My first attempt at a quilt top was abysmal. I'm still working on it, but there are SO many mistakes. My second top was marginally better, but I'm not quite ready to show it to you yet. I should mention that every one of my mistakes is a result of my failure to "measure twice, cut once".
This is my third quilt top and the first quilt that I have finished. As I mentioned before, my hand-quilting skills leave a lot to be desired. I decided that I should stick with tied quilts until I improve my stitching.
I made this quilt for Mr. H-B's grandmother, who spent about a week in the hospital at the beginning of January. Following a truly miraculous recovery, she spent another few weeks in a rehab center. It was after visiting her there that I thought I should make her a lap quilt. Because I slowed down and followed the directions, this quilt came together very quickly. In fact, tying it was probably the most time-consuming aspect of it! As it turns out, a thimble is a good thing when one is trying to force a large needle, threaded with yarn, through multiple layers of fabric and batting.
Of course there are mistakes in this quilt, binding it was particularly challenging. The corners aren't all aligned and the edges are lumpy in some places. Still, I love the way the colors go together. Best of all, Grandma B loved it! She kept it on her bed at the rehab center and likes to show it off to people who come to visit her.