I decided that to make it smaller but still be large enough for a bed. In order to compare with my friends, it just needed to have an entire row removed on the top and bottom. This would make it about 87" x 87". I also decided that I wanted to add a solid border that would alleviate the problem of all the tiny points and seams at the edges of the quilt.
Did I say that I used to teach the pickle dish pattern years ago in Portland, Oregon? Yes, and the very first pickle dish that I made was hand pieced and hand quilted and was based on an antique quilt that was made by a friend's grandmother in Georgia. I've made 4 quilts with this pattern, and probably have worked on a few more during classes. I also have made a mariner's compass quilt that was hand pieced and hand quilted during a Jinny Beyer class. Needless to say, this one will NOT be hand pieced or hand quilted. I may even alter the pattern to get the points slightly away from the edges.
Keeping reading to see what I did with this pattern.