Here is one of 12 hoochy cups I made for a swap; they went in the mail early today. By late next week I should have 12 blocks back, all different (it's magic, I know).
What? Never heard of hoochy stitching? I took a class with Mary Lou Weidman in Grand Rapids about 2.5 years ago, and we all learned how to hoochy a block. We did basic hoochy blocks the first day, and the next day did "flower power" hoochying! What does hoochy mean? It's a specific method that Mary Lou uses (you'll have to get her book or take a class from the master). There is no pattern; you just start with a picture of what you want to do in your head or sketched on paper, then proceed to sew. A little too big? Cut it off. A little too small? Add more.
My cups measure about 8 inches tall, 6 inches wide, with a 2 inch border of background for wiggle room (to help the recipient use it in a future quilt).
p.s. You know why I wanted to take a class from Mary Lou even though I had never met her? Because she has a huge smile in almost every photo I've seen of her. I need more smilers in my life. Thanks, Mary Lou!