Sometimes, when life takes over, it is difficult to spend much time on a large, demanding design. It's times like these that I'm grateful for projects that you can dive into, spend an hour and then switch off. I have two such ongoing patterns - both samplers.
This pattern is from Lori Smith of "From my heart to your hands" fame. I bought it in 2008 and have added blocks whenever a quick respite from real world issues was required. It's not too demanding because Lori did the hard work, draughting all the blocks to be the same size of 7.5" finished. Here is a picture of Lori's quilt.
I have only managed 19 blocks out of 85, so I can see that I'll have plenty of chances to do more satisfying blocks. I don't intend to do all the blocks, just the ones that take my fancy.
The other sampler is from Barbara Brackman's civil war blog where she posts weekly stories relating to the American civil war along with an 8" finished block. I have done a few of these too, having had my arm twisted to join in a group thing
It's a pity that the block size is different because they look like they could have gone into the same quilt.
Still, I do enjoy them when I pull them out. No pressure there.