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 tomatoes, 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?   :-)