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#thisweekiam :: 48/52 :: finishing quilts & a recipe for a delicious dinner


Quilting :: all the quilts. A commission quilt. A QuiltCon entry. A next years new class quilt. A charity quilt… all. the. quilts

Quilting Quilt blocks to heal violence

Listening :: to the early morning calls of magpies and kookaburras.

Morning Time

Anticipating :: my trip to Melbourne this weekend to teach at Amitie – I’ve wanted to visit the store for so long and can’t wait to get there!

Harvesting :: the fruits of the biggest child’s labours

Harvest Greens

Eating :: Fresh salads, mangoes!!! and stone fruits. A few people on Instagram asked for the recipe for tonights dinner – salmon and super slaw (making guide after photo):

Salmon Super SlawRecipe Procrasticraft

Sprinkle the salmon fillet with some salt and pepper and bake in a 200C oven around eight minutes (120gms per piece) or cook on the BBQ. Honestly, this piece is a little overcooked, I prefer it slightly on the rare side but just cook it to your liking.

While the fish bakes, in a large mixing bowl, mix up half cup of kewpie mayonnaise, juice of a lime, salt, pepper and a clove of crushed garlic. Add
– a quarter white cabbage, finely sliced
– Lebanese cucumber cut into cubes (you can peel it if you are so inclined, I rarely am)
– half cup freshly shelled peas or frozen peas (if using frozen, lightly blanch them to defrost)
– one apple (granny smith or pink lady), matchstick sliced (it really is worth the effort to make it super fine, if it’s chunky, it just doesn’t work).
– one avocado, cubed
– half cup walnut pieces (can use almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, anything you like)
– you can add some fresh parsley leaves or other herbs, I just plain forgot tonight but parsley and mint is really yummy here.

Mix the salad very gently to scoop up all that dressing and coat all the bits but don’t be rough as the avocado will mush.

Serve. Eat. Feel virtuous for having a simple and delicious meal. Then sit and drink a full glass of Bailey’s on ice to counteract the smugness. You’re welcome!

So QuiltCon! I’m on my way, are you?

QuiltCon Because booking flights and accommodation wasn’t enough to convince me I was going, I need to pop a little button in this space to make it for reals!

And because registration is JUST TWO DAYS AWAY!!! I thought it was as good a time as any to remind myself of why it is I want to go again.

The people I met :: It’s the number one reason I’ll do this trip, meeting these incredible people who share this crazy quilty passion is worth every cent of the airfare.

Lauren Sew Modern Online and Me

Lauren and me with our crazy eyes

Leanne and the LAMQG gals Lauren, Jennifer and Em were by far the “best country music dancers” on the floor that Saturday night (at least the beer had us believing so). Then there was Jenn and Lauren who I had been playing in words with friends for such a long time, it was great to use real words and hear real voices – even if mine was shouting “squirrel” in Starbucks…


Anna Maria Horner and me in her “Composing a Quilt” class – total girl crush moment!

Classes with AWESOME tutors :: Even with the anticipated frenzy and the possibility of missing out on classes, I would go again (and again, and again). The classes I took were super fun and the lectures are inspiring, stimulating and thought provoking.

More people :: Class mates Lisa, AmandaCharlotte, Marianne, Ellen and all the others who contributed thoughts, ideas and fun to the time we spent learning from tutors who shared their knowledge.


Malka working her magic

Food (with people) :: Beer and Barbecue with Carolyn, Cheryl and her champion of a husband, he was such a trooper all weekend!


For the life of me I can’t remember the name of this place – all I know is it was THE BEST BARBECUE!!!

Volunteering :: This was by far the most rewarding aspect. I had the opportunity to assist in the hanging of the quilt show, work the MQG information stand in the show, assist on the registration desk and be a workshop assistant. So many good things came from volunteering, I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Food (without people) :: eating in a new country, city, suburb is my favourite way to discover a a place. I ate my breakfasts on my own in a different joint each day as a calm way of starting the day. Breakfast tacos in Austin? To. Die. For.

And have I mentioned people :: I can’t forget 80’s night dress up queens Felicity and Jaclyn. And bloggy and twitter and instagram mates who were just so lovely in person: EmHolly, Kim, Jen, Marci, Heather, GinaHeather, JacquieColleen, Amy, Catherine, Latifah, SusanneErin, Rossie and so, so many more.

So, back to the question that started this post. I’m going. Are you?

Faraway Fields :: A Finished Quilt


So I had a finish! Some of you will have seen this quilt on Instagram and Facebook – I’ve been rather slow to getting it here!

This quilt feels like one giant material representation of my online experience, a place I’ve made incredible connections to inspiring, funny, kind and generous people. I am in love with it for its symbolic nature as much as for its beauty.

So, it’s a bit of wordy story but I’ll try my best to stay on track. I began making this quilt in a Denyse Schmidt class at QuiltCon in February 2013. The same class in which I met dear Charlotte. We were volunteering and it being the last day of QuiltCon, some participants left early to catch flights home. Fortunately for us, we were able to make a few quick blocks. I left thinking I might have just enough to make a lap quilt if I was careful about how I joined them. I was clearly overly optimistic about how much I’d done that day!
Procrasticraft_Improv_DSWhen I got home and tried to piece the blocks together, I discovered a mini-quilt, maybe a baby size, was all I would get if I was to make a top from blocks alone. Given that’s all I had, I popped the blocks on the design wall and pondered the placement. For many months, I fiddled around with it almost every time I went into my sewing room but I just could not commit to stitching it up, something was missing. As we were about to move house, I posted a picture of my (lack of) progress on Instagram:


A photo posted by Jules McMahon (@procrasticraft) on

That proved to be a fortuitous move on my part. The ever inspiring Cheryl Arkison (have you seen her gorgeous book, A Month of Sundays) saw that photo. Cheryl is one of the lovely friends I have made online who I met in person at QuiltCon. She was also in the DS class and had grabbed a couple of orphan blocks at the end of the day and she was willing to share her leftovers! They arrived along with the most generous parcel and sweet words I think I’ve ever received. When I opened the box, I was super thrilled to see that Cheryl had made some of the blocks into inset circles (check out her Craftsy class to see how to do these, it’s pretty clever). So, those circle blocks up there came to me via Calgary.

As soon as I had those extra pieces, I knew exactly how to make the quilt. I pulled out my Essex linen, laid out a king size piece on the deck and literally threw the blocks and fabric scraps into the air to see where on the quilt they landed. Of course, some landed on top of each other and some were either too far apart or not far enough so I played around with placement just a little and then stitched them up.

The impetus to finish was the Modern Quilt Show held on 3 & 4 May. Thankfully, another gorgeous friend I’ve made online (who I also now see regularly in person) is an AMAZING long-armer and she agreed to getting this one done in record time for me. Heidi has done the most incredible job with the quilting on this. My photos simply can not do it justice, it is spectacular

In the end, I have a king size quilt for our bed in our new home. It is spectacularly large, the biggest quilt I’ve ever made and I’m so damn proud of it!


The Quilt
Blocks :: Scraps provided by Denyse Schmidt and Free Spirit, made by Julie McMahon with blocks contributed by Cheryl Arkison.
Background :: Essex Linen (purchased at QuiltCon from the lovely Tammy of Marmalade Fabrics who supplied me with a whole bolt to bring back to Oz)
Quilting :: quilted by the uber talented Heidi (Jeanette)
Binding :: Shot Cotton (from Addicted to Fabric)
The Name :: Started in Austin with fabrics from a studio in Connecticut (USA) and sewing time with a friend from London (England), blocks from Calgary (Canada), made in Canberra (Australia), quilted in Bombala (Australia) :: truly an effort from Faraway Fields.


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