In August (July?) I joined my first mini-quilt swap organized through Instagram (@goosequilts). If you're unfamiliar with swaps like this, you generally sign-up and create an inspiration "mosaic" on Instagram. Then partners are secretly assigned and you begin to "stalk" your partner on various social media platforms. For example, you can go to their Pinterest profile and see what they've pinned, look at things they've made and posted on Instagram, check out their blog...facebook...you name it.
My partner didn't post a whole lot, but did seem to like Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. She is a fabric and pattern designer who likes scrappy traditional blocks, done in a cute current way with one or two-color fabrics. Fresh and fun, but not overly modern.
I used this block as inspiration and drafted my own block.
I quilted a free-form spider web in gray all over the quilt and bound it in the bright green fabric that I used in the center of the quilt. The block finishes at 18 in. square, so I pieced together a backing from a few fat quarters.
My partner received the mini-quilt and was happy, and I liked the block so much that I have decided to use this pattern to make myself a full-sized Halloween throw quilt! Here's what it's going to look like: