It's rare I follow a pattern - well, not completely - but this design from 'Material Obsession' is an exception. Well, except for the fact that I reduced the border squares by one row! That was a very easy decision. It's for my Mum to fund raise for her Townswomen's Guild and I think it'll be very suitable.
This one is a bit trickier. I love the centre, and I love the on-point, but needed help deciding how to fill in the sides.
I have used a few orphan blocks to help with the decision. I orginally thought baskets, but that's obviously a rubbish idea! Liz suggested New York Beauties which I think is a possible, although not in those colours! Jane thought more applique, but I don't think that'll work. I like the Lemoyne Star though, and think it definitely needs to be something semi-circular. New York Beauties, Lemoyne Stars and Dresden Plates are all in the frame. (Are there any more blocks with place names which can be added to the list?!)