I really enjoy playing with a variation of a theme on a block. I created a theme for this block when Kerry mentioned she loved dragonflies. Even though I was only allotted 1/4 of the block I managed to get in nine dragonflies. (I may have exceeded my allotted space a tiny bit). This was a "Beaded Round Robin." These were my favorites.
The top center was a dragonfly I painted on a MOP button and gave it a gold beaded fringe. The dragonflies at the left were actually woven into fabric. I tinted the fabric and couched them with gold thread. By positoning them above grass and cattails (only partially visible) I was able to use lots of different bead seams treatments for the grass. Great fun.
The dragonfly wings on the right were drawn on heavy taffeda, dyed, edged with glue and cut out. The inspiration for the circle motif came from a Japanese guild motif. Finally the bottom center was an old brooch with part of a rhinestone bracelet added.
You can see them all positioned on the block at http://www.flickr.com/photos/10245735@N07/2830943236/
It went on to Simona in Italy after me.