What to do with leftover Plus blocks

I have a pretty cool problem right now up in my sewing room. I am wondering what to do with leftover plus blocks. Cub plus blocks to be precise. I may have overdone it while working on the Cubs quilt.


I looked at all of those leftover blocks and divided them into two piles. Each pile had about 25 plus blocks, miscellaneous strips in various stages and some plain blocks. left-re-2

I put one pile to the side and starting throwing blocks up on the design wall.  They were peeling off the pile in sets and at first that is how I placed them. I always take a picture to see if I like a design.

I didn't like this one!


I decided that I didn't want the same blocks all in a row. I also decided to offset the rows. I did that and put some pieces of blocks at the ends.

Nope still wasn't doing anything for me. (I sometimes wonder why I stopped following patterns. Way less decisions to make)left-re-4

I decided that having the one t-shirt top in the middle was the part I didn't like. I popped it up to the first row. I had to rearrange a few things.

Then I counted the blocks. I had 5 blocks over and 5 blocks down. A perfect square.

I didn't want a 45" by 45" square.


I took a few of the non pieced blocks and distributed them around. It broke up the pluses just a bit and it gave the quilt a rectangle shape. Much more pleasing to the eye.

This quilt will be 45" by 54", just the right size for a little kid to use as a lap quilt. Or a play quilt. Or great for pretend picnics or any of the fun things kids do with quilts.

Hmm, do I know any little kids? By golly I do, a boy and a girl! And remember I have two piles of blocks, phew.

Once I get a design I like I am going to copy it for the second quilt. I may love my grandchildren to the moon and back. But I am not redesigning the second quilt.

Even grandma has her limits!

Sew happy!

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