This is it... my very first quilt, made in the winter of 2006. My MIL and I took a beginners quilting class at Joann's and this baby quilt (or wall hanging, I suppose) was the quilt we each created over 8 weeks or so. I believe its called "Winning Hand" referring to the blocks that look like stacked cards. I had not an inkling of how to make a quilt until I took this class. I highly recommend taking a beginners class if you're just itching to know where to start!
We followed the directions in this book by "Quilt in a Day" so if you can't find a class in your area, you can probably find publications like this to walk you through the process. And in case you're wondering, YES, its much more fun to learn with a friend! Looking back almost 4 years, I'm not as fond of this fabric as I was, but I still consider it special since it was the first.
I'm so glad to have this solid basic knowledge so I can built on my skills and create modern, colorful quilts that I know will be loved for ages to come. I haven't really followed an exact pattern, per se, since this first quilt! Although I'll soon be cutting in to my Darcey fabric to make my very own (to keep!) Old Red Barn quilt like this one ... which does actually follow a loose pattern. It will have a permanent home in my living room, so Hazel and I can cuddle up on those freezing winter nights. So whats on your list of quilts to make?