I finished my first quilt. Finally! I was chatting with my hair stylist and mentioned I had just taken an introductory class at Joann's. She told me one of her clients was a quilter and was going to offer a class soon. I took the class, along with two other lovely women, June 18-22. Jean R is a fantastic teacher, very skilled, and extremely patient. I finished the top, and Jean helped me assemble the layers before I did a simple "stich in the ditch" quilting on it. She also taught me how to attach the binding. It took me until last night to actually finish the binding. It required hand work that I had never done before. (One of my weaknesses is actually starting things, especially when they are a new skill.) I apologize to Jean for not following her guidelines when selecting the fabrics. Once the quilt was done, I understood how my choices affected the look of the rail. I have a lot to learn.
My intention was to donate this quilt to the Children's Place here in Aiken, but Ted says I should keep it, because it is my first quilt. If I do, I will make another one to give away. I haven't decided yet. I chose the colors in this one for a little boy, not for me.
By the way, Jean and I belong to the same guild, the Carolina Pine Quilters, and I took a second class with her. We made a wall hanging. When I get it done, I'll share it with you. Here's a teaser. I, again, did not follow her color suggestions. Big mistake.