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Dear Jane patchwork pouch

close up of cross stitched x x x x's on the pouch handles

 

close up of the hand quilting on a patchwork pouch

 

I finally got to gift this today!

 

pouch made of linen and a patchwork star from the dear jane quilt

 

 

I finished it alllll the way back in November, but I hadn’t had a chance to catch up with the birthday girl until this weekend.

It’s a linen and patchwork pouch for her hand sewing, or her Dear Jane blocks, or make-up, or…. really, anything else! That’s the magic of pouches – they can hold anything your heart wants to keep cosy and safe), and the patchwork block itself is actually one of the DJ blocks. I used all my precious little favourite scraps and stash for this one. The Heather Ross Mendocino is probably my favourite ever(!) but Essie is totally octopus-worthy!

 

close up of patchwork star in dear jane pouch

The star is some frustrating fancy inset y-seam piecing, and the whole block itself (all the way out to the tip of the star points) is only probably 5 inches – teeny tiny!

I bound the inside seams with a rich plum satin ribbon. I kind of think that this adds a little touch – kind of like wearing nice underwear under your clothes, you know? Only you know it’s there, but it’s a little bit of secret luxury in your day!

 

dear jane pouch open to see inside at the satin binding

 

I accidentally fell in love with this pouch as I was making it. I have this mini-mini-mini quilt hanger that I bought at a craft show last year, and I think I might have to turn this little DJ block into a teeny-mini for myself to hang on that frame, too. And now I just want to make pretty pouches all day long! One for crochet projects on the go, one for the socks I’m eventually going to teach myself t knit, one for my make up, one for everything! Something I want to quietly work on in 2013 is making myself some more “functional patchwork”. You know – something that’s pretty, and handmade, and makes me smile every time I use it – and slowly, hopefully, I will be able to toss the plastic bags I cart all my projects around in, haha!

 

 

 

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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 :)

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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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