Then I saw this pattern:
|Cubit from Stitched Together Studios|
and I knew exactly what I was going to do!
The quilt pattern measures 69-1/2" square, so I had to do a little math to shrink the design down to the 12" challenge size. I decided to make just the center four blocks.
Our weather has been a bit gray and dreary lately, so I gravitated toward bright oranges and yellows for my made fabric. Incidentally, these were the colors of our leaves last week...after the rain (and snow flurries!); they're mostly brown now.
I wasn't sure what colors I wanted to use for the sides of the focal squares, so I auditioned multiple options. It seemed like the obvious answer was to go with some type of grays/blacks, so I tried several of those, experimenting to see if patterned prints would work or take away from the made fabric focal squares. I also threw in a couple colored versions to see how they'd look. The orange/yellow squares measure 3-1/2"; the finished block will measure 12" square.
I was glad I auditioned so many different choices, and while I liked my first choice (upper left--gray solid and darker gray scroll) best, I was surprised at some of the others that I liked as well--especially the pink and purple; it just wasn't the look I was going for with this project.
I played around a bit more in Photoshop to see how the different blocks would look (I realize in real life the blocks would be mirror images...these are just quick mock-ups where I copied, pasted and rotated one block three more times.)
Brights; less of an optical illusion:
More traditional fabrics:
Darker shaded tonals:
Dots in different sizes:
Which do you like best?
p.s. If you like the Cubit pattern too, you can find it here.