The lessons I think today's quilters can learn from this quilt:
1. Create a LABEL--by hand or computer, please sign your work. Someone in the future WILL want to know who made your quilt, when it was made, where you lived, and why you made it.
2. Don't be so hard on yourself it things are not perfect--notice the four corners on the four sawtooth borders--each is different. That is part of charm of this quilt for me. The quilting motifs change direction--three rows point in one direction, two rows in the other--probably so it would look "right" on the bed.
3. Take care of your quilts--don't store them folded up for years. Don't store in plastic bags or against wood in a chest or drawer. Watch the amount of direct or indirect light your best quilts are exposed to. This one is in such excellent shape it must have been stored out of light and I don't think it had been washed. I'm currently storing it rolled up, around several other quilts, inside in, out of direct light.
4. Put a "secret" hint into your quilts. There are two interesting motifs quilted into this--a dragonfly and an initial--it might be a "W" or an "M". Since my husband's last name is Wilkins, it's now a "W". I am a huge fan of dragonflies, often wearing one of the many dragonfly pins I've collected, and so you can imagine my surprise and delight when I got this home and discovered those two motifs! Here are shots from the back so you can see them--they are almost invisible from the front.
6. Finally, keep your eyes open at flea markets--you never know what kind of treasure you'll find right around the corner!