Happy Blocks are quick and easy and a great for using up scraps.
They can be made any size or with any shape.
I keep a box of them around in various themes so I have the ingredients for a quick quilt should the need arise.
Over the last couple of years I've made pillowcases with comic book themed fabric. I have quite a few leftover pieces of fabric now so decided to make some Happy Blocks. These are 6.5 inch centers framed by 2.5 inch sides for a 10 inch finished block. I'm just going to frame these in red, blue and yellow solids.
I'm participating in a swap of six inch (finished) Happy Blocks.
The centers are four inch I Spy novelties and the sides are 1 3/4 inch bright Tone on Tones. We are swapping 8 each of 7 different blocks. I used insects, birds and animals for all of my blocks - the six on the bottom and the green background mouse on top. The other three will stay with me as well as a set I'm swapping. I had those four inch center pieces already cut in a novelty pile of fabric so went ahead and added frames while I was at it.
Swaps are a great way to get a variety of different fabrics if you are a fabric -holic.
(And if you want to swap any wild kingdom Happy Blocks like these with me let me know. I want to make a big Wild Kingdom quilt).
And speaking of swaps...
Val of Val's Quilting Studio is having an I Spy swap of four inch squares.
There's still some spots left.
Above are the fabrics I'll cut into squares for the swap.