Picking out the color combination was the first task at hand, and quite daunting to a crafting novice I might add. Thankfully, that same friend was embarking on the learning-to-quilt venture with me. So she helped me out with my color choices and by persevering through the process with me. So I jumped in with both feet and got started. This same friend, another friend, and I started a once-a-week sewing night. This helped motivate us all to work on our projects. :0) (Friends are worth their weight in gold.)
To help me in my endeavor, my mother gifted me with a quilting kit for a gift, complete with rotary cutter and cutting mat. (My mother really is quite wonderful!)
as I got started, I noticed I had way more materials strips than I was going to need for just my quilt. Hmmm. The next thing I knew, I was planning to make my sister a quilt that looked almost exactly like mine except for the edgings and backing. So...now instead of learning to make a quilt and persevering through that, I had upped the ante to TWO quilts. And I did end up going and making a few additional fabric choices to that end. (Why, oh why do I listen to myself??? This was back in the day when I was not smart enough to consult the calm, steady DH and get his astute judgment in the matter. Frankly, I'm still not always that bright!)
I'm glad to say that I did persevere and my sister and I do have matching quilts. But I really do wish I would not go into overdrive so easily!!!
Here are the pictures of the quilts. The first quilt is mine.
In this picture you can tell that the backing on mine is
the same fabric I used on my final trim.
My sister's quilt, as I was giving it to her:
It was worth all the extra trouble!!!