When you look at this quilt design it is easy to see that there are red wheels and yellow wheels. Even though they don't actually join up the reds associate to form wheels and the yellows do likewise because similar colors associate.
At the same time similar values associate. All the reds are dark and all the yellows are light.
You looked at each of the small Sawtooth Stars. I know you did.
But you didn't look at each of the large stars. You noticed some are dark blue and some are light blue. But there are too many and they are too much the same for you to spend time with each one individually.
This quilt design calls for 5 Ohio Star blocks to be pieced and then outlined several times with heavy stitching. In addition 4 Ohio Star blocks are stitched between the pieced blocks. The background would then be quilted with a textural design.
Using piecing, and stitching make this more interesting than of it were simply 9 pieced blocks.
Piecing, embroidery, applique, embellishing and quilting are just a few of the techniques you can combine to make your quilts more exciting.
The first thing you notice in any quilt is the color. Only after that do you pay attention to the design.
The predominant shape in this quilt design is a circle. At first you might assume that all the shapes are circles. But then you notice the diamonds. And once you do, because they are few and different, your eye comes back to them again and again.
The circles are like beads on a string and they lose their individuality they are a part of a team. Or in this case three teams. The diamonds are the team stars.