My guild is doing a block of the month this year. Each month one of the participants picks out a pattern for us to do. We're each making our own blocks and will be having the grand unveiling at our Christmas party.
It's been great seeing how different the blocks are turning out and I can't wait to see them all done. Just to give you an idea of what fabric choices do for you. Here are my last two blocks. And here is the set done by one of the guild members.