This quilt was made in 1985 and was my first foray into the world of machine piecing. The pattern came from a magazine, but the top part of the star was not part of the original design. I hadn’t done a lot of quilting at this point and was NOT at all confident that I could make the needed changes to the pattern. I knew that if I pieced it by hand, it would take a week to do and then I still might not be able to do it. SO, without really know what I was doing, I set out to piece it one the machine.
I did EVERYTHING wrong in this process….at least based on what I know now. I prepared the templates out of cardboard, and then drew them onto the fabric. I cut out each patch, adding the quarter inch seam allowance. I matched the corners and lines and then sewed along the line.
But, the upside was that it only took a couple of hours to piece and I was able to make the changes easily.
It is fun to look at this piece and remember how much I worried about making such a simple change. I have come a long way in the past 24 years and hope that, in 24 more years, I will look back at today’s quilts and think about how much more I have progressed since then.