Today at the Cabin....
It's officially Harvest! Bringing in the bounties of the garden, neighbors sharing their overflow and scoring a hot sale at the fruit market.
The leaves are changing quickly, seems every day brings more color and truly, there is no more beautiful place on earth than Northern Michigan in the fall.
The air has a chill to it, the laundry is taking a bit longer to dry out on the line, apples are hanging low on the trees and it seems everywhere you look, nature is getting ready to put itself to rest for the winter.
Yesterday I walked into the house and thought about starting the woodstove. No, it wasn't cold, but it was a bit chilly, so it's time to start getting wood brought up to the house too. That's how we heat the cabin.
The Farmer's Almanac for 2016 is predicting a cold, snowy winter. Really? In Northen Michgan? That's laughable, it's like saying that if you go swimming you're going to get wet.
And... my pumpkins are turning orange!
The pattern we will use is the Flutterby pattern, which was originally made for garment appliques.
Since we all come in different sizes, I included 8 different sizes of the butterfly design in the pattern. Today, I will be using the largest one in the packet.
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That's it. That's all. Canning!
I scored a good price on freestone peaches at the local fruit and meat market. This is one commodity I cannot grow. Peaches simply don't grow here. Now for those of you who say, "Well, yes they do. Peaches do grow in Michigan", let me quantify. They do not grow on my zone 3 homestead. I've tried. They don't like my little slice of heaven. Over on the west side of the state by Lake Michigan, yeah, but here, no.
Then there are tomatoes and green beans. Chicken soup. And potatoes. Oh, yes, canned potatoes.
Why do I can potatoes when I can just throw them in the cellar and keep them that way? Well, when it's been a long, hard day, and time or energy or both are in short supply, it's so nice to open a jar of potatoes and just heat them up for mashed with gravy. It's an awesome time saver. They are already peeled and cooked, just heat and serve. Open a jar of carrots, some beans and some potatoes, warm them all up with some meat left over from the last meal and you a healthy, hardy, homemade soup.
This weekend I wil probably make a ton of homemade chicken soup (from homemade chickens) and can that also. Way better than Campbells!
Springtime Hearts Techniques DVD
Watch Kaye create this pretty Springtime Quilt using two different size hearts and two different techniques.
Pattern not included.
Tip: Annie Moody from Janome demonstrates how to use a serger to finish a pillow and matching quilt.
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Pattern on sale, HERE
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Blooming Dogwoods - Mom's First Quilt:
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FR** E-Pattern for August 2015....
Kaleidoscope Quilt Pattern
Do you remember the kaleidoscopes you played with as a child? How the patterns and colors mixed and blended into something else each time you looked at it? Now you can recall them again in this quilt pattern from Kaye Wood called Kaleidoscope. With this beautiful array of patterns and colors, you can see a new design every time you look at it. Plus, the cutting and sewing of this interesting design is simple. Uses the Starmaker 8 (sold separately).
Sizes: Wallhanging, Twin, Double, King
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Stacking My Blocks Technique
A stunning 3-Dimensional quilt made from dark, medium and light fabrics, that Kaye Wood has simplified with her cutting and sewing techniques. Strip sets are cut into topless triangles and then sewn into rows and joined together.
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August Gladiola Pattern
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Four multi-hued flower stalks fill the corners of this quick-pieced summer table topper.