This is a detail shot of a JN pattern called Desert Sky. I used BL gold thread top and bobbin throughout.
The paper-pieced stars were quilted with a design in the spikes and no quilting in the opposite spikes. That made the circles the focus.
I figured with the odd-shaped background--the L-shape, squares and rectangles for the border, I needed a meander-y overall and decided on ferns. Not very desert-y but a graceful choice.
She was very happy with it.