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Far Flung Bee 2012

Works in Progress

I find I tend to only want to blog when I have something finished to show off, which I find amusing since some of my favourite blogs are ones where I feel totally immersed in the person’s whole creative process because they share their works in progress, their inspiration, as well as their finished projects.

So with that in mind…

I have started quilting my zig zag quilt, and although my quilting is rather *ahem* “rustic”, I’m really quite enjoying the process. I’m loving seeing all the wrinkles – and I haven’t even washed it yet! I’m loving having it heaped on my lap as I sew, and gently removing each pin, and imagining what it will be like to properly snuggle under it when I’m done.

I realise I’ve not shared it up on here yet, so I thought I would post some pictures I took along the process (from my Instagram – I would love to see you over in my little IG space! You can find me there as “twocheeseplease”)


pile of half square triangle blocks

half square triangles


rainbow zig zag quilt layout in a visual diary



rainbow zig zag quilt top pinned to the wall

nearly finished


zig zag quilt being basted

press-ganged my mum into the basting crew


zig zag quilt being quilted in a pfaff sewing machine

"just ram it all in there, she'll be right..."


The back is this lovely (but hard to describe) peachy, orangey, gelati shade of orange corduroy. I’ve never seen a quilt with corduroy as the backing, so I took a bit of a gamble when I bought it but so far I love the weight and fuzzy-wuzzy-ness it’s adding to the quilt! Definitely not a summer quilt, but hey I live in the mountains and as they say in Game of Thrones – Winter is coming! A few friends recommended spray basting and I’m sooo glad I followed their advice! I’m not having any fabric slippage, and it was very nice not to have to spend hours on my hands and knees putting in all those pins! (Although as Jacqui did warn me, the very edges didn’t stick so well so I pinned those down – thank you for the advice!)

The binding is a soft grey and white polka dot (much like the kei honeycombs but more within my budget, heh) which I think will go really well with the front – not sure about the back, but we’ll see! I’m hoping to be sitting on the couch sewing on the binding this weekend, eeep!


Thank you for sharing in my progress. This one is a special journey for me, as this is the making of my very first quilt! I can’t wait to show off some more pictures when it’s done, and washed, and dried, and warm and crinkly!


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