I started quilting at the beginning of 2013. I finished my Rainbow Bricks quilt top, using skills I’d developed while making dresses. Then, I realized, I was going to have to quilt the beast and ground to a halt. I did some research, read some books, tried to figure it all out, but I wasn’t sure where to go with the top. Any ideas I had were so clearly above my skill level.
Instead, I decided to try a small piece. I looked through the Moda Bakeshop, at the time, my only real reference and found a charm-friendly pattern for a nine patch. After buying some cute fabric, I cut and pieced and created a little top. I made my sandwich, just like the books said, basted with pins, and used a cheap walking foot with a guide to straight-line quilt the entire thing. Here are the results:
It may not be perfect– the seams don’t all match, the quilting lines are a bit off in some places, but I like it. It’s cute and cheery. I gave it to my mother for her birthday that March because she would never care that it’s not perfect. For her, I made it, and that is all that matters. I’m now working on a quilt top that is destined for my parents. It is much more technical. The quilting will be much more involved. Most of all– it will be bigger! (Queen Sized!)