I had a “scrap bag” from Keepsake Quilting with twelve 9″ (width-of-fabric) cuts of fabric in coordinated colours. 9″ yields 4 strips @ 2 1/4″ (rather than the usual 2 1/2″) – enough to make a 44 X 62 quilt.
With each Magic Squares quilt I can see new possibilities – I can see at least two more ways of combining the blocks. In this version, I put together pieces from two “magic” squares so that I had the alternating light and dark center squares. The border was assembled from left over pieces from the panels made from 4 strips sewn together to make the blocks for the “magic” square. the back used the extra blocks.
This time I took extra care to align the seams so that the points were accurate. The seams came out pretty well – helped by the fact that all the seam edges are bias so I could nudge the matching a wee bit, then press using Best Press to flatten out the blocks.
This project isn’t as easy as it looks – the piecing is straightforward, but because you sew once, cut blocks, sew two blocks together, cut along the diagonals (which creates a bias edge), sew the larger blocks from 4 “corner” blocks – the amount of cutting, sewing makes it unlikely that everything will align perfectly – so you have to take care with the seaming and cutting.