The colorations of a block can make all the difference.
Do you remember this one? It was the January Jumble block from EQ's Block of the Month in 2011.
These are the same blocks, just colored differently. The second block also has some very fussy cut pieces in the flying geese and the center square.
If you take these two blocks and alternate them in a quilt, this is the result!
or this one Black and White Black Linda Lace
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Hope this will inspire you to use some special fabrics and design with intentional use of the motif to effect the overall result.