Alzheimer’s Quilt Donation

Good Morning!!!!. Well it was morning when I started this blog. I had some problems so now it is the afternoon. My husband Paul has had the crud this week. So we have been hibernating. You know if you take medicine it takes 14 days to get over and if you don’t it takes 2 weeks.

I have been clearing my desk and working on projects in my studio. One of the projects is a small quilt for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. The quilts are no larger than 9″ x 12″. here is the one I am sending. It is a block from a class I used to teach. It made a pretty little quilt to donate. 
While working in the Alzheimer’s booth at Quilt Festival I noticed the greatest way to make a sleeve for these small quilts. I thought I would share it with you here. You can two squares 2 12″ x 2 1/2″. Then press them into a triangle. Next, before you put your binding on the quilt place the raw edges along the sew line. Sew the two squares to each of the top corners along seam line.sides, That’s all there is to it.
Place a small dowel rod in the pockets and you are ready to hang your quilt. I put a pencil in mine. Saved a trip to the hardware store.
Till next time keep quilting. Linda

I’m going on vacation…

Well, not really a vacation – more of a Thanksgiving break. We leave tomorrow after lunch for Oklahoma City (OKC) where we both have family. I’m scrambling to get everything ready and am not finding time to blog. BUT – there is a wonderful treat coming on Monday. You’ll like it, I promise! 

I might find time to post between now and then, but I also might not. I’m going to leave you with this wonderful photo of my Aunt Esther and my grandmother, Nan, aka Mabel Eckroat. She was born not long after 1900 and died 6 years ago. (I am so very bad with dates that I don’t have the exact ones in my head. I hope I am never in charge of writing an obituary.)

Nan was a stitch! She sewed many of my clothes as I was growing up. She even made my senior prom dress (a halter-top!). She was not a quilter but that’s OK. In the picture below she and her sister are pretending to be “bad” – with fake cigarettes! This photo is taken outside of their family home in Cheyenne, OK. When she was little, Nan lived in a dugout (an underground house) so this house is something the whole family was proud of.

I could go on, but I won’t because I have to get ready to leave tomorrow :-). Later, I’ll post more family photos. I have some really wonderful ones!

My grandson…

I took this movie of my grandson, Jack, a few weeks ago and am just now getting it posted. The boy crawls with his leg bent funny. I’m a normal grandmother so I sort of worry about that but it is my hope that he will walk straight and tall! I will share (and I hope not bore you with) another movie soon!

FYI – those cloths on the floor are there because Jack put them there. He has a drawer full of  (clean) rags that I let him pull out, then I put them up, then he pulls them out… you get the idea.

Something purple…

Steve and I worked in the yard some this morning. It is overcast today, but not raining and it is cool, but comfortable. I raked and cut back plants that needed it. Steve dug up saplings that were growing in bad places. 

I hate to say it but now my hands hurt. There are many good aspects to getting 
older… but knowing that your body is beginning to fall apart is not one of them. Thank goodness for Advil!

I took these “purple” photos when I was in Baltimore and I’ve been saving them to share with you. I have no idea what this flower is but isn’t it cute!

Cinnamon apples…

Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas my grandmother, Mabel Eckroat, made cinnamon apples. I cannot image a holiday without them! I make several packages of apples and share them with family and friends and now they can’t imagine a holiday without them either :-).

Cinnamon apple rings are served cold and can last several weeks in the refrigerator.

The apples are cooked in a mixture of water, sugar, and red hots. Use apples that will hold up to being simmered for 1-2 hours. Granny Smith’s are what I can usually find at my store in Texas. I cook them in a Kobenstyle enameled casserole dish.
The apple-cooking day begins early. Pour 6-7 cups water into the pan (about 2″ deep). Add about a cup of sugar and about 1 bag of red hots. Turn the heat to low-medium. Stir occasionally until  the red hots are melted. 

Core, peel, then slice 2 apples. Slices should be about 1/4″ thick. Place the slices in the pot, overlapping as necessary.

Let the apples simmer. When they look about like this, carefully turn them over. I use a big, slotted spoon for this task. Keep your spoon in a 2-cup measuring cup that has water in it and any gooey red hots will get dissolved off the spoon.

Let them simmer some more. The first batch can easily take 2 hours. If you have too much water, the apples will lose their shape. This corrects itself as water is cooked off. Too little water and you have syrup – add more water.

You should see simmering, not a rolling boil. And your house is going to have a wonderful, cinnamon-y smell!

The finished apples look like this. I still need to pour a bit of the remaining syrup over them to keep them moist. I do that after I’ve cooked all I’m going to cook. Store them covered in the refrigerator.

To continue… Add some more water to your pan to bring the level up to the level you began at (unless that was too much water), add some more sugar (1/4-1/2 cup), and some more red hots. You can taste one of the apples from your first batch and adjust sugar and red hot amounts to suit you. As you are preparing your next 2 apples, the red hots will melt. Stir the mixture and begin again.

I sometimes take 2 days to cook apples. The syrup can stay on the stove (with a lid on the pot) overnight. That makes it much easier to begin again on Day 2.

It takes more red hots than you would think. I’m guessing I’ll use 5-7 bags for the 16 apples I’m cooking.



Smaller Lorna’s Vine continued…

There were some questions in the comments in yesterday’s post about this quilt and I want to answer them here. Note that while the photos in this post are the same size, the quilts in the photos are different sizes.

The original Lorna’s Vine quilt is shown above. This quilt is 71″ x 71″. There are 36 vine blocks in it. 
I sewed together the blocks for the smaller quilt and put it on my design wall with some 8″ red border strips around it. Note that there are only 16 vine blocks. The pieced center is approximately 40″ x 40″. 

I had thought that I might piece the borders – maybe using 1″ squares in 4- or 9-patches. But the more I looked at this quilt on the wall, the more I thought that piecing would detract from the applique. Then I wondered about adding a narrow inner border…

I tried a couple of blue strips and decided that, even if they are pretty, they call too much attention to themselves.

I tried some gold strips… and I liked them better. I looked at the photos of all 3 versions of this quilt on my computer and decided to go with the gold inner borders. 

Here is the finished top. The inner border is 1/2″, the borders will finish at 7 1/2″. This quilt is bigger than I imagined it would be – approximately 56″ x 56″. But this is an excellent size for the wall or to use as a throw. Now I just have to get it quilted!

I’ve put together a PDF with the yardage and cutting instructions for this smaller quilt. You still need the book, but the PDF is free. You can click to get it on the Piece O’ Cake home page or on the Amish-Inspired Quilts page. Happy stitching!