I got the 12 Old Italian blocks pressed and trimmed and laid them out edge to edge on the cutting table. I think I would prefer the cross bars narrower because when the blocks are sewn together the side triangles are going to become even smaller. I will probably look for a sashing fabric to go between the blocks since they will finish at only 7.5". Also because each fabric appears in 6 of the blocks it is hard to do a layout without the same fabric touching. With sashing they will get some separation.
Fireworks are illegal in this state but that doesn't stop several neighbors from shooting off big bangs at midnight (starting with the last couple days of June). I have picked up these pieces so far in my yard. The stick part is wood. What is going to happen if I hit one with my lawn mower. Will I get a big splinter driven into my ankle? That's the bad news about the 4th of July. The good news is that it is my 10th blogiversary and I haven't run out of things to say yet! 😊