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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, August 24, 2014

Quilting again

I have finished my first handquilted Wholecloth. I wrote about it a few weeks back...I am very pleased with how it looks especially being my first one. I have called it 
Roses and Feathers, the designs are "Traditional North Country/ Durham designs and were arranged for me by Judy Leckie Australia. 
The edge is a knife edge finish again a first for me...I do like tis finish ..one does need to take time to achieve a good finish..
I have lots to learn ......
                         Roses and Feathers 

Some close up photos. 



Middle of side

I do think I shall do another Wholecloth love the North Country/ Durham style designs so will start researching these in my spare time.

Thanks for looking 

Friday, August 8, 2014

My corner

At night time while my DH watches TV I stitch..by hand, all sorts of stitching... Some red work , mending for my grand kids..handquilt...a very relaxing hobby...pastime...
Fudge my Janome 6500  is a daytime pursuit I don't use her at night, my sewing space is not user friendly in the cold days of winter or at night .
The chair is mine! I spent many hours finding this chair many years ago it's the right size for me exactly my feet touch the ground easy when I sit in it.the arms are the right height when I stitch.. 
Recently I had it recovered... 
Nobody else sits in my chair...it usually has some form of stitching around it..either on the floor or on the seat maybe that's why nobody else sits on it.
There is a quilt hanging over the back I had given to me a few years ago...the cushion has little red worked blocks from a while back, on the table is a pattern of the next top I wish to make using Fudge..in my hoop well that's another story.
My corner 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to Fudge and I

As you may have guessed I like making things.I was a dressmaker many moons ago..and made manymany  dresses, skirts , blouses, trousers, you name it I made it...now I make things I like to make not have to make.
My sister had a significant birthday this year and the family gave her a notebook with all attachments as a combined birthday present...naturally I had to make a bag type cover to keep it in. Margaret is a animal lover so what could be better then a pink laughing cat bag...
Here it is shut and below it's showing the notebook tucked away safe inside
 No it's not the notebook it's my iPad inside just trying it for size.
Of course the notebook would not sit on the table just how it was needed ..again to the rescue came Fudge and Kiwi Jan...
iPad notebook stands 
Of course my sister chose the one with the cats on...the other one went to live with my niece. 
Not the easiest to make but very useful.
Thanks for checking out my blog.