During the fall I spent time planning my first lap quilt just for me. I chose some country plaids from the stash. I put together this top and then chose a beautiful pieced background. I even got it to the sandwich stage. Little did I know this piece would become my first UFO (Unfinished Object). I've saved it so I can hand quilt it, another new skill I've yet to learn. Maybe 2015 will be the year to complete it!
From there I decided to jump into another blog challenge. I joined the Rainbow Scrap Challenge where you were supposed to use up your scraps of a specific color each month. I didn't really have any scraps, but I did have material. I thought I would learn a lot by trying different blocks and then hopefully, by the end of 2012, I would have enough blocks to make a quilt.
I learned a lot about piecing and color choices and the greatest lesson of all, quilting is about experimentation and practice! I have a rainbow of colored blocks, but they have become UFO # 2, awaiting their day for quilting!
While the blocks were fun I wanted to challenge myself with something else. I had lots of red scraps left over so I decided to make my daughters' friend a blanket for her American Girl as a birthday present.
The top as a sleeping blanket
The bottom as a picnic blanket
It was well-received and I began to feel a little more comfortable behind the sewing machine.