Well, now I can show you what I was up to. The blocks you can see were all table runners I was making as surprise gifts for some friends, plu an advent calendar for Little Person.
Here are the finished things:
I also put some matching coasters, a Chicken and some good old fashioned Yorkshire Tea in.
I think everyone enjoyed their surprises.
PS the top two runners were made from block patterns from Kim's book Scrapbasket Surprises. I find that making table runners or placemats is a great way to just make a few blocks of a pattern you like if you haven't got time to make a full quilt.