I've never truly quilted before, so I played it safe and bought myself a beginners book, and then promptly picked out one of the "intermediate" designs. I had what might be considered too much fun picking out fabric. I discovered that flannel makes an excellent replacement for batting. I ended up purchasing a walking foot for my sewing machine so that I could machine quilt this quilt. The rabbit hole is, in fact, deep.
Oh! And I did mention that this quilt is for my beau's brother's wedding? No? Oh, then, let me tell you that my beau's mother bought me my super-duper sewing machine for Christmas. So, really, no pressure for a first-time undertaking. Nope. None.
All in all, though, I think it came out rather well, and though the pictures doesn't show it, surprisingly square!