The Stashbusters topic of the week is to talk about how long you've been quilting and your first quilt. I started quilting two years ago and am self taught. I have loved quilts for as long as I can remember, but there were no quilters in my family. I bought a beginning quilting book by Alex Anderson and proceeded to follow the directions. Now, mind you, I had not been near a sewing machine since the 7th grade (I really don't want to admit how long ago that was!) so the entire process was quite a challenge. Anyway, I made this rail fence quilt that is supposed to be a wall hanging (36" x 36") and promptly stuffed the top in a drawer without quilting it. After finishing a few more projects I drug it out last year when a friend of mine bought a HandiQuilter so that I would have a piece to practice machine quilting on. I did a simple meander and bound it. It now belongs to Ellie, our miniature Daschound, and she sleeps with it every night!