I ended up going with Denyse Schmidt's "Cog + Wheel" pattern. My hubby's favorite color is blue so I tried to choose an array of shades, and then I thought the greens would be a nice compliment. It's actually very similar to the palette I chose for my Dad's quilt (which you can see here.), and I'm including a few little scraps in the low volume background from my Dad's quilt fabrics.
Despite the tediousness of this pattern, I'm loving how it's going (although it looks like chaos on the design board right now as you can see). I think my husband is really going to like it. :) He did mention he would like more blue, so I think I'm going to bind it in one of the blue-y shades, and then I will quilt it with a blue as well. He wanted machine quilting so it goes faster, but I'm just not feeling the machine quilting for this project and am leaning towards telling him to hold on to his patience while I hand quilt it. I figure we can snuggle under it while I work, right? That's incentive isn't it?
Also, the kids and I have begun homeschooling preschool. We're keeping it fun, very lighthearted. Nothing serious. Nothing over an hour. Mostly play and time outdoors. Fun little experiments, art, etc. But, I thought some darling little pencil bags would be in order. I used the Noodlehead "Open Wide Zippered Pouch" tutorial with a few minor adjustments. I love how they turned out and they're the perfect size for the kids to be able to stick their clumsy little hands in and dig around. I used mostly Tula fabric. My son did get a little bit of Oakshott fabric on his (lucky boy). I put some little fun trim work on both of them to jazz things up a bit, and I added those sweet little birds that my pal Jemellia gave me from her scraps. :)
We'll say they're chatting.
That's happier. :)
Okay, back to work on my hubby's quilt. My lovely Mother-in-Law is here keeping the kids occupied so I can sneak off to do some fun stuff. YAY for Mother-in-Laws!!!