Monday, August 31, 2015

Up to my elbows

Popping in on Mondays to share my weekend progress is my favorite post of the week.  It became a habit when I found Judy's blog a few years ago.  Every Monday she hosts a Linky Party called Design Wall Monday.  So what did I stitch up this weekend, not a thing.  Most of my time was spent in the kitchen.  But I did come up with another idea for my Lilies of Love quilt.  Yes I finally came up with a name!  You can see more design options here and find a so called tutorial for the quilt block here.  

While up to my elbows in fruits and veggies this weekend my mind was wandering around my Studio.  Tossing around more border options.  That's when I started thinking...this is a scrappy quilt, why can't the borders be scrappy.  The last time I used this inner scalloped border was on my Promenading tulips quilt. (below) Look at the super scrappyness!(is that a word?)  Cutting a piano key border doesn't appeal to me right now but I could do a different print on each side like in the picture above. HMMM...maybe.  We'll see what happens when I actually have time to be in the Studio.  


For now it's time to clean up the weekend canning mess and organize the pantry.  The canning season is almost over.  YIPPEE!  Just a few tomato's and squash left on the vines.   We still need to harvest the sweet potatoes but that won't be for a few more weeks.  It's been a good year for preserving, I actually ran out of jars and will need more before canning the potatoes.  This weekend was whole tomato's, acorn squash, apple pie filling, and apple butter.....YUM!  So here's my tip of the day for all my canning buddies.  A trick my momma taught me years ago.  Add a couple handfuls of red hots to your apple butter, when they melt it gives a little extra kick(not hot), everyone will want to know your secret for the most delicious apple butter ever.



~  Lea Anne ~
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14 comments:

  1. I LOVE the piano key border/scallop/yo-yo. Amazing!!

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  2. Yum! Thank you for your tip about the red hots. Apple season is my favorite. I love the scallops on both quilts!

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  3. Ditto Teresa and Colleen. You are brilliant! XO

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  4. Red hots in apple butter sounds delicious!! Your quilts just sing! I agree with the above.... the scallops and piano key borders are the bomb- diggity!!

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  5. everyone in the US seems to be very busy canning at the moment, you are all certainly not going to go hungry come the winter. The quilt looks so good, you are so brilliant at these love seeing what you do as it is such inspiration to a learner

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  6. Your Promenading Tulips quilt is so pretty. The Lilys of Love is going to be beautiful too.
    I'm waiting on cortland apples to come into season to make applesauce and then there will be grapes for grape juice and jelly. But since it is just my husband and me, it doesn't take as much food as it used to. A lot of people ask "It is so much work, do I actually save money?" No, you can buy cheaper food in the grocery store, but the taste of the home canned/frozen food is so much better. It is the same difference as going to Wal-Mart and buying a blanket compared to piecing and quilting a quilt. The blanket is adequate but the quilt is so much more lovely. Have a lovely day.

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  7. Our farm and ranch hat that tip in it

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  8. That reminds me of the first recipe we ever made in Home Economics! We simmered apple slices with red hots and a little water until the candy melted and the apples were tender--it turned out pretty good! I love the scrappy piano key border, but the all yellow is very pretty too.

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  9. The border design you chose is perfect in my opinion. It really adds to the whole quilt and blends perfectly. I leave the canning to my husband who like you has been spending many hours standing in the kitchen but loving each step of the canning process. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

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  10. A scrappy border would work well with that quilt. Hope you get some time to play around with your ideas this week.

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  11. you won again on a quilted passion, hugs and congrats

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  12. Red hot apple butter sounds amazingly yummy! Congrats! You are the winner of my giveaway. I sent you an email. =)

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  13. Hi, I'm a friend of Zenia's, she pointed me to you. My apple tree is just LOADED. I've been canning apple butter and applesauce and making apple pies, but I do not know how to make applie pie filling for canning. Do you have a recipe or any tips? Does 1 quart make 1 pie? Thanks so much!

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