I finally finished assembling the top and backing and have basted my quilt today. Quite a feat. Let me assure you that cutting and pinning curtains on the floor at 28 weeks is definitely-entirely-utterly different from basting a quilt on the same floor at 37 weeks. Huffpuff, I had to go much much slower with some serious breaks and boy am I glad to be done with it. No more of this until after the baby.
Since the front is a rather busy nightsky of stars and snowflakes I kept the backing simple. It should make a nice canvas for the quilting and hand quilting I'm planning. The simplicity does appeal to me and I think a quilt with just one big, intricate star on a darker background with tons of handquilted tiny stars and snowflakes above the trees would also look absolutely stunning.
Never fear, though, those aren't second thoughts. I'm still chuffed with how this quilt is turning out. Seeing it basted - quilts immediately look so much more substantial once the sandwich is done, don't you think? - has given me another huge boost and I can imagine it finished in time. But not tonight. I think I'll cut into some fabrics for cushions for a change and will keep the quilting for tomorrow.