I bought a cheap sewing machine in August because I wanted new curtains for the bedroom. Everything I had found in the shops that I even vaguely liked was prohibitively expensive, so I decided that I could sew exactly what I wanted for much less than retail prices. I had never sewn before, but my mom is very experienced and was able to help guide me over the phone. The curtains turned out just as I had hoped, then I made more for the kitchen and a tablecloth too. Although delighted with my new decor, I wanted to sew something more creative. I tried a few skirts - cute but I still haven't brought myself to hem them... I have always loved quilts, so I thought why not give that a try? Anyway, all this to say I found something I really enjoy.
In October I bought a fat quarter bundle of Tanya Whelan'sDarla in pinks and blues, and inspired by the disappearing nine patchtutorial over atCluck. Cluck. Sew, I started cutting up squares for my first quilt. I pieced the top as best I could without a 1/4 inch foot and squared up all the blocks with just a yardstick and cutting mat. Thankfully, a collective Christmas present from my family arrived early in November, so I didn't have to tackle the quilting on my $70 Brother! I abandoned the quilting mid-way through in order to finish a different quilt for my sister before Christmas and only finished this one up in February when I returned from a month-long holiday in the States.