Yes, I know it's a few days into May, but my April UFO is as finished as it's getting for now. It was a bit ambitious of me to think I could complete a whole quilt from blocks to binding during a month in which I was going to be out of the state for a whole week and then play catch up at my two jobs!
After assembling the quilt by section...
...I laid out some border options. Originally I thought I might just do top and bottom borders because I felt the quilt might be too narrow at 63" finished.
I believe I've mentioned before that I am not a MATH girl. Upon refiguring, it turned out I had not counted borders for all four sides, so the quilt would actually finish at 72", based on the pattern's two borders of 2" and 7" finished, which is plenty big for a couch quilt. Yeah, I am a WORD girl, not MATH.
Ultimately I went with a 6" finished outer border so I could include some corner blocks.
The top is finished! This is from a Thimbleberries book, the pattern is called Nine Patch Criss-Cross. I emphasized the stars using Cheddar and Cinnamon fabrics, hence my version's name.
I love this quilt and am so thankful for all the swappers who made these wonderful 9 patches. I'm pondering whether I should have made the corner blocks with cheddar triangles only. Also, that very low contrast 9 patch is bothering me a bit and I may decide to change it out. It is especially noticeable in photos. Opinions?
May's UFO Challenge pick is #9, which on my list is this yummy pile of blocks I won awhile ago in a giveaway from Nicole of Sister's Choice Quilts . She did not include the pattern but gave the name and I found a photo online that I can work from to assemble it. The fabric is Moda's Yuletide Blessings, though it doesn't look especially Christmasy. I'll enjoy putting this together! See other April UFO finishes on Judy's Patchwork Times.