I have never used instructions to make a quilt. I pretty much made up the rules as I went along . . . unless I could find what I needed in a book or online.
So I challenged myself to make a quilt by following a pattern. You can find the pattern at http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/10/penny-patch-beginners-quilt-along.html I picked out my fabrics which were mostly from Stampin' Up and purchased at clearance prices. I picked some prints and solids from my stash to complete the material requirements. I started this process during the spring of 2014 and then I stalled, daunted by the task of actually cutting all that fabric. I decided to take everything with me to Windswept Cottage where a group of us get together twice a year. My sister, Nancy, who is an amazing quilter was supposed to be going and I was counting on her for moral support and guidance. And then she had to cancel out . . .
But I finally got up the nerve and started cutting and sewing the blocks together. I would have loved to know some shortcuts to the whole process but I did manage to do it in my own time-consuming and questionable way.
I didn't have enough of any material to make a solid back so I decided to pick several different matching fabric and piece together a backing. I think it turned out rather well. At least I like it.
For the very first time I pulled out my quilting frame. I have always quilted with an 18" hoop but this was so much quicker and I didn't overheat from having a quilt on my lap for extended periods of time.
Time to make the binding. The method suggested in the pattern isn't what I'm used to doing but I'm glad I followed the designers instructions because this was so simple.
I had just finished stitching the binding to the front of the quilt when the bobbin winder died. I am hoping my dear hubby can fix it but if he can't . . . I guess I'm going shopping.
And here is the finished quilt. I am so happy with it.