This quilt was the first quilt I ever made when I was 16. The pattern is Road to Oklahoma and it is machine pieced and hand quilted. I quilted a lot of designs on this quilt because I was new to quilting and wanted to try every design I could think of and I love the look of a quilt that is heavily hand quilted.
It is a large quilt measuring at 96" by 96". This poor quilt is 17 years old and looks a lot older. It has been used a great deal and has earned every bit of its wear and tear. I am very proud of this quilt and all the work that went into it. With its age it has become so soft and comfortable, it only makes me want to use it more.
Last year I discovered the joys of machine quilting and the freedom that comes with it. I can accomplish so many more projects with machine quilting and I love the immediate gratification that comes from accomplishing a quilt in a short time. Don't get me wrong, I love hand quilting and the special personal qualities that it adds to a quilt. I always have a quilt sandwich sitting around that I can pick up and hand quilt when I get the chance. I am currently working on one for my husband and one for my son and I will share them with you another time. However, I am a stay at home mom with my hands full with two little ones (a 4 year old boy and 7 month old girl), so my time is stretched and I have to use it wisely.
I also thought I would explain the title of my blog. I am a southern girl who has lived in southeast Texas near the Gulf Coast for a little over 20 years, but I was born and spent my younger years in northern Florida on what is called the Emerald Coast.