Saturday, April 30, 2011

My first COMPLETED Quilt!

 Back in February I decided to become a quilter.  This is HUGE news for my mom who has been an avid quilter for many years and has longed for one of her daughters to spark an interest.  Needless to say, I wasn't really the daughter she thought would do it, but much to her delight I had a sudden interest! 

I found this particular pattern at Film in the Fridge (FITF) and knew that's what I wanted to do.  The pattern is called "rectangle squared".  It looked simple enough but also challenging enough for a first time quilter.  Armed with my $90 Walmart sewing machine (I didn't want to spend big bucks on a new hobby right away--since then, I've upgraded:)), I pieced together this quilt!
 Most of the fabrics are from the Moda Spirit line and a few other fabrics that I found on sale at my LQS.  The backing was a sale fabric that fit pretty perfectly and the binding is from scraps.

 My mom has a long arm quilting machine that she said she would allow me to 'train' on.  I really did try but being pregnant with a huge belly made it hard to stand for a long period of time and it was hard to get close enough with a belly in the way.  When I am done being pregnant and recover a bit, I plan on giving it a go again.  For now, I am enjoying my own personal quilter :).
This is Lucy.  My puppy.  I am sure you will see her modeling in many of the pictures of quilts I post.  For some reason she just can't help herself when there is a quilt laying around!

I gifted this quilt to my dear friend Tiffany.  She has been a stellar friend who has really been there when I needed her and has put up with my during my pregnancy even though I have been sort of horrible to be around.  Anyway, it's hard to let go of a quilt, but I don't know that I could have given it to anyone better!

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