I really had to get busy and get this block done in time for you all today :)
Sometimes I wonder if I would ever get anything done without a deadline!
And I wanted to put a nice gold in as well - this Laurel Burch fabric seemed perfect! This picture is not quite true - it is brighter, and there are actually little punches of orangey-gold in this fabric where you see the darker brownish color patches. You can see it better in the next photo I took earlier in the day. I only have a small treasured piece of this!
And in referring back to my first two blocks, I realized that orange seems to be a recurring color, so I added a fun orange too :)
Before long, however, this block proved to be a little bit of a challenge for me. Not the pattern of course - it was perfectly written and very easy to follow, as always :) No, I had trouble deciding where to put each fabric in the block - not a common problem for me. For some reason, I just couldn't visualize how they would look in different places in the block. So this is how I auditioned them .....
After quite a bit of dilly-dallying (fun word huh?), I finally decided the gold would look like a crown around the cat, and I would save the purple for the outer sawtooth points....
I moved along pretty well after making these decisions, and here is the completed block!
I have to admit, I'm still not completely satisfied with it. I'm thinking maybe those colorful strips around the cat cause it to fade away a little? And that bright gold demands a lot of attention so perhaps the cat needs the stark outline of the black in order to shine as well? I don't know what it is, but it's bothering me.
I'm keeping open the possibility of going back and removing those colorful strips and just framing the cat in black at a later date. I want to be sure these beautiful felines are the focal point of the quilt!
So now that you've seen my block and listened to my whining, how about I share some fun news!
You can win this fun PDF Patterns Package designed by Jacquelynne Steves simply by leaving a comment here on this post - perhaps let me know if you're loving Winter or you would rather Summer hurry up and get here (like me :)
Since this is the busy time of year, we will leave the Giveaway open through January 2, 2015. But why not go ahead a leave us a fun comment now so you don't forget :*) It is open to all US and International readers :)
BE SURE I HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!!!
I think Jacquelynne is a little jealous that her blogger buddies are having all the fun giving away fun prizes, so she's decided to do a little GIVEAWAY on her blog today too!
You'll want to hop over to her blog (here) and get in on the chance to win one of her "mini-kits" of pre-cut fabrics to make one of these fun Sew Sweet Simplicity blocks out of her own fabric line, Cottage Charm. All the pieces will be already cut for you, just arrange and sew - how easy is that?
That's not all Jacquelynne is offering FREE right now either! If you sign up for her FREE e-magazine (here), she will send you a PDF of this lovely Red and White quilt.....
One other note to put on your calendar, we will be hosting a "Catch Up" day for the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM in January. So if you haven't been able to play along - maybe the holidays have just been too busy? - or maybe you're all caught up but you'd like to make extra blocks? Well, get your things together and get ready to sew along with us on "Catch Up" day! Watch for more details to come soon :)
We are looking forward to some children and grandchildren who will be traveling "over the river and through the woods to Grandma and Grandpa's house" :*) ♥♥♥ I probably won't have time to blog much between now and New Year's, so I wish you all a lovely Christmas week!!!
Hugs & Blessings!