Let me begin with the broad strokes:
- When you are all done your block should be no less than 8.5" tall & if you go up to 8.75" no one will fault you. In the same vein your block should be at least 8.5" wide & if you go a bit longer (more on this in a bit) that will be OKay, too.
- Your background should be WHITE fabric. Solid white is goo, white-on-white design is OKay, too. If your background has anything but white & this means cream or gold o teeny tiny little dots, you will get your blocks back.
- Your block should have at least five different books. It may have more; it cannot have fewer.
In this see, you can see one of them was actually a three-parter; I added the black band at the top of one to give it a bookier look. Also, it stretched out what was a too-narrow book strip because if the background is in the ballpark of 4.5" the book strip should be not less than 5.5".
I know I said it in the original post but here it is again:
- The background piece should be less than or equal to 1/2 of the finished block + 1/2" by the width of the number of books you hope to make; the book pieces should be greater than or equal to 1/2 of the finished block +1/2" by that same width.
- I cut the book&background strips in widths between 2" & 3" wide & I mean anywhere in between. So long as the edge was straight I did not worry about widths being precisely on the 1/2" or even 1/4" mark. The idea is to have a variety.