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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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Trying this out

Hi all I thought I had worked out how to use my iPad and add a photo from my iPad to my blog ...the first try did not work now trying something different. 
I have been making bits and bobs for gifts and here are some of them 

Just a sneak peek....now to send this to blogger.  
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Churn Dash

One of my favourite traditional blocks is Churn Dash, so with the fabric left over from the Turning Twenty what better then a small Churn Dash quilt.

I had several pieces of Fairy Frost in shades of cream which I felt showed the block up nice just enough for a small quilt.

Of we went Fudge and I stitch stich sew sew.. trim this join the rows together and whoop dee doo all done..add a border or two and its ready for quilting….well…..there was something about it that was not right…the pattern did not do for me what I wanted it to ….DSC01273

so i unpicked the rows and sashed them with a narrow brown sashing…much better…I am about half way thru the quilting…very traditional quilting outlining the cream pieces to make the Churn Dash stand out.


On two corners I have reversed the border and used the floral fabric I will embellish these corners when the quilting is finished.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Turning Twenty Quilts

Kia ora friends I have been asked to blog about my turning Twenty Quilts…I have so far made two.

A couple of years ago my quilting club..Pinestream Quilters from Upper Hutt had a club day and one of the classes was the Turning Twenty Quilt. This quilt required 20 fat quarters or in my case I used 16.

Off to Spotlight I went for the fabrics….great summer colours orange, teals ,green, blue ,Lemon ,brown, spots, stripes, florals, geometric patterns and believe it or not it only took me ten yes ten minutes to choose these fabrics.

The pattern and method was supplied to us on the day but if you use your favourite search engine you will find lots of info available on the net.

There is a lot of cutting required as each block has 11 pieces to it… once cut there is a special way of taking fabric from each different cut to make up a block…each block will have one piece of each  fabric used, different sizes and in a different place in the block.

The block is made up into 4 units then joined to make one large block..approx 16 x 16.

I made my quilt using 16 blocks.

When joining the blocks together each block is turned a different way the the one next to it…hence the name Turning Twenty…

I hand quilted mine using a big stitch and pearl Cotton in all sorts of different colours….I quilted half a block going up and dwon and the other half across..this gave a very nice textured look.

Now for the photo.DSC01429

showing top corner the peg is where the block joined to the next one


this is a very summery quilt just love the end result

My second Turning Twenty is quite different in colouring…more subtle  it has been quilted the same .big stitch using brown pearl cotton number 8.

as DSC01433I wanted that same textured look

and here is  part of the back showing off the label


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fudge and kiwi Jan

Jan Cotton