March 18, 2012

The great American weekend

I did a little more paper piecing this weekend! I find it's the easiest type of sewing for me to tackle right now with my neck issues, because there's no rotary cutting involved. I just grab some scraps, piece, and then trim the seams down.

I stumbled across this pattern a couple weeks ago whenever I was looking for star blocks, and bookmarked it for future reference. I didn't really have a set plan for using it, but then I had a moment of inspiration a few weeks ago, and thought maybe if I used different fabrics for the center and background, it would look like a little cherry blossom!

I tried it out with some pink fabric this weekend, and I think it totally passes the test :) What you see is just 1/4 of a complete block, so each block will contain a total of 4 little "cherry blossoms". It's intended for a mini quilt for a friend, and I think I'm going to make it 2x2, so the final measurements will be 24" x 24" and there will be 16 blossoms total. I haven't decided yet if I want to use 16 different pink prints, or do 2 each of 8 prints - we shall see...

So. Right about now you're probably wondering why the heck I titled my post "the great American weekend". Well, I couldn't help but laugh yesterday because I did some of the most stereotypically American things possible all within the span of a day. Not only did I quilt, but we had some apples that were spoiling, so I made an apple pie yesterday morning - and what's more American than apple pie? I totally wore my favorite flouncy apron while I was doing it. And gazed out my kitchen window while I made the crust.

It's basically a deep-dish apple pie that you bake in a cake pan (I used a springform pan instead because I thought it would make removal easier, and I was totally right). The filling was so rich and fantastic - instead of slicing and seasoning the apples and calling it a day, you place them in a dutch oven and cook them down into a soft filling with some butter, cinnamon and lemon juice. For those of you from the south, it was very similar to making fried apples. So yeah, imagine fried apples stuffed inside a thick pastry crust - pure heaven!

My husband and brother-in-law are are such good sons and spent the past two weekends helping their dad put a new roof on the house he and my mother-in-law just purchased, so I took this over to their new home yesterday morning. I figured there would be some hungry men coming off the roof for breakfast, so the 5 of us ate it as a sort of breakfast pastry with coffee. It was delish. And it was gone within 2 hours ;)

The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nick Malgieri's Modern Baker. I haven't found a bad recipe in it yet!

Item #3 on the list of uber-American things to do on the weekend? Grilling burgers. We made buffalo burgers with fresh basil, avocado and goat cheese. YUM!

So between the quilting, apple pie, and burgers, I should probably borrow Rex Kwan Do's American Flag pants to round out the weekend. "Nobody wants a round-house kick to the face while I'm wearing these bad boys!"

So what did you all do this weekend? The weather has been beautiful in New Orleans the past two weeks, and it makes me excited for summer to arrive! Hope you all have been having similar luck with the weather where you are :)


The block is gorgeous!! Sounds like a really fun weekend :) The pie sounds delicious!

do you get to go home to starla every night?

Love your Tallahassee block! I've been slugging my through them for a couple months now using 1930's repro fabrics. They are completely addicting!

That pie looks amazing! Our weekend has been pretty basic went to a movie. Our weather has been crazy sunny cloudy snow sunny.

Still snowing and very cold here in Alaska - imagine that! But seriously, we are now at 2X our average snowfall for the year. We generally get snow storms followed by rainy weather that melts it away. That hasn't happened this year. We went for a ride on the beach in the 6 wheeler and saw a bunch of deer eating seaweed. This winter is hard on them. I made one more box pouch today - this one out of Christmas theme fabric. Also made two more sets (6) of cover button thumb tacks for favors at my quilt retreat at the end of April. I already have all my coffee drink cozies made for the girls. I also worked on learning how to use my new serger.

Thank younso much for the link to the pattern,I love paper piecing, always on the lookout for ides. Burgers look scummy by the way!
Heather x

seriously, when can I come and spend the weekend with you guys? I promise to do the dishes ;-)

Love it! That block is so perfect! And that pie has me drooling all over the screen! LOVE baked apples, so yes, it sounds like heaven :)

Ahahah Rex Kwan Do!! That pie looks amazing!

you are so fun! i loved the recap of your fun american weekend! love that block! the fabrics are perfect!

I'm sorry, did you just say you're excited for summer? *feels forehead* nope, no fever. ;)

I'm glad you had a fun weekend. Everytime I think of you, I will now think of two things: those awesome hammer pants (I need to rewatch Napoleon), and lady presh presh. You are too much. ;)

I love the mini you're working on! And I love buffalo burgers!

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