That turned out to be a less than successful strategy for a couple of reasons, the main one being poor light and poor concentration meant my blocks wouldn't play together the way I wanted them to in the cool light of morning.
Yep, not only is that block in lower left corner sewn the wrong way hence interrupting my diamond, which I was initially quite partial to in the beginning, the whole thing seemed a bit busy.
Cue lots of auditioning (I'll spare you the eleventy million options I tried), and the eventual decision to make another larger block. That is, in fact, what the pattern suggests but I was paddling off in my own direction fairly early on ;-)
Much humming and haaaahing over my coffee this morning...
If you're bored with my indecision by now, check out those slippers - best slippers ever! I finally did make some decisions (this quilt seemed to give me quite a mental work out) and got the border on. But have I started my marking yet??