Having had a few wakeful nights of late I decided to read "Dear Jane" The two hundred twenty-five patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt, by Brenda Manges Papadakis. If this doesn't induce sleep through abject fear, I'm not sure what will.
The most important lesson learned was the cutting out of the template pieces. After having traced the design onto the fabric, it is instrumental that you cut away the line on which you drew the pattern. The thickness of the pencil mark can affect the accuracy of the size. This came up when I was tracing around the felt ornaments I am currently working on. Cutting inside the line...makes sense! Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have made some crazy decision to try this based on my dear daughter Jane's name. I'm over that now.
Wendesday is World Read Aloud Day.
Regarding Date Squares...Parnoosh are the best dates for baking with. The Medjool dates may be more exotic and better for eating, but for cooking, nothing beats the Parnoosh. Cheaper too.
You can try and fool yourself. Buy some spring flowers and pretend. P.S. Daylight savings time is this weekend and spring is officially here on March 20th.