First off I want to thank suggestions and comments I rec'd. After a lot of thinking and time, decided would use the log cabin log, the centre will show the block of embroidery and then I can attach the strips. I came across this site and going to give this a go. Also the look I am after is called low volume, a term new to me. But it is light colors and that is how I would like the entire quilt to be is very light. The blocks finish out at 20 inches, so it should not take that long to sew up. It is going to be a queen size for my bed, so would like to have it on for the summer. Thanks and here is the site with the pattern I am planning on using.