Thanks so much for all the response and offer to help!!
I will be gone a good part of the day;
so we've all got lots of time to ponder.
I really need to try to finish this weekend
because other pressing quilt commitments.
Any input would be wonderful!!
(Please click on photos to enlarge them.)
Remember above is the original pattern that I chose for the contest.
Below is what would happen if I followed this pattern.
I like the blue, green and brown together,
but the name would be all crooked going down the sides.
And all the stitching blocks too.
Here is the other reason I didn't design them to be on point,
Max is directional; he would always be tipped on his nose.
Here's where my brain wasn't working.
I thought that if I just made the blocks square,
somehow that brown would be there.
I have no idea what I was thinking!
This is what it would actually look like.
(of course it would be straighter.
Stephen is a fine helper!)
I left out the Max blocks...no need.
As you can see this layout makes a much smaller quilt!
Finally, I guess this is the solution I am going to have to live with.
I really wanted the stitching to border the quilt,
and all the Max blocks in the middle.
This looks too scrappy for me;
but I don't think I have another option.
(The 'holes' will be filled with blue bordered blocks.
This design is larger and I'll need to make more to accommodate.)
I have quite a few jelly roll pieces left over,
I will probably make a couple of borders,
one with them and one with brown.
What would you do?