though i was planning to tackle the center diamond quilt next, the borders need marking and i need space for that so i picked this up instead. nice to have quilts all basted at the ready! this one doesn't need marking at all and should be a fairly soon finish. i'm just quilting down the side of each row and already i have almost finished 4 "lines." there are a total of 13 rows so that is 26 "lines" so it's coming along fairly quickly. and what is better than a new christmas quilt? i had a large collection of christmas fabrics (still do) and tried to use them all in this quilt. it's a good christmas fabric memory quilt for me. **** at the same time, i'm assembling a quilt for sandy relief using some luscious batiks and a deep plum accent color. **** i'm also currently embroiled in a war of words with time warner cable. our on demand is a sometime thing and it infuriates me. they continue to advertise it as a real perk of their outrageously expensive service but not for us it seems....the tech is coming again monday for yet another box; this makes about 4 and not sure why this service is so terrible. i've lived other places and never, ever had this much difficulty with cable before.