After two marathon plaid star block weekends at the end of March, I took a couple weeks off. Yesterday I immersed myself back into the groove when greeted by a cool, rainy Saturday morning. I finished cutting the last few star pieces and then spent the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon marking seam lines on the remaining 286 patches.
I had to revise my decision to go with a 7 x 8 block setting because of the way the quilt is sashed. The pattern calls for vertical sashing between the blocks in each row but NO sashing between the rows.
In a 7 x 8 setting, the quilt measured 6 inches wider than it was long, which looked peculiar.
A 7 x 9 setting resulted in an almost square quilt by 2 inches. With a jump in the block count from 56 to 63, I had to make sure there was enough background fabric in my stash for an extra 35 patches without too many repeats of any one fabric.
Thankfully, there was, but I spent a lot of time figuring out the best way to get the maximum number of patches from each of the remaining fabrics, most of which, by then, were less than a fat eighth in size.
With 37 blocks completed, there are 26 to go. At 5 per month, I’ll be able to start putting the top together by September or October and then hope for an end of year finish—of the top, not the quilt—as there is a pieced border, which will take extra time.
In the meantime, here are April’s blocks: