A finish! I have been following Penny's quilt-along. It has been a lot of fun.
All the fun Heather Ross prints in the center of the blocks gave name to this quilt - "Short Stories".
Here the quilt is on display for the photographer. You can see the curtain clips holding the top edge. I used them to wall baste this quilt, and am quite happy with my new technique:
the quilt was hung on the wall, secured by the clips, top facing the wall
I used some painters tape to stretch it out and fasten the sides and bottom to the wall
the backing was aligned (center length and width) to the top and pinned to the top edge with quilters safety pins
then I just kept smoothing out the back and pinning ...
In addition to the 'quilt as you go', I quilted in the ditch between the blocks, and added some additional L shaped in the ditch quilting in each block a well. The batting is Warm and White 100% cotton.
My blocks ended up 13.25" from a start at 14.5". I think calculating an additional 1.5" to your finished block gives you a bit of room for squaring up your blocks.