dyed  again by myself.

All the work on this top is hand work. Fudge sat waiting.

The quilt backing was made using Fudge

A special top for a special daughter.

Kiwi Jan and Fudge.

Janome challenge

On the Janome challenge forum one of our challenges was to use take your initials [ two] mine are JC,  find two fabrics whose names started with the same initials as your own  and make something using just those two fabrics. or use your initials and find a colour that started with them.

Would you believe almost every piece of fabric in my collection did not have a name. Find a colour that started with J!!!! C was easy Cream comes to mind.

OK lets go shopping and this is what I came up with.

Fabric for pin cushions J and C

I chose the black and white and the coloured stripes and decided to make a pin cushion. One can never have too many pin cushions ---can they!!

Pin cushion for Janome Challenge

These Janome challenges –are one every month and sometimes we have little ones in between . The challenge is to actually do these  we are not judged in any way but have to complete so many challenges each year to stay in the Forum.One learns such a lot when involved in these challenges.

again thanks for looking.

Kiwi Jan and Fudge.

i Pad case.

Yes at last I relented and want versus need won. I have a i Pad and love it but admit to using my laptop for some things like my blog.Mainly I guess because I am more confident on my laptop – the i Pad is very touchy haha!Of course I had to make a case for it and what better colour then green and again used Fudges Deco stitches as embellishment

First photos -- the back

011 iPad case back

Flap opened up

012 iPad case back opened up.

Next photo are the front with i Pad inside and case open

.013 iPad case front opened up.

Last photo is front of case closed

010 iPad case front 

Goes with my green accessory bag—s!!!so now what else have Fudge and I been making!!!

Check out it out

Thanks for looking at our stitching.

Kiwi Jan and Fudge.

Fudge and I have been busy.

Kia-ora or hello, as the title suggests Fudge and i have been busy sewing up a storm as the saying goes.Since finishing Kerri's and Alexa-Mays bag we have been away to a family wedding in Queenstown and had several visitors.In between i have kept Fudge busy with different projects and started a online free motion quilting class, more on that one much later.


for Christmas  made my daughter and daughter in law sets of place mats photo coming and my DIL asked me to make her a oven mitt to match. Sadly no fabric the same anywhere so with a little improvising  here is her oven mitt, the red strips represent the flower on the placemat.My DIL was delighted.



I have been working on a accessory bag one to keep chargers and batteries, and cords and all things that are required to help run these electronic gadgets we all love.

When going away I thought it would be great if they had their own bag. Took me a while to perfect the pattern one of my own and maybe it will become a good bag for a class at my local quilt club

014 Accessory bag Deco stitched front015 Accessory  bag Back

The first one I used Deco stitches on Fudge.[Janome 6500]016Accessory  bag 2 crazy pieced and deco stitched front017 Accessory bag 2 crazt pieced and Deco stitched

The next ones were for a Janome forum challenge using crazy pieced blocks and again embellishing with Deco stitches .I had to do a little improvising here again as my blocks were a little small –I added a piece across the top and bottom to make it big enough for this bag.

018 Accessory bag for Jann  front019 Accessory  bag for Jann back

These ones are for one of my stitching friends. Some time ago Jann stitched these scraps together and then had no idea what to do with it. I said I would make something out of it. Must admit it took me a wee while to think about what to make.

020 Accessory bag sample

this is the sample for a class hopefully and I made one the same fory friend in Florida. no its not pieced –super fabric which I quilted using a sparkly thread.

the bag has a shaped side, when looking at it sideways its rather like a waist line across the middle of the side.A little unusual but a good size for those electronic bits we have to take away orkeep in one place at home.

Enough on bags for now.

Who likes my Accessory bag?

Thanks for checking out my blog.

Kiwi Jan and Fudge.