Why yes, I did use the liberated stars next. ;- ) I rearranged them and had to make a few more but I liked the way they looked at this stage of the game.
The top was square up to this point. I knew I wanted a rectangular quilt in the neighborhood of 60" x 75" when it was done so at this point I picked two sides to elongate and added 3 inch strips to those two sides. Then I pulled out my scrappy six inch Bow Tie blocks to create end borders.
I really like using them in this zig zag formation.
Time for outer borders to finish it up!
I thought this old calico would do the trick.
I was wrong. Almost as soon as I sewed the strips on I took the quilt off the design wall, and worked on something else for a couple of days. In the back of my mind I knew I wouldn't be able to live with this for the final border. I just wasn't willing to face the reality of the situation. Some part of me knew I was going to have to take it all off or change it up somehow.
After sleeping on it for a day or two the solution for changing it up occurred to me. Rather than taking the calico off altogether I cut it down to finish at one inch wide. Then I added the two inch dark red calico border.
Much better. :- )
I found a lovely large scale dark red floral print to back this - didn't get a picture of it for you though, sorry. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out. It's so warm visually. Hopefully the recipient will think so too!