But I will get to it here at some point, when I am not ready to put on the dishwasher and go to bed.
I've been sorting out what I want to take on my next teaching trip, and along theway, I've stopped to play a little with the improvisationally pieced bits in my bin. Just for the heck of it, I took a few of them and challenged myself to see if I could put them together in a "modern" way -- with lots of negative (ie. white) space. I got this far before I decided it was enough. I could visualize an entire quilt with units like the one below, placed in a carefully random way, in a white background. But not by me. This felt too self-conscious: not the units themselves, which I made some time ago without thinking -- but the white space around them and the decision to make the whole big unit deliberately uneven. I think it is the deliberate part that did not make me happy.
And then I found the child-sized quilt top made from a bunch of blocks done in solids and thought that perhaps if those random blocks had been surrounded by lots of white space, this would fit the description of a Modern quilt.
I loved making the blocks, and even putting them together. But with lots of negative space, it would be a different piece. Or even without the printed borders. Hmmm...but is it worth the effort to redo? I think not. But maybe next time.