Yesterday I had the house to myself, as J is back to working 7 day weeks again (but only 10 hours a day now, not 12). So I decided to make a quilt! A workmate had posted the Meet Me At Mikes summer quilted throw tutorial on Facebook, so I figured it'd be something fun to try! But first, an outfit post! I bought this 1940s dress on etsy (was it etsy? or eBay?) a while back, and have been meaning to post it for an eon! (OT, but I had some awesome curls going on yesterday - it's a pity my black hair doesn't show up detail very well in photos).
Now, back to the quilt. I did diverge from the tutorial a little - the MMAM one used complete fat quarters, but I cut mine into triangles so there would be more variation in the pattern. I also added wadding, and adjusted the dimensions to suit me!
To be thrifty, I used leftover fabric from my past few dresses, and some offcut sections I'd bought from Spotlight for $1 each. For the backing, I used an old floral sheet from Mum's linen cupboard (I asked her first! This sheet was way down the bottom, and hadn't been used in decades, so I figured it was fair game.)
It was pretty simple, really.
1. Cut out fat quarters, then cut in half diagonally.
2. Lay out the pattern on the floor
3. Sew together each column, then join the three columns together (pressing seams as you go)
4. Sew the backing on
5. Sew the wadding in!
All in all, it took me only 3 hours to do - and I reckon it looks pretty good! It certainly is warm and snuggly. Total cost? Just $18 for the wadding! Everything else I already had. I'm pretty proud of myself! (And yes, there is a motorcycle in our living room.)