These pretty jars are likely the last ones of this summer. I canned them this week and am quite happy to say that I won't be going in the okra again very soon. Not that the okra are finished, of course, they would keep producing until the first frost if I continued to pick them two or three times weekly. But I have no plans to continue. We have enough in the freezer and pickled in jars for this year at least.
Two pints have pickled sweet peppers in them. I don't eat banana peppers unless they are cooked into something like a gravy, but some of my boys love them. So I decided to try a few pints. They look good, and hopefully they'll taste as good.
At a guild meeting of the Louisiana Cotton Quilters Guild a few months ago, we voted to make a Christmas themed quilt to raffle as a fundraiser. Guild members met a few times to paper piece the quilt blocks, then one or two members worked on sewing the blocks together. It's a beautiful quilt top. Because I knew I'd be unable to met to either piece the blocks or put them together, I decided to offer to quilt it.
At our June meeting, we voted again to allow me to quilt it. There was quite a lively discussion about whether we should hand quilt it, but there's already a quilt planned for hand quilting. That one is to raise money for the Cottonport Museum. In the end, the quilt found it's way to my studio. I loaded it onto the Innova before I realized that I hadn't taken a photo. So here's a photo of a section of the top. It's more difficult to see, of course, but you can see that the colors are very Christmasy in shades of red and green and a golden yellow. I promise more photos later. I actually took several photos but they are even worse than this one! I'm such a horrid photographer!
In the darkest green and in the yellow there's a scroll or vine motif, which I like to do, so I'm pretty sure I'll use that somewhere in the quilting. I've already decided to quilt a wreath design in the red square. I'm just not sure what I want to do with that green. It's an odd shape and I need to fill the quilt with as much quilting as I can. Because so many different people worked on the piecing, there are some sections that are a bit loose and I think that dense quilting will resolve some of the issues that come with loose stitches. Any suggestions for a good, dense quilting motif that is maybe just a little Christmas? I sure could use some help with this!