In the meantime I've been trying to sketch out plans for the other 2 tops. I came up with 2 tonight - going to have to pass them by my husband (the Minecraft expert) and see what tweaks he suggests before I consider them "final" and start cutting, but here they are, in all their first-draft glory.
Also, I can't believe I haven't mentioned this yet, but for Christmas I got my very own Accuquilt!! (If you've never seen an accutquilt before, check it out here! It's a god-send for people like me who struggle to cut a straight line, and it makes the longest part of quilting (the cutting part!) so incredibly fast.) While it still means consulting with the grandmaster quiltress (because she doesn't want me to buy dies she's already paid for), it DOES mean I can borrow any dies she's not currently using and do the cutting at my own house. This is huge. I'm incredibly excited. I already have plans for multiple quilts after these, and I'm going to be teaching my girlfriend and best friend how to quilt by making pot holders sometime soon (because ours walked away in the last move).
So, what do you think? Any suggestions for tweaking my patterns? Are Minecraft players dazed and amazed yet? :)