So often - well, indeed largely my designs are led by instinct. When I pre-think too much it all gangs agley (goes wrong). I'm happy with where my instinct takes me; but I should not rush it. If I get going too quickly, or do not allow for enough back burner time, it turns out not quite right.
I did this with Shaping Autumn, and it has been bothering me ever since. I concentrated too much on the cutting and the leaf and the background. I rushed at what the figure was wearing. There had been no illuminating instinct on that: thinking had to be brought in. So, while stitching and doing various other stuff, I have been thinking about her and how she has been put in a position to shape Autumn.
It then came to me: she is Summer. Obvious really when I'd thought about it! So I have chosen a range of summery colours that lead to the turning of Autumn, and I really like it now.