I decided to dig up the original block work I had completed last year--before I gave up. First, I was surprised. I finished much more than I had first believed (4 blocks and several partials).
My first tutor for quilting was, as I said before, McCall's. In fact it was "Quilts & Afghans: from McCall's Needlework & Crafts" circa 1984. In this particular book one learns how to make the following: Seminole Stripes, Fan, Broken Star, an Heirloom composed of 20 different appliqued blocks, Bear Paw, Tulip applique, Amish Diamond, Schoolhouse, Ribbon-Stripe, Pine Tree, two different wall hangings, and a very adorable Sunbonnet Sue quilt set that features windblown star blocks, Dresden Plate piecing and applique. I just kind of took things from one of pattern the patterns (I think the bear claw), and made some awful sketches that I started to turn into something ;)
Anyway. So I dig up my original hand-pieced blocks and they are positively pastel
compared to my new quilt color story. I think he only thought they
looked bright because they were in comparison to some older dark red
and brown FQs I had lying around in storage ;) Now they're orphaned. At least for now! I'm machine piecing the new quilt, but I'm thinking I could work this into a scrappy one sometime in the future.