But keep the idea of a friendship quilt.
After posting, I called Sherri, the lady in charge of the Orphan Cot Blanket part of the GAiN warehouse in PA. She said that she could not guarantee that the bean bags would travel with and arrive with the quilt, and they have to pack everything flat and tight.
So, back to the design board. I'd love to hear some design ideas from ya'll. The finished quilt should be 72 x 44 inches. Sherri says the boys tend to get left out because we think "pretty" and our fabric stashes are often what you might call feminine. So I want to send more boyishly colored/themed quilts. In my stash are salamanders, construction, Batman, Ravens, browns, neutrals and a ton of brights.
Let's hear some theme ideas, and a tentative or enthusiastic "yea" or "nay" as to whether you want to join in the frienship quilt project. Again, in a frienship group, each person makes a block. The background on all is the same or similar (eg. dark blue, or "stars" or light green) and the motifs are similar (eg. everyone makes a six-inch truck or a red wagon or a weather icon liek a raindrop, sun, cloud, etc).
We won't start the actual project until January, so don't sweat it.