far far away squared


I didn’t have enough willpower to resist ordering a fat quarter of each of the prints from Heather Ross’ Far Far Away line. They arrived the other day and they looked so great all together that I decided to make one of my favorite simple charm square quilts. Sometimes I just can’t resist a quilt made up of squares of all the fabric from one line (like here, with the Katie Jump Rope prints, or here with the MoMo Wonderland prints).

Boy was it hard to cut into these though! I looked at them for a long time, touched and rearranged them for a while and then took the plunge… I opted for 6″ squares, and I think I ended up doing 6 of each print to make the quilt large enough (it has to be large enough to cover me, as I’m definitely not giving this one up!)


I considered adding a solid border to make it a bit bigger, but I think I’m going to just leave it as it is. It will probably get a solid color for the backing – I’m leaning towards a corresponding purple, but I’ll have to wait for my order from Pink Chalk Fabrics to arrive to see what matches best (free shipping on orders over $50 this weekend – yay! …you know me and a deal!)


I think I’m really going to love it!ร‚ย  (ok, I already do!)

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38 Responses to far far away squared

  1. 1
    Terri says:

    Looks great! I like the charm square quilt top for favorite fabrics too. You could stare at it for hours, noticing different things. I am tempted to get some of this collection while it’s still out there. Nice quilt!

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    Jaime says:

    That line looks fabulous all together! I had resisted it so far but now I feel myself weakening. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thanks for this post, I was feeling a little guilty (just got e-mail outlining my splurge) of my second time around order on this line . . . I just had to have it. It is way to hard to show self-control with all the memorial weekend bargains and also it is Heather Ross fabric . . . Thanks for helping me justify my lack of willpower – your quilt as always is inspiring!

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    Very nice! I have yet to get any of this collection, very cheery!

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    Okay, I just ordered the fat quarter pack of this. Ashley, you are great for my inspiration, hard on my pocketbook. I already had some princess and the pea, but I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I had the whole line…

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    That came out great! The colors looks wonderful and the fabric is perfect.

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    Barb says:

    I think this is my favourite FFA quilt that I’ve seen in blog world so far…I love those fabrics and I like the big squares. It really showcases the fabric. Wish I could feel it..I bet it is so soft!

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    Terri says:

    It’s beautiful and your photos are excellent. They really show off your quilt very nicely. Lovely, lovely fabrics.

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    jenny, tn says:

    I LOVE squares…this is beautiful!!!

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    Shannon says:

    The colors are beautiful. I wouldn’t be able to part with this quilt, either. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    aimee says:

    Beautiful way to showcase the fabrics. I love it!

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    Amber says:

    It is absolutely beautiful…and it will be so soft too! I just ordered some more – in the blue and purple.

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    Amanda says:

    So pretty! I have this FQ collection and I am having a hard time even thinking about cutting into it.

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    Jabba says:

    So funny, I was daydreaming about what quilt with all Heather Ross fabric would look like. She’s my favourite, so I am already coveting your quilt of awesomeness! I like the frogs the best…

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    Lyn says:

    So Gorgeous!
    *yes, with a capital G* =D
    *hearts far far away*

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    Becca says:

    Sometimes squares are all you need! It’s beautiful!

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    Helen says:

    It looks great! I have some at home too but now I am in Tokyo and guess what – I saw Far far away in a store – totally in stock and cheaper! I will have to bring some back.

    I wanted to ask if you pre washed your fabric? Can you tell how much it will shrink? If you pre-washed, after the wash, are the ends terribly frayed? I hate that which makes me not want to pre-wash.


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    Rebecca says:

    Where are you getting all of this Far Far Away fabric? I fell in love with it when I saw your first quilt with it and now that you have a second, I am dying to get my hands on some!

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    Alissa says:

    WOW! That is one stunning quilt! I love the squares.
    Now, to go and find of some FFA.

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    I already love it too!

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    leslie says:

    this is really beautiful…what fantastic prints

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    LOVE it. You’re right some time simplicity is the best solution, especially for such great fabrics.

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    Kate says:

    This looks really beautiful Ashley…no wonder you won’t be parting with it!

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    Theresa says:

    You girls in the US are so lucky to have access to this collection. Fingers crossed we get some in Australia soon. Thanks for the Heather Ross education Ashley. I am not a devotee, thanks to your lovely blog! I’ve just received my mermaids in the mail yesterday and still have them out for viewing (read as staring at their beauty!).

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    Theresa says:

    Oh dear, that was meant to say…now a devotee! Oh gosh, don’t misunderstand me!

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    Mary says:

    OMG, I just made something sooooo similar without ever seeing this! I love simple square patchwork. I only had the pink and orange colors though. This is very beautiful.

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    Julie says:

    Yum! I’m glad you posted again about Far Far Away, because I meant to ask you when I saw your last quilt with it รขโ‚ฌโ€ what are your thoughts about mixing the double gauze with regular quilting-weight cotton? Any pros and cons to share? Thanks!

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    mamie says:

    after reading a bit about the line here i went and ordered the half yard full set. i plan on making a big quilt for our bed and needed an idea for backing fabric. so glad i came by here and found your link. i might have to take the remainder and do up another just like yours. lovely stuff, isn’t it?

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    Jane Weston says:

    You sound so inspired by that fabric collection! It’s great when that happens. I bet you’ll be enjoying that quilt for ages…it really is pretty!

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    Angie says:

    Wow, another great quilt! I love the fabric too.

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    Ellen says:

    Where did you find the FQ packs? I am having a hard time finding any!

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    Jane says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love your squares in the quilt. I am making bags and cellphone holders for a sale table at our annual quilt show.

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    Melissa says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! I’m inspired and wondering if you can point me in the direction of a good online tutorial or other resource for a “simple charm quilt??”

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