Fast forward (*cough*) 20 years (*cough*), and I found "Quilty", a quilting magazine. The orange and white quilt caught my eye on the cover of the Winter 2012 issue, so I scooped it up. I figured that I could probably sew a straight line, and be good to go.
After flipping my way through that issue, I wandered around the Quilty website and found this awesome quilt: the Blonde Redhead, made with the Sister's Choice block. It looked like the perfect choice for my first quilt. I could make it for my sister. She had a birthday coming up, so it would be perfect!
I downloaded and printed the instructions, found the local quilt shop, purchased a cutting mat, rotary cutter, ALL kinds of fabric and matching thread. Yay!
More to come,