I'm making my first quilt, y'all! I am so excited because I have long wanted to make a quilt. It doesn't (really) need to be sized or fitted. You really can't go wrong with the colors. Unlike clothing it will always fit and has the potential to be passed down for generations. That last bit is mind blowing to me.
My grandmother made a quilt each for my sister, me and my brother and we all still have them. Mine needs repair due to love damage but it is still in great condition and I still use it for an extra layer of warmth in the winter. It is twin size so I don't have to burden my warmer blooded husband with an extra layer on his side of the bed.
I am actaully making 2 quilts, one for each of my girls. Devon's will be a twin size but Baby #2 will be a crib size. I envision using the crib size for at least her first 3 years (unless it becomes a comfort object then a few more years) as a playmat, outside seating until she walks, a car blanket and stroller blanket so I can justify not making 2 twin sizes. I am using Deyse Schmidt's Hills N' Hollers quilt pattern which calls for hand appliques of 85 hills (60 and 25 hills per quilt) so I am looking into shortcuts. My first option is to add 1/4'' seam allowance to each hill, baste around the edge and then press using the basting stitch and topstitch in place. The second is to use heat n bond but I am afraid of the edges fraying. The second method was used by Blair Peter of Wise Craft so maybe I will send her an email to see how her quilt is holding up. Wish me luck!