This patriotic start quilt was designed by Shelly at Quilter's Connection, our local quilt shop in Northeast Dallas. She had a civil war and contemporary red white and blue color way, and I chose the latter. I made most of the blocks in 2011, and it took me several months in 2012 to get the 51 sashing blocks made (those devilish red diamonds!). Maria Davis Hall quilted it for me this spring. Shelly's kit suggested a deep blue background fabric, but I didn't like the color with the other blues in the blocks, but needed some color to contrast with the white triangles surrounding the square blocks, so I selected this red, blue and white star print. I think this quilt looks better from far away than it does up close (my piecing errors aside), because the white triangles really pop the blocks. Up close, I fear the background print is a bit busy. But my husband likes it, so it will be his gift. The backing is red and white polka dot print, and the binding is the same red fabric as the accursed diamonds!