Archive | August 2014

Crib Quilts Finished

These crib quilts were quilted by Sherryl Tobias, Nappanee, Ind. I had originally planned to hand quilt them, but that just didn’t happen. As always, she has done a beautiful job.

The Berenstein Bear quilt was a simple project. I thought the center fabric was too cute to cut up, so I just sewed borders on it.

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I didn’t have a pattern for this HST crib quilt. I just pieced it.

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I don’t remember where the pattern for this quilt came from, I think it was in an American Patchwork & Quilt magazine. I’ve paged through the magazines, but I can’t find it, it has been at least 2 years since it has been pieced.

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This is a big baby quilt. I know when I was rocking my babies, I like to cover up in the quilt too.

Our son, daughter-in-law and their children were here a week ago. They’re expecting a baby boy in October and he needs a quilt of his own. My DIL selected the Berenstein Bear quilt.

Buck A Block

There was a lot of catch-up work to do on the Buck A Block project. First I sewed the alternate blocks for the blue and brown quilt.

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The basket blocks for June . . .

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July . . .

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And August.

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What a great feeling to be completely caught up on the BOM projects!

Country Threads BOM

The next BOM I worked on was the Country Threads project. The July blocks were 3 12″ blocks.

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The quilt top is being sewn in 3 sections. In the middle of July the first section layout was released. Here it is!

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For August I pieced seven 8″ blocks! They are supposed to be sewn together in a continuous strip, but I’m waiting to sew them together until I see what blocks adjoin them.

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Seven blocks are too long to fit into 1 photo.

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I’m caught up with the Country Threads BOM, at least until September 1st.

Putting Up Corn

I used to grow sweet corn for my family to eat and to freeze but I don’t anymore. It’s just too easy to go to the neighbors produce stand and buy it there. I recently purchased 2 bushels of sweet corn to freeze.

IMG_4506First the corn needs to be husked, preferably in a nice shady spot.

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I sat a chair on the back of the truck. The Farmer will just sweep the husks off and feed them to the cows.

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Next the corn is blanched in boiling water . . .

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Then cooled quickly in ice water. Ice cream buckets work great for freezing large chunks of ice.

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Drain the corn throughly, then holding the ear of corn in my left hand, I take a very sharp knife in my right hand, and cut the corn off the cob. I wasn’t able to take a picture of myself cutting the corn. You just have to take my word for it. I keep putting the cut corn in a dish pan until it is full, then I fill the freezer boxes.

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The 2 bushels yielded 30 pints and five 3/4-quart boxes of corn. Plenty for the two of us for this winter.

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Pumpkinvine BOM

The farmer was gone several days the first part of the month, which means, no hay baling! I had time to work on some BOM projects and completed the Pumpkinvine BOM top!

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She’ll go to the machine quilter this month. I was worried about the fabrics I had selected but they pulled together nicely. I wanted something different and I got it.

I also pieced a small project in connection with the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild. In appreciation of the work the outgoing president has done on behalf of the guild, each member pieces a quilt block for her. They usually give some kind of guide lines; the size or color or, in this case, the actual pattern. I’ve finally got my block sewn and will turn it in at the next guild meeting.

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The block is oversized but I’ll let her square it up.