The phrase was stolen and bastardized from a page-a-day cat calendar I once had. The letters were free pieced and, while not a particularly hard process, not my favorite either. I'm glad I tried them at least once. The border was pieced with leftovers from the 8 cats.
The number of cats in the project was based on the (~2006) magazine project where I saw the cat blocks connected with snail trails rather than the number of actual cats in my life. I've only had 7 cats (so far?!):
Fluffy, Marbles, Tula, Pepper, Midige, Squeaky, Zorro
If I recall correctly, I won a blue ribbon at the county fair when this was finished several years ago...