(Trusty Fisher Price dog on back of quilt for scale.)
Slowly but surely, I am making a quilt. This is the baby quilt kit I got in February, intended to be a learn-as-I-go first quilt. I was under the weather on Sunday and spent the day handquilting on the couch. I'm very slow, but fortunately I enjoy doing tedious, repetitive tasks. (Seriously. I do.) The quilt top is a simple grid of 4-by-4-inch squares. I quilted the grid, close to the seams, and now I'm bisecting each square diagonally, making diamonds. (Clearly I've not yet learned how to talk about quilting.)
My stitches are definitely improving with practice -- both in their uniformity and in my ability to actually sew in a straight line. They're certainly the stitches of a beginner, but they're really not bad. I'm almost done with the quilting now and getting ready for binding. Exciting!
p.s. Too funny. I just found the blog of the Etsy seller who put together this lovely kit, and she has instructions for making this very quilt. Probably a good thing I just plowed ahead without these instructions, though, since they include "head to a quilt shop to have it machine quilted for you" and then attaching the binding entirely by machine! No way, jo-zay -- it's old-school quilting for this lady. Pass the thimble.