There's one more thing I want to show you as you finalize arrangement of your blocks. I know some of you wanted to make an afghan larger than the normal afghan size, and I want to give you a couple of arrangements to accomplish that.
I've made some little square blocks for use in these arrangements -- for the square block, just start in the same manner as making the little rectangles, and stop when they're square. Edging all the way around is the same as the short size of the rectangle. So, in addition to making a little pillow cover, as I'm going to do with my small blocks, these little squares can go between ends of rectangles in the following arrangements. As you can see, the first arrangement is simply the addition of rectangles and the little squares all around our original layout. The second arrangement is more like a quilt-setting with sashing and corner blocks around each large square.
Measure carefully when planning your layout. My afghan, joined in the original arrangement and with about 2 1/2 inches width of border added all around, is about 50 x 70. The arrangements below will be larger.
I'll also use these little blocks to demonstrate three methods of joining I'd recommend in tomorrow's post.