This is a pattern from Karen Griska (Selvage Blog -- see sidebar here). She calls it Ferris Wheel, I think of it as Whirligig. The cutting and sewing method couldn't be easier. I had a lot of scraps in darkish blue, green, red tones. One cuts two inch wide strips, not necessary to taper them, that happens mostly by eye as they are sewn into squares. And then making four-square blocks in a somewhat random way provides the great variety. At some points the randomness of it felt wrong. And at some points it felt delightfully free. But catching a glimpse of it on the design wall as it was being sewn (when I walked past the sewing room doorway) always gave a sense of what fun it is to put together prints and colors that aren't fussily planned. Finally I think the two inch red border/binding made a disproporationate amount of difference in tying it together.
I'm more and more a scrap quitler and I love the serendipity of combinations and I love the analogy of disparate patterns and colors with the variety of people I meet every day. Mine is not a homogenized, carefully planned world.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!