Sometimes you just need to sew something quick to get that sense of satisfaction you get when you finally finished something. Winter Welcome which was on the December 2006 (Issue 83) of American Patchwork & Quilting filled that need and is kind of cute too. I think I might make another one this year too.
On the other hand "Christmas Carnations" was not so quick. The pattern was in a book (don't remember which one) and I made this wall size quilt in 1994. I was so proud of myself for doing applique that I decided to enter it in the 1995 Broward Quilt Expo. It was my first quilt show entry ever and I didn't know what to expect. It won an Honorable mention and I was overjoyed. It is now several years later and I see the flaws in my workmanship that I didn't even know about then. It still looks pretty good though. I have often thought about making another on in spring fabrics but I can't find the book.