First what I love about the block and that list is long... What I repeat often is what I learned at Sharon Boggon's knee (so to speak) is it's all about contrast.... but when you leave out other colors what do you contrast??? Well just what Lorraine did here with texture, value, and prints... especially prints. That polka dotted sprint is inspired.. The regularity of the dots are the perfect contrast to the lace overlays.
Then there are all the scallops (#1 pink) repeated in various sizes.. Take a close look lower left where there are three little patches. Rather than make 3 separate seam treatments she chose to unify the area with the two large scallops and they echo the two large scallops directly diagonally. Scallops are echoed throughout the block. Nice!
There are lots of little directional elements going on that form a triangle that frames the focal points of the block... (#2 green)
She get an A++++++ for all the variety in her button feature with great diversity in material... ribbon, charms, beads and all kinds and sizes of buttons.
Lorraine mentions on her blog that she is unsure about the web... Well she shouldn't be.. Webs are NEVER perfect which is why I love Helen Steven's webs in her books... Lorraine chose the perfect location for this web... (#4 red)
It's a small but subtle touch the way she extended the beads from button feature out above it to add more texture to that area... You have to enlarge the photo to really see the effect..... (#5 blue)
I did contact Lorraine to get her permission to make just a few suggestions and she enthusiastically said go for it!!! So having said that....
First is the button feature... I cannot rave enough about what is in it but it is sitting there shaped like a little sausage. I really love the term "button trail" because it implies movement and activity.. It needs to meander and have thick and thin areas... So with photoshop magic I modified Lorraine's button feature.
Next is the poor little spider... Having a spider dangle out of the web is used often but it is only effective if it's leading your eye to something .... in this case it is lost.. It is a beautiful, glorious web...the focal point of the block and the spider needs to be in it.... Quite often the radial parts of a web are closer near the center... and it's not really necessary but it is a sure fire way to give a bull's eye effect and capture the eye..