I tackled the quilt block for one of the swaps. In this one, a square of fabric is provided, and each participant adds whatever coordinating or contrasting fabrics they wish, as well as chooses their own pattern for the block. The provided fabric had a brown background, which was a challenge for me as I don't use browns very much in my quilting or sewing. At first, I didn't think I had anything in my stash that would work with the swap fabric.
But then I stopped concentrating on the brown, and looked at the other, less noticeable colors in the fabric. Suddenly, I had several fabrics that would go well with the brown one. Once I had a few fabrics in mind to work with, it wasn't hard to find a pattern.
What I chose to make is the Zig Zag Path pattern, from the book 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone, which I received as a present from my mother about half a decade ago. (Thanks, Mom! I love this book!) It was the illusion of motion that drew my eye to the block (I tend to gravitate toward motion type blocks for some reason), and the simplicity of piecing sealed the deal. Here was a perfect relaxing project to wind down my active day.
My finished block:
It really is a lot more square than shown in the picture. I need to work on my camera skills for taking pictures of quilt blocks; they always come out looking wavy in photos.