Dear Jane

Far Flung Bee 2012


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Weekend snippits

tin full of chocolate biscuits

Eating chocolate biscuits.

Pile of packages

Packing up orders.

Pinning bias binding onto a circular mini quilt

Pin pin pin pin pinning bias binding.

rubber shavings in the shape of a heart with a carving tool above

Carving stamps (this might be one of my favourite photos I’ve taken of all time!)

bruschetta on a plate

Making weekend bruschetta (the best kind!) for Mama and Papa Cheese.

What did you get up to this weekend?


My first quilt.

Zig Zag quilt on a clothesline


This has been a long time coming, but man it was worth the wait! I am utterly in love with my quilt, and although it’s not perfect (I made the blocks way back in 2009 when I wasn’t as much as a stickler for accuracy or even a consistent seam allowance as I am now!), it’s all mine and I made it, and I love it.


Zig Zag quilt hanging on a clothesline


My favourite part is the backing. It’s wide wale corduroy and it’s super snuggly, and really lends a nice weight. I was nervous when buying it, because I had no idea whether corduroy was something you could use as a quilt back! But the lovely Leigh reassured me (thank you Leigh, and thank you ever-helpful and friendly IG community!) and I’m glad, because I think corduroy might be backing all of my quilts from now on!

 zig zag quilt on the front porch of a two storey house

(I live on a mountain, and it gets quite cold in winter, so I can’t wait to have a quilt for every room!)


Do you have to name a quilt? Is that an actual thing? I made this quilt “design” myself (even though I know it’s not exactly unique, and chevron quilts have been done to death!) so I think I’m gonna name it. I’m longing for warmer days, and eating gelati in the sun, and the citrus pastels of this quilt reminds me of summer so I’m going to name it Citron Chevron. Yeah!


zig zag quilt lying on a double bed


So, I’m in love! I’m already planning my next quilt (pow wow by cluck cluck sew) in the same lap-size, because I’m too chicken to try and shove a full bed size quilt through my sewing machine yet! I’m going to make it with my precious scrounged Mendocino, and loopy loop quilt it (like this quilt by Amber) because I love how much it makes her quilt crinkle (look at those crinkles!) I will admit mine didn’t come out as crinkly as I would have liked, but maybe next time I wash it it will crinkle some more?

I’d love to see some of your quilts, or favourite quilt patterns! Lay ‘em on me, people!


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!


Polaroid in progress

You guys, I seriously think this is one of my favourite things I’ve ever made – and I’m not even finished yet!

I love me some Heather Ross fabric and I’ve been hoarding a scrap pack since foreverrrr. The pieces aren’t really big enough to do much with (because who can afford giant pieces of OOP Heather Ross fabric!), but I finally figured out what I can do with it AND keep a memory of all my favourite HR prints.


fussy cutting templates made from cracker boxes

fussy cutting templates


Twenty 1.75" fussy cut squares of Heather Ross fabric


Heather Ross polaroid mini quilt in progress


I am so smitten! I just wish I could make a whole proper-sized quilt top of little HR polaroids – hello dream quilt!


My goals this week are:

  • to finish off this mini quilt (I need more of the brown (I used Konda earth) but luckily I have a quilt shop just down the road!)
  • baste and quilt my zigzag quilt
  • and start plodding along on my Dear Jane progress again. I miss my slow stitching!


I also have a couple of stamps I need to carve! Phew! Luckily it’s only Monday :)


Getting a head start

I’m sure most of you have heard of Instagram by now, but in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year…. It’s basically a smartphone app service that lets you take and edit and upload photos to share with the rest of the Instagram world. I really dig the ease of use, and the cute vintage filters, and more than that – I love all the craft happening around the world that I get to check in on throughout my day!

I’ve met some fantastic, inspiring, crafty women (and men!) on Instagram, and recently a few of us decided that we should start our own quilting bee! And so the Far Flung Bee (because we’re all scattered across the world) was born.

I decided for my blocks I would love some of Oh Fransson’s Mod Mosaic blocks, but the problem is – we don’t start until June and my patience just won’t last that long!

So despite my massive to-do list, I managed to crank out some “test blocks” (if I call them test blocks that justifies the time spent away from more important things, right? Right?!) over the last couple of days.


green-yellow-orange mod mosaic quilt block


I am proud to say I used ONLY scraps for these blocks! (well, except for the sashing). It feels good to use up all the little bits of fabric I’ve been hoarding.


red-pink-purple mod mosaic quilt block



While making these I did notice that most of my scraps are painfully tiny. I guess my paranoia about fabric wastage is not great for accumulating useable-sized scraps! Somehow I seemed to have bigger red-pink-purple scraps, so consequently that block was a LOT easier to make – and I think it looks better with the bigger scraps, too.


red-pink-purple and green-yellow-orange mod mosaic quilt blocks

It’s nearly June, and I’m so excited to get started! Is it June yet?!

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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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