The last few weeks have been kept busy with the job of sewing vests for a friends wedding. Now that that big job is done and the beautiful wedding has come and gone, I can’t help myself from starting a new quilt.
I’ve seen this pattern done numerous times and have always enjoyed looking at it. So here is a sneak peek of the quilt I’m working on… for this quilt I’m using 8″ squares. I don’t know how large I’m going to make it just yet, but it probably won’t be small.
I forgot to get an image of this lovely quilt when it was completely finished. As I was rushing to get it done in time for my cousin’s wedding. But, this image does show a bit of the quilting that went into this quilt. I had fun coming up with a bunch of different free motion designs. I did’t think that using a pantograph on this one was really going to do it justice.
Anyways, I enjoy this one so much Im entering it in a contest that you can see here. amyscreativeside.com
This year has been amazing for the fruit on the trees! I couldn’t let stuff go to waste, and this spring my husband and I purchased an old apple press. With the press we managed to make over 80 liters of apple juice and 40 liters of pear juice this summer! To ensure the juice had no pulp residue, I sewed a muslin sack which fit over a large tub to strain the juice!
I canned all the apple juice as we were pressing it, and the pear juice I decided to attempt cider making! (I think I chose the wrong summer to make hard cider as I cannot sample it 😑) hopefully enough gets saved for me to try after baby is born.
According to my husband the cider is delishous, I let 5 gallons of pear juice ferment in a carboy for about 3 weeks. I sprinkled champaign yeast on the juice and added 0.5 kg of brown sugar.
At time of bottling I added 200g of dextrose (mixed with 1 cup water) to reactivate the yeast in the bottles so the drink with be sparkling (I hope).
Below are an assortment of images from the process! Hope you enjoy!
This year has been a big year for weddings amongst my circle of friends and family. With myself, 2 of my cousins, and 2 of my friends getting married!
With the last of the weddings coming up in October! I have offered to help, and have been assigned the job of sewing the vests for the men (groom, grooms men, ring bearer, etc.) as well as, altering some flower girl dresses!
This is the dress before and after! Adding ruffles of lace, and tool, really gives a cute country look that I’m sure will make the little girls adorable walking down the isle infront of the bride!
Hope I get everything finished on time!!
I’m loving this quilt so much I have to give everybody an update!
With my long arm machine I’m in the process of free motion quilting. I haven’t done a lot of free motion, as it is so easy to just pick out a pattern and let the machine go, but for this quilt I just couldn’t do that. I needed to do something to go with the directions of the arrows, and as I see the pattern coming together on the front and especially the back I’m just loving the look the stitching is giving to this quilt!
This quilt is so much fun! I was going to make this one a ‘small’ quilt, but I’m starting to think I don’t know the meaning of small. After making the first 4 big blocks I figured out what I was doing and now this quilt is turning into a double bed size quilt. But I really like the effect of the arrows. I was thinking of calling this one Life’s directions. What do you think?
I think it’s time for an update… I feel bad for not posting a lot lately but I have a reason (maybe not a good one but it is a reason), and that would be cause I’ve been wanting to sleep every spare moment I have. Ok, not the best reason, but there is a reason for that reason! Word has already gotten out with our family and friends so I guess it’s no secret anymore that I will be having a baby in December!
That being said lots has happened around here that I’ve been meaning to post! Like cherry harvest time again! The harvest isn’t as spectacular as last years, but, as far as I can calculate we (including many friends and family) have managed to pick roughly 40 gallons of cherries so far off our 2 lovely trees! And this year we not only have the wonderful telehandler to use to get up to the cherries, but we also have another lift to use for the summer that is making cherry picking life much easier!
Along with all the cherries we have also had a great crop of strawberries this year!
I never did update on how our popcorn finally turned out last year. So in a word I would have to describe it as amazing!
We had so much fun going to parties and putting cobs in the microwave to pop, nobody would believe us that is was popcorn and that it would actually pop! And it did! So we are growing twice as much this year!!
And we have heifers back in our field! These ones are already very friendly. They are going to get too spoiled. 😉
Along with all the things we are doing that is the same from last year, we had to add a new thing! So this year we have chicken! 50 of them! And they are growing up fast!
With all that going on I’ve still managed a little time for quilting as you can see in one of the pictures below the arrow design that I’m working on!
Hope all is well in everybody else’s world!
Enjoy the pictures!
The pictures below are in a random order.