A long time ago (more than a decade) I started quilting. Most novice quilters latch onto the concept of miniature quilts fairly early on. Though impractical (I mean really, who is going to be kept warm with a 13-inch quilt?), miniature quilts give quilters an opportunity to play with design, quilt a smaller area on machine or by hand (as opposed to a huge quilt), and offers a chance to practice quilt binding techniques. But mostly, due to its size, a miniature quilt is doable.
To be perfectly honest, miniature quilts no longer appeal to me. Since my goals are usually to produce something pretty and functional, that's where I throw my time. But eleven years ago, shortly after I got married and relatively shortly after I learned to quilt, I became fascinated with wedding ring quilts. At the time, I did not have the skill to make a pieced wedding ring quilt, so I opted to try a miniature one, with the rings fused onto the quilt using fusible interfacing (my first time working with that too). I found the pattern in an old issue of Miniature Quilts Magazine (no longer published--print run 1990-2000/2001) that I picked up at a yard sale somewhere in Maine (where I was living at the time). In any case, the mini-quilt top got "lost" which, is pretty understandable considering it was, basically, a 13-inch square of fabric. I found it during our move and decided to finish it, because, well, it was a quilt eleven years in the making.
Speaking of wedding ring quilts, I am in the process of making a wedding quilt for Little Sir's teacher from pre-school. She got married last month and, not surprisingly, I am running a little behind. While I now have the skill to make a wedding ring quilt (at least I think I do...), honestly, I lack the patience for it. I designed something more modern but the project has become the bane of my existence lately, but I need to cross it off the slate and move on, so you'll likely see that sooner rather than later. No really, I am basting the quilt tonight...so that's something, right?