Alex picked the color scheme. It's kind of odd in my mind, but who am I to really judge. I'm going to give him what he wants. We haven't decided on a background fabric other than it will probably be black, but he's picked the orange fabrics from my stash for now.
I'm only going to use the two blocks. Alex doesn't care and it will simplify the piecing. I'll use more than two fabrics for zigzag row, though. The blocks will be paper pieced. I'll print the patterns from EQ on legal-size paper.
I'm seriously considering using Nancy Zieman's Column Quilts method or the similar Ann Peterson method from her Craftsy class. This quilt would be appropriate to try the method and might help with my free-motion quilting woes. If I do, I will probably add another black strip of sashing fabric in between each "column".