Well, if they wouldn't play, then I would separate them into smaller groups and have more Splendid Samplers--wall-hangings. So I made piles and tried them out together and fussed over which went with what group and put some here and some there and moved some around... and the afternoon flew by organizing my blocks.
They made up 5 groups based on color or tone, and an "Oddball" pile of weird color combinations and individual blocks that just didn't look good with the others. Here's a taste of each group.
I have to admit, this project did get me interested in BOMs and other quilt-alongs, which I've never done before the Splendid Sampler. This year I'm joining Pat Sloan on her Children's Library BOM, and SimpleSimonandCo.'s Modern Quilt-Along, and I'm watching a couple others to see if I want to join them, too. Of course I've taken up the APQ UFO Challenge for the year so I will have projects in-between. But I don't think any of them will be quite so fun as my Splendid Adventure!