I took the main block seams apart so I could square up the block for easier piecing. My friend Judi scheduled another Dye Day in her nearby studio, so I brought the quilt block pieces. She suggested I try a bleaching technique to change the character of that orange. It happened I had brought along stencils so I tried painting the thick mild bleach solution through the stencils to create an interesting design, but whatever the dye was, it was quite stubborn. By the end of the day, it had done what it was going to do, which wasn't much.
Back at home, I printed a maple leaf graphic on freezer paper, cut it out and centered it on the orange squares. I used black and blue watercolor pencils around the edges of the freezer paper stencil for another layer of design on the fabric. Here's how the block looks now, pieced back together and much closer to square (only very minute shavings had to come off the orange pieces and the hourglass blocks).
I was pleased with the end result - I think that garish orange has a lot more interest and texture. You can best make out the bleached design in the center leaf where I outline quilted only - it's a four way symmetrical design that makes an "orange peel" center.
When it came to setting the block into a quilt, I turned to the Quilt Index for Ohio Star quilts and settled on one that just alternated the hour glass blocks and squares.
I quilted it in a light pink thread, as though it was 5 Ohio Stars set with alternating plain blocks. The feathers have a sprinkling of stylized leaf shapes.
The backing and binding are made from a fabric that combines orange, pink, and magenta with greens.
I named the quilt "Maple" in keeping with my single word titles for the previous two season quilts.