My quilt guild does a swap every year in December where we put some fabric into a baggie and exchange them. We make something and give it back to the owner. This year I got a lot of polka dot fabrics, one that kind of reads as a solid, and a floral. I ended out sketching out a little chevron pattern and turning it into a table runner. Some of the fabric pieces were small so I had to keep changing the size of my starting blocks, but I think it turned out cute, and the gal who received it liked it! We were "allowed" to add one more fabric to what we received, and I chose to interpret that as adding one to the front, and then using another piece from my stash for the backing
I just quilted along the lines created by the
pattern, and I lightly drew the lines out into the border so I could
follow them and not have crooked quilting in my border.
Also, I've been trying to figure out what my "thing"
is in quilting, or what makes my quilts unique to me, my personal
signature. I know someone that puts a red square in all of her quilts,
and someone else who puts a tiny piece of contrasting fabric in her
bindings. The last few projects I've worked on I've switched a few
fabrics out for other ones somewhere in the pattern, you can clearly see
in this project I put in five triangles of the red dot in place of the
fabric that should be there. Anyhow, I think this might be something I
continue to do, as long as I can keep doing it in a thoughtful manner
(for this one I carefully thought about where to place these and tried
to do it in a way that causes the eye to move across the quilt) instead
of just because. It's not "super unique" or never been done before, but it feels genuine for me :)