I have a number of Bee blocks for Bee Europa on my urgent list for 2012, as I'm ashamed to say I got a bit left behind last year. Johanna asked for trees, so I made her a forest with a meadow in the middle.
and Ulrike asked for a non-wonky star, so I made her this 16.5" sun. This is based on an Eastern star pattern block I found in one of my books, but I switched some of the HSTs (half square triangles) for squares and twisted some around to give the loop in the centre.
And then I decided my next project was going to be a quilt to sell...don't ask me why, this is not on my Winter stitching list, I just felt the urge to make some thing BIG! Having decided this, I've also realised it's got to be a pretty straightforward pattern (because I can't afford for it to take me 6 months, there's Sarah's quiltalong in Feb I'm also going to be doing!) and not using my most favourite fabrics, (since I want to make a small profit and I can't bear to see my favourite fabrics leave me!)
A bit of umming and ahhing later, and I've decided on a ginormous Disappearing-9-patch design, starting with 10" squares which will be sewn together/chopped up/re-sewn to make 28.5" megablocks! For the fabric I'm using some single squares of my precious fabrics in zingy colours, mixed with some solids and less favourite fabrics, including the black, white and lime green swirl at the bottom of the picture. This was a king size duvet cover I found in a charity shop, but it's HOBBS, and lovely quality,so if it works I may well use it for the back too.
So, the question I would really like some opinions on is...how BIG? If you were going to spend a reasonable sum of money on a quilt, and it was going to be in these fabrics would 60" x 60" suffice? (the original plan, for a throw/lap quilt) or would you disregard it as too small for a double bed? does it need to be more like 70" x 80"? or would you only look at a huge king-size quilt?
I know it depends on what the quilt is intended for, but any thoughts or experience on what sells well is most welcome!