My first nearly completed quilt is one I intended as a Christmas gift for my daughter. Life happened in December, and I was distracted from finishing. Now I am racing to get it quilted and bound before January ends. Not sure that is going to happen, but I am enjoying the race.
It all started with the purchase of a theme panel in Moda's Nature's Gift from my LQS. The panel features poinsettias, amarylis, and birds - perfect for my daughter who loves to include birdies in her decor.
One of the kind ladies at Quilt 'N Sew assisted me in choosing a backing that was not, in her words, "too matchy-matchy". I ended up not having enough and had to piece it with some light fabric I had in my stash. I actually like it pieced, because it gave me an opportunity to include a beautiful part of the panel.
I ordered a charm pack and coordinating fabric in Snowy White that will also be used for binding.
Instead of following a pattern, I decided to fussy cut the panel and piece it with the charm pack and fabric.
I ran into some problems sandwiching it and had to seek advice on how to keep from getting wrinkles on the back. I have begun to quilt the sandwich, and in spite of taking two free motion quilting classes, my confidence level is low. I read somewhere that a glass of wine helps, so that is what I'm trying. I'll let you know how it goes.