I’ve been interested in quilting for a long time, but my previous attempts to get started have faded away.  I still have a half-finished lap quilt top from too many years ago to remember.  Then I joined Swap-bot and discovered fabric ATCs and postcards, and I’ve been having fun ever since.

doll quilt

Last year I finished my first quilt, also for a swap. It is only a doll-sized quilt, but it was a start. I chickened out of quilting that one and just used buttons to ‘tie’ it, but …

… when I joined a swap for quilties (small decorative/art quilts), it was my chance to try machine quilting. I have quite a few batik fabrics now, and one of them seemed ideal for this project, as my partner loves red and the design of this fabric lends itself to decorative quilting. I selected a section about 7.5″ square, outlined parts of the design and then filled the larger spaces. This is the result – a long way from perfect, but not a bad first try.

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