So I got all the red corners sewn on the last of my Door County Cherry Baskets. Next step, finding the perfect place for each basket in this assortment of 64 baskets. Here's what I had to juggle; I wanted to alternate the black and brown baskets, have no two background fabrics next to each other, and have absolutely no like red fabrics touching. I used different red fabric for the black basket blocks and the brown basket blocks, making it impossible to have two like red fabrics touching side to side, but not diagonally.
So mainly focussing on alternating the brown and black basket blocks and the red corner fabric I came up with this layout.
At this point I decided I needed to give more thought to the background fabric so I moved a few blocks, keeping with the alternating black and brown plan and the no like red plan.
And came up with this, which just didn't feel right to me. It was the background fabric that was still bugging me. So I came up with this idea.
Then I looked for rows of like toned background fabric and marked them on this grid, green is dark, orange is medium, red is light.
Then I identified the blocks that I thought I should move to improve the overall look of things.
And pulled them out of the mix. Here's where I went wrong, I forgot to consider my alternating brown and black basket plan. I thought if I could just rearrange these 9 blocks I would be good. But I didn't have equal numbers of brown and black basket blocks.
So I was left with this.
then the problems identified. This time I only moved one identified block at a time, paying closer attention to the black and brown basket fabric and not paying so much attention to the red corners.
Which led to this,
which I decided I could live with. There were a couple of like reds in the same area, so instead of moving the blocks again, I decided I would just put new red corners on the lawbreaking blocks.
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Help me Rhonda if I get some of these blocks mixed up while sewing them together, wish me luck!