I just finished my first quilt, with the help of my amazingly talented sister (left in the pic below) and all of her fancy quilting tools.
I didn't buy any fabric at all for this project. I used leftover material I bought in Provence (France) for other things, and how much I had of each pattern determined what the overall layout would be, which I guess is how quilting came about in the first place, right?
The pattern is called Around the World (I think?), and is very appropriate: the material is from France, I started it in the U.S., finished it in France (where I live now), and then sent it off to our friends' brand-new baby in Hong Kong, where it has now safely arrived. The Provençal prints make it look a little crazy, but I hope the little baby boy I gave it to will find the madness entertaining and not dizzying!
Since this was a relatively quick, machine-pieced first experiment, I decided not to hand (or machine) quilt the layers, but instead used yarn ties to hold it all together. It's important to use non-synthetic yarn, as synthetic yarn will eventually wear through the cotton fabric and batting.
I like how the backing turned out, too, with the little nubs of white yarn peeking through the cheerful fire-engine red.
I can't wait to get more experimental with my next quilt. Maybe I'll even try – gasp – rectangles! Thanks for looking and I hope you don't need asprin after doing so!