So I mentioned to my mother a few months ago that August would be my second wedding anniversary and that since cotton is the traditional gift for second anniversaries, she should probably make me an awesome quilt.  See how I tried to be so sneaky there?  

Well, my mother being equally sneaky turns around and says, hey, didn't you say you wanted to learn how to quilt?  Let's make a quilt together!  

And so we did.  And although I was a bit nervous about actually having to sew things and although I had a bit of tricky time learning to hand quilt--I think because I'm a lefty--I really enjoyed the whole process.  

We used an Amy Butler pattern that is a bit random and therefore a bit forgiving of my apparent inability to sew in a straight line.  And we tweaked the pattern a bit, adding more blocks and some decorative borders so the finished quilt would fit a queen-sized bed.  

Here's how it turned out:  

As you can see, it's tricky getting decent photos with a cute dog laying on the quilt, but you get the drift.

I hadn't intended to end up with a super flowery, girly quilt, but I just really loved these fabrics so it couldn't be helped.

And yes, we did the actual quilting by hand.  Yes, it took forever to finish, especially since we only had about 3-4 hours a week to work on it and I'm an incredibly slow quilter.  

I came up with the idiotic idea to quilt this pretty wheat shapes around the bottom of the quilt.  I didn't realize how tricky it would be to quilt those little suckers.  But doesn't it look pretty?  

I'm actually pretty darn proud of how it turned it; not bad at all for my first quilt.  I'm happy that my mom and I got to work on this quilt together.  And I'm looking forward to working on another one this winter!