Thanks so much Morah. Ditto. I would like to pass this on to all 175 of you bloggers in my bloglines. Even those of you who rarely if ever blog anymore... & this if for all of you who read my humble little blog. :o) & to the commentors - you can have 2! (Aren't those birds great - I love the way this looks like an old calling card. Oh, & I am kind of into birds - the graphic stylized ones more than that the realistic ones... Don't tell the cats.)
Following a pattern to the letter is such an interesting concept.
As with most other things it has its pros & cons (you can feel free to shuffle the columns).
Pro - all of the fabrics are chosen
Pro - out of your box color/fabric combinations
Pro - the block placement has been "proofed" (I hope that this sat on a design wall for a while)
Con - I like my randomness more
i.e. when I am sewing my blocks into units of 2 - I look at the 3 fabrics in this case & make sure that there are no duplicates in that pairing, I do the same thing when sewing pairs to pairs - only now I am looking at 6 fabrics, not so hard, right? It was very hard for me to sew against that plan...
Con - it takes a lot longer to piece whe you are looking for specific blocks 7 then specific block pairings, etc.
Con - I would have preferred fewer cabbage roses & more geramiums (I would have switched the big cabbage rose print for geraiums in the center.)
Con - I am not being 100% true to the pattern; therefore, I feel guilty
(I did not pay attention to the fact that all of Kaffes flowers are standing upright - mine are all over - like I do.)
Pro/con - I got to choose my own back!
At any rate, I have all of my rows pieced together!