The color is a little off and it is not darker at the bottom, as it looks here. The color is actually screaming yellow and very bright turquoise. It is not shy.
I wanted to get smaller sections, but no matter where I put my ruler to slice, I would run into an intersections, not a good place to piece, so I decided to take advantage of those somewhat larger areas and do some fancy free-motion quilting.
I have done this kind of skinny piecing before, but Kathy Loomis has perfected it and I have followed some of her directions on her blog. She makes enormous quilts using this method, but small is fine with me. It is a lot of fun, just the sort of tedious, yet satisfying, piecing that I love to do.