When my daughter was just moving out of her crib to a toddler bed I decided that she needed a quilt and that I was going to make it. I simply dove head first trying to learn everything about quilting that I could. I spent hours upon hours on blogs and youtube learning quilting techniques and took a trip to JoAnn's to buy some basic quilting equipment (I have no other quilters in my family).
I settled on Stepping Star by Sweet Jane, making a lap sized quilt. Instead of using a jelly roll, I went to Joann's and purchased a bunch of 1/4 yard cuts and fat quarters. Then, I decided that I wanted a strip of blocks on the back so even though I had a pattern, I completely redid the math and cutting instructions. My love of quilt math begins :)
I went to work on my 1980's slant shank Singer (say that 5 times fast) and pretty soon I had the blocks finished. I had a little issue with my 1/4" seam and because alternating blocks were rotated 90 degrees from one another, my slightly rectangular blocks caused a bit of an issue.
One of the biggest limitations with my Singer turned out that the presser foot pressure was way too high and was not adjustable. Straight line quilting (even with a walking foot) would not work so I tried a simple meandering pattern. My sewing machine also only had two speeds, off and super light speed so I learned to free motion quilt at a very quick pace.
Overall, for my first quilt, I am very happy with the quilt. Some years later, I still like the design and the color scheme. It has a few popped seams and some of the fabrics have faded (teaching me the importance of quality fabric), but I still love it :)
I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.