1996 – Made for my daughter Jennifer. This pattern was called “Best Friends” and is from a very old Quiltmaker Magazine. I loved it because there was very little applique to be done (At this point I HATED handwork!).
The dolls are all machine pieced… there were 2 Y-seams, but they were rather large angles and were fairly easy to do (my first time doing Y-seams).
While working on this quilt I found a local quilt group, the Cotton Country Quilters in Bastrop, LA. I thought my work was coming along OK, but when I saw the quilting of these ladies I realized I needed to “kick it up a notch”. I really worked on making smaller quilting stitches on this quilt, and the best step toward that was changing to a size 9 between needle for quilting.
I also purchased a 2-pole quilt frame so we no longer had to walk around the huge quilt frame in the living room… that was nice!
TOMORROW: My first big (well, really, it’s not-so-big) venture into applique.