I have been busy and I actually have accomplished some things!
My new niece, Madison, arrived safely into the world on Thursday night. My brother just sent me some pictures and it was fun to see her. I went right out, of course, and bough fabric for a baby quilt for her. I'd been agonizing about what pattern to use but finally made up my mind to do a Quilt in a Day Pinwheel pattern that I rather like (although, undoubtedly, it will take me far more than a day to complete). I'm planning on a cream background with dark mauve and light pink-colored pinwheels. If I can finish it by Christmas, I'll be happy. :)
I finished putting the binding on a Christmas present. If you are reading this blog and you know my mom, please don't tell her about this because it is a surprise. I have to say, the colors are a bit more like something I'd choose for a younger person than my mother; however, the yellow background fabric has goats on it and that was why I chose it. (My mom has a goat farm.)
I also put the inner and outer borders on my paper piecing project (Yardbirds Circling the Cat). I sept most of today working on it and considered the hour I gained from setting the clocks back a bonus hour of sewing. I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out. I am not sure how I will quilt it yet but considering that I haven't purchased batting, backing fabric or binding, I think that is the least of my immediate concerns.
I got sidetracked from my intent to learn applique in my spare time by a desire to take up crazy quilting. I've been admiring some of the embroidery of many bloggers and then found some beautiful crazy quilts and was hooked. I joined a yahoo group (but have been too timid and too busy to introduce myself), and read the online tutorial. I bought a book on stumpwork and ribbon embroidery for embellishing and now I just need to find a store where I can purchase some supplies.
That's all for now. Have a great rest of the weekend!