Creating this pocket at the beginning means you don't have to be so precise in the length of the binding at the end. Tuck the end in the pocket, sew it down, and once it's folded over and hand sewn to the back, you can hardly tell where it joins!
Western Theme quilt by Heidi Zielinski (This would be an awesome layout for a pretty French quilt for A. Use soft colors (pastels and light grays) with different things she loves about the country. And probably an Eiffel Tower smack dab in the middle.