Here's a pic of the background I selected. It's the leafy, tan fabric. (Did I not think there were enough leaves already?!) It's "close enough" to what I was looking for. The fat quarters urged me to take them home. I also bought the light fabric on the left for "something else" "some other day" just because I loved it.
The background fabric was an interesting experience. I converted metrics to yards... and rechecked the numbers. Purchase THAT MUCH... of the SAME fabric? I've never bought anything longer than I could hold in outstretched arms. (Do any of you remember your first time buying your first big piece?) And though I like to iron... my goodness, it just went on and on! : ) Then I had to figure out how to refold the unwieldy mass. You would have laughed if you were there... and I would have told you to help me for goodness sake!
Block 5 is my first block. I drew a different container that seemed more my style. I know I'll make other changes as I go along. Here's some of the fabrics. I'm deciding between the two "urn" fabrics. (Sorry, the black is a little tough to see.)
I may try different techniques. For this block I'm using the freezer paper/starch method, because it gives this perfectionist the results she is happier with. I am practicing other techniques to build those skills. (I envy you who can needle-turn!)
I'll try to be back soon to show some progress (with actual stitching! lol). Just remember that I "dance" slow.