Whilst there may not have been any quilts at the quilt show that made me think "ooh, I must make one like that!" it was inspiring enough to make me want to sew something, and on Sunday I really felt the urge. I owed my friend Emma a handmade something for her birthday earlier in January so, after a cryptic tweet asking about colours, I pulled some fabrics out of the cupboard and set to work. I decided that I wanted to make a wonky star mini quilt and I thought that a single colour star on a black background would look pretty cool. Emma had replied to my tweet that she loved pink or turquoise, and I found that I actually had far more turquoise fabrics that I had thought, so turquoise it was. Believe it or not, but this was the first time I had had a go at making a star, but it came together so quickly - I think from the time Emma gave me her colour choices, to the block being finished was probably only about an hour!
I got the quilt sandwich made up and started handquilting inside the star on the Sunday night, and I was going to handquilt around the star, in the black fabric too, but I quickly realised that it is really difficult to hand sew a straight line on black fabric, especially in the evening! So, instead, I machine quilted around the star on Monday and then put on the binding, added a printed label and, hey presto!
I think it turned out pretty well, and Emma received it in the post yesterday and loved it - so it was a success!! I definitely see more stars in my future, as it was really fun to make.
Yesterday I finally completed my zipper pouch for the Mouthy Stitches swap, but I don't want to show the finished article yet in case my partner is snooping and I don't want to give the game away. I have a sneaky feeling that my swap mama made have been a bit crafty with the match ups - but I'll say no more for now, just in case I am completely off track! Here's a little sneaky peak though...