Step 1: Buy Fabric
Step 2: Change mind on theme and buy different fabric
Step 3: Use all those fancy dancy Architecture skills to make a quilt pattern in AutoCAD
Step 4: Cut out some of the fabric
Step 5: Get distracted by approx. 4 moves, undergrad, grad school, and two theses. Misplace fabric, pattern and brain (2-1/2 year process).
Step 6: Discover box in garage that has remained packed (despite the fact that we have been in our house for almost two years now), find some of the fabric
Step 7: "organize" (i.e. dig through) sewing stuff to find the rest of the fabric
Step 8: count pieces that are already cut out, purchase some more fabric
Step 9: break out that costly AutoCAD skill to make a new pattern keeping in mind current fabric pieces.
Step 10: Finally sit down and make the long awaited man-quilt for Andy.
Step 11: Finish top of quilt and sew it to the back, but run out of time to finish it. Stuff it into a box and wrap it for Christmas. He can at least see it on Christmas. (This step is optional, but it was part of my process, therefore perhaps helpful to you.)
Step 12: Eventually get back to finishing that darn quilt.
Step 13: Add pictures of completed quilt to the blog, obviously this is my current step.