Yay! I can finally post this here now. I had to wait because this quilt was a Christmas gift for Maria and I know she reads the blog. Now, you may be thinking, Christmas?! Christmas was over a month ago! Yes, but I didn't see Maria at Christmas, since she was home in Austin, and the quilt was a little too bulky for Zach to take it down during his New Year's visit. Since we knew we'd go visit Zach and Maria in Boston at the end of January, I just held on to the quilt and delivered it in person.
This is, as I said in the title, my second quilt. My first measures about 5" x 12" and was made to go along with a doll bed as a Christmas gift for our niece in 2007. So I've moved from doll quilt to lap quilt; hopefully my next one (on the sewing schedule for September of this year) will be big enough for a full/queen bed.
I had a lot of fun picking the fabrics for this project; the blue and chocolate was the starting point, since Maria loves that combination. The top was machine-pieced, but the quilting was done by hand; I used embroidery floss and did long running stitches along the length of every other strip. The hardest part was putting on the bias tape, since the quilt was so thick; I used contrast stitching, which sounded like a good idea at the time, but it makes my mistakes a bit more evident. But that's okay. It will be nice and warm to help keep Maria cozy through New England winters.