First up, we have my first Giant Star Quilt. I didn't follow a pattern, its a supersized quilt block, even a numpty like me can handle that maths. It was for my mans parents. They help me out a lot when man's at sea - taking me here there and everywhere! So I wanted to give them something to say how much I appreciate them.
Its 64" square pre wash - I'd expect it to go to 60" square or so after its washed and all snugly and crinkled, but I was so keen to hand it over I didn't wash first. Its Rock n' Romance (and that lacy print is from Moda's Little Black Dress) with Sketch Charcoal, and Freespirit Plum solid for binding.
I quilted it the same way Katy did for her fabulous Indie Star. Have remembered now that I really don't like quilting... Machine. Too. Small. Table. Too. Small. Back ouchy... I used a guttterman variegated thread cos it was greys and purples and pinks and I thought that would fit nicely. And frankly cos I had it sitting there and I've never gotten into the whole buying thread specifically for one project extravagance yet... Best reason really!
Secondly we have the tumbler cushion! This was cut and destined to be a Christmas present. *sheepish* didn't quite make it on time... Still, I'm pleased that I still went ahead and made it and gave it anyway. It was for my favourite postie! Well, I've fessed up already about the whole shopping to have something to look forward to addiction. Naturally this gave me a fair bit of experience with posties and delivery people... One postie has always been awffy kind to me and so I wanted to make her something to say thank you.
Its 19" (was supposed to be 20" but then I couldn't find a 20" insert anywhere so I did reverse french seam for a binding effect to make it a bit smaller so I could get away with an 18" insert) its Domestic Bliss from Moda with co-ordinating solids on the back. The quilting is just 1/4" either side of every seam.
Just when I thought I was doing so well in my limited spend on fabric pledge, this happened.
My last purchase of 2012 and it's had to be my first purchase of 2013 too. The air was every shade from baby to navy I can tell you... Still. Aren't these just AWESOME? (you know you want them now... *evil cackle*) Rainbow.... Sparkles.... Dots....
Okay, okay, that's not all... I was gutted at having to spend again on fabric, so to cheer myself up a bit from that fiasco I got a couple of FQs of Quilt Blocks cos it was on sale for £1.90 each. I think that wee slip up should be allowed, don't you?! Less said about the couple of half price charm packs on the way the better eh.... I know... I need help.....
So what next? Am quietly, slowly, piecing a jeely roll quilt. Well, the whole #scrappytripalong was tempting, and there are so many of them out there that I love, but I just didn't want to. So I'm doing something similar but different, and I'm just using up a Just Wing It roll that's been around too long.
Oh, and there's a lovely bit of sweary stitching to cheer me up too. Gotta love a good F***. (albeit embroidered).