I started this back when I was pregnant with Devon in 2008 and then, of course, I had a baby and put it away and forgot about it until we moved recently. I started it up again. I toyed with giving it to #2 since the quilt is approx crib size. However, I started it for Devon so to Devon it would go. After a well-earned pressing I made my quilt sandwich. This is no easy task when you have a 3 yr old moving all her toys from her room to the sewing room, competing for floor space and a 8 mo pregnant belly down on the floor trying to get the wrinkles out. But I did it and then pinned and pinned. It was only after all this pinning and keeping 3 yr old toes away from my pin that I re-read Denyse's book and discovered that I should have used safety pins. This would have also eliminated pins slipping out as I quilted. I just stitched in the ditch around each charm square and it turned out lovely. Next I made my binding, cut to 2.5 '' as instructed by Denyse but I can't figure out why she asks you to cut it so wide. My binding is much wider than I would have liked. It doesn't look bad but just too wide for my taste. I matched my binding to the backside of the quilt (a Flea Market Fancy Pattern) because I had planned to machine stitch my binding on and if there were any imperfections if would blend right it and they did. However, I also threw in a blue Flea Market print just because I love the contrast. I definitely need more binding practice but I am looking forward to it.
Oh, I forgot the best part. Right before I made my quilt sandwich, I wrote Devon's name out and embroidered it. I love that is is in my handwriting so she will always recognize it. When I gave her the quilt she said "Oh, Wow!" and my heart melted! I can't wait to get started on #2 small quilt and this time it won't take me 3 years! (I hope)