In between some paper-piecing and machine applique, I decided to finally quilt this lovely little project that I'd pieced last October. I thought that perhaps I could get it hung in time for the 4th of July and just this morning hung it in the hallway downstairs (another WIP finished!).
The pattern is called Decoy, a Schnibbles pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., and the fabric is Minick and Simpson's Prairie Paisley, a line that I still love, love, love! As for the actual quilting, I opted to meander in the background between the stars. In the stars themselves, I used the pattern shown in the "Ribbon Star" block from Ranae Allen's book, Skillbuilder Mastery for Quilting by Machine. It probably wasn't the best choice in that the leaves don't really go with an Americana theme, but the pattern fit in the block, it was a doable quilting pattern for me, and I was able to freehand it by marking just a few major points on each block with my chalk wheel (it was so nice to NOT have to rip out Golden Threads paper at the end!).
Have a wonderful 4th of July, all!