So, after reading the comments from the last post (thanks so much), I decided to try and selectively move the quilt more toward where I wanted it to end up - without a lot of un-sewing.
Fortunately, I had not made anywhere near the number of units I needed (I am so glad) and so I was able to make some small adjustments. The first thing I did was to make more green and orange units only make them darker so there is less contrast. Since I'd already made a good number of those, I decided to keep them green and not change to blue. The second thing I decided was to make the blocks the diamond shape and not the flower (points out) shape. I had almost decided to rip apart the one flower block I'd made when I realized that with this layout I could use it as the center block. My quilt will be smaller than Bonnie's small version, probably lap size.
The next thing I did was to make some more neutral triangle blocks using the darker blue fabrics. What I realized was that the lighter blues were not dark enough and that was part of the reason the circle design was not showing up.
Here's what it looked like when I came down for lunch. To me it looks a lot different - and I have only had to rip out 3 of the lightest green and orange blocks. I think once I actually sew the blocks together and tighten up the design, it's going to be okay for me. Maybe not great....... but okay. I'm still thinking of doing something slightly different in the border.
Pensacola got down to 19 degrees last night, not anywhere close to some of you, but still cold for this girl.
Stay warm and happy stitching.