A tip when selecting your fabrics. Take a photograph (use your phone camera) of your fabrics to see what works and what doesn't. Some fabrics are more dominant than others so doing this will definitely help you with your selection.
A lot of quilt patterns require you to make up blocks, lay them out and sew them together to complete the top. In the case of this cot quilt (above), it was important that the red be distributed proportionally to ensure balance. If you don't have access to a design wall, then use your camera to try out different layouts.
I'm about to go on holiday for a couple of weeks so will definitely have sewing machine withdrawal. I am playing around with a couple of knitting projects and will post these when I get back.