A long, long time ago (say, two years and longer ago), I took several Mystery Quilt classes. This is where you sign up for a class at the local quilting fabric shop. You get a packet of fabrics and the first step of making the quilt. You have absolutely no idea what the pattern is going to be in the beginning. When you attend class, you get more and more of the instructions, and by the end you know the pattern and there's usually a finished product available to view. The classes that I went to are generally a half day - definitely not long enough for me to put it all together. But you get copies of the instructions to take home and you can finish the quilt at your leisure. Thank goodness, since apparently my leisure is... *ages*... and my memory is not so hot after such a long break.
Well, I think I took at least four (maybe five) of the classes, and have only ever finished ONE of the quilts. Time to get my ducks in a row and get some of these things done!