This is a post about the Tokyo Subway Map Quilt-Along, which you can join at any time. You don't have to sign up anywhere but, if you like, you can join our Flickr Group. Piecing instructions were included in this earlier post.
There's a lot of white in this next block! It may seem silly to be piecing all those tiny white squares together instead of using a bigger white patch, but I think there are two important ways that having the whole top made from same-sized pieces makes things easier.
The first is that all of the cut pieces are the same size so, while there are a lot of tiny white squares to cut and piece, there is no need to keep track of a bunch of different-sized white pieces. The second, and perhaps less obvious, is that having this nicely-pieced grid already marked on the quilt top will give us some exciting possibilities for quilting. (Spoiler alert: There's a FMQ challenge associated with this quilt-along!)
Here's the layout for the rather mundane Block 16.
Here's my Block 17.
And, here's the layout for Block 17.