I have made two twin patchwork quilts and two king size patchwork quilts as well as several super sized nine patch baby quilts. The first twin one was in early 2000-2001 or so, I sewed a bunch of squares together, sandwiched a blanket in and used a flat sheet for the backing, wrapped it around the edges for the binding and stitched it down. I did not do any "quilting" on the actual blanket. I made curtains, dust ruffles, pillows, etc to match (kids room).
Then I did a king plus size quilt in brown tones and had it machine quilted thru the senior citizens center. When it wore out, I made a teal king plus size in one weekend (2009) and having moved, found another lady to do the machine quilting. I currently have a queen bed but like the larger size quilt, our king size bed is in storage. She is now working on the last twin top I just finished for dd19, done in black/white.
All 4 of them are nothing but squares I sewed together having made the alternating blocks on graph paper, buying the fabric, cutting the squares and laying them out to make sure I liked the look before sewing them together. It's probably an actual design, what do I know?
Lately I've been doing baby quilts, I'm going to try free motion quilting (instead of just in the ditch) on them later this month and see if I like doing it and the overall finished product. I'm also practicing making and putting on binding, each one is better than the last.
I'm thinking I want to do another larger one with an actual pattern/design other than just cut squares stitched together. Squares, strips, maybe a border? I don't really even know what to look for and when I Google images, I'm overwhelmed! Maybe quilt each block and then sew them together since I can't do a large quilt myself?
Recommended books? websites? blogs? I want to figure what which one to do and get supplies by the end of the month when I go back to JoAnn's. I also found a quilters store in the same town and plan to browse there too.