Our guild (Seacoast Modern!!) had a mini swap with another guild. The theme was a "Sense of Place" which completely threw me for a long time. I seriously would try to figure out what I would make, brain would turn to mush, and I'd avoid thinking about it with a different project.
Then, I bought a copy of Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander. I was completely hooked by this book; great projects, a good read, and pretty colors. So I tried to see if one of the minis in the book would apply to the swap challenge. One of the best thing about the seacoast is the beach, and one of my kids' favorite things to do is find pretty shells, rocks, or sea glass, and Aerial Grove kind of reminded me of pebbles lined up on the beach.
So I pulled a rainbow of scraps and started stitching them down to my "sand" fabric. I had thought to put them upright as a center column with blue ocean to the right and green grass to the left, but it just looked to busy, so blue ocean won. I used lighter colors close to the sand to get a waves crashing effect. Then I quilted it all over with a wave pattern.
And of course, you need a label.
Once I finished that mini, I started right up on one that I would get to keep. I think in the new year, I'm going to start work on a whole quilt of needle turn, as my big 2015 project.