Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Back home from Michigan, where I spent four days at a quilting retreat. I was inspired to come home and stitch up a Cherrywood Farbrics Amish Bars quilt. The quilt is 50" x 50" and will be marked and put into the quilt frame this winter. I can picture cross hatching in the bars, with pumpkin seed flowers in the lavender border and a feathered vine wrapping itself around the navy and red corners. In order to get this one into the frame, I need to finish quilting the ShooFly quilt that has patiently been waiting for me in the frame this summer. The days are threatening to be hot over the next week and at little hand quilting in a cool basement is a great way to escape the heat. I have to decide what color to do the quilting in. I'm thinking about a medium shade of grey. Any suggestions?

We do not run the air conditioning and on the hottest days it is not unusual for the house to heat up to 86 degrees. This is our second summer living without the air on, and by doing so my children play outside and I am able to work outside longer into the heat of the day if we are not spoiled by the cooled air. When we head into town, we are always surprised that there are no children outside playing in the yards or parks. As a child I can always remember being outside riding on bikes or making forts in the woods, but I never remember sitting inside on a summer day. Have we conditioned the children that it can be too hot to play?

The beets were ready and waiting to be pulled when I went out to the garden. Some were even a bit too large and when I placed them in the jars for pickling I had to fold them in half to get them through the jar opening. I was able to get a quart and a half of pickled beets out of this bunch. I am the only on in the house who likes them and I am still trying to find the perfect recipe...not too sweet and not too sour. I hope to put away at least 12 quarts, but I'm not sure that I have planted enough seed this year and will likely do a repeat planting this week. I am still learning a lot about second plantings and think that I still have enough time to get a few more rows in.

Love, Joy and Piece!