SewConnected – August & A Little More


Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen, My kids, SewConnected. 23 comments

I know – it’s already September, I was slow to take the time to figure out paper piecing. I’ve read a few tutorials, but until I sit down to do something for the first time – it is still an unknown. In the end I had a lot of fun making these for Amy -

August Blocks for Amy

  • Over last weekend I took the time to make tomato sauce for the winter. It was an experiment. I love to make my thick and hearty sauce, but usually use canned tomatoes from the store. So I bought up 30 fresh, locally grown tomatoes at the farmer’s market – after all the simmering I was left with 2.5 quarts! I was/am a little disappointed :( It’s not cost effective, I can purchase a 10# can at Costco for less than $3 – and it renders enough sauce for a months worth of dinners. The fresh tomato sauce tastes so good – but I can’t tell the difference. What would you do? Anyone care for a recipe?

  • My sister is on her way to visit over the long weekend :) It’s been almost two years since her last visit – I’m looking forward to our weekend together!

  • I’ve been a bit quiet here this week as we have started school, and working out new routines. Ella is in 4th grade – I cannot believe it! Time seems to keep flying by. Emmalie will start Kindergarten next week after all the assessments have been done and teachers assigned – watch for more tears then. The first day of the school year always makes me misty eyed – all the hope and promise of a new school year. Learning, growing, becoming more independent – of course this is what I want for them – I am brimming with pride.
  • My DQS7 quilt is near completion – I’m hoping to share it tomorrow for Sew-N-Tell :)

Many Blessings ~
Amy

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23 thoughts on “SewConnected – August & A Little More

  1. 1
    Natalia says:

    Your quilt blocks are so cute!

  2. 2
    shellysquilts says:

    That sure is alot of work for three jars of sauce. Your blocks are great. Enjoy your visit.

  3. 3
    wishes, true and kind says:

    Love the quilt blocks! I like mixing up different sizes of the same block.

  4. 4
    W. Latane Barton says:

    It's not the cost that people make gardens and can and freeze, it's the feeling of doing something with their hands.

  5. 5
    Cheryl Arkison says:

    While I try to avoid Costco most of the time, I agree with you on the sauce front. I made ketchup last year and though the same thing. But oh, the taste!

  6. 6
    MomBrose says:

    I am LOVING that blue fabric! :)
    I'm with you on the canning. So much work when it's not that expensive to just buy organic, good stuff :D

  7. 7
    amylouwho says:

    I definitely think that homecanned jam is the way to go – with the low sugar pectin. But unless you are growing your tomatoes yourself, it's probably cheaper to just buy it.

    I love those orange and blue blocks! So cute!

    I have to get on it and finish something for tomorrow!

  8. 8
    jess says:

    I haven't found the secret to making a sauce I like… However! I do make really good, canned tomato soup. I process them, usually a jar or two at a time- preserving whatever I have on hand at that moment, which usually isn't much. But it's such a treat during the winter!

  9. 9
    Jackie says:

    Wow, I can't believe all those tomatoes only made 2.5 quarts. Who would have thought? I buy store bought canned tomatoes too. Never a jarred sauce, freshly made is always best. Love the blocks! Don't fret about sending the littlest off to school, she will be just fine. But I know you won't. I sometimes long for the days when the kids were little.

  10. 10
    The Calico Cat says:

    A recipe is always good, but I am not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I prefer Paul Newman's sauce to my own & to most of those that I have tasted.

  11. 11
    Amy says:

    I'm with you on the tomato sauce. I bought 4.5 pounds or so of tomatoes and it only made enough sauce for one package of pasta (which is two meals for us). I didn't have any left over to freeze, and the tomatoes were not cheap. I think this is a great thing to do when you have a garden and lots more tomatoes ripe at one time than you can eat. But not if you have to buy them. I think jarred sauce tastes fine, but wish they wouldn't put so much sugar in it! That's what prompts me to make it myself, until I remember how little you get for all the time and expense….

  12. 12
    Michelle says:

    The blocks are beautiful.

  13. 13
    amy smart says:

    Love the blocks. I still get a little misty dropping off my Kindergartener each day. I guess it's only been a week.

  14. 14
    jaybird says:

    blocks look great!! i wish you were sending them to me…

  15. 15
    retirednana2008 says:

    What great work!! (quilting and canning) I check your blog daily, but don't think I've commented….but I did do the zig zag quilt along w/you.
    Just wanted to say that I can't help but think that you are a very fine christian young mom!!

  16. 16
    Terriaw says:

    Gorgeous blocks Amy! I really love them. I have two bags of tomatoes from our garden to deal with this weekend. I could use a recipe for tomato sauce; otherwise I'll go to Betty Crocker.

  17. 17
    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    The blocks for Amy are awesome – the fabrics looks just perfect in those designs.

  18. 18
    em's scrapbag says:

    Love your blocks.
    Your Ella is the same age as my DD. Aren't they so fun.

  19. 19
    Amy says:

    Cute blocks! I make homemade tomato basil sauce with fresh tomatoes, but only because I grow my own tomatoes, if I had to buy the tomatoes I would buy canned too and make the sauce with that.

    Our kids must be the same age because my oldest is in 4th and my youngest just started kindergarten! I got teary eyed the first day I sent her :)

    Are you taking your sister to Swiss Days? I can't wait for Saturday when we get to go!

  20. 20
    amandajean says:

    that is a whole lot of tomato condensing!!!

    i feel the same way about school. it's hard to see them grow up, but good at the same time. my oldest is in third grade this year. and that seems so very grown up. sniff. sniff.

  21. 21
    Rebekah says:

    first of all…those quilt blocks are adorable! I love the fabric and colors that you chose.

    I'm glad I read this about using canned tomatoes before heading off to the farmer's market to pick up fresh ones. Canning can be so depressing when you start with a ton of food and end up with next to nothing (comparatively). I think using the store bought tomatoes is the way to go.

  22. 22
    audreypawdrey says:

    Your blocks are wonderful! They are so much fun to make.:)

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Making your own sauce may not be financially cost effective, but at least you control and know what ingredients are in your sauce.

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