My final decision on enlarging the quilt came on Friday when our grandson was here and I held the quilt up to him, after I sewed on a 2" inner border and 7" outer border, that it would be just fine without having to add any additional borders. I really like the result and will post a picture once it's finished. He was so cute, he saw the top hanging on my ironing board and asked me if he could sleep with it that night. He's a good sport and understood that grandma wasn't finished. To him, it looked complete!
Here's a sneak peak at my progress:
The embroidered blocks were meant to be snowball blocks so I'm quilting it to resemble the snowball block. I'll have to do a little more quilting in the center. I'm happy with my quilting in the plain blocks as it's easy to see where the needle is. In the plaid blocks, the stitches are a lot more uneven as it's hard to see how much needle I have coming out the top and to see where the thread is when I start a new stitch. Everything will improve with time.
Time to get back to work! Have a great day.