I really wanted the center block to be the main feature, so after a little SID and a few pebbles in the center, I left it alone to pop.
I did a curling vine design around the center and then did a different design in each colored geometric area. The large rectangles and squares all received an orange peel treatment. The light colored long vertical and horizontal rectangles had alternating "c's" and the darker purple had a design I call "heatwave." I used a soft gray thread everywhere except the bolder blue and green areas where I matched the thread to the fabric.
This is the back of the center block. (If you click on it, the detail is more easily seen)
This is a larger pic of the back. I have no idea what happened to the color in this photo...the color above is more accurate.
I'm still plugging away on my Quilt-Along; however, I had to put it aside for a bit to get the bindings and sleeves put on the quilts I entered in the show this weekend. Next post will show EIGHT blocks...yes EIGHT. I'm doing TWO quilts. One is Christmas and one is the fabric shown here.