I've been lazy about posting, though not with the sewing. Most of that comes from a neglect to take decent photos of projects, or photos during the course of sewing. I'll learn eventually.
Here is the Christmas present I made for my parents.
There are 282 pieces of fabric within the black border. The whole thing is about 2 feet wide.
It's a kit from England Designs, a technique she calls picture piecing. It was not difficult, in terms of technical ability, just time consuming and tedious. I love the finished result though!
Here's the back, pieced from leftovers and a fat quarter that was given to me for helping hold quilts during a guild meeting. It just happened to fit in perfectly.
The stitching is all in the ditch, and I mostly stayed in the ditch. It was good practice and fun. Very fun. I may like the actual quilting part of quilting more than I thought.
Ironically, on Christmas Eve, I was telling Dad about taking a class on making a quilt from a photo and he said it would be neat to do a West Texas landscape. I was very excited for my parents to open this and see my handy work. Mom actually immediately started figuring out where to hang it up, which says a lot because there is other artwork around the house that has never been hung after years of being gifted or purchased. All in all, a rather successful project.