Monday, 28 July 2014

Berry Picking Time!

Those of you who have been reading this for a while will know that besides quilts, I also like to garden. This past week the U-pick farms have been open for picking Saskatoons (aka Serviceberry). These berries grow on bushes and as a child, we would just go out in the bush and pick them wild. I don't have any berries in my own garden and places to pick the wild ones are becoming more scarce, so I spent a pleasant hour picking berries last week at a local U-pick.
Saskatoon berries on the bush
Beautiful saskatoon berries!
Pie ready for the oven!
 I've misplaced my favorite pie recipe, so I used another and although it's still good, it's not the one I would like to share with you. My other favorite thing to make with Saskatoon berries is a simple berry sauce for over ice cream. Yum!

Saskatoon Berry Sauce

2 cups saskatoon berries (or blueberries)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar (I use a scant 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Mix berries & water in a 2 quart microwave safe dish and cook at 100% (high) 5-7 minutes or until boiling. Sit. Cook at 70% (medium) 3-5 minutes, stirring once. Mix cornstarch and sugar and stir into berries. Cook at 100% (high) for 90 seconds to 2 minutes stirring at a minute. 
Add lemon juice and almond extract. Cool. Serve over pancakes, waffles, ice cream or plain yogurt.

--Ann

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

A Flimsy Done! (translation - Quilt Top Finished!)

I love to piece quilt tops and I had a package of fat quarters from a customer that she wanted made into this quilt: Raspberry Parfait by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool. The fabrics she chose are Floral Collection Antique Rose printed by Lecien in Japan.

Normally, I stay away from quilts with lots of triangles, because they can be fussy and sometimes it's hard to keep points sharp and pieces of fabric from stretching with bias edges. I must say that I am very happy with this quilt. I slowed down my sewing speed and took the time to trim up pieces that were out of shape as I went and the end result shows that attention to detail.

Now, I just need a trip to the fabric store to find a backing so I can quilt it!





--Ann

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Stop and Smell the Roses!

Here's what's blooming in my yard this week! Wish there was a way to share the lovely scents with you too!

Morden Centennial Rose
Hardy Single White Rose (unknown variety)
Hardy double pink rose (unknown variety)
Hardy Yellow Rose (unknown variety)
Rosa Rugosa "Hansa"
Hope you enjoyed the rose tour of my yard!

--Ann
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Alaskan Treasures!

Cruise ships docked at Skagway Alaska
After spending a week on an Alaskan cruise, I am slowly getting back to normal. I miss our room steward who came in while we were at breakfast and made our bed and straightened our room. I miss the ease of not having to think and plan for meals! I miss that our stateroom was situated in such a place that we were able to build in walking and stairs into our daily routine and we were able to put on our 10,000 steps daily. I miss the gorgeous scenery and especially wish we could have spent more time in Ketchikan where there were beautiful flowers everywhere and lots to see!

Fabric bought in Juneau Alaska
I am glad to be home though, and have some ideas for new products for my shop and ideas for new quilts. You'll see more of that over the next few months! I'm not sure if the fabric I bought in Alaska will end up in products for my shop or if I will use it for projects closer to home.

Antique postcards reproduced on fabric
Till next time, happy stitching!

--Ann

Linking to Quiltsy WIP Wednesday here.

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