Money is tight for Christmas this year. Creativity and time is not. In high school I did some machine quilting to make throw pillows. I got my hands on a sewing machine tonight from my SIL and my husband grew up with a professionally quilting mother, who ran her own store, taught classes, sold quilts, etc. All hand quilting. I desperatly want to make him a quilt for Christmas. Nothing fancy at all. It's the sentiment that will get to him. I married my husband when I was 15 years old and I have grown up so much from a teenager into a woman with him watching every acomplishment in awe. I had a nasty childhood with parents who didn't even cook, let alone sew. This is a man that cried with me this summer, jumping up and down when I won Blue Ribbon on my jam, my first time entering a fair. He knew how bad I wanted it. He is always so proud of me. When we first got together he had a quilt his mother had made for him when he was going away to college for astronomy, it was the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen to this day. It wasn't very masculine in color, alot of pinks and baby blues, but it had all intricate stiches in the shapes of stars, and moons, and there were appliqued telescopes and everything. Stunning. That was his last quilt from Mom. Several years later we lived in an apartment where there was a serious water problem and we lost nearly all of our possesions, his beloved thread bare quilt was one of the lost things. Now "Gramma" is busy making quilts for her 7 grandbabies and doesn't have time to make any for her grown children. I know I cannot get a hand made quilt done by christmas, but I think if I devote alot of my time to it I could pull something together on the machine for Christmas. It feels almost like a rite of passage for him, to now accept a quilt from his wife as it's my responsibility almost. Over time I'd like to make him something more intricate. But I know anything I make him would be loved and would be an emotional gift for him. Serious quilt people know how special quilts can be to you, and his last quilt was like a best friend. Could someone help me put something together? I would like a pattern that will yeild a finished quilt that is Full sized at least. I want him to be able to wrap up and be a Keith burrito. I sure love him lots.