I started looking on line for blue and brown fabrics to make my first quilt with. I even had mom look at Walmart. I found Connecting Threads, a wonderful fabric store on line and started drooling.
I figured that HAND quilting is one of those things that you can work on whether you have power or not. And since
It is made from CT's "Aqua Terra" line. I like it cause it is blue, to match the walls but not too blue. The browns really help tone the blues down. The colors remind me of a "Holly Hobbie" rug/wall hanging I had once. I labeled the back...
4 - Me : I made it for me
B1 : That is my initial and the #1 for my first "real" quilt
11-10 : the month and year I finished it
MP-HQ : Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted.
Here is the piece that started it all::
This quilt was custom designed for my bed. I don't like bed spreads where all that fabric that wraps around the pillow get bunched up around your face...... so I made it just long enough to go from the top of the bed to just a few inches off the foot of the bed. I'm thinking about taking some of the extra fabric and making what I call pillow quilts..... a little quilt the same width as the big quilt and wide enough to cover the pillows. I would like it to look made, but not have the bulk, or extra pillows. This way I just cover up my pillows..... I think it will work. I also cut out the foot end corners so that it would fit around the posts on my bed. Again I don't like bunchy fabric.
I have to admit, that once I got this crazy blanked sewed together I couldn't think of a pattern to quilt it in.... so I tied it instead. It was much faster that way! I finished it at the beginning of march... almost on year after I started dreaming about it!
I am currently working on two projects.... a blue and green batik quilt for Baby Girl, and a red, white and blue throw that I am both hand piecing and hand quilting. I'll show pictures of those as I get the finished!