Showing posts from June, 2011


There was no quilting yesterday.  The morning was spent picking these lovelies:
It’s hard to stop picking once you start and we ended up with a couple of almost full flats. 
Of course the first way to sample them is to just eat them as is.  These are much smaller than the supermarket variety of strawberries, but they pack so much more flavour that they don’t need any cream or sugar to help them.  However, there were way too many to eat them all before they went bad.  As it was, they were softening just sitting on the kitchen counter. 
What to do?  Make jam!

By the time I ran out of jars at the end of the fourth batch I was ready to be done.  Another 10 cups of berries went into the freezer.
Breakfast this morning had to feature the jam.  Yum!  Store bought doesn’t come close to this!

Detour through the garden

Now that I look back, I did accomplish a few things the last few weeks while I was suffering from quilter’s block.  Well, last week was literally a washout due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, but the week before I puttered in the garden quite a bit.
First up was a repurposing of the old swing set.  Here’s what it looked like brand new and in use in the summer of 2004.
You can’t tell from this picture, but the kids were very enthusiastic in their swinging and that frame rocked back and forth precariously so we decided to set the legs in concrete.
Fast forward 7 years.  You can see below that the frame is rather faded, and you can guess that the kids have grown somewhat and no longer fit on this set.  We could dispose of this now, or pass it on, but those legs are set in concrete.  Removing it seems like an awful lot of work.

We lost a small maple tree last year.  A lot of birdfeeders hung on that tree, and we missed the birds once the tree was gone.
How about using the swing set as a …

Quilter’s block

For most of the last two weeks I haven’t managed much quilting activity other than staring at fabric.  I did get as far as unfolding and pressing my 25 FQs of bright fabrics, but then quilter’s block set in.

Every time I decide what I should make with them, I stop before actually cutting any fabric.  What if it isn’t quite the right project for the fabric?  What if I think of a better way to showcase the fabric after I’ve cut it and have none left for the better project?I need to just get over it and use this fabric!  But it’s so pretty, all laid out in gradations of colour…
Yesterday I set aside the brights and got to work on another set of placemats and runner, because I wanted to actually sew something.  Let’s just overlook the fact that the last one I showed you hasn’t been quilted yet. I really don’t get much done when the kids are out of school, though I’m not sure why. They are getting older and really don’t need me to entertain them, so what’s making me unproductive?
Anyhow, h…