My second quilt I'm ashamed to say is still in the box. Never got finished, nor am I inclined to finish it. I've said for years that I am going to go and reclaim the fabrics, but I'm probably not going to do that either.
I didn't know much. Even though I sewed clothes for years, it never occurred to me that grain mattered. Nor did it occur to me that a lemoyne star was not a beginners block. I didn't realize that a sheet was not a good choice for the solid fabric. And that inset or 'y' seams would be possible given my skill level.
I marked the pieces using a pen and my cardboard template. And cut the piece with scissors. So needless to say it was a mess. But fortunately for me, I was hooked never less!