This is quilting, the way I'd always imagined it. Made up entirely of pieces from my scrap boxes, it's a one-patch (though not a charm quilt), and the piecing and quilting were all done by hand. I really feel the need to give it a proper title, but the right name is just not coming to me. Any ideas?
I made a template from plastic, traced it individually onto the backs of fabric scraps, cut everything out, and then hand-pieced and hand-quilted it. I'm quite proud of it, even with all of its many imperfections.
One of the (many) reasons I don't finish my full-sized quilts is the darn back. I just hate putting those gigantic pieces together in order to make a backing that is wide enough. Well, not a problem here, since this quilt measures about 20" x 24", and I easily cut a backing out of a yard of fabric. I just might never make another large quilt again! Those just languish as tops on my shelf anyway, and if I just make doll quilts, I could hang them up all over the walls.
I was totally getting into the quilting groove, but I can see how you'd have to do it a lot to really be proficient at it. The first few minutes of my quilting every day would be kind of so-so (or pretty darn bad), but after a half-hour, I'd be a lot better, with smaller stitches, smoother sailing. I'm still only getting like five or six stitches per inch at my best, but at least my stitches are relatively even. A long time ago, I read a quilting tip that suggested quilting on a practice square or something less meaningful for around ten minutes before moving on to the quilt you really wanted to work on. I don't think I would personally do that, since I just don't have that much time to spare and I'm not trying to win any awards, but I can see the point of warming up before a quilting session.
I mitered the corners, and they turned out just right.
I feel such a sense of accomplishment, but won't be able to pet it for much longer. It's going into the mail tomorrow, and I really hope Lisa likes it. She graciously allowed me to be her swap partner for the doll quilt swap, even knowing that I would be late, late, late. I'm not sure, but I think I'll be ready for the next one coming up in June...
Edited on 1/16/2009 to add: Whoops! Forgot to mention that months after this was posted, I wrote up a tutorial for this quilt block, if you'd like to try it for yourself!