The layout of the original quilt made by Alice Criswell for her daughter Mary is shown here. There are eight by eight 13 inch blocks with a double size centre block. It is a big quilt. Take a look at the photo of the quilt on the right of the screen, that's on a queen size bed and it nearly touches the floor all the way around. Some of the blocks are repeated two or three times. (I'm using EQ5, the libraries are a bit limited.)
This is the layout I have chosen for the Chester Criswell Quilt.
I know some people are talking about reproducing the whole of the original quilt. If you are making the larger original version you will need 8.5 yards of background fabric; you will need 4.5 yards for the smaller copy. The placement of the blocks is up to you; you can put them on point and add turkey red sashing if it pleases.
Wanda left a comment on the last post, asking if anyone wanted to swap a block. This has really got me thinking, wouldn't it be great to make the CCCQ a real-time signature quilt with blocks from around the world and the names of friends old and new. My first plan was to make a reproduction of the original as accurately as I could; now I want to make a modern swap quilt too.
I need more hours in the day.