This is my very first quilt! I was a little nervous about the whole thing. My mom is a fantastic quilter, though, so I figured some of her mojo would automatically transfer to me by birthrite. This project was a gift for my tiniest friend, Leona Belle, who is so little that she hasn't even been born yet! I am looking forward to making her acquaintance in March.
Here's a close up of the fabric, which has a lovely watercolor-like floral design.
It's a cotton and silk blend that I bought at Mood last summer. I knew right away that I had to have it, but I didn't know what I would do with it. But it all became clear recently when I was planning a gift for little Leona. A cotton/silk blend may not be the most practical thing for a baby, but it is machine washable (I tested it!).
Pip kept eying it jealously. I could tell she was disappointed that it was given away.
I kind of made up the project on my own. I cut two 37" squares of fabric and then sandwiched a layer of cotton batting in between. I diagonally basted the whole thing by hand to keep all the layers in place. Then I marked quilting lines with wide masking tape and stitched along them using a walking foot and a 3.5 mm long stitch. I followed the directions in this book to make the binding. That's it! It was pretty easy, and was finished up in a couple days. If you're in the mood to just sew some long, straight lines, this kind of thing can be fun.
There! My first quilt! Now, back to the coat. As soon as this awful cold lets up, that is. Thanks for all the get-well wishes!