About 3 1/2 years ago, I sewed my first quilt, a little lap quilt that I finished the day it was donated to a silent auction for Louis' preschool. I was still new to both sewing and blogging, and didn't have a routine for taking photos and sharing my finished products. So I have no photos of it to share, but let me say that it was not particularly impressive. I had just purchased Denyse Schmidt Quilts and was inspired to make a quilt, even if a rather plain one.
Motivated by finishing that lap quilt, I started a baby quilt for a friend. I finished it last night, in time for a different friend's baby shower. Let me just reiterate that it took me more than 3 years to finish this quilt, and not because it was difficult. It is because I am, by nature, in the top 1% of starters in the world. And in my sewing, I am in the bottom 1% of finishers.
The yellow elephant was appliqued on white muslin with a shiny purple satin stitch and I quilted through the white area diagonally. The border around that appliqued panel is actually comprised of just 4 rectangles of blue fabric. I think I quilted in a standard grid pattern in the border area, a few inches apart. I have a Kenmore machine (from the days when Janome made the Kenmore machines) and a universal walking foot -- not a great combo. This (and the even less successful universal invisible zipper foot) has convinced me that feet made specifically for my machine are the best investment.
I asked Louis to lay on it so I could take photos before the party, and when I told him I was giving it to a new baby, he said, "Awwww... I thought it was for me." After her mother opened the quilt at the shower, the new baby's big sister said jokingly, "Yay! I love my new blanket!" I had no idea how much joy and wanty-ness a handmade quilt -- even a little one -- could bring. So I, the non-crafter, promised Louis we would work on a quilt for him this summer. He's thinking of a Mario quilt, though I am feeling the Quiltsryche vibe. Maybe we will do both!