Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

cornerstones

Quilt number 3 for market.  Finished it today.  Made from my new line of fabrics with a little wool circle and star in the cornerstones.  Now time to write the pattern. I also am STILL quilting  As the Crow files…fingers are sore…later

 

 

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30
Sep
09

Canning tomatoes

About every other year  I make my mother come over for a day of canning tomatoes.  I love to be able to make chili, lasagna or almost anything with our canned tomatoes.  I am trying to eat healthier and this will help with fresh tomatoes that we know what all is in the jar!  I do not want to forget how to do this , so I am going to blog how…that way if you don’t have an awesome Mom like mine, you can learn too! So here goes …first you must make sure all of your jars are clean.  I run mine through the dishwasher.  If you are in the market for a new dishwasher, I just love my two drawer one from Fisher & Paykel.  It was a great descision.

DSC02330Gather up all your necessary equipment as follows: Pressure canner, canning salt, funnel, big ladle, paring knives lids, rims  and jars and jar grabber for taking out hot jars from the canner.  We made two kinds of tomatoes: Stewed ( with green peppers, onions and celery) and then just whole tomatoes alone in the jars.  So if you want to make stewed tomatoes, you will need some green peppers, onions and celery.  

DSC02331Cut or chop your green peppers, onion and celery  then add a little water and simmer them for a bit to soften them a little .

DSC02334While that is simmering, dump your tomatoes into the sink and rinse them to get any dirt or bugs or junk off of them.  

DSC02335Then place them into a roasting pan with boiling water to scald them for a few minutes.  The skins with break.  Do not leave them in too long or they will become too hot and mushy to handle.  

DSC02337Transfer them into a sink of cold water.  You will then remove the center stem and all of the skins,  Cut then in quarters and place in a bucket. Do this until you have all of your tomatoes cleaned, scalded and peeled and cut.

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DSC02340Add fixings for stewed tomatoes if desired to pot of cut tomatoes, stir…

DSC02341Looking real good right now!

DSC02342add about an 1″ or two of water to the canner.

DSC02346add a teaspoon of salt to each jar

DSC02344using a large funnel (get it at fleet farm) scoop your tomatoes in the jar- i used small mouth jars for the stewed tomatoes and wide for the whole.  You would use your hands to pack the whole tomatoes.

DSC02345fill jars almost to the top and leave a half inch of space at the top not counting the lid rim.

 

 

 

 

DSC02350carefully wipe of the top of each jar- so the lids will seal properly

DSC02347Place lid and ring on jar

DSC02348place 7 jars in canner, place cover on  and place the “jimmy” that is what I call the pressure gauge, on 10lbs of pressure

DSC02349I place the burner on HIGH until the “Jimmy” starts to jiggle.  I then turn it down a little.  The “Jimmy” does not have to jiggle constantly.  Once the canner start to jiggle you need to let it pressurize to 20min.  After 20 min.  turn off heat and let the canner release its pressure.  When it is all out  it will allow you to open it.  I have to admit Mom taught me how to cheat and hold a long meat fork on the pressure gauge until all of the steam is let out.  This helps if you have lots of canning to do and don’t have time to wait, but I am sure this is not recommended anywhere and you cannot hold me accountable if something happens to you when you are doing yours.

DSC02351When all of the pressure is released from the canner open the lid and lift out your jars with the canning tongs.  

Place hot jars on a protected surface.  I used towel on the kitchen table, double folded.  The jars will ting when the lids seal.  

DSC02352Here are our 84 jars!  It took us from 10am to 7pm when the last 7 were processed.  We have 31 stewed tomatoes and 53 whole tomatoes.  I think we will be set for awhile.  We did this last Wednesday.  My uncle brought us over 2 bushels and this is how many we ended up with.  Now I will remember how to do this and maybe you will now try it yourself!

Hey…here is a pic of my Mom…on our boat this summer..in her “Jackie O” sunglasses…she wore them long enough that they are back in style now..

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26
Sep
09

Holy MUM!

DSC02496Hey what do you think of this mum!  It is about 4 feet across…It is huge.  I just had to show it to you all.  I have been getting ready for Fall Market in Houston. Here is a quilt i am hand quilting.  I am using the stripes in the fabric as quilting lines.  So this goes pretty fast.

DSC02353sorry about the flash…i is pretty harsh.  This is my dancing with the stars entertainment…I have been having a rough time with some personal issues so I am kind of in a funk. This hardly ever happens to me so It is kind of a weird feeling.  But we are not solely in control are we?   Sorry I have been away for a while… I have lots to blog about so as things are looking better and I will post more often.  Below is another quilt using my new fabric line…Mary Klein is quilting this for me, I know i should be quilting it myself but there is lots to do.  More to come later and good by…time to piece, I have 24 blocks out of 42 done….I can do 4 in an hour…I do not think I will get done tonight! I will show you that one next time…DSC02328

09
Sep
09

off to madison…

IMG_5746 008Here is one of the new quilts we will have for the madison show… I am sorry it is sideways…it is not when I insert it..but anyway Sue made and quilted this Bonnie Blue quilt design herself.  It is a nice big quilt called Aunt Nellie”s wedding quilt. So hope to see you at the show! Come say “HI!” Nick, Judi, Rachel and I will be there.  I am also teaching a lecture each day of the show at 11:30 about Working with Wool.

01
Sep
09

door county lunch

Last week Carole and I were invited to join Joanne Blank, Rosie Krieder, Karen Borshiem and Doris Doggs at Barb Herricks’s House in Sturgeon Bay WI. Barb hosted at her beautiful home.  I call it a true quilter’s home…the kitchen even had quilt block wall paper.  This group of girls, minus Colleen Foley, has met for years sharing their quilts, meals and friendship.  Colleen has recently moved to MI.  They miss her dearly.   I think that is why we were invited, but that’s ok with me!  Barb made a salad lucheon that would put any to shame.  Using all fresh ingredients from her garden.  The cherry pie was also do die for..Pictured below is her table, before we ate.  Anyone recognize the quilt?  It is a cheater panel from Worn & Loved II.  How perfect for a table cloth.  NO SEAMS to deal with.  

DSC02196 Show & Tell was also great! I have pictured one of each girls show & tell, even though there were many more…here are my favorites:

DSC02185THE BIBLE QUILT FORM JAN PATEK.  CAROLE DID THIS AS A BLOCK OF THE MONTH FOR OUR SHOP–WHOOPS…I SHOULD HAVE CROPPED BARB’S TOOTSIES.

DSC02177DORIS DOGGS–FIT TO FRAME, FROM LORI SMITH– NOW ALL IT NEEDS IS THE FRAME!

DSC02180ROSIE KRIEDER’S  HOUSE FROM COTTAGE CREEK QUILTS.  ROSIE ADDED THE BORDER TO MAKE IT BIGGER.

DSC02183KAREN BORSHIEM- A TERRY ATKIN’S DESIGN  I THINK THIS WAS A LAYER CAKE PACK…I COULD BE WRONG…I GUESS I NEED TO TAKE NOTES NEXT TIME.DSC02187JOANNE BLANK- SHE MADE THIS USING THE EAGLE PANEL…IT IS HER OWN DESIGN.

DSC02188ANOTHER FROM JOANNE…HER FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT CHALLENGE WITH HER SISTER.  I HOPE FRANNIE DOESN’T HAVE A COMPUTER!

NOW FOR THE BEST PART……BARB’S QUILTS AND HER SEWING ROOM

I KNOW THESE PHOTOS WILL NOT DO IT JUSTICE.  THE ORGANIZATION WAS TRUELY BEAUTIFUL…I WANTED TO RUN HOME AND FINISH ORGANIZING MY STUDIO…I WILL GET IT DONE SOMEDAY, BUT BACK TO BARBS.  THIS WAS A SPACE I COULD CERTAINLY FEEL RIGHT AT HOME IN.  THE ROOM WAS NOT BIGGER THAN 10X12 I AM GUESSING. BUT IT WAS FLOOR TO CEILING, JUST AMAZINGLY THOUGHTOUT AND FUNCTIONAL.  BUT BARB IS A LOVELY LADY AND SHE DESERVES IT!


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THOSE BOOKS ARE ARRANGED BY METHODS, QUILT HISTORY, APPLIQUE AND SO ON…
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DSC02194THIS IS WHAT IS IN THAT CLOSET DOOR FROM THE LAST PHOTO.

AND HERE IS BARB…THE HOSTESS

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DSC02195ALWAY REPRODUCTION QUILTS…WHAT CAN I SAY…

WELL I HOPE YOUN ENJOYED THIS SHOW…MY BATTING SHOULD BE DONE FLUFFING IN THE DRYER. I AM GOING TO MACHINE BASTE A QUILT THAT I AM GOING TO HAND QUILT.  I WILL SHOW A PIC ONCE I HAVE IT ON THE FRAME…ALL FOR NOW..LB




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