I finished it! This quilt is a gift for my sister's co-worker who is retiring next week. My sister wanted to give a patriotic quilt because this co-worker has an entire room dedicated to patriotic and Americana memorabilia. Pretty neat. So hopefully this quilt fits right in. I think that quilts should be worn and used, but I have a feeling this one will be hung.
I used this wonky star tutorial from Silly BooDilly for the stars. I like these but I think I went wonky overboard on some of them. I also used wonky stripes in the flag. I did this because I wanted to add touch of modernism to the quilt design. I'm not a traditional person, but the recipient might be. So I tried to keep the design more traditional but still add touches of my own personality.
Again, I had trouble deciding how to quilt it. To stick with the patriotic theme, I quilted a few stars on the flag. I cut a star from cardstock and quilted around it. I then quilted an outline a few times around each star to add more depth.
I decided to quilt around the stars on the flag using an all-over leaf design. The leaves inside the flag are simple, a smaller and tighter design than outside the flag.
I had an especially hard time deciding on the quilt design for the stars outside the flag, but ultimately I decided to continue the leaf theme. This leaf design isn't as tight as the design inside the flag, so I was a little worried about how it would turn out. I like the tighter designs because they look better to me when washed. But I think this design turned out really well. I would quilt this leaf and stem design again.
The back is nothing special. I bought 108 inch beige paisley fabric for the backing, but I used so much on the front that I ran out when it came time to make the back. So I had to piece some scraps from the front fabrics to make a backing large enough. But we will pretend it was intentional.
I think this quilt turned out pretty good. I really hope she likes it. This is the first quilt I made for someone who wasn't part of my family. Family has to like what I make...