The quilt is a basic diamond/star pattern, with each star having two solid diamonds and two patterned diamonds.
This quilt top was pieced together decades ago by my Grandma Stelzig (my dad's mom), using scraps from the 8 kids' old clothing. The whole thing was hand pieced.
My mom was originally going to do the quilting, but only got about 3 of the circles done. She was doing a very simple pattern of just repeating the same diamond shapes in the cirlcles. I thought that was too boring so I took out the little she had done and started doing these flowers instead.
Of course, I didn't think about how many I would have to do when I started it! There are 275 circles on the quilt that need flowers quilted in. Also, I'm doing the outlines of the diamonds too. 275 of them.
I started with the very center circle and spiraled out from there. Once I hit the middle of each edge I switched to working my way from where I was done out to just one corner. When that corner is done I'll switch to the next, then the next, and then the final one.
And, of course, I've learned that it is impossible to quilt without a little help from a cat or two!