I pretty much taught myself to quilt by using the book Quilt! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes (that was the first edition way back then). I loved the idea of this sampler quilt pictured in the book. A variety of blocks of different sizes, no sashing:
So for a long time I just tried making different blocks from the book. Of course by the time I made my sampler (many many years later) my tastes had changed even more. Way back then I'd never seen utility quilts with blocks all sewn together every which way. My quilt is actually quite classic in that regard.
I did like the Roman Squares blocks though and ended up making an entire quilt of them sometime in the early 1990's. The prairie points are all there, I just didn't notice when I was taking their picture that a couple of them were folded under. D'oh. This quilt is about 42" x 30" with 4" blocks:
And a detail of the quilting:
But first, a link or two. Ooh, I'm late posting this one. Sara of Sara's Scraps was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Gwen Marston and did a wonderful summary. Look at the absolutely gorgeous Whacky Basket quilt that her guild is making for a raffle - that is one raffle I would LOVE to win. Sara definitely has the benefit of living near Gwen there in Michigan, but I'm not sure that would be adequate compensation for the snowy weather. Maybe though.
Woolywoman is going to be taking a class with Gwen and Freddy Moran. I am jealous.
Simply Sewn Beth made a lovely baby quilt using the free-pieced letters for baby Matthew.
Okay, gotta get running. take care ya'all.