Actually it's a wallhanging. Circa Spring 1993--Yokota Air Base, Japan. The class was taught at the rec center by the pediatrician's wife. Keepsake Quilting was my first introduction to quilting supplies. The fabric selection on base was limited so I decided on an Americana theme. We dabbled in a bit of everything. Notice the appliqued heart? The rail fence was strip pieced and the other 3 blocks were all made using templates--UGH! I didn't know a thing about half square triangles or making squares with a rotary mat and cutter. The teacher gave a brief, and I mean very brief demo of hand quilting before the class was over. She wasn't the best teacher but I did get bitten by the quilting bug.
Fast forward 15 years. I Heart Kokeshi is a pretty recent quilt. Things I've learned: I've gained the confidence to make projects without using a pattern. I'm so much better at choosing fabrics and working with color. These have allowed me to step outside of my box. I do NOT have to quilt every quilt myself. It's ok to make scrappy backs; as a matter of fact I LOVE them the best. Rotary mats and cutters are a quilter's best friend.
I'm so glad I didn't give up after the first class. I've learned many things about making quilts since 1993 but the most important lesson I have learned is...make what you love and as long as you enjoy it, no one elses opinion matters.