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.