the very very lovely and talented Cathi sent me a big pile of her vintage fabric scraps...one girl's trash n all that...and i have been having copious amounts of fun with them.
i had a design brief for a magazine project (you know the one) that i thought my precious vintage fabrics would be just perfect for...you will see more of that in a couple of months and i am so pleased with how these pretty fabrics joined together to make heart-warming comforting items.
the big play though, in more ways than one, was the vintage giant star quilt i made...
my goodness i absolutely love this quilt.
i think it may even be my most favouritest quilt i have ever made.
it is based upon jeni b's gorgeous quilt and can obviously be made in a multitude of fab fabrics but seeing jeni's beautiful vintage one i knew it was perfect for my pile of vintage fabrics.
and even though it is a super large quilt (almost 80" square) being just 28 pieces sewn together it is obviously extremely quick to make the quilt top.
quilt top made, backing bought (a fresh orange gingham) i ventured on quilting this giant.
it took a while to baste but that gave me time to decide how i was going to quilt it.
now i am by no means an experienced quilter. i am quite a dab hand at simple straight line quilting, which i absolutely love, but this quilt needed a softer quilting to compliment the bold star. i was quite nervous about venturing with some curly loopy fmq...i could quite easily ruin the whole thing.
thankfully i didn't and thankfully it turned out even more magical than i could imagine.
to finish off i bound it with a scrappy binding made up of some of the leftover vintage fabric pieces which turned out subtle enough but with a little bit of quirky character.
my only sadness about this whole thing is hubs, whilst he wowed at it, said it was no way going near our bed...way too flowery.
i may just have to sneak it on one night while he is away...and just leave it there.
big thanks go to my lovely tall friend helen for modelling the quilt for me...she came round this morning for a run...little did she know.