Thanks so much for all your ideas and suggestions.
I need you to know that I tried...I really tried, but it had to be black!! I did my cream block, I did my grey block, then I spent an hour and a half searching through ALL my fabric trying to decide what the 'accent' colour would be. It's black!! It works.
I wanted to say a belated thankyou to those who suggested windows live writer as well...unfortunately, my computer won't download it, I have tried several times. Blogger and the pics seem to be behaving, but I much preferred uploading all the pics I wanted to use in one go, then clicking and selecting what I wanted, this "new and improved" way is rather labourious and slow.