Monday, September 27, 2010

Of Projects and Peaches

It has been an uncertain entrance into fall with some of the 90 degree days we've had so far, but at least all of the rain we did not see all summer is arriving at once. As someone said recently, it will take a whole lot or rain just to get us up to zero and clear the backlog of dryness we have experienced. Let me say that I'm grateful for the rain nurturing the lettuce and cilantro seedlings in the garden. I'm also grateful to have a computer repairman who accepts hot peppers as payment for pc repairs, as mine went crazy after a brief power outage we experienced last week.

In other news, I finally completed the table runner that I had pieced a while ago, with that beautiful April Cornell for Moda charm pack I picked up as a treat.

The pattern is called "Country Charm" and like all patterns, had its quirks. But I really do love the design. This project was my first attempt at free-motion machine quilting with a darning foot that I purchased for my sewing machine. This method allows you to make beautiful curly-cues and circular stitches that would be impossible with your regular foot.

Let me just say this about free motion quilting: It is not for sissies. The combination of keeping the pressure even while sewing at an even speed to ensure uniform stitches is a daunting task. Maybe you get better at it with practice. When done correctly, I can imagine it is both a fast and lovely way to knock out some quilting projects.

What a way to start off the sewing season- with a completed project!

Do you still have peaches in your area? This time last year I was cooking them on the stove top with dumplings, a recipe I still recommend! But this year I found a new peach crumble dessert that we really enjoyed. It was rich and satisfying with just the right blend of delicious. What stuck out to me with this recipe is that it uses an egg in making the topping, instead of the usual oatmeal-sugar-butter crumble mixture.

Peach Crumble
  • 6 cups sliced peeled ripe peaches (the equivalent of canned peaches would work.)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel (I don't know that this added anything to it, so feel free to omit)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
Place peaches in a greased shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, peel and cinnamon; sprinkle over the peaches.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir in egg until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the peaches. Pour butter evenly over topping. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes. Makes 10-12 servings.


  1. Those colors are the BEST ~ remind me to make my next kitchen in blues and yellows. And I'm not sure when dessert became such a big deal around my house, but I'm finding myself making at least one a week lately so the peach recipe is a perfect addition (I almost typed addiction - typo?? Probably not. ha ha). Great job on the runner - sooooo pretty!

  2. Those stitches are beautiful. It will be fun to see what your next project is.

  3. Yum! My mouth is watering!

    Lovely table runner!


  4. What lovely colors. In the perennial bed we have collected lots of blue and yellow flowers. Reminds me of the colors in the runner. My favorite color is green, but blue and yellow are right up there. Maybe my brain mixes them :)

    We were blessed with two boxes of Jersey peaches this summer. Most of them we just ate 'cause they were so juicy and good, but I managed to get some put up and made a batch of peach jam too.

    There's just nothing better than a tree ripe peach, juicy and sweet.

  5. The peach crumble looks yummy and your runner is very lovely.

  6. Quilting and peaches, quite a delicious combination. I am still working, or least looking at, my quilting project. This winter will be a good time to work on it, don't you think??


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