No, I don't have any good news about the adoption. We are still waiting.
But I did get a new sewing machine that has made my life sooooo nice in the meantime! With the help of Christmas and birthday gifts from my family, I purchased a Juki TL2000Qi. It looks really basic - no computer screen, no list of 200 different kinds of stitches, not even a buttonhole option - but it is exactly what I need. This machine is designed to stitch a really good straight stitch and free-motion smoothly and it does both just fine with plenty of space for quilts to move around. I can also put my heel down on the pedal and cut my thread and it comes with a knee lever (see that thing hanging down in front?) that lifts the foot up and down. Hands free! Oh, I could go 1500 stitches a minute if I wanted to.
I think that is pretty cool.
I am a dork like that. :)
So I have been doing some playing around on it, piecing a new quilt, and doing the quilting on this penny patch quilt that I made before Christmas. It is meant for the couch, so I have been happily experimenting on it, not minding if some of the circles are a little wonky and the stitch length isn't even. Just getting used to the new machine and making something for us in the process.
The back is a creamy colored flannel and you can really see the pattern! I finished it up a couple of days ago and picked up the binding fabric. Hopefully I'll have a finished quilt for you to see after a couple of evenings of attaching the binding. It goes a lot slower if I am watching something really interesting on tv...or if there is popcorn involved. :)
And for all of you grandparent types reading this, here is one of the dozen goofy faces that have been going on here recently. :)