I took the same idea used in the monkey quilts and translated it into a quilt with puppies.
Someone had given me a print with crowds of dogs on it. I didn't have much so carefully measured to figure out the maximum size of squares I could cut to get 9 even blocks.
Then I calculated the width of block borders needed to bring them up to 12 1/2 inches. These were cut out of dog paw prints - 5 in black and 4 in brown.
I banded the puppies with the paws and then set them in alternating color blocks.
I used a grey patterned fabric border that pulls color from the big fluffy dog featured in the center column.