Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way of Quilting

I have been away from my blog for a long time.  The only thing I can blame it on is life.  It happens. William has started to walk.  But I have not been able to get any photos of him.  He has been so miserable lately because he is teething.  Two teeth have just broken through on the bottom.  But it seems there are others coming in soon.

I have been working on the red hexies (handwork) and the scrap vortex (machine work). I'll show you more later.  But for over a week I suffered from a summer cold.  It was in my head and in my lungs and for several days I had laryngitis.  It was not nice and all I wanted to do was sleep.

I also canned some produce from my garden.  I made 14 jars of peach jam, 5 jars of refrigerator pickles and 5 jars of zucchini refrigerator pickles.  I also put several jars of tomato sauce into the freezer.  Then a couple of days ago I made salsa, 7 jars of it.  It tastes delicious and makes me want to go up to the store and buy a bag of corn chips.

My garden is still growing nicely.  Here is a picture of my perennial hibiscus.  These are 6 inches across.  Very beautiful!  And they come up year after year.

I picked a bouquet of flowers to grace my kitchen table.  Sweet William, Black-eyed-Susans, Jerusalem Artichokes, Shasta Daisies and snapdragons.

Planning to do a little bit of everything today.  Some gardening, some sewing, and some zucchini grating.  Yes!  I still have way too many zucchinis!  I plan to make some fritters today.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

On the Lam.......In a Jam.

I corralled the peaches and turned them into jam.  Yum.

On the lam.
In a jam.
I made a total of 14 jars of jam and 3 jars of peach preserves.  Some of them have already been spoken for.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Garden Stuff

I've been busy in the garden.  This what my peach tree looked like.

My DH picked some on the weekend.  And today I picked some more.

They will be totally ripe over the next few days.  I plan to can some and maybe make a batch of peach jam.  My DD wants to can some too.  She is hoping that they will last until the beginning of next week.  She has a very busy weekend lined up.

I planted some dill in my garden this spring.  When I went to take a photo of it I noticed a couple of fat caterpillars on the plant.

At first glance they looked like Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.  But why were they on my dill plants? Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds.   So I decided that the caterpillars in my garden were Swallowtails.  They look similar.  But Monarchs have yellow stripes and Swallowtails have yellow dots.

I picked a few more cucumbers this morning too.  Tonight I am going to make refrigerator pickles,  I made some last year and they were delicious. Still trying to figure out what to make with the abundance of zucchinis.  Maybe I'll pickle some of those too.

Since this is a quilting blog and not a gardening blog I will show you the scrap vortex I have been working on.  Still have a lot to do on this.  But the mindless sewing has been fun.  I was inspired by Crazy Mom's sew along, but I did not follow her instructions exactly.  I have made many scrap quilts and I just wanted to do something simple.  My blocks are not done yet.  And they are not sewn together.  But you get the idea.


Friday, July 17, 2015

A Finish!

Not much has been going on around here as far as machine sewing is concerned.  But when I was cleaning up last week I found this little quilt.  I don't think I meant to make it this small.  I was probably going to put some more rail fence blocks onto it.  But when I looked at it, it spoke to me and asked me to leave it this size and just finish it. Good idea!  So that is what I did. There is just a little bit of hand sewing on the back still to do because I put a sleeve on it.  It measures about 21 by 21 inches.  But it's a finish!  Doing the happy dance!  It is so important to me to have completed something.  It makes me want to continue on with other projects.  I think my mojo is starting to come back.  Hurray!

Since I have gotten in the habit of showing you some of the flowers in my garden, I thought I would continue this and show you a couple of my Oriental Lilies.

I have several white ones.  I love these because they seem to light up dark corners in my flower beds.

This is only a small part of a huge patch of lilies.  I love the colour on these.  The individual plants are about 4 feet tall.  That may be because we had so much rain this year.

Now back to sewing curtains.  I just have a couple of seams to finish off and the first set will be done. My son will be doing the happy dance too.

I think it is appropriate for me to be happy dancing and whooping it up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict this week.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Day Lilies, a Flimsy and a Zucchini Recipe

Several people asked me for the Zucchini Pineapple Loaf recipe.  So I will add it to the bottome of this post.  But first I want to show you my scrappy flimsy.  I started this a couple of years ago, but put it away when my machine started to give me problems.  I sewed a couple more rows and now I think I have had enough of this one.  I am calling it finished.

This quilt top reminds me of the Day Lilies I have blooming in my garden at the moment.  I love these.

This is a gorgeous peach coloured one.

Another peach coloured one, except this one has a dark centre.

A double peach lily.

A yellow day lily.

I have more, but I will save them for another day.

Now for the Pineapple Zucchini Loaf recipe.  This is from a "Company's Coming" book by Jean Pare called "Muffins and More".  It is my favourite book by her.

Zucchini Pineapple Loaf

2               eggs
1/2 cup     cooking oil
1 cup        sugar
1 cup        unpeeled, shredded zucchini
1/2 cup     crushed pineapple, drained
1 tsp         vanilla

2 cups       all purpose flour
1 tsp          baking soda
1/2 tsp       baking powder
1/2 tsp       salt
3/4 tsp       cinnamon
1/4 tsp       nutmeg
1/2 cup      chopped nuts  (I have used 1 cup raisins instead of nuts and it turned out great)


Beat eggs, oil and sugar.  Sir in zucchini, pineapple and vanilla.

Measure remaining ingredients in another bowl.  Stir.

Pour all at once into batter.  Stir to moisten.  Pour into greased loaf pan 9x5x3 inches.  I use a bunt pan sprayed with PAM.  Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 1 hour.  Test to see if it is done.  A toothpick will come out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Turn loaf out to cool on a rack. This is delicious if cut into slices and spread with butter.  Yield 1 loaf.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Zucchini Love

I was cruising around blogland this morning and I saw a delicious lemon zucchini loaf on Em's blog. Since I have a lot of zucchinis in my garden right now, I decided to bake one.

I got all of my ingredients together.  And I was off!

The lemon loaf never made it to the photo shoot.  So much was eaten that it looked a mess.  But it was truly delicious!  I had more zucchinis, so I baked another loaf - a pineapple zucchini loaf.

This one I am going to put into the freezer and save it for the weekend.

Friday, July 03, 2015

More Red Hexies and a Trip to the Beach

I worked on a few more red hexie flowers.  I thought I had made at least ten, but now I can't find them all.  So here are eight of them.

There are not many red flowers in my garden at the moment.  But there are lots of sour cherries.

Yesterday we went to the beach.  William had a terrific time.  He crawled after dogs.  Tried to eat rocks.  Played by the water and had lots of swing time.  We brought our lunch and really enjoyed ourselves.

Talking to some of the day campers.  William certainly attracts a lot of friends.

He loves the dogs!  This one was just too cute to let it get away.  So he chased it.  With his mother is close pursuit.

He loved the swings.  So did his Mom.
Edit:  I found the other red hexies.  I had made 11 of them.

Hope you have a great weekend.  And a terrific 4th of July to my American friends.