The top is now finished and ready to be sandwiched and quilted. I'm so surprised. Usually I iron after every seam and measure and trim. I squared each block up to 9 and a half inches, trimming just a smidge off each one. There were very few seams to match within the blocks so the blocks fit together nicely and the end result is square. Good ol' Eleanor Burns and her tutorials on quilterstv.com. She was right. She's so great.
I bought an amazing ruler from Michaels with my 40% off coupon. It has slots every half inch for a rotary cutter and really helps square up blocks quickly and accurately. I can hardly wait to use it to cut strips as well.
A friend at work is expecting and will soon begin maternity leave. I found a great panel called Alphabuddies by Andover at one of the local quilt shops called Snip and Stitch. I plan to cut up each of the squares and surround them with sashing strips in yellow with corner blocks in black. It should go together quickly. I hope I can finish it before she begins her leave in March.