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Happy Chinese New Year & WIP Wednesday

I woke up to this text message from our oldest daughter who is teaching in Shanghai:

Xin nian kuai le! Gong xi fa cai!  Happy Chinese New Year!

So I’m passing those wishes on to all of you. Let’s hope that The Year of the Wooden Goat is as prosperous for us all as it is predicted to be!


For the past couple of days I’ve been practicing free motion quilting on some of the placemats that are part of my 2015 Finish Along Q1 goal. Before starting the fmqing on my paper pinwheel quilts I had done a bit of practice quilting on a small quilt sandwich, but after spending four evenings unpicking a section of fmqing on the actual quilt, I decided that I needed more practice.

FMQ on rooster placemats

The one pictured on the left was half quilted so I finished quilting that in the meander that I had started before everything went into storage.  The one that is shown being quilted I did in the loops and hearts that I wanted to use on the paper pinwheel quilts.

Now all four rooster placemats are quilted, trimmed and ready to have the binding attached.

rooster placemats ready for binding

In addition to quilting and binding, I’m also baking today.  First thing this morning I got bread dough made.  It’s now on it’s second rise and ready to go in the oven as soon as the Honey Oatmeal Bars are finished baking.  (I’ll be posting the recipe for the Oatmeal Bars soon.)

bread risen and ready to go in the oven

The four larger loaves are for Dave and the smaller one is for a friend of our son’s who has been feeling a bit down lately.  Dave and I are making up a little care package of baked goods for our son to take to him in the hopes it will lift his spirits.



  • Diane
    February 18, 2015 2:29 pm

    Ahh–I think I need some cheering up too–
    and I love homemade bread–hint-hint!!!!!!
    I do remember baking homemade bread–
    my favorite thing to bake is biscuits and blueberry muffins–
    I just don’t do them often enough!!!
    Great photos–

  • Diane Chambers
    February 18, 2015 3:20 pm

    I love the idea of place mats that are same fabric but different quilting patterns. Good way to practice and gives interest to meal time conversations -at least among quilters!

  • Linda
    February 18, 2015 3:47 pm

    Great work for these winter days. I’m heading to my quilting room to work on some WIPs and get them off my 2015 FINISH list. And I baked bread and rolls last week!

  • Melissa Meinhard
    February 19, 2015 12:11 am

    Gong xi fa cai
    Hong bao na lai! 😀

    Awesome fabric on the placemats

  • Susanbeingsnippy
    February 19, 2015 1:28 am

    The embroidery is what caught my eye! and well, yes the loaves of bread — comfort food, i can almost smell it!

  • Catherine
    February 19, 2015 3:18 am

    I paid for my husband to go on a bread making course as a Christmas present. He made some for my Honey Bees group lunch- delicious. The smell of fresh baked bread is so comforting. I hope your son’s friend enjoys it.

  • Susan
    February 19, 2015 7:49 pm

    Oh, that bread looks wonderful! So do the placemats. I’m so slow getting here, you probably have them bound by now. =)

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