Monday, October 27, 2014

Annual Apple Butter Boiling and Georgia Trip

Every year Mom and Dad have the family in 
for an apple butter boiling.

The shed in the background is where we boil the apple butter.  Part of the day included games of volley ball.

 There are to many people to feed at one time so we have two shifts.  Here are the grandchildren, nieces and  friends.

 When the apple butter is done, the games come out.

 Terry, myself, some of my children and Autumn's friend Laban went for a hike on Sunday afternoon.

 My mother and I went to Georgia this week.  This is Georgia cotton in round bales.

 We stayed at my sisters home.  One morning we had a brunch with her daughter and daughter-in-laws.

 We toured Pineland Bakery ,my nephew Kurtis's bakery. Kurtis is cutting cookies to bake.

 My niece Katina is showing us how this huge oven can bake many trays of goodies at one time.

 Fresh bakery items are prepared Monday through Saturday.

 Another specialty is cake decorating.

 We traveled on down the road to my cousin's store called Wagon Barn Market.  They specialize in making a couple dozen different kinds of ready to bake casseroles and cakes.

 When we stopped by, my Aunt Ida from Virginia was in the kitchen washing dishes.  Mother visited with her a little.

 Then we traveled a little further and visited another cousin, Nevin. He makes and cans barbecue sauces and salad dressings.

 To top off the day my sister Coleen treated us out to lunch at a quaint restaurant.

What took me to Georgia was a class and lecture in Statesboro, Ga. Visiting my sister and her family was an added bonus. This Star Chain table runner was the class I taught.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

It is the time of year again for the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. The sale starts Friday evening October 3 and continues on Saturday October 4.  I donated my original wall quilt Desert Rose.  This wall quilt is pictured on my Desert Rose pattern.

This is an original by Autumn (my daughter).  This quilt will also be sold at the Mennonite Relief Sale.

 The Dayton Mennonite Sewing Group hand quilted this quilt and Margaret Layman pieced it.  This is also one of many quilts that will be sold at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. 
Check out this link to see all the quilts that will be at the auction.

This is a design I created on my electric quilt program.

Here I am playing with different fabrics to see what 
values of fabrics work best for the quilt.

 Here is one of the many triangle units.

I quilted between the stars with green thread and kept the needle on  the green fabric.  I echo stitched the stars with white quilting thread.  This helped make the stars stand out.

I used finer stitching in small stars.

I will use variegated green and blue thread for the background. I will blog about the finished quilt next time.

While I was quilting I also had my steamer cooking grapes.  About every 30 minutes I would add grapes to the steamer, stir the grapes and then fill 2 jars.

The pulp that was left in the steamer I ran through my Victorian squeezer which took out the seeds and skins.  What you see in the pan on the left I will make grape pies with.  Delicious with vanilla ice cream.

 Now I have grape juice concentrate ready to mix up this winter. This is a  Sunday evening favorite served with popcorn.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy Days

 One evening Terry and I went to WV to Rebecca and Abe's new home and watched them open their wedding gifts. Jullian and Lucy (Abe's parents) were also there to enjoy the evening. 

Circle of Stars is safety pinned and ready for the machine quilting.

Quilted and bound!

I will be teaching this class at Patchwork Plus on November 11, 9:00am-2:00pm.

Autumn is getting a little help from me on the
Saturday Sampler block.  She spent the day with Mother.  I dropped in on them in the late afternoon.

I tried my hand at making smoked salmon jerky.  If I must say so myself it was very tasty.

 Our quilt guild had a picnic in August.  We were to dress up in the 60s era.  Gail Lori and I all had circle skirts on. 

This month I have been busy traveling and teaching quilt classes from Maryland, Virginia and
 Oklahoma. This group of ladies is from the Norman Oklahoma Guild, a very lively bunch of quilters.

Terry is teaching Jennifer, my sister June's daughter, how to put up trim in her house. Way to go girl!

While the trim was being hung, Rhianna was helping Grandma (my sister June) make rhubarb crunch. Rhianna is such a good worker.

  Some of my other nieces were making goodie bags.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rebecca and Abe's Wedding

The girls and I fixed the food for serving over 300 guest for the wedding.  The last week before the wedding we planned each day to work on a specific food.  Here we are rolling out 43 pie crusts.

Mother came an afternoon to help make salsa.  The wedding menu was: burritos, chips and salsa, fruit slush and fresh peach pie.

Friends and family came to chop lettuce, onions, 
tomatoes, peppers.....

and peaches.  Lois, Mother and Sheila (sister) 

The girls also made flower arrangements for the tables.

Assembling peach pies and seasoning beans.
Mr and Mrs Abe Rittenhouse


 After the wedding we had supper down my the river with the Heatwole cousins.

The following week I went with my grandchildren to the Rockingham County Fair.  Brighton getting a close up of the sheep.

Christian (Son) joined us for lunch while at the fair.
                                                       Parla, Asher, Christian and Dave

Before the wedding Terry and I flew to Alaska and went salmon fishing.  We meet up with our friends Frank and Ann (couple on right) from Virginia who stayed with us while we were in Alaska. We had so much fun with them. 

  One of our high lights was visiting with Steve and Angie and their children in Homer Alaska.  
Steve is a friend from our school days and went to our church.

Steve's friend Mike McCann came over and ate lunch with us. This fall he will be on discovery channel, Yukon Men.

Fishing for salmon on the Kenai River.

In Soldotna we took a boat cruise.

This is at the mouth of the Kenai where the locals net salmon.  Notice the line of people on both sides of the river.  
Each one has a 4 foot net.

Tom Cooper owns a rock shop outside of Soldotna.  He does amazing carvings on moose antler horns and other objects.
 Such and interesting place to go.

This week I am going to take it easy. :)