Sunday, September 04, 2016

The Best Made Plans

Okay. So I was all gung ho to get the last sashing and borders attached to Danuta's Garden and be ready to call it a quilt when suddenly the plan changed. Anne will be visiting the Madonna House Gift Shop next weekend and can drop items off for me, so I switched gears and went into table topper mode.











First I finished the four Halloween Lite lozenge toppers.















Then I added a narrow gold border to two and a wider black border and quilted those two with a soft gold thread. I'll work on the others two later for the Holly Bazaar.













I just love using my Hera marker to get me started with the machine quilting. I scribe a few widely spaced lines and then use the guide on my machine to fill in between those lines as densely as I like. The marker avoids having to worry about marking and getting marks out after the fact. Love it!










And then I pulled out the long HST runner and quilted it. I didn't straddle the centre seam the way I had intended to so I ended up having to use a variety of row widths, but I think it works. I found enough red gingham bias binding hanging on my design wall and hiding under a pile on the ironing board (there's just a foot left over) so I used it and backed it with a big, bold red and white gingham.








So today it's job one to get all three of these bindings sewn down. It's another beautiful day in our last long weekend of the summer so I think I'll head to the deck to enjoy some hand sewing.













It hasn't all been table toppers though. Peaches are in season and last night we had a BBQ to celebrate the last of summer, so I modified one of my favourite summer recipes - Ina Garten's Fruit Crostata - and made one with just peaches, a sprinkling of slivered almonds and a touch of almond flavouring.












OMG - deee-lish!!!

If it's a long weekend where you are, enjoy it to the fullest. And, if it isn't, well, it's still a weekend, so enjoy that too!....M


11 comments:

Maryse said...

Love the table runner pattern! And the Fruit Crostada looks delicious, I saved the recipe, I might try it tonight. :-)

maggie fellow said...

quilts and food - how yummy

Donna said...

Beautiful projects all. That peach dessert looks wonderful. I love my hera marker. Gave one to a friend a couple years ago. She did not use it until recently. Now she is kicking herself for not using it sooner.

The Cozy Quilter said...

We have been eating lots of peaches here too! Have fun stitching your binding down! Outside is the best place to be today!

Ariane said...

It's great to have progress on so many projects. They all look great!

Monica said...

That peach crostada looks amazing! Love Ina Garten. :D

I am glad to see the hera marker being used for machine quilting lines too. I'd never thought of it, but I have one! Something to try.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Your peaches look so good! I love using a hera marker too! Wish I had discovered it years ago

Jayne Honnold said...

Peaches - my favorite fruit. Any way you fix 'em, I like 'em. Your crostata looks fantastic. And, so too, by the way, do your toppers. What a gorgeous addition to a table!

Kyle said...

The lozenger tabletoppers are super cute. I like using the Hera marker too. It saves a lot of worry about getting the marks out. Yummy on your peach crostata.

Miaismine said...

I love your projects! Congratulations on two finishes!

Denise :) said...

Gracious, you got a LOT accomplished!! I really like the blacks and yellow golds together. Your peach crostata looks absolutely delish!! :)