Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend Projects: Quilting, Polishing and Baking

This weekend feels like it went by in a bit of a blur, but I thought I'd share a few moments of it with you. Above is part of the quilt that I've been working on for just about a year. I'm in the final quarter of quilting and while I haven't posted many pictures of it since it's a wedding/first anniversary present, I think I need a little extra motivation to finish it up. Seeing it both spread out in person and here in a photo is highly rewarding, so thank you for indulging me!

I also polished more of my grandmothers silverware since I had friends over for a Sunday night potluck and knew I didn't have enough forks to go around. I love how shiny it is and the floral details.

I baked Josh and I a berry crisp (essentially the same as the Apple Crisp from last weekend but with a pound each of frozen blackberries and raspberries). The bright flavors from the berries was kind of astounding and definitely made me appreciate that I'd picked up the berries on a whim two weeks ago.

For the potluck, I made pizza with caramelized onions, a quick tomato sauce (canned diced tomatoes added to a clove of garlic that I sauteed in olive oil, let cook a bit and then pureed) and rehydrated sundried tomatoes from my CSA that had been tucked away in my freezer. I also made these cookies, though with walnuts and a mixture of cherries and cranberries, using the brick of Scharffen Berger dark chocolate that I had been saving for just an occassion. Sometimes there's nothing quite like a cruchy, yet slightly chewy, chocolatey cookie.


  1. Can't wait to see the full quilt when it's all done - it's going to be gorgeous!

    And I love that you polished up and used your Grandmother's silver for your potluck. I don't have my Grandmother's silver (she's still using it, yay!), but I do have a lovely set of silver that she gave me for my 16th birthday and I love using it! Actually, I took that same set of silver to the Antiques Roadshow (the BBC version came here to Canada when I was 17 and did a couple of shows) and they told me the sew was worth 1500 pounds! Obviously, I don't love it because of the money, but it's pretty neat to know and was a fun experience.

  2. I am totally in awe of you.

  3. May I rave about the crisp and the cookies? There was also a pizza on Sunday that was mighty fine. Sarah, you're not the only one in awe of Amy.

  4. I can almost "feel" the quilting when I look at your photo here. The choices you made for layers of fabric are charming. Is the dark blue design a variation of the "cathedral window" pattern?