I learned to quilt when my mom opened a fabric and yarn store in 2004. I had attempted a baby quilt for a friend about 10 years prior, but that was my only experience with a sewing machine. I saw the animal print from Alexander Henry and wanted to make something! I found a simple pattern in a book by Terry Atkinson. (website here) I had my collection of fabric cut into various sizes, and randomly sewed them together.
You can get a similar effect with the Jelly roll race idea. I have made other strip quilts since they are fun when you are in the mood for random piecing. You can put Minkee or flannel on the back for a cuddly lap quilt. This pattern would also be a great idea for a quick baby gift.
I used the focal fabric as a border, then as most of the back. Taa-daa, a two sided quilt! I had it machine quilted by a fabulous lady who became my longarm mentor. The quilting was simple wavy lines to play off the pattern name of “Lasagna.” She added some animals in the border.
I love piano key borders! And I still like the effect of a small inner border as a resting space around the center motif.
What was your first quilt pattern?