So I started doodling ideas for how to connect those little dots on the flower blocks. Reading The Inbox Jaunt's recent series about doodling really cemented the doodling process with me.
I then took the idea I liked the best and doodled this:
I really liked it, so I refined the center into this:
You can see that my original intent was to connect the dots. However a friend suggested I turn the image like this:
This setting has an advantage. It still gives the block connection, but I don't have to worry about connecting the dots exactly. This is definitely still pretty and easier to construct.
So I sat down and cut out some pieces. I figured that it would be simplest to use a whole rainbow of fabrics with dark gray underneath like so:
Here are the pieces cut out as I had originally planned. It's overwhelming to my eyes. They don't know where to look. I was so disappointed that it wasn't going to work!
In this picture I tried rearranging the pieces to see if I liked it any better. No such luck.
What if I took off the dots and moved where the pieces connected? Nope, I still don't like it and it still feels like too much. I even tried laying a black and white fabric in the center and that didn't work either. I was getting very frustrated.
What if I simplified it and only used gray and one print? It was getting better. The dark gray definitely works. Still, it wasn't great.
I love this pattern. Except the thought of doing the double blanket-stitch and having it still look symmetrical. There was no way it was going to be easy. I must admit that I am a perfectionist and wanted it to turn out nicely, so I kept going. I cut a snowflake-like shape out of paper:
I love it! The one piece really draws the four flowers together without being overwhelming!
But...I have learned to try all the possibilities before starting, so I rotated it 45 degrees. I like this even better because it looks like the flowers are growing out of the stems. I decided to go ahead and simply use the dark gray to make the shape. Here are the finished blocks ready to have the extra pieces cut and be sewn together:
This girl is a happy camper! :)