I think it looks more balanced now with some lighter blocks in the end panels. I'll look at it again this morning and if I'm happy with it, I'll sew it.
Here are the 4 losers that didn't make the cut. They aren't rejects by any means but they were too solid and dark with the rest of the blocks. Now I have 20 more blocks I can sew since each strip set makes 2 blocks alike. I won't use them on the back because the quilting wouldn't line up in them. I think I am going to do diagonal lines both directions through the 2" squares. Whether I do it through every square or every other square will be decided later.
The art quilters and I made an appointment to go to the quilt shop (Quilter's Heart) yesterday for the 40% off sale. We did show and tell, shopping, lunch, and then got into projects. Doesn't that sound like a perfect day?