When I started the second quarter of the finish-along, this is the progress that I had made on this quilt. I thought that since the blocks were already sewn, it would be a quick finish.
It turned out that this was about half the number of blocks I needed to make a decent throw-sized quilt. The recipient is recuperating, and I wanted it to be large enough to cover him and ward off chills. So, I made the extra blocks and arranged them all again, and it still wasn't right. I wanted a rectangular quilt to accommodate his height, but it looked odd--as if the sides had been cut off. I'm not fond of square quilts, but there wasn't an option here. I needed those white pieces to meet on all four sides. So, I made more blocks.
I used my walking foot to quilt around the edges and through the center of each white section, then did some loopy free-motion quilting through the red sections. Lots of turning and lots of thread ends to sew in, but it looked nice. The binding didn't. It disappeared against the red and made the white sections look oddly truncated. Since I'd already trimmed off the excess backing and batting in order to sew on the binding, I used a quilt as you go technique to add white borders even though I prefer borderless quilts. So, I ended up with a square, bordered quilt, and I have to admit that I really like it.
I used a pieced backing and even though the quilt is square, from the back is appears to be rectangular.
So that's my first finish for the second quarter. More on the way.