I still have the first large quilt I made, I started making it in 1980 and finished it sometime in 1985. I remember spending ages agonising over my design (worked out on graph paper with coloured pencils), marking out all the fabric squares and triangles, then cutting them out (with scissors) and hand piecing them together. The blocks are big, nearly six inches, but I did quite well as most of the seams match up fairly well.
Once it was pieced together, I lost interest in it for a while until I decided to quilt it. I used calico for the backing fabric and the batting was most likely a polyester batting as that was all that was available in New Zealand then, I remember it was really puffy. I used to do my quilting while I was on night shift in the RNZAF Base Auckland communications centre at Whenuapai. I managed to get a lot of quilting done over the two night shifts (we worked 12 hour shifts of two days, two nights, then four off, two days, two nights etc).
quilt back, actually cream in colour (not blue as it appears)