A sure sign of Spring

A sure sign of Spring is when I start making butterfly hot pads.  Have you ever seen a butterfly fabric that isn't colorful?  After Winter's drabness, sewing something with a butterfly theme has become a rite of Spring.  When I saw this turquoise Laurel Burch fabric last Spring, I feel in love with it and purchased a fat quarter and made a couple of appliqued hot pads.  This year I did a repeat performance but added a purple appliqued butterfly to the mix.  When I discovered I had a matching turquoise tone on tone, I knew immediately that I would make the antique tile block.  I did not have enough of the butterfly fabric to make an entire antique block but I had enough of it to put it center stage.  The question was...orange or purple.  I decided to make one of each.  Can't decide which one I like best.  Substituting the orange for the purple gives it a completely different feel even though the block other than that are identical.  It really is a study in not only tone but also the use of color.  All the different hot pads are VERY similar but by placing different colors in different places it evokes a completely different feeling....  warm, cool, bright, etc.  The longer I play with fabric, the more it fascinates me...it just NEVER gets old.