after 2 busy basting days, the hawaiian is now ready to start quilting. before i do, must pop in the DVD from pacific rim quilts and refresh my memory on how to start. originally got the video a few years back and so very glad i did...it's a terrific resource on everything about making hawaiian quilts...pillows, tablerunners, wallhangings too! *** just about ready for a family celebration...few more cookies to make, a few things to wrap and voila! very low key as no big dinner is being cooked, rather opting for takeout with a few home cooked tidbits. funny, years ago when there were 20-30 around my grandmother's table at holidays, there was no dishwasher and now today with only 5 of us, we have the dishwasher! *** with the hawaiian at the quilting stage and a couple of machine projects on the sewing table, ready to start the new sewing year. enough UFOs to keep me focused and plenty of fabric on hand to start new things. that's a win/win situation for sure!