Our quilt group recently did a challenge we called "IRON CHEF: QUILTING" loosley based on the FoodNetwork cooking show. Each member was given a #10 envelope, on the front was printed Iron Chef: Quilting (members were told that if they couldn't be present to turn in their blocks in 1 month, use the same envelope to send the block in to the organizer). Inside the envelop was the instruction sheet with a 7" square of the challenge fabric (since we have about 50 members, we cut up a 2 yd piece of the focus fabric). The instructions were to use the "secret ingredient" to make a 6 1/2" block (seams included)...to further ensure that everyone made the blocks correct size, we printed a 6 1/2" square onto the instruction sheet! Use your own fabrics to coordinate with the "secret ingredient", and embellish as desired. The "theme" (challenge) was to make a block to complete a "Quilter's quilt". At the bottom of the instruction sheet was "Allez Cuisine", which literally meant "let's get cooking!" The quilt was raffled off at our midyear luncheon. Just like the T.V. show, where chefs have to use their creativity to come up with their own ideas for a dish, our challenge produced surprisingly varied types of blocks. It was a fun project.