This is what I wanted to try with the fabric I showed yesterday. It is still just half blocks so I can play with layouts first.
I don't know if the light to dark in the first photo is any better than just values mixed up. I need to move some more pieces in the second photo for a better balance of the dark values. This is all that 1 yard will make. There was another half star (2 6" blocks) but that would make it unbalanced. This would finish at 12" x 36", a nice table runner size. It resembles a parquet floor.
I sewed the last 10 strips on this piece (from 2 days ago). It is only about 17" square. All of the fabrics in this piece and the fabric shown above were from a group I showed on a 2009 post. The photo is a little dark, taken with an older camera.
This cute little baby bunny was in the back yard in charge of weed control. He sat there and patiently ate a bunch of leaves from the broad leaf weeds. It was 53 degrees here yesterday and 79 degrees on Wednesday.