So, I'm trying to think of something really fun for my partner. I must say that both the ideas I have so far are sort of more "brainstorming" than anything -- they are probably both really too complicated to accomplish in 24" square. But still, its fun to dream. This first one is based on fussy cutting Castle Peeps fabric. I tried to make a maze with them for my sewing machine cover, but it didn't work. I thought it might be fun to make a multi-level castle, including a portrait gallery, a peasant in a field and a swirly magic block:
My other idea would mostly require applique and thread painting. It is titled "When the Quilter's Away . . ." and obviously speaks to the messes cats love to make of fabrics, quilts and threads. The two "quilts" would be done by appliqueing tiny pieces of fabric onto fusible web and sewing around them, and then the cats would be appliqued and thread painted on top. I would do some peiced blocks on the top and bottom just so there's a bit of traditional patchwork in the mix.
My third idea is to do a spiderweb quilt, which I want to try too. I'm considering adding some spiders to it, but we'll see.
Anyway, I'm going to think on it for a few days before I start experimenting to see if I actually have the technical skills to do any of these things. Wish me luck!