I tried setting them on the diagonal, but it does nothing for me. At least alternating with plain blocks. I don't think I'd like this with any kind of alternate block- light, dark, pieced or appliqued. Set straight either.
Then I tried setting them with sashing. Surprisingly, I liked this enough to try it with a dark sashing, too. Okay, maybe this is too dark. I just grabbed some brown strips from my 2 1/2" strip scrap box.
I guess it's back to the original plan. Not sure how big I want this yet, but I think I need to lighten it up a bit with the next few blocks I make. As much as I like this, I'm thinking like Nann. I'd like this just fine if it were in bright colors. Please someone do it so I can see how