United Concensus - Front
This quilt is named "United Concensus", and is intentionally misspelled because I intend to update this quilt with 2010 census data as soon as it is released.
I knew I wanted to represent each state with a star on my quilt, so I designed this layout with 50 nesting stars. The smallest block is 2" finished, and the largest is 12". California is represented by the large focal blue block in the center, and Texas is the red block in the upper left, but don't infer any political references in the red state/blue state representations! Those were determined purely for aesthetic purposes. Each state will be assigned to a star based on their 2010 census population, and a label will be added to the back with a legend showing where each state is positioned in the quilt. (I guessed at CA & TX because of a 2009 population estimate that suggests CA will continue to be most populous.)
Each of the 50 star blocks were pieced using the liberated quilt method made popular by Gwen Marston.
For the quilting, I decided to free-motion quilt the words to the National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." It was really fun figuring out how to get all the words on there without running out of room, and ultimately I decided to just run the sentences together. I didn't want the quilting to be a distraction, so it's done in yellow, but there are some additional photo closeups to show some of the detail.
To finish off this quilt, I took the finished top to my local quilt shop (Quilt Play in Grayslake, IL) and auditioned a few fabrics. I loved the blue polka dot that one of the ladies showed me, but then I found a red, white, blue, and yellow plaid that I couldn't resist. So they both came home. Of course, with a liberated quilt such as this, a straight binding would not do, so I did wonky prairie points to finish it off.
The Kona Snow (white) & the block centers are from my stash; the yellow was purchased along with the fabric for the prairie points. This quilt was made in Hainesville, IL and measures 43" square (from the tips of the largest prairie points.)