Sometimes I make blocks - for a test to see if I want to make a quilt of that block, for a special swap with friends or just because I like the block and want to see how it will come out.
This is a block I designed for a swap I have been in for about 10 years. This is Bellingham, from Lummi Peninsula, with Mt. Baker in the background. I made 30 of this block.
This little bee is paper pieced. The whole block is only 3" square. The head was supposed to be paper pieced too, but the corners pieces in that section were so tiny that I couldn't get a seam to fit, so the head is appliqued. I haven't done anything with this block - waiting for the right place to use it.
Everyone in the group makes blocks that remind them of something about Washington, and then we send in our blocks to a central locationa and several ladies get together and swap out the blocks. You can send in anywhere from 5 to 35 blocks, and you get back the same number you send in. I've done this swap with two different groups and have gotten some really great blocks.
This is a birdhouse I made for a private swap with an internet friend. She suddenly disappeared and we never finished the swap. The theme was "In My Garden". One of us would make a block depicting whatever we thought looked like it went in a garden. When our block was finished we sent it to the other person and then it was their turn to make a block. We made two of each block - one for us and one to swap. There was no time limit - you had as long as you wanted to make the block and when you were done it was then the other person's turn. Wish I knew what happened to her - I would have liked to finish this swap.