For my first quilt, I channeled my inner Marsha Brady and went for a nice retro floral print and peach, and the border and binding chose a dark fabric to hide my beginner stitchery!
Here's the blocks after cutting, just laid out into the pattern that will be the quilt top. This is a basic style called a "single patch" quilt. Already at this stage my head was spinning with possibilities of adding other colors and shapes, I had to remind myself to slow down and start easy with something I won't end up in tears over. If you want to see tears and have a laugh at my expense, see the post of my first time learning to knit :)
This was the not-fun part, but only because of my machine. Hubby saw that I was ready to sew on that thing and disappeared to a buddy's house to go build "an obstacle course" for their mountain bikes. Even the kids disappeared into their room! I had to disassemble the shuttle 15 times to dig thread out, had to completely remove the stop-motion knob in order to wind a bobbin, and Mama Pea, check out your pink duct tape! I had to use that as a 1/4" guide since my machine has no markings smaller than 5/8"! But all in all, the machine DID sew the quilt top, and my sanity is still intact.
Above, after sewing the squares into strips... so that's how they do it, I didn't even know that! Below, the finished quilt top:
Today I will move on to the next lessons on the actual border, quilting, backing and binding...
The reason I was able to get this all done yesterday is that I finally got my seed order put in Friday evening and was able to tackle and do our taxes yesterday morning, the two big things that have been weighing on my mind.
Taxes already, you say? You betcha, thanks to hubby being deployed for the past year in a combat zone, our taxable income according to the government indicates we should be living in a cardboard box under the freeway - so that means refund time! I don't waste time when it comes to getting money, and after some bills are paid, I'm hoping to stimulate the economy by getting a new sewing machine!