Bales is one of those patterns that just keeps showing up everywhere once you learn it! I saw it on a mod bathing suit in a catalog, and one of my students had a great pair of pants with Bales on it. I've seen it on carpets in hotels and sofas too.
The basic pattern looks like simple flowers, but by adding black or shading in areas, it changes completely. Try coloring in only one half of each "rice pellet". A student thought she had messed up the design - I said she'd made it even better. Try it, you'll see.