I didn't get to the basting part until after lunch yesterday, as I had a commitment. But the basting went fairly well, and by mid afternoon I started quilting it with an open freehand swirl. I wanted to keep it soft and cuddly, plus I didn't want to put a ton of quilting into it.
I couldn't decide on a thread color, but opted for a light grey. Anything else looked too dark on the white blocks.
The quilt looks fairly dark, but the grey thread looks okay to me.
By 9 PM I was done with the quilting and found something to make the binding - which got sewn on before I went to bed.
All that's left is to hand stitch down the binding. I worked today, so I'll hopefully sit by the fire tonight and stitch away.
Thanks for all your sweet comments, it means a lot. I do hope my BIL will feel warm and loved under this quilt.