Suzanne has the 1st month, January, and her theme is "Opposites Attract" which really interested me... which entails an intricate portion and a simple uncluttered portion for each block. We got to interpret these directions and come up with blocks that held both qualities.
Here's what I came up with:
This is a variation of a paper-pieced string block and I actually did NOT intend for there to be a 1/2" trim around it. I unfortunately did not allow enough length on a few of the strips and therefore had to ADD the sashing to make the block a full 12.5" square. I think it works, I hope you like it Suzanne!
Suzanne asked that if we had time, to make a second block. Well due to my jam packed schedule and numerous friends calling to hang out with me, I had all day and most of this evening to complete her two blocks. Fooled ya. I paper-pieced this block as well, which really is easier to do with thin strips. I'm a pretty big fan, if you haven't yet read about my first experience making a string block. Suzanne - I hope these blocks fit into your theme, and I really enjoyed creating them for you!