So one of my very first quilts was made in 2008, as a Valentine's day gift for Hunter. He has always appreciated the handmade gifts, and I let him pick the different fabrics to go with the space ships he requested. I used that FABULOUS retro spaceship fabric ... and I was VERY proud of that creation. I didn't realize that I shouldn't use super stretchy jean material or that the flannel would shrink differently than the cottons ... but I did manage to have most of my points meet up well ... and I was excited to give it to him. But it's only 39" x 50" and doesn't work well for the 8 1/2 year old boy anymore. He's been asking for a new quilt, so the other week I asked him what he wanted ... no surprise, he said a Mario quilt. :) But they don't make Mario fabric, so while I was looking for ideas, he saw this quilt ... and wanted it so badly! Seriously. So after looking at it for a bit, I told him I would make it for him, but it would have to be a birthday present, his main birthday present. And I would have to start on it now to have it done in time ... and he agreed to that! So, now I'm trying in all my "free time" to finish up more projects ... because I have to finish ten before I get started and this quilt feels pretty intense, so I'm wanting to start as soon as possible. EEK!