I attended a workshop with Billie Lauder at Houston 2007 but didn't get very far. Most of the class used calico or light backgrounds but I chose to go with orange as I thought the yellows might look a bit insipid otherwise. However, I miscut the yellow pieces so had to use less satisfactory substitutes. This little top measures about 25" square and it will be for a prison baby. They need some visual stimulation!
If I was doing another quilt I would cut more 3.5 inch strips rather than ones of different widths and I would set the blocks on point with alternate plain setting squares as in Billie's main example.
This was the first project I worked on downunder.