Thank you for your comments yesterday, I still have a few to reply to by email but as ever I do appreciate you taking the time to comment. As I've been busy trying out arrangements today i thought I'd get on and show you what I've been doing.
Yestrday evening I trimmed all the blocks to 8" squares. Sadly I had my opinion that I am not a traditional quilter reinforced as one set was slightly wonky so if anyone has a serious perfection gene please look away ;-)
As you can see I cut off the timiest slivers from each side to square the blocks up. Ideally the 45 degree angle should lay along the diagonal stitch line but I was adrift on a few.
Having trimmed all the squares up I then had a play with potential layouts.
First of all a basic layout (excuse the untidy and scruffy bedroom)
This keeps the 7 designs in their straight lines. Did you spot the deliberate mistake How did I miss that!
Layout 2, still in design lines but with what I call windmills.
Layout 3, diamonds.
Layout 4, Flying Geese.
Layout 5, a central star with blocks still in a uniform design arrangement.
Layout 6, central star with the blocks mixed up a bit.
And finally, layout 7 with the blocks mixed up and a small adjustment made to the arrangement compared to layout 6.
I don't think there's a lot to choose between 6 and 7. I don't like layout 1 or 4 but I do like 5 and 7. Because there are 6 rows and 7 designs of block you could play forever to balance the blocks so that you don't get obvious duplicates throughout.
I have pinned together in rows the blocks from layout 7 but I am not going to sew them yet as I have to decide whether to add sashing anywhere and I also need to select fabrics for borders to make the quilt big enough for a bed. I may yet change my mind about the layout too!