My first quilt. Made in the mid 1980s, during a beginner's course at The Quilting Bee, a wonderful shop in Gordon, NSW (which is no longer in existence). Everyone else in the class made a sampler quilt, but I didn't like that idea, so I was encouraged to try a medallion quilt.
This was back in the days before we had template plastic or rotary cutters. I drafted the block from a book (it looks like a Jinny Beyer block, doesn't it, but I can't remember what book it was from) and then cut the templates from sandpaper. It was hand pieced and hand quilted - the quilting is probably better than the sort I do these days. I do love cross hatching.
The most obvious thing about this quilt is that it is BROWN. There were very few ranges of patchwork fabric to choose from then - today I would probably use different colours to liven up the brown, but then monochromatic was the way to go. I resisted the pressure to make a 'lovely' apricot and green sampler - I was very into brown in those days. I even had chocolate brown sheets on my bed!
I still quite like the centre block, but I imagine the types of borders that could surround it instead of those very plain ones. It has the feel of an Amish design about it, don't you think?