Busy as can be thread basting hexies for the next 3 rows at the top of Handful of Scraps. I think I am ready to start those rows. The box on the left holds pieces cut out – the box on the right are thread basted and ready to work, in the front a bag of paper pieces ready to be reused some for the third time – a few I toss as I pull out of the bag as they are not strong enough, but most are being used again and again. I will be working on these for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and will finish the link this morning when I get. Also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.
I spent part of the morning outside yesterday it was so nice – it said it was 76 degrees but the air was dry not humid, there was a breeze on the porch and it felt more like 70 to me. Then finally by about 2 in the afternoon it got into the low 80’s and I came back inside for the rest of the afternoon to work at the machine putting 4 patches together for Primary Colors. I divided them up by color and shade so that I could use them all well and not end up with 2 colors at the end that were the same – busy chain piecing one moves through them quickly. I sewed for about 30 minutes three times with breaks doing other things and got them all done.
Now it will be time to press the squares –I will make sure to sit and watch tv while I do it as there are a lot of them to press.
Another peak at the new sewing room – the black metal peg board is up and I put a few rulers on so you can see – we need to get different pegs though as most that came in this package that Mike thought I would use were not the right size – too thick made more for workshop tools then quilters rulers. I was varnishing more last night and the shelving in the corner is about done – the trim needs one or two more coats on it and I was working on half of one wall that Mike had finished the pine panels on – more to do – I will give the wall two more coats and he might be finished with one wall at the end of today. The back wall will be a design wall and totally covered so we are not putting the pine panel behind it but leaving it with the old covering.
Several have asked for the Marinara Sauce recipe that I used for my garden tomatoes
8 cups crushed tomatoes or 2 – 28 oz canned
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
1 large onion chopped
2-4 cloves garlic chopped – or used what comes in a jar like I do – I put in 3 heaping tablespoons
2 whole bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt (I cut that to 1/2 as we are watching our sodium)
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes – or put in ground black pepper if you prefer
I put all ingredients in the large crockpot and stir. Let it cook on high for at least 8 hours – I then take the lid slightly off to vent and let some of the moisture escape so it will thicken a bit. When you feel it is thick enough then using a blender – or food processor put in small batches and run to smooth it out. I do this in about 4 or 5 batches as you can not get too much in your blender or the top might pop off – also make sure you hold your lid down firmly.
When it is all smooth can the method you prefer. I do boiling water bath and I know not all agree with doing tomato products that way but I have always done it that way. I add one tablespoon of lemon juice to the bottom of the hot sterilized jar and add your tomato sauce to within a 1/2 to 1 inch of the top. Seal with clean sterilized lids. I then put in my boiling water bath for 35 minutes for pints – you might be able to do that for less time but that is what I do. From this recipe you should get about 4 pints – maybe less. I had more tomatoes and I made a batch and a half last time and I would have gotten 5 or 6 pints if I hadn’t used some for supper.