I found it difficult to know where to go from my quilted center. Notice that the crossed design is off center. That made me eliminate my first ten solutions. I looked in books, and online hoping to find inspiration or an answer. Finally I thought, DISREGARD that part of the design, and just build outward.
Then I started to have fun finding my LARGEST prints, which heretofore I've not found an appropriate way to use them. For this quilt, they are just right. For one thing they contain the colors of the quilt and support what I had in mind as far as making a statement with prints.
At this point the top will end up being 70x80ish, which will fit a twin bed.
But that is mattering less and less. In other words, I am less concerned that I make functional or art quilts. My main aim is to USE THE FABRICS I have been saving for. ever. I mean, really.
PS...my fixed sewing machine is sewing so quietly, and smoothly. Sigh. What I will do to keep it clean of lint is not to blow it out but to use my vacuum cleaner to suck up the lint. Duh. Why didn't I do that all along?