I thought about not posting this challenge entry because, while I was so anxious to try this pattern-as well as take a much needed stress break, the resulting tile was less than stellar. In fact it down right stinks, but it did the job as a stress reliever anyway. My challenge rules are that I always go with the first attempt. Sometimes it works. In this here particular case....not so much.
So to apologize, I will share this one that , while unshaded, I am much happier with. It's one of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes. I did it on Friday night at a coffee shop while I was visiting with the Knit Sisters. You can double click on it to make it a little bigger.
If and when I get it shaded, I'll repost.
At any rate, thanks again Maria for a cool pattern and Laura for a wonderful challenge. I'm sorry my first attempt didn't do it the justice it deserves. I am looking forward to refining my execution of this pattern once things settle down again!