At her insistence we started on it four weeks before their birthday. Our first session making the blanket convinced me of two things. First, I did not want to make this blanket. Second, Viva did. I tried to talk her into sewing a quilt with me for Jake. It would have taken up a lot less time! Unfortunately for me, she was adamant that this was what she wanted to make for Jake. So I decided to suck it up and help her regardless of my feelings on the project.
Jake was appropriately enthusiastic when he opened his gift. "It's wonderful!" he told his twin. (I have to admit that it was also wonderful to help my granddaughter on a project of her choosing.)