Yesterday was a very busy day. I have really been wanting to make some applesauce and finally got a lot of apples and got started. I used a combination of three different kinds – Gala, Yellow Delicious and Fuji – I hadn’t intended to use the Fuji but as the apples were simmering I could tell it had way too much liquid in it and more apples were needed so there went my munching apples into the mix.
A full pasta pot full of chopped up apples (the baking soda of course is not for the apples – I keep a box near the stove for emergency’s even though I rarely need it)
Simmering down – I like my applesauce chunky not mushy – I use an old fashioned potato masher and mash while it cooks leaving chunks behind for texture. This was about 14 pounds of apples, 1/2 cup of Boiled Cider (from King Arthur) and 1/2 cup of water – 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and a 1/3 cup of sugar and a dash of salt (less than 1/4 teaspoon)
11 pints — I had the boiling water bath going and all of a sudden the smoke detector went off and there was so much steam in the room the only thing that would work was to remove it to another room until I was done. It was new – I didn’t realize the steam in the kitchen would set it off – but it was close enough I guess. I thought I was going to have to process some of the jars over but finally all the lids popped – it just took a little longer than it does sometimes. I think I am done with canning everything that I want to – I have a full pantry shelf – still have 18 pints of marinara sauce and 5 half pints of strawberry rhubarb butter – and now this – should last the winter for sure!
I mentioned that I travel the needle and thread as much as I can so I don’t have a lot of starts and stops – it really makes your quilting go faster. So it is hard to describe the path I take so I drew the stencil out on paper and color coded so you can see the tracks I take – can’t travel as much as I would like for the whole thing but it gets done quickly – the paper next to it with the pillow is a pattern I saw for free on All people quilt – I thought some of my left over flannel might be put to use this way or pillow shams.
Some of you have mentioned that I am flying through this quilt and yes I do quilt fast – but also keep in mind this is big stitches for me – I put the ruler next to the stitches so you can see – because I zoomed in and the lighting wasn’t right the color is off of course.
I had the video lesson on once again for the Babylock Presto2 and was trying out some of the decorative stitches while I played- I hadn’t thought to use a different fabric on the front (it was busy print) so this photo is from the back so you can actually see the designs – pretty! I am loving how it sews and it really is so quite compared to the big industrial Juki.