Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stitching and Fruits

I've been making some progress on my Christmas Quilt, the stitching is done and the quilt still needs pieced borders and some wool applique. The pieced border is 1" strips same as the blocks, I'm kinda slow at piecing small stripes.

Last weekend I tried canning peaches for the first time. It's no fun to do canning alone so I called my husband in the kitchen to give me a hand, he watched over the syrup while I boiled, peeled etc. It started out as a disaster but I got the hang of it near the end. I will try canning again next year. I also made my favourite jam blackberry with a hint of raspberry.

Here's something else I've been playing around with. I'll have more pictures in the next couple of days. It sure is a learning experience, I now have a even bigger appreciation for longarm quilters. You longarm quilter's rock and make our quilts sing.

21 comments:

paulette said...

Your Christmas Quilt is just gorgeous! Love the little stitcheries in each block and you do such beautiful work! Can't wait to see it finished. Did you just get a new long arm? Good for you!
Paulette

Ginger Patches said...

Did you get a long arm? Wow that is awesome...I really want one someday :) Have fun with it! Your Christmas quilt is so cute :)

Jackie said...

The quilt is lovely! I will definitely take that as a compliment! I love my long arm and love being creative for my customers. In fact, I have the same long arm as in your photo. Have fun playing!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Your Christmas quilt is adorable and WOW you got that baby finished up quickly. Ohhhh boy, good girl on trying the machine quilting - yup there is a true art to what those machine quilters can do and they do make our quilts sing.

Hugs - Karen
BTW - after all of that work you will enjoy those wonderful sweet peaches when it's snowing and blowing outside

Shakerwood Primitives said...

I like you little stitchery quilt but doesn't it seem to take forever to sew little strips on. I mean you are sewing for miles and you look back and it seems you have hardly gotten anywhere!

I love the quilt on the longarm. Especially that border fabric!

Lynn said...

I love the christmas stitchery. Is it a pattern? I really like how you have done the stitching and framed each block with stitching - so cute! Also the homespun in there - it will be such a warm cozy quilt. I just bought 1 bushel of peaches and think they should be ripe enough tomorrow to starte making jam and preserves. A big sticky mess - right? But you know in January and February when it's cold and miserable what joy it is to eat them. The smell and taste really brings back summer for me.

Sheri Howard said...

Remember when machine quilting came out and everyone was in shock that you might not hand quilt your quilt? Machine quilting has revolutionized the industry....women will find money to pay for what they want....including machine quilting! Hooray for the long arms....(I don't like to do it, but I love those who do!!)

Stina said...

LOVE IT!!!! :o)) This was the Bareroot pattern...right??
It will be just wonderful.... like it very much!!! :o))

Piecefulafternoon said...

Your quilt is fabulous - just right for the holidays.

em's scrapbag said...

Love the Christmas quilt. Have fun learning on your long arm. What a fun toy!

Judy said...

The sticheries are just fabulous Wendy! Turning out very well! And the Jo Morton star quilt is fabulous!! I remember when you started that one...it turned out so yummy!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Christmas quilt makes me smile!

Candace said...

Love the Christmas quilt, Wendy! We plan to can once we get moved, too - I may call upon you and your hubby for advice!
Lucky you - a longarm - I know what you'll be doing this winter!
Cheers!

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh man, I remember the Jo quilt you shared in the past...I still love it! Oh yes, longarming isn't as easy as everybody thinks. How fun you got to play with a Statler!! (the best!!)

Ariane said...

Wow!! I just love your Christmas quilt top. It's looking amazing. I can't wait to see it done.

Carrie P. said...

Your Christmas quilt is looking good so far.
I just bought a book on preserving foods. Something I will be trying next year.
Have fun with your long arm.

Kaaren said...

Love your Christmas quilt, Wendy!

I used to preserve a lot years ago but now I only make jams. I still love to do it and it's such a great feeling of accomplishment to see them all lined up on the kitchen counter waiting for them to cool down. Peach jam comes next...probably next week.

The thought of longarm quilting terrifies me so I leave it to the 'experts'. Good for you to give it a try!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG did you get one??????? I love that quilt you made. It's wonderful. I've really got to get back to my quilting.
Love the stitchery quilt too.

Kathie said...

absolutely love the quilt you made, wow a long arm machine
a dream of mine!

you have been busy!
Kathie

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Wendy, gorgeous Christmas Quilt....loved the colours of the quilt on the quilting frame....yes you are right about appreciating longarm quilters...Regards Lyn

Trish said...

I love your Christmas stitchery quilt. Can you tell me where you found that adorable pattern? Thanks so much.