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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, January 3, 2016

Christmas 2015

I like to make things especially at Christmas time...This year I made a few Tea Cosys for family.
So easy to make a and they help make ones kitchen look decorated as well as keeping the tea pot warm!! 

Of course they needed a mat to go with them.. These are made from scraps  so size depends on how big the scraps are ..the bigger one is a four cup tea pot and the smaller one is a two cup tea pot.. 
Of course now I have to make everyday ones ..... 

End of year 2015

Last year I concentrated on trying to use up my scraps.... Making several scrap quilts ..well more then several.. I enjoy using my scraps, one finds all sorts of favourite fabrics  some very small others a reasonable size...they bring back memories of quilts made thru the years. Here are a few I made towards the end of last year. 
    I think the yellow is the zing in this quilt 

Smaller sized blocks here so I added a border...

A border of green added to this one, theses blocks are bigger in size using only 9.

This is the one in my previous post 

And a couple of backs 

Using remaining larger pieces for a backing 

 And the last one not a backing another lap quilt . 

Waiting to be quilted...some I will handquilt using pearl cotton some I will machine quilt. 

Follow on from my scrap quilts

The follow on from the post about my scrap quilts. I selected the brownish colour scheme to work on 
But felt it needed some zing 

Using the floral in the center I added colours to tone or add the zing in felt it needed 

Strips and squares odd blocks all different sizes from my scraps 

I will use these as the focals for each block to ensure continuity in all the blocks 

Half way there 

I add the strips around the outside which ever way I feel looks best keeping them balanced  
They are trimmed when reaching a good size. I like to use 25 blocks up to 12 inches in size.
That gives you 5 rows of 4 blocks. A good lap size, in the photo below I used 5 by 5 and the blocks would have been around 10 inches 

Out of that bag of scraps I made two lap quits and one backing. 
They are currently waiting to be quilted...