I have finished all the blocks for the African quilt. I have decided that it will be 16 blocks. So I spent the afternoon playing with the layout on my design wall. I made 5 blocks with Dancing Mama's and 11 plain blocks -- which is probably not the best combination for making an evenly placed layout.
Layout #1. The Dancing Mama blocks are randomly placed in the quilt -- looks okay.
Layout #2. Dancing Mama's in each corner and then one block in the centre -- sort of centre, because it is 4 rows of 4 blocks there is no centre. I'm not fussed on this layout.
Layout #3. All the Dancing Mama's in the centre except for that one block -- see the problem of having 5 blocks of the Mama's!! The problem of course is I'm out of the black fabric - I still have lots of African fabric and lots of Mama's. I could use some other black fabric but this fabric is from Maiwaa Handprints and it is a different texture than regular cotton and blends well with the texture of the African fabric. The regular black cotton looks different when mixed with the rest of the fabric.
Don't like this layout at all.
Layout #4. Again random placement of the Mama's. Better placement of the blocks I think. So - in the end this is the one I am going to go with. What do you think? Opinions and suggestions needed.