15 Weeks – 45 Designers – 45 blocks – What a brilliant way to celebrate Autumn! Michele at Quilting Gallery has been hosting this block party since September the 4th, 2012! If you haven’t visited the page for Glorious Autumn Block Party already, please do so. Not only are there some great free patterns for you to download, there’s also Quilter’s Super Deal of the Day for you to enjoy! Don’t forget to upload any blocks you make from this awesome block party to this Flickr group.
Michele also has a little designer profile about me so you get to know me a little better.
Please make sure to drop by and say Hi to the two other very talented designers I am sharing this week with –
Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs
Mickey … It’s a Fiber Life
I made a paper piecing Autumn quilt pattern for this block party!
You can download Autumn Harvest quilt patterns from Craftsy and Etsy.
Even though winter is my favorite season, fall is my favorite time to travel. Temperatures cool down, summer crowds thin out, and the days are still long enough for hiking and photography. As we travel northward from Southern California, we see the hills transform into various shades of light yellow.
Other than the beautiful fall colors, I associate autumn most with Harvest. The fields have given all they had for the year and now they wait for the next year’s sowing.
I drew my inspiration for this fall quilt pattern from those hills and the fields. This would be an ideal autumnal view through the window for me! Of course, the picture won’t be complete without some food made from the harvest. So I added an apple pie and a slice of pumpkin pie on the windowsill.
You will find all the instructions to make this block in the pattern.
Speaking of food, I also wanted to share this pie recipe with you. It’s a modified apple pie recipe. I bought some apples and pears and we left for vacation shortly thereafter. In the meantime they became too ripe for my husband to eat and I am extremely allergic to both of the fruits, uncooked. So I figured why not add the pears with the apples in a pie and see what happens! Well, it turned into a delicious pie!
1/2 cup sugar (You can increase it to 2/3 cup if you like a sweeter pie)
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 apples and 4 pears
I believe I had Pink Lady apples and D’Anjou pears. After peeling both fruits, I sliced them. Since pears are softer than apples, I sliced them a little thicker than the apples. I mixed everything together in a bowl. One time I tried making the mix earlier and the fruits shed too much juice, so now I make the mixture before it goes into the pie dish.
I used store-bought Pillsbury pastry. I make pastry at home now and then, but sometimes I just use store-bought ones when I am short of time.
I lined the dish with one pastry, then arranged the fruit mixture in a somewhat circular pattern, covering it with the other pastry. Then I use a fork to crimp the sides and cut slits on the top with a knife. I sprinkled some sugar on top, I love the sparkle this adds. I also covered the sides with aluminum foil at the very beginning so the sides wouldn’t burn.
In the oven it went at 425F for about 20 minutes. Then I turned the temperature down to 375F and cooked it for another 45-55 minutes (until the apples bubbled). Then I removed it and let it cool on a wire rack. My husband likes his with whipped cream. I like to to eat mine with vanilla ice-cream on Fridays (special Friday treat) or just a drizzle of heavy cream.
I also wanted to share a little prize with you. It’s a combination of three Christmas-themed fat quarters and a paper piecing pattern called Winter Meadow from my shop. Winter Meadow is a 10″ pattern which goes very well with the Autumn Harvest pattern from this block party.
I would love for you subscribe to my blog or Facebook page – you will be included in the drawing if you do. If you are already subscribed, please leave a comment here and you will be included as well. The giveaway will stay open until next Thursday, 22nd of November.
I hope you enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you again in the future!
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