After much agonizing, I finally came up with a design I like for my first round of the Doll Quilt Swap. I can't even tell you how much time I've spent scouring my partner's Flickr favorites and blog, but I think my "research" has paid off. I'm pretty sure this is right up her ally.
Here's sneak peek of the progress I'm making. I've had so much fun making my first all-solids quilt. I used Kona Stone and Kona White as well as 14 colors from my Kona Starter Pack. This little quilt is about 22" square, but I'd love to make a larger version of this someday, maybe as a baby quilt or a throw.
I still have to quilt the center, but one thing that's holding me back is that I need to learn how to hide my starting/stopping threads. I usually just backstitch at the start and finish of my quilting lines, but on this project that doesn't look too good with the white thread showing against the stone colored fabric. Any advice or links to a tutorial would be greatly appreciated! I frequently hear bloggers talking about "pulling their threads through" or "hiding their threads" but I have no idea how to do this. I still have so much to learn!