Sunday, February 28, 2010

This morning is very gray and dreary. But the kitchen table is full of the seed packets we received in the mail Saturday. Now, I will sort them into "before last frost" and "after last frost" date piles. Another pile for "start in the house".

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The weekend brought us two days of sunshine and temperatures in the 50's! What a wonderful gift. My husband and I have been reading about the organic gardening of Ruth Stout. Couple that with Spring Fever and we were out the door to scratch in the dirt. Our first order of business was to create a new bed for peas. Using Ruth's method of mulching and no digging, we layered ash from the wood stove, rotted leaves and grass, composted dirt, and topped it all off with pine straw. Every six inches we pushed a branch into the earth for the pea vines to climb upon. I was surprised and pleased that the branches went into the ground easily to the depth of six to eight inches. Today, Dennis is adding a top dressing of horse manure. We will be watching the mail for our seeds to arrive. Next bed will be for potatoes.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I have finished the 96 units for the 5th step of our family quilt challenge. Yeah!

I am also about finished with the hand piecing of the apple core block. This will be sewn into a accent pillow and used as a class sample. I enjoy having some handwork to do when watching TV or movies.

...............I just previewed the pictures for this post. Look's like I need to take time to sew a new ironing board cover or at least launder this one!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Liverpool Tunic

Here is the finished liverpool tunic hanging in the quilt shop. I have started a second one that I will use in class today.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day!!!

Yesterday was a snow day, no working at the quilt shop. So, I spent some extra time in the kitchen. I have an abundance of onions that needed some attention. I roasted them in the oven for three hours in a cast iron dutch oven. I froze them for later use in French Onion Soup.

The other fruit that needed something done to it was apples. I used the apple butter recipe found in my 1959 addition of "The Fannie Merritt Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook". How's that for a title! The recipe called for mild cider vinegar in which to cook down the apples. I had some Bragg's Organic apple cider vinegar and decided to give it a try. I like the flavor, but will be more careful of my measuring next time. The apple butter was flavored with cinnamon, clove and allspice. I canned it in my new Weck canning jars. They look great! We opened a jar at breakfast this morning. I was so pleased with the tight seal that had formed.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I am sewing the "liverpool tunic" from an Amy Butler pattern. The pattern pieces are fitting together very nicely. I am impressed by how smoothly the sleeves set in. And I do mean "set in" and not sewn in the side seam and clipped under the arm. I was impressed that the pattern directed the sewer to do a French seam on the center back but was confused that the rest of the seams were raw edged? So, I sewed all the seams using the French seam, even the set in sleeves. There were alot of nice details, such as topstitching the many darts. I was surprised at how little trimming was done in the collar and collar stand. I think I am ready to teach the class next Saturday at TN Quilts. I have some options for the sewer. Hope you can join us.

My husband and I have no idea who won the Superbowl. We attended a Foot Ball in Jonesborough, TN and did alot of Contra dancing Sunday afternoon. You can google Contra dancing and see what it is all about. We were told contra is French for country. We just think it means FUN.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Works in progress.

I havn't finished anything on my day off, but still feel very productive. I sewed several squares for one of the three blue and white challenge quilts I'm making. All must be finished for Quiltfest 2010.