So, first let me share those with you.
There was plenty of fabric to play with. China and Mary Ann brought in several bags and tubs of fabric. It was all piled on or stashed under two tables. I call this the "Pile o' fabric"
One of the students sewed everything by hand. At lunch we were discussing it and she said "I work in front of a computer all day. I just didn't want to be sitting in front of another machine." She had lots of pre-cut strips laid out and sewed them into strata. Here is a picture of her basting them onto the batting and backing while China visits her.
She did all of this by hand in the class time from Monday night until Thursday morning.
Now, let me show you the two pieces I have made since getting back.
For the first one I took a piece of fabric that I had embroidered on and used it as the center. I pieced pieces together and worked out and around from there.
In doing this process of free piecing, I have learned to use my scissors more than I ever did before. it is much easier than jumping up to go to the cutting table to trim a seam.
Let me challenge you to try making this type of block. There is no pattern, no templates, and best of all no rules! Let yourself go and try things. Don't over think it - that limits your creativity. Just play like you are a kid and the fabric is your box of crayons. Color outside the lines. Trust me it is fun!