I have a BIG finish to present, so I hope you don't mind if it comes with a story.
Back in 2008 I was reading Anni Downs blog and I saw this picture.
It was the Blackbird Designs stand at Houston, and I just loved the look of the quilt in the background. I saved the photo away in my ideas folder, and thought, maybe one day.
In January 2009 I was at home with the kids for the holidays and desperately needed a new hand piecing project. Hmmmm..... I could draft my own 8 pointed star easily enough, maybe I'll make a few of those and see how it goes. Well I got a bit carried away, I used a bit of almost every fabric in my stash, even the ugly ones, and ended up with 128 star blocks. I did buy some fabric for the plain squares for variety.
Fast forward three and a half years, and my Stars Quilt is finished. I had to get the boys to stand on the trampoline and hold it up high for the photo.
Every star and every square is hand pieced, and the whole thing is hand quilted. The binding was sewn on by machine, but stitched down by hand. It has been an absolute joy to have a project I love so much always waiting to be worked on in the background (although the quilting got a bit tedious towards the end).
It measures 96" square ( or 2.4m), and this is how it will look on my bed tonight.
And this is the first quilt I ever made, which it is replacing (although hubby isn't convinced).
Thanks to everyone who has enquired about my poor pricked finger, it is looking forward to a rest for a little while.