I work with a group of adults who have physical and mental disabilities. Several times a week we go to the library. This month we had some left over fleece from another project and decided to make bags that we can use to carry our library items. They figured out the measurements and cut out the bags and straps and I volunteered to take them home and sew them on my machine.
Since our fleece was a very boring black we decided to use some left over sticky-backed felt to decorate the front. Someone had the idea of making a square and the quilter in me said, "Let's make quilt blocks." They loved the ideas and with the sticky felt we didn't have to worry about seam allowances. I did sew around the edges of the felt to secure everything after we'd put together our blocks.
Everyone had so much fun putting together these blocks. I can't wait for them to see how their bags turned out. We will definitely get a lot of use out of them on our library trips.
To figure out the dimensions we measured our typical sized stack of books. We printed some quilt block templates off of the internet and used those to figure out the blocks.