When I was new to quilting, I had very few fabrics, they could have fitted in a few shoe boxes. They were expensive and there was not the variety or the amount of fabrics on the market we have now.
There was a large shop half an hour away from where I lived that had a programme where you could get a pack of 7" squares of all the new fabrics coming in. At the time that's how I got some variety without the huge outlay. I took a class for a mystery quilt that required triangles of a huge variety. It's a leap of faith taking a mystery quilt class.
This is the quilt from that class. There was no matching of fabrics allowed, the pieces were put in a paper bag and pulled out in pairs, no looking or switching allowed. I bought the border fabric for $2 a yard on sale and machine quilted it with a simple stipple.
This friendship star quilt also has a story. We had a swap in my guild of triangles with about twenty people participating. Everyone ended up with a stack of triangles that we were challenged to make into a quilt. This is what I made and that's why there was a lot of fudging and points not meeting because that's what happens in swaps.
I hand quilted this one with a baptist fan pattern and it has a wool batting.
The fabrics in these quilts sure do date them, I love the humble nature of them and they remain favourites for the memories and the learning that is in every stitch. I remember the teachers, the other students, the quest for the fabrics, the guild friends and the fun. A quilt is so much more than fabric and thread, they can have deep meaning to the maker and they don't have to be spectacular or amazing to be loved and treasured.