I told you that I had completed the Cherry Star top...
Well then I went ahead and finished the whole blanket...
I'm opting for 'blanket' rather than quilt, as it has a simple dark grey fleecy backing, and minimal quilting just to keep it all in place. I sewed it up, right sides together and turned through.
I top-stitched just under 1/4" around the edge in dark grey, and outlined the star the same way. Simple, but effective. This is for the times when we, or rather I, really want to snuggle down and be cozy.
Without batting, it is really light, especially compared to the whopper Constellation! But it is beautifully warm, I know, I sat under it yesterday evening and it was great.
So, do you like the background? Be honest. I know it won't be to everyone's taste, but I love love love it! Its an IKEA classic which I had been waiting to use. I sort of envisaged counting the stars in the sky, and it made me smile as soon as I auditioned it.
Thanks must go out to Chelsea for running the Made In Cherry QAL, it focused my mind on using my rainbow charms on a superb pattern that I had pinned as soon as I saw it; and I am, once again, surprised and thrilled with how it turned out.
I think I normally play things a little too safe; so much time, effort and expense is usually being invested for me to risk making a big old faux-pas by getting all adventurous. But I want to change that, and make things I will love, and reflect the look I really want to be creating, not just making the things I know will look OK from the outset. Does that make sense? First attempt, I will deem a success.
So onto my Mouthy Stitches partner, who will also receive a leap of faith, with 3/4" finished HSTs. I wasn't too sure I could pull it off, but Lucy's excellent and timely use of the brilliant method from Elizabeth 'Oh Fransson!' for piecing small squares set me on the right route.
I can confirm that it worked a treat; I won't talk you through it, the original does that way better than I can, but all you need to know is that I gridded some light-weight iron-on interfacing with 1.5" squares, pressed on my trimmed HSTs and off I went...
I really hope my partner likes the Cherry Star off-spring panel, otherwise this Mama will happily keep it! xxx