I have been working a bit on my gold quilt. We're about ready to start a RR on CQI that is themed Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles. Figuring most people will be adding mostly butterflies to the blocks, I will attempt to put at least one beetle on each, and thought I'd try out an applique technique to see how it would work. I have some stretchy knit fabric that can be cut into small shapes without it running or ravelling (I've used it before for fish bodies) and thought that might work well for beetles, so I did one on one of my gold quilt blocks. The block really needed something blue up in that corner, and I like how the beetle turned out. He's a little bit 3D, as I stuffed a tiny bit of fiberfill in just before I finished appliqueing him on. Then legs, head, antennae, and bead eyes, and poof, there's a shiny beetle (albeit not one I'd like to have land on me unexpectedly) on my quilt. Hopefully the method will work on others' blocks as well.
Some seams on the corner fans of the gold quilt.
And this is my block for the BB&B RR. It is quite large; 18" diameter, so there might be room for me to add some work of my own when it gets home.