Summer quilting

With the temperature expected to climb into the thirties this week, I decided to spend time in the sewing room, on the shady side of the house and definitely cooler after 11am.

The result of 2 days work – the purple quilt finished but for the binding and that will happen tomorrow. It is 13 x 13 blocks, about 6″ square each, fabrics are mostly batiks, one Jelly Roll plus extra fabric equivalent to about half a J.R. and the purple for the sashing and border.

Purple quilt

Purple quilt

and a close-up of the quilting –

Purple quilt close-up

Purple quilt close-up

I ditch stitched vertically beside the purple sashing, then free-motion quilted down the rows, with a flower in the horizontal blocks and gum leaves in the vertical blocks, which are of course alternate blocks, and this gives the quilt even more movement.  Also, the actual quilting never got boring with repetition as it sometimes can, because of the alternating blocks, and by the time I got to the last row, it took only 12 minutes to stitch the row.

After this quilt, I will be back to dyeing scarves, making book covers and small purses, and anything else I can think of ready for Middleton Country Fair, which is less than 3 weeks away. By now there are usually a number of scarecrows starting to appear along the highway ready for the competition, but so far I’ve seen two only.

At Woodbridge market on Sunday, one stallholder was selling lovely bunches of basil with roots, with the biggest leaves I’ve ever seen.  Of course I had to take home a couple of bunches.

Yesterday, I snipped the leaves from the stems, piled them on a couple of oven trays and left them in the back window of the car in the sun for a few hours.  By the time they had dried out, the volume had shrunk incredibly –

Dried basil leaves

Dried basil leaves

They’re now in a jar in the pantry ready for use. I do love the smell and taste of  basil in salads as well as meat dishes – mmmmm!

The roots have been planted in the hot house, so here’s hoping they grow again.

Keep smiling, Sue.  🙂


One response to “Summer quilting

  1. Kerry Black

    Wow Sue! Love the quilt!! Must get onto mine but unlike you, my seing area is a furnace in this weather!!! The basil sounds wonderful!! Love it.
    Cheers Kerry