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Far Flung Bee 2012

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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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DUDQS3 received

There is something exciting about participating in a swap. The nervousness of making something for someone you (usually) haven’t met before. Will they like it? Is it their taste? And then the excited wait for your own package in the mail.

Recently I participated in the Down Under Doll Quilt Swap (round 3, hosted by the ever-lovely Quilted Tortoise this year) and boy did I get spoilt!

 

 

I can’t believe this quilt is really mine! It was made just for me by Cathy of Cabbage Quilts, and I feel very very spoilt. How amazing is it! It’s all of my favourite things in one mini quilt just for me – gorgeous linen, paper piecing, stars, greys and yellows, and mustard yellow binding. Eek!

Usually I hang my minis in my craft room, but this one is going to go in the lounge room so everyone can see it! Thank you so much for this perfect mini quilt, Cathy. I still can’t believe it’s mine!

And the best thing about the DUDQS – meeting fellow crafty Aussies!

 

(also how amazing is this backing fabric?! yes please!)

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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?

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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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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

green-yellow-orange

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

red-pink-purple

 

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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