I changed the friendship star slightly. Usually, the center of the stars is a solid square, but I decided to bisect it on the diagonals. I like the movement this design element brought out.
I pieced the background directly onto batting, leaving the center area empty, then appliqued the interconnected blocks on top. I then put a back on the quilt and did some quilting through all three layers. You can't really tell very well, but I quilted lines from the corner of the center block in kind of a starburst pattern. I chose the blue background to represent space, and eternity, to show how long our friendship will last.
The piece is 20" square and was made in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.