This was my first finished quilt. Not the first one I started - mind you - the first one I completed. :) The one I first started is still a UFO.
In the spring of 2005, I gave up working an office job I really liked. I left for another job I ended up really liking too - it was a working from home gig called M-o-m. :) One of my former coworkers-turned-friend got married in the fall of 2005. At the time, I was just discovering patchwork and becoming enamored with fabrics and pattern - I couldn't wait to finish my first quilt. I saw my friend Josh's wedding as an opportunity to gift a quilt of my own to the happy couple. Having a deadline definitely helped me see the project through to completion.
Following Eleanor Burns's Quilt in a Day Log Cabin book, I made the blocks shown above and really had a good time arranging them into different configurations. I landed on the layout shown and sewed the top together. And then I honestly looked at it and thought -- okay, why isn't it a quilt yet?! Why doesn't it look like the one my sister made for me? I hadn't actually considered that the quilt I'd made was really just a quilt top. I had no idea how to finish it, so I called my sister who I knew had pulled off a finished quilt at least twice before.
I found a flat sheet on sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond and used it for the backing fabric. I bought one of the standard polyester high-loft batts from Joann's. I sewed the three layers together around the perimeter and left a hole to turn that mother out, pillowcase-style. It worked! For the finishing touch, and to add much needed stability, I tied embroidery floss through the layers all over the quilt.
It's funny that I don't have any pictures of the finished quilt. The only two pictures I do have look exactly like the one above. I didn't care about photography, that's for sure. And honestly? I was probably in too big of a rush to finish before the wedding that I didn't have time to stop and take more pictures. That sounds more like me.