Have you seen Amy Smart's blog: Diary of a Quilter? She used Jeni's Giant Star Tutorial to make this gift for her sister. Amy added the scrappy border which isn't included in the tutorial.
Amy used Kaufman's Quilter's Linen (not really linen, but it has subtle lines that give the look of linen) for the straw-colored background. I really like that. Great job, Amy!!
Here's another cool idea from Amy: she's been saving pretty vintage plates to hang on a wall near her kitchen. Like designing a quilt! I love that plate with the green outer border. I hope she shows us the wall when they're hung.