When I started sewing a few months ago, I quickly realized that I liked projects that were very quick. Instant gratification is key when you are beginning to sew. The very first thing I made was a doll quilt for my oldest daughter. Here it is...
If you want to make YOUR first ever quilt, I recommend starting small like this. That's what people told me, and I think it's a good idea. You will get a good idea about how to cut, piece, and then quilt the pieces together. I did a simple stitch in the ditch for the quilting part.
I also recommend checking out Quilty with Mary Fons on utube or at their web site here. Mary's excitement is just contagious and she really made me believe I could do it!
I also tried out some hand stitching to make dd's initials.
To make things simple for a 1st quilt, I also did not want the pressure of picking out the fabric. So, I bought those little packs of small cuts of fabric that already match. All of the fabrics you see came in a little bundle in the sewing section at Wal-Mart. For the backing, I just used a nice old sheet that I had lying around. I really like sheets for the backing-plus it's cheap if you have a good one on hand.
I always thought quilting was a lost art, but after doing some research, there are so many young people getting into quilting. So, give it a try!
I'd love to hear from you if you are thinking about quilting, or are just getting into quilting/sewing. I'm learning on my own, so I'd love to make some sewing friends on here.