It shows ... just that it's more subtle. And that's OK too!
I like how the dark pops though. I do things like that, and then after say, oh it would have been better this way. That's one joy about these samplers .... if we aren't happy, we can live with it. Whereas, if it was a quilt all of the same blocks ... we'd be disappointed or would be doing it all over.
We quilt and we learn!!!