I started this by thinking about what's classic American, and thought "apple pie." Putting star patterns in pie crusts is pretty common, so I thought I'd make some placemats or trivets with starry pies on them - a set of Apple, Blueberry, Key Lime, and Pecan.
I had a lot of that red, white & blue star fabric in my stash (that I had failed to sell in my destash shop!), so I was just going to use that for the background under the pies. But that ended up looking really boring.
Since I had so much of that fabric, I decided to make a picnic blanket, with pies ready-made for the picnic! I used big easy star patterns from the Stars by Magic book, then appliqued the pies to the finished quilt.
There's a layer of batting in each pie, which I quilted separately from the quilt, plus an extra layer of batting under each pie when I appliqued them to the quilt, so they have a little 3-d effect. I whip-stitched some yarn around the edge of each pie to offset them a little like a pie pan edge.
All the fabrics were from stash. I spent just under $10 on pecans (to photograph!) and the gray yarn. Made in CT, USA
Measures 48" square.