Anyhow, Jan Krentz has a great book for traditional fancy lone stars, I initially got it from interlibrary loan, and then decided to just buy it (Lone-Star Quilts & Beyond). I used her strip piecing method to make the star points, that definitely made it easier, and I encourage anyone considering a traditional lone star to use that method.
After piecing the star points, I took these (out-of-focus-cell-phone) pictures to see which arrangement my quilting buddies liked best.
For the label, I printed (on fabric) a picture of Mike at a display of Christmas lights- I liked the big flag and it seemed to fit with the theme for this quilt.
Here's the final quilt.
|Proud to be an American, 2009 49"x 49"|
I think Mike liked it; I gave it to him for Christmas in 2009. I certainly like the colors and it was fun to do a traditional pattern. He hung it in his office until he retired, and now it lives in our entryway.