Thanks for all the helpful suggestions about how to deal with that pesky brown stain. I tried a few of them and the stain faded quite a bit. I was willing to remake that block, but I didn’t have enough fabric, so I showed it to Cheran (LQS owner who commissioned the quilt) and she thought it looked fine, so I just assembled the quilt.
When Cheran first asked me to make it, I was not looking forward to dealing with those curves. However, it was a huge compliment that she DID ask me to make it, because that means she thinks I’m a good piecer! Yay, ego boost! But honestly, it was easier than I thought it was going to be. I worked out a way of sewing the curves that didn’t include pins, glue, stopping and adjusting every 4th stitch…. it went pretty fast.
I like how the gray softens the bright colors a bit, gives a nice contrast.
If you like the quilt, you can contact Cheran at her shop for a kit and ruler!