Monday, September 26, 2016

Modern Neutrals & tomato recipe

This lovely neutral quilt is destined to be a wedding gift.

Since this is for a young couple - what young person does not like music?

I pulled a nice co-ordinating sashing design to go with the musical border.

The brown panels hide the quilting (for the most part) but were stitched with a puzzle design.

I am in the throws of tomato season.  So far I've done 15 jars of salsa and 21 quarts of diced tomatoes.  Last night for supper I made a Tomato Tart, using a recipe from the newspaper.  If you google "tomato tart" you will get a bunch of recipe ideas, many incorporating mustard and/or additional cheeses, etc.  This one is dirt simple and it tasted pretty good.  I just served it with chicken cutlets & lemon wedge.  And wine. :-)

As you might have guessed, I am done (!) with zucchini reports for the year.  I'm kinda swamped this time of year between the garden and the guilds starting up again.  I didn't manage to work on my quilt challenge over the last two months, so I will repeat the same challenge for September & October. Hopefully I'll get somewhere with it this time.


  • 1 puff pastry
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 fresh chopped basil
  • 1 T. fresh chopped oregano
  • 1.5 lbs. fresh tomates, sliced 1/4" thick
Roll out the pastry to 13" square.
Mix the cheese & herbs, then sprinkle on the center 11" of the pastry.
Layer the tomato slices on the center 11" of the pastry.
Turn up the outer 1" of pastry all around like a crust.
Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Seasonal Silhouettes quilt and (ahem) Zucchini

This is one of "those" quilts that I wanted to keep for myself.  It is from the book Seasonal Silhouettes by Edyta Sitar.

I loved the border, so I quilted it to look like a column with a vine growing around it.

The blocks were all s.i.d. with a background fill.

Our summer was so hot and dry, this was the only practical use for an umbrella.  hah.   :-)

With fall upon us now, this block is quite timely.

And, the zucchini report:

picked:  5
picked YTD:  48

I previously mentioned that zucchini was not really prolific this year - this report's five that I picked was over a two week period.  Last year's zucchini count stopped at 105 on Sept. 5th.  I guess I should have gone out and sung to the plants.  

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Wide Backing

I picked up a new wide backing last week - see the Wide Backings page.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Melon Wedge Quilt & Garden Report (yes including ZUCCHINI)

I worked on a real beauty.

Appliqued melon wedges, with lots of clean, white background.

So pretty.

The garden is in the fall stages of decline.  There is preponderance of weeds (mostly grass) because I don't want to tramp through the potato patch.  (Which as you know is most of the garden.)  And, because it's September and I'm getting sick of the garden.  However the raspberries are in full swing, so I get about a pint every day now.  The zucchini harvest has been steady, but not a show-stopper this year.  The green beans are not a favorite of DH so I planted a scant pile of seeds this year.  The occasional rain gives them a great boost so the harvest is kind of sporadic and just enough for me.  Perfect.


Picked last week:  4
Picked YTD:  43

The windows in my workroom are being replaced today, so I hit the road - landing in Ennismore for a long girly weekend.  This afternoon Margaret took us on a lovely boat ride and tomorrow we'll hit the Buckhorn Quilt Show.  Do you think I will keep my wallet in my purse?   :-)  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful Embroidery and Never Too Old For A Little Excitement

Machine Embroidery was used to make the beautiful bird & butterfly blocks.

Quilting in the outer border doesn't really show on the busy fabric.  Everything else was s.i.d., with Egg & Dart in the blue border, then a motif in all the geese units.

Background x-hatching took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
The embroidered blocks were quilted first by the quilt maker, then they were sashed and appliqued to the background.  I did not quilt inside them at all, except for the s.i.d. on both sides of the sashing.

It turns out that even at the ripe old age of 60 I can still find things that excite me.  Today, for example, I washed a load of laundry.  It was two hours later when I went downstairs to get the wet items out of the washer and hang them outside on the solar dryer.  Oh, you should have heard the piercing scream when the *!*!!$#! centipede surprised me.   8O
I friggin' HATE those things.  But, I can assume now that my heart is in good shape.


Picked this week:  6
Picked YTD:    39

A friend of mine from Manitoulin Island emailed me today to report that a zucchini is going for $3 up there.  If I were selling mine I would have enough $$ to pay for the shoes that I ordered online last weekend.  ha ha ha...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bright! Stripey! and Cheap Entertainment/Red Hats/Zucchini Report

If this doesn't keep her warm and cozy this winter I don't know what will.

Oh, I just love these colours!

Great pattern - lots of movement.

I could get myself in all kinds of trouble now.  The new DSW has opened in Ancaster.  I stopped in after our Red Hat Pot Luck/Pool Party, where we got into complex discussions about things like folding & rolling your underwear.  Which I actually DID when I got home.   :-)

I made up for the shoe purchase by getting free entertainment.  Waterdown hosted a brand new festival this past weekend, so Teresa and I went to see Ashley MacIsaac , the fiddler.  Whew, he put on a GREAT performance.

And, of course I have free food to go along with the free entertainment...
Picked this week:  8
Picked YTD: 33

Monday, August 15, 2016

Saving a Relic, Zucchini Report & Recipe

Who can explain why we decide to "love" something?  The owner of this old coverlet doesn't know why she felt the need to save it, but save it we have.

It was originally hand quilted without batting, making it a summer coverlet.  It was still lovely though, and very contemporary (think Modern, Solid Fabrics, Geometric).  The original coverlet was left untouched. We added a thin batting of 100% cotton and a white muslin backing.  Then I did s.i.d.  Period.

Here's a shot of the new back.  The original Baptist Fan quilting is still evident on the front.!

OK.  Here's this week's report, and another recipe recommendation:

Picked this week:  7
Picked YTD:           25

The recipe I tried last night comes from .  The only extra it needed was Parmesan cheese.  Really, you can never have too much Parmesan cheese. :-)  Click for the link:
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes, Zucchini and Basil