I had a bag of assorted purples, pinks and blended stuff ( technical term). They varied in size from 1 1/2 inches wide to 2 1/2 inch wide strips some only 6 inches long. Squares that were 2 1/2 up to 5 inches. Bigger pieces of 11 x 10 inch up to quarter yd there was only a couple of those. I didn't have a clue how to put this assortment into something nice.
So I just decided to make a variety of blocks and then I was going to pull together a layout. Well that was a terrible idea, nothing went together right and looked horrible. You can see some of those blocks here.
I needed a new plan. After mulling it over for awhile I decided to make 12 1/2 inch blocks. I used the strips to make these, there are 36 2 1/2 inch squares in this block.
I framed the little 9 patches to make them into a 12 inch finished size.
The end result. I think it turned out ok, maybe more solids or a nice neutral would have helped. I used the darker 2 1/2 inch strips to sash each block.