Dear Jane
Far Flung Bee 2012

My current obsession.

This is my current obsession.

Do you ever have those projects you just can’t get out of your head? I’ve been day-dreaming about working on this project every day now; whittling away the hours at work until I can rush home and work on it again.


It started as three little stars I made because I wanted to sit down and “just sew something” in an afternoon – sit down and sew something from start to finish, just for the joy of getting it done and having something to show for it at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong – I do love a good slow-burn project! I’m doing the year-long Woodland Sampler cross stitch, I have not one but TWO Dear Janes I’m hand-piecing, and I’m also hand-piecing two Marcelle Medallion quilts! But sometimes you just want a satisfying ‘quick finish’. (Speaking of Dear Jane – the big star block is part of a block from that quilt. I love the D.J. book – it’s become my go-to resource for traditional block styles so I think even if you’re not going to attempt the whole quilt, it’s a great book to have just as a block resource!)



Each day I’ve been adding little bit by little bit to this quilted panel. Some days more than others, depending on how long I can steal away into my craft room. I’ve been sewing this quilt-as-you-go style following Oh Fransson’s tutorial (find it here) and it’s so addictive! For someone who plans things down to the last detail (I mean plans EVERYthing – I even glued down swatches of actual fabric in block order on a paper miniature quilt layout for both Dear Jane quilts just so I could be sure I liked the fabric choices for each block and how they worked together across the whole quilt…), doing this improv “bit here, bit there, slap it on and sew it down” style is quite freeing!


I think I’m going to turn this into a little zippered pouch to hold my Woodland Sampler cross stitch. I’ll be working on that each month of 2013 and I think it deserves something a little better than being carted around in a plastic bag!


Does anybody else spend longer working on a project pouch than they do on the actual project itself?!


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My name is Holly and I live in Australia. This is where I blog about the stuff I make (mostly quilts, stamps & plushies). Sometimes I also write about things that inspire me. Thanks for stopping by!
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