Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Blackberry Summer

It must be summer--I picked the first batch of blackberries this morning:

With any luck, every 2-3 days for the next 2-3 weeks I'll get this many again.  The first gallon bag goes in the freezer for Christmas Cobbler--my sons don't get to enjoy these fresh from the garden so it's tradition that I make Blackberry Cobbler for Christmas dinner dessert.   The rest I eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  Invite us to a BBQ--I'll bring cobbler!

The trick is to keep ahead of the birds--there are several mockingbirds that think this is their private patch! 

Class yesterday was fun and productive for all 8 students.  Those making the large star had the most cutting and sewing so did not get as far along as those making the smaller star.  The book is "Simple Stars Beautiful Quilts" by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  It's an easy way to make stars that look difficult but are not. 
 Linda C.  ready to join those rows of her central star.
 Eileen W.  Made for a new grandbaby!
 Debbie D.  Her FIRST quilt and she was thrilled with her progress!  This is the center star of a large quilt, about 70" square.  Great job!
Kathy F. got her center row completed in class.  Now she'll add 2 rows to the top, and 2 rows to the bottom, a couple borders, and she's done.  This is the smaller size, about 36" square.

Brenda G. choose dusty batiks and will have a great quilt!

Of course, today I want to sew!!  After a few more household chores, I'll clean up the studio a little and start two new projects--both are calling me hard so both get started today!

Let's quilt!



  1. Wow -- so many pretty blocks and fabric combos! That makes the teaching pretty gratifying, I'd imagine!! Enjoy sewing away the afternoon! :)

  2. Your class looks fun. So if you are not busy on the weekend come to Australia for a BBQ and bring a cobbler with you, i'll proved meat and drinks. lol

    1. Australia is on my bucket list--wish I could say I'll be right over!