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Dear Jane

Far Flung Bee 2012

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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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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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