It's finished and the whole thing only took me one week. This really is thanks to an amazingly supportive husband. He tolerates me ignoring household stuff and the kids (when he's around, obviously) so that I can sew. Seriously, he's the reason I get anything done.
Anyway- if I have a baby girl next, this quilt will be ready for her.
This pattern is pretty simple. I have a friend who started this quilt and she gave me great advice: cut the star fabrics at least a half inch bigger than your background fabric. This gave me extra wiggle room for dealing with the wonky-ness and making sure the star points sufficiently covered the background area before trimming to size.
Isn't the voile backing dreamy? I am SO glad I finally realized that there were alternatives to using the dreaded minky fabric for baby quilts. I also got smart and made myself machine bind the quilt- I have learned through experience that children's quilts that actually get used frequently don't hold up well to hand sewn binding. My first experience doing this wasn't perfect but I appreciated the time I saved and I am happy that the quilt is more durable even at the expense of having some wonky stitching on the edges.
Today we are celebrating my daughter Charlotte's third birthday. She is so fun and cute. I promised her that if I have a boy next, she can have this quilt and I think she really likes that idea. This makes me feel good because she has said, on numerous occasions, that if I have a boy, "I won't love it or hug him."
Thanks for reading!