Then, realizing I was going to have to square up a LOT more of the triangle squares, I took myself to Michael's with the "make your own sale" 50% off coupon and bought one of these rotating mats.
I wish I had bought one years ago--this thing is great! I could layout and trim four pieces at a time, rotate the mat and cut the other two sides. What an amazing time saver. Kicking myself now for being cheap! Also while I was out I had to hit the quilt shop for more of the background, being short just inches of the final piece I needed. Not that it's a hardship for me to go to my LQS...anyway, back home more cutting and arranging took place and by the end of the day I had the initials all made.
The squares are 7" finished and the triangle squares 1 3/4" so the initials are about 35" high. The overall piece is about half the width of the finished quilt so will make a big splash on the back! Not sure how we're finishing out the remainder of the backing. Another trip to the quilt shop may be in order. Oh, darn!