Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A finish and a treat...

I promised a finish a few posts ago and here it is! I put the last few stitches on the binding last night. This quilt would never have happened without a lot of help from friends. First the pattern is from Bonnie Hunter's book, Adventures with Leaders and Enders. I was encouraged to finish the top because my friends Angie and Pat were also making this quilt and wanted to put them all together in the next Quilt show (pressure and deadlines help!) My friend Maggie Hunt quilted it for me and Paula attached the binding on her machine for me (my arms are a bit weak at the moment - heck, I am weak at the moment...)

To celebrate I treated myself to some Lemon Blueberry Bread. My sister put me on to a new recipe site (new to me at least) www.joyofbaking.com I've made a couple of their recipes and all have been really good. (I did substitute 1/4 cup of lemon yogurt for half of the milk in my bread though...)

I will pass on my Aunt Ellie's tip for keeping the blueberries high in the bread (works for muffins too.) Wash the blueberries then place them single layer on a dishtowel for 15-20 minutes. Place a papertowel in a bowl and put the berries into the bowl gently shake them so any moisture goes onto the towel. Remove the paper-towel. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of flour over the berries. Even though the berries I used for this bread were huge they were evenly spread throughout.
Back to the quilting front...I found a stack of rwb blocks that were destined for a QOV. Laid them out and remembered why they weren't finished. It was done as a group and there is a fairly large variance in block size! Brownie helped me sort them. I think if I make a dozen more blocks we can get a top finished at our next bee...need to go rummage in the 2-1/2 inch strips and see if I have any red, neutrals or blues left!

19 comments:

Gypsy Quilter said...

Love the new quilt. A finish is always a great thing. Did someone say blueberries? Boy that bread looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

AnnieO said...

The tree quilt looks wonderful. I like the plaid border. That was a lot of sewing. Thank goodness for quilty friends!

The bread is very tempting indeed!

Brownie does look like a very helpful assistant.

Loris said...

Well, from the crabapples to the red,white and blueberries...Delish!Congrats on the finish and I love the QOV pattern. What a great design.

sewkalico said...

I love that quilt - another on my to do list!!! I better live to over a hundred at this rate and have a house with as many beds!
Yummmmmmm that cake (a.k.a. bread) looks delish!
And strings, gotta love strings - I do!
you go girl! You are quilting and baking up a storm (which may be what you need to break this heat you're having!)

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Your quilt looks SO GOOD!! I'm so happy you were able to get it finished!

Bonnie

debbie said...

Bravo on the finish!
Hope you're feeling better soon.

*karendianne. said...

Great quilt, Sio! Love it. So happy to see Brownie helping. She's really got a sense of block balance if you ask me.

Andee said...

The tree quilt looks fantastic! Never saw a Bonnie quilt I didn't like! I might have to add this one to the ever growing list of Bonnie quilts I want to make!

cityquilter said...

a real beauty!

The Civil War Quilter said...

Your finished quilt is beautiful! Don't you love friends like those who keep you motivated? I'm wishing I had a big slice of that lemon/blueberry bread! It looks delicious.

Merilyn said...

What a great finish!! Love those 9-patch tree blocks, a very nice variation!!! The blueberries look great!!, we're into strawberrys and raspberrys at the moment, just love them au naturale!!!

Janet said...

I love your newly finished quilt! How excellent to have friends to help out. That bread looks unbelievably yummy. I should go bake something...

Tonya Ricucci said...

woohoo, congrats on the finish! the bread looks yummy. I'm sure having the oven on doesn't add any heat to the house...

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

I'm coming by to say hi. I haven't forgotten you - I've just been suffering with tremendous migraines and limiting my time on the computer. It looks like you've been busy - baking and quilting.

regan said...

Your quilt is fabulous! Congrats on the finish! Yay! I'll have to check out that recipe blog....that cake looks SO good! Yum!

Hope you get your energy back soon!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats on a fabulous finish!!!!!

Purple Pam said...

Your quilt is lovely. I like the rwb blocks also. What a chore to make them all the same size. Lucious looking lemon blueberry bread. I can almost taste it in here in California.

Janet O. said...

Great job on your Bonnie Hunter quilt. I love that pattern. And thanks for the tip on the blueberries. I did look up that website (and bookmark it) and print that recipe when you mentioned it before. Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it is calling to me!
Beautiful r/w/b blocks. Will make a wonderful QOV!!
Wishing you the best--it is tough not feeling well.

Taryn said...

Yum-O! I cannot wait to try that recipe.