Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Preserving the Harvest

Thank you all for your encouragement on my last post.....it's funny how the extreme weather (in both directions) seems to be the norm lately. Many of you related very well to my plea for rain and commented about your gardens.....well, my garden is actually doing quite well, despite the lack of rain. I have watered it a couple of times, but I think the weeds are holding some moisture in the ground. At least that is what I am going to tell myself about the reason for leaving weeds in the garden. ;-)


So, over the last several days I have been canning and freezing and preparing for the winter months. With food prices going up so much, I am going to do what I can to preserve as much as possible. Earlier this week I took these:

 FIGS
And turned them into this:
Fig Jam
With a gracious plenty of these:


I made this:
Sweet Pickle Relish

 
Kosher dill pickles.

Also today, I froze several pounds of okra and shelled butterbeans. God has been good and blessed our gardens this year!

Now, back to that Triple Irish Chain quilt........which, by the way I found the problem, which is quite easy to fix. I actually had made my seam allowances too small on a couple of my strip sets, so all I have to do is to sew over the exisitng seams - thank goodness, because I HATE seam ripping! Tell me, what do you think about the quilting in this one:



Piece!
Michele Hester

Quilting is finished!

Just finished the quilting of this queen-size quilt. Now to trim and bind. This is the disappearing hourglass squares- used fat quarter...