I Finished Piecing My Quilt!

I'm very proud of myself tonight, since I've finally finished piecing my first quilt top. I've been using the colors in the quilt to determine the colors in the nursery, and sure enough, it looks good in that room. Although unfortunately no one can see that yet, since Terry took this photo for me in our bedroom.

I had to do a little math and trim the side green pieces a bit to make the quilted squares all line up correctly since they're not perfectly square. But part of the reason the quilt was designed with the border around the center was precisely to provide a bit of a fudge factor in case the squares didn't exactly match up.

But once I trimmed the border sides a little shorter than the top & bottom, it all worked out. I was even able to match seams and points pretty well so it looks quite sharp, if I do say so myself. I think I'll enter it in the county fair this year. True enough it's only my first quilt, but since I don't know if I'll ever get around to making another one, I might as well go for it.

Tomorrow in quilt club I'm going to learn how to turn it from a pieced top into an actual QUILT by adding the batting and backing. The back will be the same green calico color as the center border, and will make a border around the outer front sides as well. I'm pretty excited to finish the quilt, since it's not very useful as a blanket right now, and I want to start using it already! I've been working on this since October or November, I forget which was the first quilt club meeting I attended.