My hubby suggested I make a Christmas quilt about 6 years ago. I designed my own pattern using the method in the book Crosspatch, Inspirations in Multi-Block Quilts, by Pepper Cory. I must have a problem figuring out yardage needed because, again, I couldn't finish this quilt because of being a quarter of a yard short of the main material. All I needed were 27 3 1/2" squares of the white material.
I had did some ripping and some re purposing of the white/gold material and add the plain white squares to fill in. All in all, I think it turned out okay.