Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Even though the tomato plants in the garden are a faint memory now, harvests are still occurring. The pepper plants have been more than prolific this year. Here's a quick look at this week's harvest along with a tomato pie for good measure.
The bell peppers went into a pasta sauce for last night's dinner, the Anaheim's were roasted up and added to the freezer collection, and the jalapenos await a decision on what best to spice up.
For the last couple of weeks we have been getting apples in our CSA box. I saved them up, added a few from the market and made a big batch of applesauce. I don't follow a strict recipe, just cook down apples that have been peeled, cored and sliced with some added liquid (water or apple juice) and lemon juice. You can add sugar or not depending on how you feel about such things. This time I used some white and brown sugar with pleasant results. Also spices that you and your family may enjoy. This batch has ground cloves and cinnamon.
You can keep the sauce in the fridge (some recipes say up to a month.) I ladled this batch into freezer bags to use all winter long.
On the quilting front, I finished the first 'real' top that I pinned on to Caasi - the disappearing 9 patch.
I think it went well. There was on little area that seemed troublesome when I rolled the quilt for the first time. Now that it's bound and washed it really doesn't show at all. The top border is not nearly as wonky as it appears in the picture - a good photographer wouldn't have left it to go over that rake handle. Before I officially call this quilt done, I want to applique something onto one of the corners, a Christmas tree, an angel, snowflake. It just seems to want to be a holiday quilt.
Here's a peek at the next project out of the scrap basket. Mini Dresden plates.
The background block is 4 1/2". I intend to cut it down to 3 1/2", but I really needed some fabric to hang onto as I appliqued the blades down. Now to pick a fabric for the center circle and plan a way to set the 10 blocks.

36 comments:

Marilyn R said...

Wish I could have a taste of that applesauce as it looks so yummy! That love the fabrics that you have chosen for that little Dresden Plate. They make it look like and antique piece already! it also looks like you and Cassi will become great friends!

Judy said...

Me and applesauce never liked each other...nope. But the tomato pie is something I could delve into.

Good job on the first quilt.

Stina said...

You sure have had a lot of pepper this summer...fantastic!! And applesauce...what do you use it to in the US??
Love that quilt...nice work..and an applique...that will be it!!!
Love to see more of what you will make of the little one... :o)

The Calico Cat said...

Wow your tomato pie browns up a whole lot more than mine...

Catherine said...

Mmmm -- that applesauce looks delicious. One of my favourite things. There's a farmer at our farmer's market on Saturdays who has the most amazing apples -- think we'll head down there this weekend. I may just try my hand at applesauce!

Love the little Dresden Plate block and the holiday quilt -- I agree, that wants to be a Christmas quilt!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Yummy! Could you send me your tomato pie recipe?

Congratulations on your first quilt!

em's scrapbag said...

Love your desden plate block. How precious. And the disappearing nine patch is delightful. How do you roast peppers? I have a ton. I usually make salsa but my tomatoes are not keeping up.

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm loving your disappearing nine patch and especially its crinkles after washing.

quilterpolly said...

the quilt looks great. Was it fun or did you really struggle with it and were you nervous? I can smell the applesauce cooking...
Polly

Guðrún said...

The mini Dresden plate is gorgeous, how tiny it is. You and Cassi are doing a great job together.

Wendy said...

I'm envious of your bountiful harvest, my pepper plant yielded me 1 pepper. We had way too much rain in Aug, Hubby is talking about building me a green house. I love the 9 patch quilt and all the wrinkles.

ranette said...

The mini dresden plate block is sooo cute...i want to make one too!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Yum to the tomatoe pie...the disappearing nine patch this is such a wonderful pattern, your quilt looks fantastic and the dresden plate, now that is little...beautiful work

Stephanie D. said...

The veggies look so tasty! I have never heard of a tomato pie, but that looks good, too.

I have an old Farm Journal canning and freezing guide that has some great applesauce and apple butter recipes--some of which I've made in the past.

Since our county is the one of the largest producers of apples in the nation, I'm waiting til vacation in a couple of weeks to put up some of both! YUM!

And I can't believe how tiny that block is! I don't think my fingers could work anything so tiny. Very nice!

MARCIE said...

You always seems to accomplish so much! Everything looks great!

Perry said...

Oh, Libby, you always make me hungry when you show all of the stuff you are getting from your garden, it looks just beautiful, and the delightful things you are cooking up. I use to do things like that when my kids were growing up, and nothing tastes better than homemade. Tomato Pie sounds good...have never made one of those.....

Jane said...

Oh dear those peppers make my flowering meadow (full of weeds) of a vegetable garden look so sad.
Have not had a handyman since about April and am not able to do much myself, so decided to call the yellow weeds a flowering meadow.
But oh those peppers look good.
The apple sauce is also super tempting. I have been buying a packet one with balsamic. Cannot believe I buy sauces in a pkt. Would never have done it once. I need your example.
Love the border on your quilt. I have been meaning to make that one.
And as for the Dresden's...so lovely. Now that would be wonderful handwork.
Is it a pattern, or are you using a tool (acrylic) or have you made your own calculations. I made tiny ones once as the centre of a larger one. I think I had three sizes, it looked a little like a flowers with centers.
Would you mind sharing the length @ base width of the blades.
Am not often tempted to hand work but do love Dresden's and have a quilt in at the week end.

KCQuilter said...

Your disappearing 9-patch looks STUNNING! It seems that you "caught on" mighty fast to using the Caasi!!! Congrats. And the applesauce looks so yummy. DH and I were just talking about a trip to the orchard for a heap o' apples. I sometimes make applesauce in the crockpot. Boy, does that make the house smell heavenly!

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
Your applesauce looks and sounds just yummy. Don't you love how your house smells when it's simmering on the stove?
I freeze mine for baking throughout the year and use it instead of oil in muffins, quick breads etc. It's so much healthier!
xo

julieQ said...

Oh, yummy good! I have never frozen applesauce...what a good idea. Your peppers are lovely!

Kim said...

Everything looks wonderful. You always make me hungry for whatever you put on your blog, lol, delicious! Congratulations on getting a quilt all done up! So pretty.

Berglind said...

I love the quilt, I'm going to try this 9-patch method too, hopefully with as good resault as you Linda. Your food looks yummi!

Karen said...

I like the little mini Dresdens!
One of these days, I expect you to tell us that you are spinning your own wool. You are such a good home maker. Most people don't have the time or inclination to do all the storing away of food for the winter.

Quilts And Pieces said...

MMMM, look at those peppers! And your first quilt looks great!

Karen said...

Very nice. What an interesting shaped dresden. The number of blades gives it a square look.

I'm making a mini dresden also. The overall dresden will be much large then yours, as each dresden will have 20 blades, but the finished size of each blade will be 1.5 inches. Okay,not so mini compared to yours.

McIrish Annie said...

Love the border on the quilt! How long did it take you? Better yet did putting it on the frame take longer than the actual quilting?? I've had that happen!

BusyLittleQuilter said...

I love applesauce, however, the tomato pie looks delecious! Could you share the recipe some time?

I love seeing what you make with your scraps. The quilts are adorable.

Amanda

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love your little quilt and the mini dresdans. WOW those are tiny. And that tomato pie.......I'm hungry!!! What time is dinner?

anne bebbington said...

Just love the little dinky dresden plate block and the hidden four patch is lovely

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

That's the teeniest Dresden imaginable! Your holiday Disappearing 9-path is great; good work, Caasi! Well done, Libby! I just know that applesauce spelled heavenly...

Catherine said...

Libby, I've given you an award on my blog.

suz said...

MMMM, the applesauce looks delicious. I remember when my MIL taught me to make it - something about homemade applesauce - it just hits the spot! The little block is wonderful - I agree with Marilyn R - it looks antique. Suzk

Carole said...

Lovely quilt! Oh... and what a cute block! Hum... new miniature quilt!?!?!

Carole said...

PS. DH stuffs jalopeno peppers with Colby/jack cheese and bakes in the over. Delicious as an appitizer! Hugs!

Cris said...

I like this quilt!

Barefoot Quilter said...

I love the dresden plate. It looks anitquey. They colors will look great in a quilt.