Thank you for your ideas, I never even thought about the batting jamming up. I told her today I just couldn't make it by the first anniversary. I need this to be well-done and I just need more time. I really really shouldn't have offered to make a quilt with my limited knowledge, but I made a few picture pillows and they were so easy, each one done in an afternoon. I had no idea a 4 x 6 quilt w/12 photos would be so overwhelming, all the tearing and re-sewing. I just wanted to bring her a little happiness, but it has to be done right. Now I am repeating myself. I told her I would bring in the blocks for her to look at tomorrow and then she is off until after the anniversary. My heart breaks for her - to have her two-year-old granddaughter drown in a neighbor's fish pond. I just want to offer some comfort. I really let her down, she has asked a few times and I feel like such a failure as a friend. I need to try and have this done for when she gets back.
Thanks again for the ideas, Maribeth