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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!


Ming said…
Both are very pretty! Especially the star, I think I have fallen in love with it. :)
michael5000 said…
That star is the bomb dot com. Love the colors, love the energy in the pattern, love the precision of the star with the cobbley border... Sweet.
La Manosa said…
Hi Ming,

I'm glad you like the star! I'm really happy with how it has turned out and can't wait to finish it so I can enjoy it hanging on the wall.
La Manosa said…
Hi Michael 5000:

Thanks for your comment! I really like the colors, too, and this is my first time working with mostly batiks--I think they're great.
Beautiful! I love this paper pieced project! It's beautiful and my FIL raises goats so he would love the top one!
Cherold said…
I love this star! You did a great job. Where did you get the pattern? I'd love to make one.


La Manosa said…
Dear Carolina Quilter:

Thanks for your kind words! Also, it's always nice to meet other people with goat connections. :)
La Manosa said…
Hi Cherold:

I got this pattern at my local quilt shop, Stitch Your Art Out. I googled the pattern name and found that there are a few online shops where you can purchase it. It is called Yardbirds Circling the Cat by Karen Stone.

I hope you give it a try sometime. It was definitely a fun project!
Vivian said…
Beautiful choice of colours!
La Manosa said…
Thanks, Vivian. I really like how the colors turned out, too. I can't wait to finish it!


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