I have become COMPLETELY obsessed with quilting lately. I can't get enough of it. I want to learn everything, do everything, make everything. It's probably sad and I shouldn't admit to it, but there it is. So, I figured, why not participate in the Blogger's quilt festival. I have a few quilts in progress right now, but nothing that's ready for this, so I had to go back to one that was already done, and why not make my inaugural addition to the quilt festival my very first quilt. The quilt that started it all.
When I'm learning a new skill, I'm not smart enough to start easy with solid instructions, I just kind of go at it, with things that are probably WAY over my head (my mom can attest to this), and quilting was no exception. I got an idea in my head, kind of had some instruction on appliquéing from Jenni, and went for it. I found a picture I liked online and duplicated it. I have no idea where that picture came from or where it is now, so I can't reference it.
This quilt was started about 4 months prior to my daughter (my oldest, now 7) being born, and promtply finished shortly after her 2nd birthday. I really had no idea was I was getting myself into. Everything is hand appliqued, with 3D wings, and then hand quilting in place. It is so imperfect, and her poor face isn't done yet (still haven't decided exactly how to finish that), but I love every aspect of the quilt. Every ounce of my creative energy went into it and figuring out how to piece it together and get it to work. I would never do a quilt in this same way, but I learned to much from this first quilt. Also, my daughter loves it, and really, that's all that matters.