I had never pieced a quilt before, but I had read an article on hand-piecing by Jinny Beyer in Sew Beautiful Magazine. So I got ahold of Jinny Beyer's book Quiltmaking by Hand and dived in. Of course it took me a long time, but I'm happy with the result.
This is my first quilt, finished in 2008 and given to my eldest son. The pattern is Tumbling Blocks, and it is entirely hand-pieced and hand-quilted. I used a wide variety of reds, blues and light blues.
I collected as many scraps in those colors as I could, trying to find things that weren't too feminine. Here are a few closeups of some of the fabrics.
I used gray quilting thread. The blocks themselves I outline quilted.
The borders I quilted along the stripe lines. Can you see the star quilted into each of the red corner blocks?
The batting is Hobbs 80/20. It's still a little thin for my taste. Because I'm making quilts for beds and not for wall hangings, I want something that feels a little more substantial. I've had trouble finding batting that feels like my vintage quilts that are stuffed with carded cotton.
On the back I appliqued a heart (not shown) on which I embroidered the vitals: who made it, who it was for, when and where. A view of the back and the red binding:
One last look. I'm finding it's super hard to photograph quilts, or really any kind of fabric.
(I'm linking up to Bonnie's First Quilts post at Quiltville's Quips and Snips.)