It also started off in a fabulous manner. For Christmas our children gifted us a dinner prepared by a chef (and friend of our SIL) for all of us at our home. The menu was amazing and consisted of seven courses. We had so much fun and it was such a thrill to watch all of this happening in our kitchen. Sadly, we were missing one DIL who was ill and one son who was away skiing. Guess that just meant more food for all of us. ;-)
A few of the courses.....
|Seared Nantucket Scallops with avocado risotto, mango lime coulis, chipolte oil and crispy plantains.|
|Merlot poached pears stuffed with gorgonzola dolce and served with peppered balsamic syrup, arugula sprouts and honey port aioli.|
|Mascarpone and apricot Napoleon - pistachio and thyme twill, Mascarpone Mouse, Muscatel soaked apricots and basil honey.|
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The sewing studio has been a little quiet as we have been busy with little ones and houseguests, but I did have to finish up a quilt for the newest baby. Our children absolutely loved the book Goodnight Moon. I was so thrilled to see the line of fabrics with the same title. In wanting to highlight the fabric prints, I chose the wave pattern. I also put Minky fabric on the back of it so it is super soft. I was a bit apprehensive about the stretch of the backing, but it quilted BEAUTIFULLY. If you haven't tried it on the back of a quilt, I highly recommend giving it a go. I'll be linking this quilt up as a January finish with A Stitch in Time.
I also decided to join in the It Takes 2 quilt along. You can check out the link on my sidebar. Instead of the red and white, I have chosen a chocolate brown and a light aqua. The first blocks are done and the patterns are now out for the second series.
There seem to be many Dresden Plate quilt designs showing up on blogs this year. I am thinking that one may be in my future as I have always loved them. I may have to use the line of fabric, Montecito, from Connecting Threads that I won a few weeks ago from Stephanie's giveaway. Stephanie always has such an inspiring blog and I love the wonderful, bright colors that she uses. If you are not familiar with her, please be sure to check her out her blog, Loft Creations.