After taking the pictures, I left them on the kitchen counter and headed back to bed. In the morning I asked my husband and son what they thought. Husband said light grey or white. Son said charcoal or light grey. Since light grey got two votes, that's what I went with!
The process of putting it together involved cutting 10 inch squares of each: front of each block, batting, and the backing.
On the front I traced around a leftover plate from our son's birthday party (my printer wasn't cooperating to print stuff out to the pattern's scale so I had to abandon the pattern's circle template). I marked on the block the top and sides at the half way points and then eye-balled the marks on the plate to line up with the marks on the fabric square. Not only did I draw the circle on, I also marked half-way points next the circle too. I used a Clover White Marking Pen... can I say this thing is A-MAZING?! It works on light and dark fabric. It leaves a white mark that disappears with the heat of your iron or you can use water. That pen was a popular requested "Can I borrow it?" item at the quilt retreat!
Then I placed the six "leaf" shapes around the circle, making sure leaf points met at the marks on two of the sides.
At this point I spray basted the batting to the front and I used my machine's blanket stitch to go around the outside of the leaves and then I did the inside.
After getting that part quilted, I spray basted the backing fabric on. (I could have added the backing to start with but I didn't like how the button hole stitch looked on the back - personal preference.)
Then I quilted around the circle. I moved my needle over as far as I could to the right (so it would be about a half inch from the edge of the pressure foot to the needle.) Then I lined up the edge of the pressure foot with the outside edge of the leaf applique. I made multiple circles to fill up the square.
At this point, I squared up my block. Ended up making them 9.5" x 9.5" squares.
Some I did hand stitching on at this point, but then I decided I could do that at home, sitting in front of the tv. I wanted to get more blocks put together!
To join the blocks, I followed this tutorial: Quilt As You Go (This is Part 4, showing how I joined the blocks.) I finally found it in my browser history... I was starting to think I had imagined the whole thing!
Here's the back of the quilt...
And here's a view of the front...
I'm getting there! Only 2 more rows to go and then add the binding. And do a bunch of hand stitching. Okay, I have quite a bit left to do now that I see it all written out... But the end is in sight!!