I don't think early quilters had access to many solids and prints so as to pair them up into matching colors. The blocks I remember came later when we saved solids to go with prints left from making clothing. Now it seems the more mismatched colors and prints can be, the better, making the blocks look like vintage ones.
These 30 blocks were given to me by the farmer's great aunt. She had started piecing them on the machine and some seams were barely 1/8" wide, too small to hold securely, so I took them apart and sewed them back together by hand. The white/beige fabric is unbleached domestic (what we call today, unbleached muslin) and somewhat stiff to work with; I sorta dread quilting it by hand. I hope to get the blocks set together into a top this winter.
The blocks are joined with a rose colored broadcloth
I'm beginning to think that pressing these blocks, after being packed into a box for years, will be the most difficult thing about making the top. I always try to press my blocks as I make each seam; things fit better and make for a neater top to put on the frames. I sincerely believe a neat top, stretched correctly on the frames, makes a finished quilt more pleasing to the eyes.