Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Apples and Cores

You never know how many apples there are in a seed. 


Our apple tree has produced a bumper crop of apples this year.  In the spring I thought it would be a year without many apples because it was so cold when it was is bloom.  There are only a few left on the tree now.  Since we didn't do any preventative treatments there were more than a few spots on the apples from insects and some rot too.  

The last few apples
 My sister gave me the sprout off her tree just a few years ago and we have been amazed at how fast it has grown and how big.  My husband did do some pruning of it back in the winter but probably not enough as once again the branches were bent to the ground from the weight of the fruit.

5 gallon bucket of apples 
I must confess that I did not use as many apples as I let spoil.  Since I try not to eat gluten much and sugar isn't a good option for me either it kind of takes the fun out of desserts.  Sigh.
Look at the apples in my kitchen awaiting my attention I was reminded of the quilt top I purchased last year when we went to the Branson area.  I found it at a large antiques place not too far from the Lambert's cafe.  I don't remember the name of the place because we went to 4 or 5 of them that day and it's been over a year.

Apple Core Quilt Top
 I bought it for several reasons.  I fell in love with the fabrics, it was a good price, and I seriously doubt if I will ever hand piece an Apple Core Quilt top.  It is in fairly good condition considering some well meaning person washed it, sigh.  There are only a couple of blocks that will need repair.

Great Stripes and Plaids in the Mix 

I'll share some of the close up shots of the fabrics.  Some of them remind me so much of my Mother's house dresses and aprons from my childhood.  There are a good many Feed Sack prints, 30's  prints and some probably from the 40's and early 50's.  I'm no expert on dating fabrics so I'm sort of guessing.


Some of them just say little boys' pajamas or kitchen curtains or Sunday dress to me.

Notice the two colorways of the same print in red and blue?  Isn't that fun?

You can see that it is large.  It is covering the double closet doors easily.  I really enjoy looking at all the fabrics in it every time I pull it out.  I don't know how or when I will get it quilted.  I'm thinking maybe a Baptist Fan might look good on it.  How do you think it should be quilted?


  1. You should try grilling sliced apples - they are DEELICIOUS!

  2. We are a gluten and sugar free family (sugar is the hard one and we don't do well with it =) but one thing I do with apples is peel and slice them and sauté them in butter and cinnamon. They are delicious and make a nice side dish with meals or for a sweet snack.

  3. I love that Apple Core quilt! baptist fans would look really nice on it and would be nice and tight quilting on those older fabrics.
    I just peel apples, slice them and put them in Ziploc brand freezer bags. When I cook them I take them straight out of the freezer, put 1/4 cup water in the bottom of a 2 qt pot, cover and simmer until they are tender and smash them up. It's like a thick Apple sauce. you can add cinnamon if you like. They are really good in the winter and kids love them. its one way to get them to eat fruit.
    xo jan

  4. Love the Apple Core Quilt too, and Baptist Fans would be a great quilt pattern for it.

    Have to confess to adding apple puree to my porridge on cold winter mornings :)

  5. What a charming quilt top, I also love all the older fabrics in it. And I would love an apple tree, actually, I'd love any fruit tree :)


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