I met a new friend, Brenda, at Jo-Ann's last weekend and she told me about this site. She said she was fairly new here, too, but said everyone was wonderful in welcoming her, or helping when she was "stuck" on something or other.
My "Grama" was a life-long hand quilter and instilled her passion in me. We'd sit in the living room, watching TV, while she quilted or cut her pieces. I'd help her lay them out all over the floor to decide the "perfect" arrangement for her sampler quilts, or the arrangement of varying colored blocks within a repeated-pattern quilt.
I lost Grama a little over 7 years ago, and not a day goes by that I don't think of her. When she passed, my brother's wife was VERY pregnant with her first child. One of the things I discovered in the quilting items I inherited was a nearly-completed baby quilt top in pastel flannels. I had seen her work on quilts a million times, but hadn't done one, myself - having, instead, been content to watch her work. I finished the top and gave it to my new niece 4 months after losing Gram.
Since that point, I have made a few quilts from beginning to end - one for myself as a school project, 2 baby quilts, and I quilted a top that I was given by my step-Grandmother. Last year, I had 2 new babies enter my world: My niece Madison (Aug.), and my nephew, Dylan (Sept.). I'm attaching photos here of the two quilts that I just finished last week. I decided to save some time and do them both at once, using some of the same blocks for each. It was the first time I had done a quilt almost exclusively by machine. I did hand-stitch the Stars in Dylan's and the butterflies in Madison's.
I'm looking forward to getting some feedback
Dylan's Stars, close-up
Side-by-side, showing backs
Dylan's quilt on the left, Madison's at right
Hard at work
Prepping for Binding