Found out the hard way that most of Craigslist posts are BS. Ugh.
Checked out Joanns Black Friday sales and they will have batting 50% off, so hooray for that! There are also coupons for % off one item and total purchase, so I'm sure I can get a stack of square for a good price also. Would love if I could accomplish this all for $10! I still plan to get the little felt sheets for the tea wallets, but those are .33 at Walmart.
Thanks so much for all the pointers, it's really going to help. The binding advice is great. My MIL is a quilter and upon examining this super amazing quilt she gave me 2 years ago, I can see she used the same technique you described. Mostly she seems to use one solid binding, but mine was a stash buster (and all in blues!! ) so it looks great.
Good luck with the job hunt! The big challenge for me is finding jobs that pay enough to cover life and childcare.