A hello note from me-lea-in Wpg, member of MB prairie quilters guild who meet mthly for quilt share. If you wish to know more about our guild do let me know.. Of course a treasure to find other Canadian quilters from your own province.
Mai if you are really coughing a lot maybe go to your dr. or a walk-in clinic to make sure it is not bronchitis. A "cold" should really be totally over in 5 days to a week. I remember those Winnipeg winters!! feel better soon and have a wonderful Christmas.
Your right - I never thought about how flannel stretches. What about a rail fence instead? Another easy pattern is called Brick road, I think. It's square and rectanges sewn into blocks and positioned different ways. A google search may find it or I can send you a similar pattern by email.