I learned of a blogger in Colorado who is collecting blocks for Quilts of Valor. http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/2013/08/big-blowout-block-drive.html There are only two types of blocks being collected, and the directions for making them are on Alycia's website. There is a giveaway attached to the block drive. If you are interested, you have until the end of October to make and submit. These are some of the blocks I made.
August is the month for me to try new quilting methods, apparently, because I had never made a string block before, but now I have. My first two attempts I redid once I figured out my own way of doing it, but they are fun to make. Now I can say I have paper-pieced and string blocked. Good for me.