Wanda Gene's Musings on Life, Love and Loving the Quilting Life!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Decisions, decisions

Hello quilt lovers,

I now have enough blocks to make the Criss Cross quilt in the size given in Bonnie's book.  The quilt that appears in Scraps & Shirttails II is 87" X 93."  I need to decide whether to go with that or make it bigger (fits my Calif. King bed better if it's a little bigger).  I'll need a few more blocks if I go in that direction.  I  might just add another row of blocks and make it 13 blocks square.  Time will give me the answer.

I am making my blocks just a little different than Bonnie's.  I have trimmed my blocks to an even 7" square, allowing the red squares inside to float just a bit, about 1/8 of an inch.   You could even go larger when trimming, therefore making the float more generous.

I really like to make points float when I have the choice because they just look better to me and I don't have to worry about cutting off the points when I sew the quilt together.  I often make changes in patterns that I am following to get this effect.  This change by itself will make my quilt a bit larger, about 90" by 96  1/2".

I am also mulling over border options.  A great way to put your own spin on someone else's design  is to make up your own border treatment.

Floating Squares might make a great name for this quilt.  Either that or Constellations.  Again, time will give me the answers.

Happy Quilting!