So here is my plan...
I've printed and cut 2.5 inch octagons and I am going to send each person one page's worth of hexagons and squares. I've included 3 blocks so you just have to cut 9 low volume fabrics at 3.25 inch square. Use any solid white/cream for the squares and then sew them into this configuration.
Sew the rows of octagons together, add the squares in the corners, then add those rows together.
Here is some more inspiration from Red Pepper Quilts.
I hope you have fun doing something a little different! If you have any questions feel free to ask :)