I've been working away on my hexagons and I think I have finished basting all 1300 to their little papers. (I have been using Andy's manuscript as scrap paper for the hexies and was surprised when I turned one over to find that little quote so perfectly centered in the paper.) Now I have to begin sewing them together. I am excited about it and have decided that this year I need a quilt project so I am going to commit to making four quilts, each with a seasonal theme. So the hexies will be for the spring quilt, though I probably should be working on the winter quilt I have in mind, I am not committing to making them in order but just to finish four quilts in twelve months. It seems like a lot but I am pretty sure I used to make and sell quilts so I am feeling hopeful...which is a good way to start a new year!
We are having the carpet in the craft room removed so everything has been emptied out and is all over the house. It is a mess and I don't like it but I will be so happy when that carpet is gone. The plan is to have the rest of the carpet taken out in April.
My daughter has been collecting those little Japanese erasers for about three years now. I love when she sets them all up in their cabinet. The other week the kids made a teddy Olympics for them all to compete in. The food erasers were the prize for the animals who won. Sometimes she takes all of them apart into their various pieces and presents the whole lot to me, as a puzzle, to put back together.
In the kitchen I have been making this chicken Marsala, this slow cooker Italian beef soup (which would be perfect with a little less tomato), Gwyneth's meatballs and Martha's chocolate cake. Can we take a minute to talk about that cake? When I read the recipe, I thought, well, it is so simple it probably won't be great but this is all I have time for. That cake. That cake was delicious! One of my very favorite chocolate cakes ever. I threw in a handful of chocolate chips, skipped the frosting and it was so moist and full of flavor. I have been thinking about it every day since I made it and wondering when I can justify making it again. I think being stuck inside, because of the polar vortex, sounds like reason enough.
The kids are at home tomorrow as a winter storm of lake effect snow hovers over us. There are predicitons of as much as 3 feet of snow in some parts and temperatures with a wind chill factor as low as -45. Crazy, isn't it? Keep safe and warm friends.