By Marjorie Rich
My first quilt project was an overly ambitious pillow. (Why start with a 9-patch when you can make something elaborate and pretty?) You can guess by the colors that it was made in the late 1980's. A friend and quilt mentor taught me about color, scale, and hand piecing with this project. We carefully straightened the fabric, created plastic templates, marked and cut out each piece with scissors. I was left to quilt it on my own.
At the time my needle-craft was limited to cross stitch and needle point. So naturally, I did the quilting the same way, resulting in a product with 28 stitches per inch on the front, and an absolute mess on the back.