Look at what I found while searching for spools of thread!
The first is a variation of Jacob's Ladder that a group of us made at a retreat to trade. It was fun but intense. I'm thinking of making a table topper out of these four.
Next, there this Stack and.....I forget exactly which method I used. But I do remember that I had to buy a fabric whose design repeated about every 8 to 12 inches. I've got lots of these so I'll sew them together for a small throw. I think I need to go looking for thread more often.