Thanks for your lovely comments.
Now I've finished piecing the top , I think it looks fairly OK, so I'll tease you no more.
I used just six 'jelly roll' strips and six white strips to piece the centre.
Here are all the squares all pieced together:
Adding the red and white striped 1/4" finished size border:
The finished quilt top - before I've done any quilting:
I think I'll quilt a simple 'squiggle' in all the white squares and then something 'fancy' in the white 4" borders, probably my usual freeform feathers......
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