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.
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.
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.)
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.