This one was a no-brainer, as I had already chosen the fabrics for front and back, traced the pattern onto the white seersucker, and scrounged out tiny pieces of batting--all before this project had been stuffed into that grocery bag for years of neglect.
The only tricky thing was the hand-stitching required to close the small opening (yes, that's how much I hate hand sewing) and how to do the decorative stitching quilting. I used my machine's walking foot, since my free-motion quilting skills are still in development. Although the stitching is far from the level of perfection I usually insist upon, I am reminding myself that this is a children's play quilt. No child will examine the stitching. Is it sturdy? Then it's good enough.
Second month's assignment: the sun. Due date: January 19 (same day as buck-a-block)