I prefer to spend my time arranging fabric patches rather than cutting them out. If I can't make a quilt simpler, from start-to-finish, I don't offer it. My techniques are invisible; your quilt looks like you. It won't be recognizable as a Make It Simpler quilt. Only your rotary cutter will know for sure.
What's in your collection of fabric? What is your palette? Please imagine the quilts below in your fabric. Your blocks should reflect you.