It's another collaboration, fifteen Ohio Star blocks were donated to our Quilt Ministry, another member made a 16th block, sashed and bordered this lap or throw size quilt. I pieced the back from some sweet vintage garden themed yardage in my stash, quilted and bound this one, again destined for the Labor Day weekend benefit auction.
The yard is again soaking wet from an early morning downpour, though I seem to have caught the few rays of sunshine we've had in some of the following indoor shots. Here it is fresh from its spa treatment in the washer and dryer.
This quilt was 60x60 inches when I began quilting it, but after quilting, binding and a cold water rinse and drying on very low heat it's now barely 55-1/2 inches square. That is probably the highest rate of shrinkage I've ever seen in one of my quilts, I'm guessing because of the matchstick quilting surrounding the stars.
The sashing and cornerstones Lois added between the Ohio Star blocks created a nice Shoofly block secondary pattern.
A close-up of the back shows the quilting a little better, and also shows the simple border quilting.
I drew most of the quilting designs freehand with a blue washout marker, and used one of my kleenex box circle templates to draw the curves in the border. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done.
Needing to give my wrist a rest for a day or two before I get back to (hopefully) the last throw quilt for the auction. Meanwhile there's a bit of play happening on the design wall as I discovered another grocery bag of Lois's scraps in one of our ministry totes yesterday. Seven completed blocks and lots more strips cut. Wondering why I never seem to get around to starting a new project from my own yardage totes, only scraps. How does that happen anyway???
P.S. Yes, I'm aware of the 'humility block' in this finish! Because I know most of you will see it right off! It was discovered when we were sandwiching the quilt and we decided to just leave that little quirk right where it was! Call it character.