I had to re-do the Sow-Along sickle block from this post, and in the process I made a decision about the white-based fabric. I've decided to use it for a border on the finished quilt and to no longer use it in the blocks. I'm going to use Kona white as the background. It makes the other fabrics "pop." Here's the new sickle block, using the Kona white. Wouldn't you agree that the little blocks look better now?
Randy gave us two bonus blocks last week. The first one is called Papa's Birds.
The second one is a star, and I'll add the pic after I make it!
I have another project that I've started - it's a mystery quilt. (A mystery quilt is merely a quilt that you make step by step, not knowing what the final layout will look like until you're ready to make the final layout.) I joined a Yahoo group called Mystery Quilts 4 Military. To be in the group you must commit to making at least one quilt a year from the mysteries given, and to give that quilt to an organization or group that collects quilts for active duty or retired military. A new mystery is started about 3 times a year. I WAS going to do the current mystery, number 27, but accidentally printed the cutting directions for number 26. But that's all right - I'll do #27 some other time.
Here are the fabrics I'm using for the mystery: