This is Minnow’s baby quilt. I started working on it in my second trimester, just after turning in my dissertation. I was working on it the evening I went into labor, using some of the nervous anticipation and energy that I couldn’t channel into any academic work. After Minnow arrived, the nearly-finished quilt sat out for a while, until I couldn’t stand it anymore and hid it away for several months. Around Christmas, I decided that I really wanted to finish the quilt for Minnow’s 1st birthday. I didn’t quite make it in time, but now it is done, and I dare say it is fabulous. And I’m already dreaming of the quilt I will make for her “big girl” bed.