Why, you ask, would I have chosen the cookie monster cables for my very first knitting project when normal people learn to knit scarves, then felt bags, then socks, and THEN attempt a sweater? I'm posting some pics here of my first quilt. Maybe this will explain how insane I am. I don't seem to be able to just get a pattern for anything and follow that. I'm really an outside-the-box kind of gal. Patterns are never what I want. When I use them, it's merely for launching purposes.
The bug quilts came about during my 3rd pregnancy. Knowing that after the baby was born, our girls would be sharing a room and bed, I went looking for something fun to decorate it with. I decided I really liked the loud colors (lemon, rasberry, lime, orange, etc.) and wanted a bug theme. There were several ready-made bug comforters out there, but none quite what I wanted (read in between the lines...none were quite loud enough!) So I thought to myself, "self, you know how to sew, surely you can figure out how to quilt" I got out my sketch pad, colored pencils, and graph paper and set out to make matching quilts for my girls. After I got the tops put together, I realized I didn't really know how to "quilt" all the layers together. I took it into my local quilt shop to see if they could help me out. I distinctly remember their stunned faces:
"THIS is what you did for your FIRST quilt?????!!!!!"
Anyway, after 16 months (give me a break, I had 3 kids under 4 yrs old at the time!) both quilts were done. The only differences are the blocks in the center are personalized to each girl: monkey for Olivia, grumpy bug for Zoe (ohh, you have to know her!) and Zoe's is smaller b/c I didn't realize HOW small it would be. Doing Olivia's second I decided to add a border and make it bigger. I've always meant to go back and add the border to Zoe's...maybe it'll be a nice graduation present or something (she's 5...do you think I have time?)