The second challenge of Project Quilting Season 10 was Red, White, and Blue.
The timing of this challenge was pretty opportune as it coincided with an improv challenge issued by Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side and a solids challenge due at the March meeting of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild. Both weekends were relatively free of plans, AND I had Monday off of work in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This set me up to make a larger, in-depth project.
A few years ago, I started my solids scrap stash with a giant bag of scraps found at a garage sale for only $3. Many of the scraps are fabrics with previous lives as clothing, sheets, tablecloths and decor. I've added to it as projects have left me useful scraps. This has yielded numerous projects over the last few years. The RBW challenge was a great time to dig into it again.
In the Facebook group for challenge participants, there was a fair amount of discussion about this particular challenge and levels of patriotism. The announcement included a mention that many flags around the world include the colors red, white, and blue. In the United States, we were in the midst of the longest federal government shutdown in history during a time when civil discourse seems to be utterly and completely in the past. Many in the group, including some furloughed federal employees, were feeling disenchanted with being overtly patriotic. Thus, "Fractured Star" was inspired.
Some in-progress shots:
The finished quilt measures 30" x 60" and currently features mediocre shadow quilting. The time constraint of the challenge required a finish. I am currently working on a digital quilting design to further explain the current state of discourse in the United States.