{take flight} Dear Jane

{take flight} is a short series over the next week or two based around the brilliant amount of crafting I got done on our roadtrip.

Dear Jane,

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But then, that’s not surprising, I guess. One of the best parts of deciding to handstitch your quilt is the portability factor. A small box and I’m set. And so, I found myself pulling out a block I was working on – last April. That was humbling. A project I was so keen on, and I managed to ignore it for over a year. And all it really needed was four small leaves appliqued on, which I did, taking all of 10 minutes. No excuse but laziness for that, I’m afraid.

So then I cut the next block, and started piecing. I feel like I’ve found my groove now with the handstitching, and this little block came together quickly as we soaked up the sun at a little beach town called 1770 at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef. All but one seam got stitched, and that last one I finished yesterday, between loads of washing as the reality of life settled back upon us. I’m happy with this block, it’s neat and fits together. I interspersed it with some yarn crafting, and with the end of my current knitting project almost complete, I’m planning on a weekend of stitching to get another block or two done this week.

Slow and steady. More with the steady and less with the slow, else this quilt will never be finished.




  1. says

    April 2013 – thats not so bad :p

    They are looking so beautiful and neat – I say that not because Im shocked by your neatness; but because I dont know “neat” if I fall over it!

    • says

      Haha, thanks chicken! Now I have the hang of hand pricing they are doing better, I need to CFO back and fix a couple of the very-not-neat early ones, where the English paper piecing added too much width to the inside patchworking and left the borders wonky.

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