Thursday, April 24, 2008

Remember the Cosmetically Challenged Berries? Just like in the Ugly Duckling, they have been transformed into a thing of beauty (and good taste) - 31 half pint jars of delicious strawberry jam.
It is good to know that we will be enjoying the strawberry season long after the last fresh berry is gone.
This little beauty has arrived to complete my pepper garden. Already in the ground are 2 different bell peppers and Anaheim chilis, but I had been unable to locate any jalapeno plants. I had mentioned this to a friend recently and when she came to visit for a couple days this week, she had this beauty with her.Now the salsa with be good and spicy this summer.
Aren't these cute little flowers? This is a planter with chives growing in it. I just let them go to flower and reseed themselves year after year.
If you haven't had the chance yet, follow the link to OKPerri's Place. On her banner you will see a beautiful quilt that is being offered in a raffle for a very worthy cause - Cystic Fibrosis. You can read how CF has touched Perry's life and learn how you might win the beautiful quilt being offered.
I have been diligently working away on the Secret Deadline project. Good progress has been made, but I cannot rest on my laurels as the deadline looms. Still that didn't stop me from completing the little Mourning Cross top from Prairie Children and Their Quilts.
I can put a few stitches in the quilting on it here and there so I don't burn out on the other. Ooops, I see that I didn't catch all the piecing mistakes. Quilting keeps me humble.

32 comments:

Darlene said...

Yummy!!!! :-)

Stina said...

Oh...you sure is tempting me with those strawberries...;D Think I will go crazy soon...;D
I love chives to...have a lot of them..I use the flowers in my salad...really nice!!! Your little quilt is fantastic...love it

Wendy said...

Yummmmm fresh strawberry jam. I make my own jam just because it soooo much better than the stuff in the store. We still have 2 more months before the local strawberries are ripe. Yesterday I enjoyed a basket of California strawberries.

Wonderful little quilt, the maverick block fits just nice. I love it!

paula, the quilter said...

I was making up a shopping list and I stopped to read blogs. Now I need to add strawberries to the list. I hope the grocer has some! That is a cute little quilt.

Ahava Hopps Brooke said...

love the mourning quilt. impressed by the jam.

gwen said...

The mourning quilt is great, I particularly like the border fabric.
My garden is not big but herbs have to be in it. Chives are some of my favourite. They taste of spring! Take care.

Joyce said...

It's nice to see all your spring pictures when we are getting freezing rain and more snow. I love strawberry jam!

Screen Door said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Screen Door said...

Have you always been into cooking? Did Mom or Grandma teach you or did you adventure alone on it? I'm always amazed at your cooking...I've live far away from family my entire adult life...do I dare ever tackle it alone? I love the basket as much as the jam.... The raven's nest quilt should be home today.....

julieQ said...

Ooo, yummy good jam! I tried to make sugar free jam and it was the pits! So I guess I will just make regular jam and eat sparingly....

Love your little quilt!!

Paula said...

I really like the humility blocks.... I think the prairie children would be pleased!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Yummo...the jam....love the quilt

Susie said...

All the berries we've had so far have been delish :)
The price is still a bit high though unless I find them on sale.
Your salsa will be good and spicy this year!!
xo

Susie said...

All the berries we've had so far have been delish :)
The price is still a bit high though unless I find them on sale.
Your salsa will be good and spicy this year!!
xo

Chocolate Cat said...

That strawberry jam looks SO good!

Stephanie said...

Okay, now that I've drooled over the strawberries in your header, I suppose I'll have to clean the keyboard after admiring the strawberry jam, too. You are so multitalented!

I grow herbs in containers on my back deck every year and love going out to pick some for supper.
Hoping to put in a raised bed garden this summer and jalapenos are on the list. This gal misses good, homemade salsa!

Sonnja said...

Yummmmm fresh strawberry jam.
Wonderful little quilt.
Kind regards

Sonnja
Beertje Zonn

dee said...

nothing to be humble about Libby. That's a sweet little quilt.
The jam is making my mouth water.

Guðrún said...

Wow all that strawberry jam, I envy you. Don´t you use the green of the planter with the chives, we have that here in Iceland and always cut the green off and put it in salads and food as spice. The mistake in your quilt only adds something special to it.

Katie said...

I noticed that your plants are not all balanced and perfect. Even the jam jars have their own "lean". They are so perfect just that way. So is your quilt!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Humility abounds, I know all about that! The jam looks scrumptious and the little quilt is lovely, well done on both!

Carin said...

Your jam looks so yummy I need to make bread and have some jam now.

Karen said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Yvonne said...

Jam is looking good...yummmmmm

Of course your Prairie quilt is wonderful!

Rose said...

My Grandmother, who quilted, used to always tell me that there is always at least one mistake in every quilt. I know I have made some mistakes and never even noticed them until after they were quilted. At least you caught your's in time ;)

The strawberry jam looks beautiful.

yellowfarmhouse said...

YUMMY YUMMY - fresh jam - may I come sit on your deck and have a slice of your fresh bread slathered in jam - and we can talk quilting. Sounds like a piece of heaven.

Cute quilt and I have humbles in all of my projects :)

Hugs - Karen

Bren said...

I wish it was time to plant here...I think I could actually get the soil turned a little...

I LOVE the fabrics in your PC quilt. The border fabric is perfect. Quilting is a great way to show that only God is perfect.

Juliann in WA said...

Jam sounds great. Gardening even better. I think we may have seen that last freeze here so maybe I can have some veggie in the ground by June:)

Rabbit Stitchings said...

yummy yummy yummy !!!

Looks as if your keeping very busy!

Perry said...

I used to make homemade jams and jellies and there is nothing like them. Yours look yummy, and your mourning quilt is very comfy looking. I never could seem to grow herbs, but you sure can. I can smell them from here. Thanks for posting about Katy, that was very sweet of you and all help is appreciated.

Marilyn R said...

Mmmmmm Strawberry Jam! I had to look and look for the piecing mistake in your Mourning Cross top. I think it give the quilt charm!

Carole said...

Delicious! What a lovely quilt too! You're really going to town with that book! A good investment indeed! ;o) Thanks for sharing!