i actually made my first quilt. i found a great tutorial here by the amazing rachel denbow.
granted mine doesn't technically look anything like hers, but the concept is the same: cut, sew, layer, quilt, bind.
notes for next quilt:
don't use light colored binding against dark colored fabric
measure 3x every time
spend more time placing and replacing strips
all in all, i'm pretty excited. this is going to be a christmas present for my nieces...
and, of course, thanks to stephen for keeping the kid happy while i spent all that time cutting and sewing.