I finally have a couple of pictures of my quilt top from Randi's Road to Spring Quilt Along. I had to take some yesterday, because the one I took before was actually after I'd just started piecing it, and it was only about 8 strips wide. This is the finished top, ready to be made into a quilt sandwich and quilted - after I get some practice and work up the nerve to do it!
And speaking of quilting the top, I found the little sewing shop I mentioned yesterday and they had the darning foot I needed. I had a choice between two, a cheaper all metal one or a nice, newer one for twice the price of the first one. I wavered just a minute, then decided to take the cheaper one, since I AM just starting out. Then I thought I'd just ask if he had a walking foot for my model of machine, and he did happen to have just one. It was almost $40.00, though, so I just decided to wait till I saved more money. Then the man said the foot was a return from a lady who had decided she just didn't want it, so he could let me have it for $22.00. I checked my money, realized I had enough to get both, and came home with two feet for less than the walking foot's original price! So now I can quilt in straight lines with the walking foot or do free-motion quilting with the darning foot. I was pretty excited to get those good deals today!
I really like this pattern. I want to do another one with denim squares and colorful, country cotton bars, back it with a sheet and piece the back with an extra strip from the top. Really, if you're at all interested in doing a simple quilt, this one is very easy to piece (I can't speak for the quilting yet!) - if you can sew a straight seam and line up the seams for the blocks, you can do this!