Isn’t this Summer in the Country Blog Hop wonderful fun? We are seeing such creativity in the great patterns presented, plus we are enjoying delicious recipes – and there is even more to come! Today, it is my turn.
Welcome to Maria’s Quilt Scraps!
I must say that Island Batik Fabrics are simply fabulous! Working with them is a real pleasure! The fabrics I received are Creekside on the left and Country Rooster on the right.
I’m sure that all quilters will understand this. For a week or more, all I did was look at these beautiful fabrics and revel in them. Having done that to my heart’s content, it was time to plan. I thought of, and discarded, many ideas because one spoke to me most of all and quite insistingly, too. The beautiful sunflowers, the animals hiding in the forest, the lovely water and sky colours, and the leafy greens all cried out to become an impression of a scene in nature. For a few days, I drew and redrew my design until I was finally satisfied with it. It became Sunflower Fields.
The next steps were to draw my design to size, cut out the individual parts, then cut them from my fabrics. Because of all the overlapping, I started my appliques from the top with the sky and worked my way down to the bottom of the scene ending with the smaller sunflower field on the left. Because the tree overlaps everything, it was applied last. To make the leafy print look tree-like, I cut out and appliqued sections to resemble branches. I used a loose satin stitch on all the raw edges. I did the same over the outlines of several of the sunflowers to help them stand out and create some depth.
My next challenge was the border. Art, whether paint or fabric, usually has a border to set it off. In this particular case, none of these fabrics would have worked as a border, which usually, I would have added. Because I wanted it to look as if we were actually out there in nature, looking at this scene, I decided against using a traditional border, which I’m sure would have looked good and set the scene off. Instead, I simply added a binding, but one with a difference. Each section of the binding matches the fabric it surrounds in the scene. That was a challenging first for me.
Three Sets of Absolutely Wonderful Strips
What fun looking at all of those delightful prints and colours! I can’t tell you how many pattern ideas went through my head whenever I looked at them. Finally decided that they needed displaying and showing off similar to the ways that paint and thread manufacturers – Aurifil, for example – do with their color charts. The bonus is being able to look at and enjoy them as I do the fabrics on my shelves. So, in the end, I came up with My Island Beauties.
As best as possible, I stacked them according to their widths (as there were 2 width sizes) and colour gradations. That left the gorgeous purples in a row by themselves. Didn’t want then “all by their lonesome” as we used to say years ago, so created more strip sets using those not used in Sunflower Fields along with some repeats from those fabrics. The black strips are Island Batik‘s Basic Black and it is the most luscious black I have ever seen! By the way, this is just the quilt top. I may or may not add another border. A piano key border comes to mind using up more of the fabrics from My Island Beauties. What do you think? Another border? Yay or Nay? Please leave a comment and let me know.
Once the quilt top was hung on the wall to take photos and I stood back, I got the impression of looking through windows at different landscapes: mountain areas, forests, canyons. What do you see?
My Summer Recipe
Lemons, with their sunny colours and summery taste came to mind – plus, a friend from the South, told me that there, it is considered a summer dessert. My grandmother made the best lemon pies ever. Unfortunately, I did not get a copy of her recipe, so this one has been named for hers and enjoyed in our family for almost 40 years. Its origins, sadly, have been forgotten. My younger daughter continues the tradition of baking this delicious pie. The photo above is one of hers.
Best-Ever Lemon Pie
- Prepare Pie Crusts.
- Prepare Meringue.
- Prepare Filling.
- Bake Pies
1 baked pie shell – ready and cooled (recipe below)
Meringue – ready and chilled (recipe below)
Note: Both the above make enough for 2 pies. Recipe is for 1 pie. Quantities for 2 pies are included in parentheses.
Preheat oven to 425°F
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup vegetable shortening (chilled)
4 – 6 tablespoons cold water
- Mix flour & salt together.
- Cut shortening in with a pastry blender, or 2 knives, until the mixture becomes small crumbles.
- Add water a tablespoon at a time, mixing it in with a fork. Add more, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough will hold together.
- Divide the dough in half.
- Roll out on a floured pastry board or between layers of waxed paper.
- Place in a pie plate. (If making just one pie, wrap and refrigerate one for future use.)
- Flute the edges around the rim.
- Prick the bottom and sides with a fork in several places to prevent the crust from ballooning out.
- Bake crust in center of oven, at 425°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges and bottom are browned. Keep an eye on it as oven heats can differ.
- Remove to a rack to cool.
Make it next, then set it aside.
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons cold water
1/3 cup boiling or hot water
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Blend the corn starch and the cold water in a saucepan.
- Let stand until completely cold. (Can be refrigerated for faster cooling.)
- Beat the egg whites at high speed until foamy.
- Gradually add the sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff, but not dry.
- If adding vanilla, turn to low speed and add it.
- Gradually beat in the cold corn starch mixture. Turn to high speed and beat well.
- Cool, then refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350°F
3/4 cup to 1-1/4 cups sugar – depending on how sweet you like it. I have always used the
lesser amount. (1-1/2 – 2-1/2 cups)
6 tablespoons corn starch (12 tablespoons)
2 cups water (4 cups)3 eggs, separated (6 eggs)
1/3 cup lemon juice squeezed from 1-1/2 to 2 large lemons (2 large)
1 tablespoon butter – or for richer tastes, up to 3 tablespoons – I have always used just 1. (2 – 6 tablespoons)
1-1/2 teaspoons of lemon extract or 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind. (3 teaspoons)
- Mix sugar and cornstarch together in the top of a double boiler./li>
- Add water./li>
- Combine egg yolks with lemon juice and beat them well. – Add them to the mixture in the double boiler.
- Cook over boiling water until thick (about 25 minutes).
- Add the butter and lemon extract (or grated rind). Stir thoroughly.
- Pour into a pie shell and allow to cool.
- When cooled, cover with meringue.
- Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned.
- Transfer to a rack to cool.
- Refrigerate and serve cold.
This recipe makes a delicious lemon pudding. Simply make the filling and spoon it into desert glasses. Place them in the refrigerator to cool.Enjoy!
Island Batik Giveaway
To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below. A winner from those entries will be chosen at the end of the Blog Hop on September 4th. Only U.S. residents over 18 are eligible. One entry allowed per person.
Win a Free Pattern
Everyone is eligible to win one of my patterns. All you need do is leave your comments. Using Random.org, I will choose 3 winners from among those who comment. Each will each receive a pattern of their choice from those I have for sale on Craftsy. Winners will be announced at the end of the Blog Hop.
Good luck! Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to visit again tomorrow when you will be visiting with Mary Mac.
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8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
9/4 – Made In Scraps
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter
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