Monday, October 8, 2012

Keeping Busy

I have been keeping busy, mainly with household chores - like cleaning and cooking.

My main cooking seems to be trying to use all the tomatoes from the garden. I have made so much roasted tomato sauce!

This batch had all kinds of heirloom tomatoes, it was so pretty before roasting (I add lots of garlic, onions, herbs, salt and pepper, and a bit of olive oil).

This is after a few hours in the oven at 350°F, not so pretty, but yummy.

I used an immersion blender to puree the sauce - perfect for pizzas.

I have also found time for a bit of reading, this is my BIL's new book.

We have had some crazy weather recently, 30°C (86°F) last Saturday, and a few days later,  two days of snow (way to early for me).

At least it all melted pretty quick. Here are some partridges at the bird feeder.

I have done some sewing too (along with the Quilt Along blocks) -

I finished this is Medallion Star this week. The pattern is from my favourite book "Fat Quarter Quilting" by Lori Smith (it is 16" x 20").

This is last month's Small Quilt from Kathleen Tracy (the free pattern can be found here). I have only stitched in the ditch so far, and I am waiting to do more quilting once I have finished a Craftsy class that I am taking - Design It, Quilt It by Cindy Needham (when I bought it it was on sale for $29. It seems good so far).

 I also pieced this little basket quilt (it is a Jo Morton pattern). The blocks are 3".

Off to do some more vacuuming!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Betty Lou said...

You have been busy and such nice results from all your sewing and cooking. I can just smell that lovely sauce now. I'm not ready for this cold weather either, got down in the 40s last night here in Texas-----guess it will be a cold winter for everyone.

Needled Mom said...

I just did that with my tomatoes too. It is so good for the winter meals.

Brrrrr...that sounds chilly!

Darlene D said...

Great little quilts, especially love the basket one! Your tomatoes look yummy!

Kindred Quilts said...

You cook too? You are one multi-talented lady!

Impera Magna said...

Ohhh.. those tomatoes look wonderful! And I bet they make great pizza sauce!!! *yum*

Raewyn said...

Plenty to keep you out of mischief Joanne. The tomato sauce sounds and looks delicious! Amazing how quickly the temperatures can change! I cant believe you have had snow already. Love your little quilts - you will be well and truly running gout of wall space?!!.

Ray said...

The tomato sauce looks positively yummy! And, I love, love, love the little basket quilt!!

Lesley said...

What a wonderful post to read! I loved the smells of those tomatoes, and your quilts are gorgeous! Really love your color choices and design in your star quilt. Wow!

Carolyn Sullivan said...

OUr tomatoes had so much promise, then the DEER got in and ate all of the blossoms off of the tomatoes! They didn't recover, we had too much dry weather this yr.

We are however getting Compost Grape tomatoes like there is no tomorrow! hard to can those! LOL

Love those quilts! I think Imight have to look into thoae books

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