Way, way back, in fact all the way back to 7 October last year (wow that feels like soooo long ago!) I shared this applique block with you on my post Another Week In Manhattan
Finally I can share the full story with you.
Manhattan City Quilter staff and friends made 'animal' blocks to put together two quilts for my friend and CQ tutor, Karen on the birth of her twins, Georgia and Weston (I blogged about their birth back on 25 September).
Here's some photos of the finished quilts that Karen posted on facebook last week - spot my cow right there on Georgia's quilt :)
Karen says she's blown away by the quilts, which are awesome and especially as she knows exactly what's involved in a handmade gift and that makes them even more special - isn't that so true?
Weston and Georgia were 5 months old this week and Karen posted this gorgeous photo of them having fun on their quilt - and there it is - Weston is 'hugging' my cow - that pic makes me so happy (don't you just love his 'THUG' top?!!!).
Aren't they both just amazing with the best smiles?
A couple of weeks ago Flicky had a day off school so we got to spend the afternoon playing with these two treasures. Check out this photo of Weston loving his ladies (don't look at me and Flicky - there was a snow storm that day and we'd gone out dressed for that, not for a photo shoot, and my other excuse is that it's a phone photo!)
Some other hot news from Manhattan is that Victoria Findlay Wolfe, President of my NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild has taken the 'Best In Show' award at QuiltCon, Austin, Texas this week.
I've 'borrowed' this winning image from Victoria's blog, hopefully she won't mind but why not pop over there and take a look around for yourselves?
And, as a side note, Craftsy are offering free access to their videos of 9 lessons/lectures from QuiltCon 2013
Welcome to QuiltCon 2013!
Angela Walters: Machine Quilting for the Modern Quilt
Heather Jones: Everyday Inspiration in Modern Quilts
and the Awards Ceremony
My final bit of news is to share this photo of my son, Joe, with an Eli Manning signed no 10 NY Giants' jersey. Manning, Quarterback for the NY Giants and MVP at the 2007 & 2011 season NFL Superbowl finals, donated this jersey to Flicky to help her raise funds for her Dwight School charity WISER. In her own words Flicky raises funds to "provide education and safety for girls in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, because those girls are usually married by 14, pregnant by 15, and if they survive childbirth they will sell themselves to the sex trade to provide for their family". Flicky included the jersey in a successful fund raising raffle at Dwight School earlier in January.