In the small quilt group that I belong to (called Quilters Pets) we have decided to do a block exchange and then with the blocks that we get, we'll make up a quilt for one of the members of our group. We will draw names and it will be kept a secret until we are finished are quilts and are ready to present them to each other. The size of the quilt is up to the one making it, but anywhere from wall hanging to bed size if you are so inclined.
The blocks that we doing are paper pieced cats and dogs. Each person will make a set of 1 cat block and 1 dog block for each person for the exchange. Then depending on the size of quilt you want to make, each person will make up the additional blocks. We will be picking our name this coming Monday, and our blocks don't have to be finished until the beginning of Sep for the exchange. Then the quilts are to be finished by year end.
Now this is a new challenge for me since I have never papered pieced before and below is my first attempt. Now I did rip out several seams and re-cut a some fabric pieces a few times because the first time the size didn't quite work. But for a first attempt I'm quite pleased with what I ended up with. According to the pattern the cats and dogs both have eyes and the dog also has a nose, which are done either with embroidery, beads, buttons, or other embellishments, so that would come later.