Binding, Batting, and More

The weather cooled off a bit which made it a pleasure to be in the kitchen for a change. ( It is a small galley kitchen and not air-conditioned. )

Local fruits and vegetables are in the stores and farmer’s markets now, which is wonderful.  Over the weekend I baked a birthday cake for my son, made a huge pot of loaded potato soup to share, made fruit smoothies and a vegetable skillet, and cut up a pineapple and used the skins and core for a tea.

I just discovered that you could do this and not throw all of that out! Simply cut the skins and core from your pineapple up a bit, throw them into a pot and boil for 20-30 minutes. When cool, put them through a colander and then a strainer. Add some honey or sugar, and drink hot as a refreshing tea, or chill for the next day. I had a cup here and it was so good! I filled a pitcher and took the rest down to have a tea party with the grandgirls :) 

I had purchased novelty fabric on clearance a few years ago and made pillowcases for the boys. I used it in one of the Scrappy Granny blocks.

I had not wanted to purchase any fabric for binding and then it dawned on me that I certainly had enough of this …it is machine sewn on and I’ll hand sew it to the back.

I also pieced backing for the 1857 quilt top, and then worked on the batting. I needed three pieces.

Prior to all of this binding and batting sewing, though, I discovered that my machine, which hadn’t been used in ages, was not happy. Lots of cleaning and fooling around with it and feeling frustrated, but in the end we sorted out our relationship and all is well again.

WHEW !:)  What a relief….. Fortunately I had some emotional support : “JUST HANG IN THERE”

I picked my first two tomatoes the other day, and more are ripening. Lavender in a pot is thriving and bees are swarming the Rose of Sharon bush in the back.

They are also in love with the Russian Sage on the side of the house.

When they are busy with the flowers they are no danger to me…I think that they know I mean them no harm and are just appreciating them when I try to get a closeup.

My last post was in regards to the road construction going on here. They don’t work on the weekend, which was a nice break from the dirt and noise. Monday was a rain day…more peace and quiet :)

A few of you commented how close they were to my house. Yes, a very small yard in the front but a nice sized one on the sides and in the back.

Still, the front is happy too : )

Here is wishing you all a wonderful week :)

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19 Responses to Binding, Batting, and More

  1. Karen says:

    your plants all look so pretty and glad to hear you are getting your tomatoes in now. The quilting is great and pillow cases sound good too. Is the sewing machine you are having trouble with the one you won a couple years ago? I was going to ask you how you like it but know you do not use the machine real often and kept forgetting

  2. Nana Diana says:

    Your plants and quilting are all beautiful. You are very talented along both those lines- gardening and quilting and I have to say your photographs are pretty great, too.
    Whoever knew that about pineapples? Not me! xo Diana

  3. Pat in WNY says:

    I think your novelty fabric is perfect for binding! A fun quilt with so much to look at and admire. Does your Russian Sage survive the winter here? We had lots of it in Oregon and it was definitely a perennial in our location west of the Cascades. I’ve missed it, and need to find some next spring.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Pat yes it survives the winters here :)

      • Chris K in Wisconsin says:

        It also survives the winter in Wisconsin!! It gets bigger and bigger every year. And oh, how the bees love it.

        • debralynnpugh says:

          CHRIS! Oh Yes it gets bigger every year :) I have it planted next to a door on the side of my house ( that is a landing-door from going down from the kitchen to the basement ) and every year I have to cut the Russian Sage back since it tries to grow in to my house via the door.

        • debralynnpugh says:

          LOL Chris you are so right about it getting bigger…I have to cut it back in one location because it wants to enter my door there :)

  4. Joyce says:

    Your bee photos are legend! This one joins previous ones that bee-long in a coffee table book named “Bee Happy!” (Wish I owned a publishing company!)
    The only thing I HATE about quilting is the awkward bulkiness – hauling the thing from lap to table. And I am always followed by a cat or two who needs to anchor it down while I struggle to sew a binding or move the PVC frame I use. Kanga appears to just be curious about the process!
    This AM it is actually “cold” out! A pretty mild summer that followed a winter of no snow – not that I mind either one, but kind of scary considering the amount of oddities all over the globe.

  5. Margie Miller says:

    Your quilts and the flowers are lovely!

  6. Eileen says:

    Hello, happy birthday to your son. The tea sounds delicious, I love pineapple. Love the cute kitty and fun squirrel shots. Your flowers are looking beautiful.
    The sage with the bee is awesome. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  7. Joanna says:

    What a loaded post! I love the idea of using pineapple scraps for a drink. That is one chubby squirrel. Maybe you’ll have some baby squirrels to photograph soon. I always love your quilt and flower pictures.

  8. Such a cute photo of the squirrel! I also haven’t seen that pretty kitty before for some reason.
    Brenda

  9. Kyle says:

    With the binding sewn on, your quilt is almost done. It’s hard to sew batting pieces together. So glad you and your machine got your relationship back on track.

  10. I do wish we were neighbors so your desire to cook in the summer might rub off on me. :-) I have so many tomatoes I’m going to have to give them away. My kitchen counter is overflowing. Wish I had a tribe to share with. :-)

  11. Deb says:

    Tomato’s fresh off the vine – heavenly. I think I need to pick up a few plants soon for the fall. Strange planting seasons down here I know! Love the bee photo’s – without them there would not be a lot of things. Hope to do a bee patch with my brownie/daisy girls this fall.
    Good tip with the pineapple – will try that the next time. Did you know you can trim down the top and plant it and have one grow? Check it out.
    Love the stitches – I think I need to put a few into something tonight.

  12. Dawn says:

    Fun novelty print. We are picking tomatoes now too.
    Glad the machine is all sorted out.

  13. Dewena says:

    Your meal sounds scrumptious, made me realize that it must almost be supper time because I’m starve now after reading this.

    I once kept a pot of Russian sage living inside after frost until Christmas, could hardly bear to lose it.

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