For my very first official post, I present to you my very first official quilt.
AND my very SECOND official quilt!
Why yes, they DO look alike, I’m so glad you noticed! You see, I entered the quilting world shortly after a change in jobs left me with some extra spare time due to a significantly shortened commute. My good friend Beth told me about her quilting projects and sent me a link to the pattern for the quilt she was working on. Well, I thought it not only looked cool but also simple and decided to give it a shot. I was so excited about the idea that I decided to try and make TWO quilts right away as gifts. After visiting a few different fabric stores, I began cutting. Soon, I had more strips of red and white fabric than I knew what to do with (and a few strips of green).
At this point, I was still optimistic about achieving my original goal. How much time could a little throw quilt take to make, right? I have since been enlightened, but we’ll get to that. Now, it’s time for a montage of pictures showing the progress of the front of the quilt. <Insert montage music of your choice here.>
For the record, the time it took me to get this far was far longer than I had anticipated. My original goal of completing both quilts over the course of a few months was amended to completing ONE quilt in the allotted time and completing the other the following year. It was a great decision. I regret nothing.
Since the fronts of both quilts were essentially the same, I wanted to do something different for the backs. For the first, I tried creating an enlarged version of the intersection of the green strips.
I made it a little off-center for a “funkier” effect.
My goals for the back of the second quilt were to:
- Make it different than the first.
- Try to use only the fabric scraps I had instead of buying more.
- Keep it simple. The front was the main focal point, anyway.
Here is the result.
I was a little worried the design would be too boring when I first started planning it, but I actually really like how both quilts turned out.
As much as I love the string quilt pattern, I’m a little burnt out on it now. Before I make another one, which I fully intend on doing, I have a few other quilt patterns I plan on trying—plus a few smaller projects.