Thanks to everyone who took the time to post suggestions in response to my previous post; it's helpful to see all the different options you came up with. I have been pondering this QAL a lot and, although I don't have a fully-fledged answer to my tulip dilemma, I do have clearer sense of how I need to think about the whole project.
07 March 2021
The way I see it now
I realise that it makes much more sense to me if I think of Ann's monthly posts as a series of prompts rather than sets of instructions. Thus, month 1 was 'make string blocks' and month 2 is 'make tulips'. I could choose to ignore a prompt and veer off in another direction if I wanted to, but if I want tulips then I should get over the questions of technique. I am mostly a piecer, so I want to piece tulips. I am improvisational by inclination, so I'm going to have a go at improvising them.
What I know for certain is that if this doesn't work, it will just be a step on the way to something that does. Sitting here scratching my head for too long, on the other hand, won't get me anywhere,