Well, I treated myself.
By a complicated series of coincidences I eventually bought a new (to me) sewing machine.Now this was way back in July, and I had a little play with it, then life got in the way, and I left it for a while.
Until last weekend, when I dragged it out again to start working on my patchwork project.
Oh wow! Its so much fun! This photo 'borrowed' from the company website, mine hasn't got the pretty aqua bits on it.
I need a bit of practice with the zipper foot though, there's a definite knack to it.