Monday, August 27, 2012

Finished Quilt Top and Tomatoes Galore!

Over the weekend I finished the last of my Cottage Charms blocks and decided to sew one or two together to see how they would look.  One thing led to another and before I knew it, I had finished the quilt top!
Here is Mr. Squash out in the sunshine holding up the finished quilt top.  (Don't you just love those feet?)  With the sashings and borders, it pulls together much better.  I'm still not happy with the Magnolia block, but such is life.  I plan to put this on Vinnie and practice freehand quilting.  Anyone have any ideas?  I think for sure I will attempt feathers in the borders.
Yesterday morning I went out to pick tomatoes.  Do you believe this harvest?  Most of the plants aren't even half over, either!  What to do, what to do.....  I thought I would send Mr. Squash around the neighborhood with goody bags, then I thought why not can some of the round red ones whole!  Took me a very long time to do all the prep work and bring several huge kettles of water to boil.  I washed and prepared 12 quart jars and there was a mountain of red tomatoes!  I was certain I wouldn't have enough room for all the Roma's.

After four hard hours of work, this is what I got - 4 quart jars of whole tomatoes!  I guess that's an hour per jar - lol!  And my spacial capabilities are top notch!  Not this time!  You can be sure these will be used for something very special this winter!  I really didn't want to give the rest of the tomatoes away, so I began surfing around for some other, quick way to use them prior to leaving for Colorado on Wednesday.  I found this:  http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2006/09/how-to-make-and-freeze-tomato-sauce.html and will be getting up bright and early tomorrow to start my sauce!  The great thing about this recipe is that I can combine the Yellow Boy tomatoes with the red!
I'll leave you today with a view of the quilt top in the shade where the colors stand out a tad more.

20 comments:

Nancy Hart said...

I love the quilt! The gray and red look fantastic together! And the tomatoes. Oh, my mouth is watering. We have passed the tomato stage here in East Texas. I am planning my first fall garden! Enjoy your blog so much! Blessings to you!!

Betty Lou said...

Beautiful quilt and cutes little toesies peeking through. Your house must smell wonderful with all the tomatoes/sauce cooking. Yummmm

Lynn said...

Candace, I think your quilt is beautiful! I love it. Feathers would be perfect in the borders. You and Vinnie will have fun with this one. Have a great trip.

Stephanie said...

I love feathers. This should be a lovely quilt to practice on. I think your tomato yields can be classified as a bumper crop!

Kaaren said...

I don't know which I like the best...the toes, the quilt or the tomatoes? *wink*

Love the quilt and the tomatoes look yummy. As for the feet...they look like the perfect size for stomping on the tomatoes in lieu of the food processor. I know it'll be a lot of work to make the sauce but you'll sooo appreciate it in the winter.

Sue said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love this quilt ! I see lots of Etchings fabric :-D

Florida Farm Girl said...

I looks like I've joined Paula Deen's PR department because I'm pushing her Tomato Pie recipe so much this summer. It's SO good that I just want everybody to enjoy it too, especially with those garden fresh tomatoes. Give it a try for a nice meal.

Crafts4others said...

love the quilt! I have never canned anything, although my mom does every year. I did help her once freeze sweet corn, I remember it took all day and there being tons of sugar that was used.

Carrie P. said...

Your top is so pretty. I really like it. Each block is so neat. Oh girl! I am jealous of those tomatoes. I have not had a good year at all. I even bought jars hoping to put can them but I only get a handful every 3-4 days. I am grateful for those though.

Sherri said...

The fabrics are absolutely gorgeous...what a beautiful quilt!

AnnieO said...

The top is beautiful! I think these lower contrast blocks are very intriguing and interesting, besides being pretty. I'm sure your custom quilting will bring additional life to the blocks as well.

Wow, that is a lot of tomatoes and a lot of prep time! No wonder folks like lots of help at canning time :)

Tammy said...

Love that Cottage Charms quilt! Samplers like that are one of my favorite. Just think how much you're gonna love those fresh canned tomatoes when the snow is flying!

Me and My Stitches said...

Your quilt turned out great - even though it gave you some fits along the way! And, I feel your pain with the tomatoes. They are a lot of work - we used to can 70 - 100 quarts of salsa every year. Not sure why DH ever thought we needed all that! Lots and lots of work. I think I can buy salsa and sew instead of garden.

Ulla said...

The quilt in the shadow looks great with a little more contrast between the light fabrics. Your tomatoes looks delicious, and the good thing is they keep all their healthy qualities even when canned or frozen.

Houseelf said...

Congrats on finishing the quilt top. Good luck with the tomatoes. What about making batches of bolognaise sauce?

pratima said...

The blocks came together beautifully, Candace! Red pieces are very striking and nicely complement the lighter ones.
Your tomatoes are looking plump and delicious!
Have a safe and pleasant trip! Enjoy :)

cjwalla2 said...

Your quilt is just gorgeous! Maybe you'll inspire me! (it takes a lot)...
Love the colors!!
When we're both back in town and you want to "get rid of" some tomatoes, I'm your girl! Only have tiny cherry tomatoes this year, but they're wonderfully delicious!
Have a great trip and safe travels, my friend!

cjwalla2 said...

Your quilt is just gorgeous! Maybe you'll inspire me! (it takes a lot)...
Love the colors!!
When we're both back in town and you want to "get rid of" some tomatoes, I'm your girl! Only have tiny cherry tomatoes this year, but they're wonderfully delicious!
Have a great trip and safe travels, my friend!

Beth said...

I LOVE that quilt! Where did you get the pattern??? I love those colors together.

SharonTx said...

That quilt is gorgeous! Can you tell me where to get the pattern if it is available? Thanks!
SharonTx