Ok, let me just put it out there that if you are making the Blogger Girls BoM, you cannot nod off while you are sewing. The project is not terribly complicated, but you do need to remain alert. No mind wandering during this construction process.
So here is what I did that caused me to do some unsewing.
If you are making a twelve block quilt, you will construct TWO blocks out of each month's pattern, since there are only six main quilt block patterns featured in the quilt. The fun of this, and indeed the entire POINT of this, is to change up the color placement in your second block so that it looks completely different from the first one. That way when you finish all your blocks, it will be hard to spot any duplicates. If that is what you want to do. (If you want your two blocks the same, it's ok. I think I like them to be different).
Here are my first two Blocks Number One:
Umm. Very nice, but aren't they exactly the same? Why yes, they are.
Sound of crickets chirping.
So, I got out my seam ripper and attacked my second block, removing the green squares that abut the purple corner star points and replacing them with purple. Here are the two blocks now:
Now they definitely look more different.
So what advice can I give you about making your blocks look as dissimilar from one another as possible?
Perhaps you are a creative genius and have a million abstract ideas floating in your mind, which you can visualize perfectly. Lucky. Or, you might, as I do, flounder around a bit trying to get a grasp on how to make your second block dissimilar to the first version. It doesn't come naturally to everyone. Especially if you are used to carefully following a pattern's instructions.
Yes, I am getting to my point. You will need to check out what other people have done. You will get so many ideas on how to switch things up! So how can you do that, when you are slogging along all alone in your sewing room? News Flash! You are not alone in this project! Thelma has created a Flickr group, which you can view and hopefully join. Anyone who joins the group can post photos of their quilt blocks. Infinite variety, infinite ideas you can steal copy utilize. As I write this, already there are 20 members.
So go check it out and see what other people are doing! This is so much fun.