|The blocks are 10 1/2" square, and the sashing is 1 1/2" wide.|
I ending up following Sherri Lynn Wood's lead in using perle cotton to quilt with. I found three little balls of the most perfect taupe DMC in the stash (in a bag marked 29 cents, so they must have been a thrift store find) and I like how their sheen and slightly heftier weight enhance my stitches, which just looked awkward and thin in the coral quilting cotton I used in the sample.
So I am happily quilting away, sticking to a sedate speed of one block per hour and doing no more than an hour at a time, in consideration of my rickety thumb. BTW, my neighbour Robin, she of the fantastic quilting skills, showed me her thumb joint and it was a shocker. I guess I'll live!
P.S. Thanks for the tips about dealing with the bleeding brown cloth. Very helpful!