I decided to go with the second version without the cornerstones. I felt that adding 81 2½" squares was going to make the quilt top look very busy. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! :oD)
I then dug out my boxes of 4½" squares and chose 64 of them. Taking 64 out of the boxes didn't make much of a dent in my supply! I have so many squares already cut that I could probably make 10 quilts like this and not need to cut any more!
I arranged them on top of our bed and then wrote down the order of each row.
Then I dug into my box of 2½" white strips for the sashings. I had so many of those, I didn't need to cut any new ones! Yay!
Today I started sewing the vertical sashings on to the 4½" squares to make the 8 horizontal rows.
Then I pressed all the seams towards the coloured squares. (Note to self: hoover the sewing room carpet! *blush*)
Then I sewed one horizontal sashing strip to rows 1 to 7 and two to row 8.
That's where I left it today. I wanted to keep going but I knew, if I did, I wouldn't be able to move tomorrow. I should be able to get the top finished tomorrow and I have a fleece already lined up for the backing. Fun times!
I don't know what the weather has in store for us this weekend but all these really heavy hailstone showers and bitterly cold winds are getting a bit old. It's nearly June, for pete's sake! Where is the warm weather?