After I got the new picture I drew it out on graph paper. I went to my blogger friend and sewing guru Wendi Gratz over at Shiny Happy World, my sewing facebook group, as well as links to sites on starting quilts and making 5-bit quilts for help.
Once I had finished the drawing it was time to cut a lot of 2.5" squares. How many? I ended up cutting over 2,000 squares. I do have some left, so if I want I could make a pillow case. (not happening anytime soon) I wasn't sure how many I need and I knew I'd make a least a few hundred mistakes, so having the extra proved a good decision after all.
Fear number 1: basting and quilting the quilt. I worked so hard. I didn't want to ruin it. (Thank you youtube and countless people who uploaded tutorials.)
Here is my first quilt.