On Christmas Day 2010, I finished my first patchwork quilt. Not that I’m new to quilting. It’s just the first project I ever completed beginning to end! I gave it to my three year old niece, Rebecca, for Christmas.
It was hand quilted and made using a pattern from Start Quilting with Alex Anderson, 3rd Edition. I am kind of proud of my hand quilting stitches. They are wobbly and a little uneven, but not too bad for my first time. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Note that I used high loft batting, ignoring the warnings to start with low loft while learning to hand quilt. I probably made it harder on myself, but I think the high loft works well for this quilt design. I was also warned that uneven hand quilting stitches really show up on a solid background, so I opted for a coordinating print on the reverse side. Since I don’t know any hand quilters and have never seen it done, I watched YouTube videos to learn the rocking stitch. Not easy to master!
It took four months to complete this quilt from start to finish, and it was only 39×39 inches. I can’t imagine how long it will take to finish a full or queen size, but I aim to find out.