I really enjoy participating in these tours. I usually scan the issue, searching for designers who are also part of Northcott’s pattern design team, or blocks that feature Northcott’s fabrics, and recreate these blocks in the collection that Northcott has advertised in the issue. There are 7 blocks in the current issue that fall under this umbrella, including my own block – a big Woo-hoo! Because I have a block in the issue, I have been invited to blog on Thursday as well, so I shall do “my usual” on Thursday’s blog – please come by then and check out the blocks to choose your favorite for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11. For this post, however, I thought I’d share a bit of something more personal.
The collection that Northcott has advertised in this issue is Stonehenge Celebration 2, perfect for Independence Day, with waving flags, stars and fireworks. That got me thinking about the things we celebrate. As I write this post, I am sitting at my kitchen counter, with the tantalizing fragrance of peaches wafting through the kitchen. Now, I live in Canada, and peach season is still 3 months away. For the month of August, I buy basket after basket of juicy peaches, eating them for breakfast, dinner and night-time snack. My favorite thing to do with them, however, is make peach pies – from scratch, including the pastry, with a lattice top. Yum!! You need in-season peaches to make pies. The ones you buy in the middle of winter just don’t cut it. When I was a kid, my mom would pack my brother, sister and I in the car and drive to the Niagara region about 2 hours away to pick baskets of peaches for preserving. Yes, I know it was child labour, but there is nothing better than eating a just-picked peach warm from the sun while filling your basket.
I spent the past week in Florida, getting my mom packed up from her winter home, and driving her back to Canada. As we travelled up through the top of Florida and into Georgia, we passed billboards announcing PECANS. Hubby’s ultimate favorite pie is pecan pie – gooey and thick with pecans. After passing several of these signs, I suggested to Mom that we stop and get some. We pulled off the freeway to a roadside stand. Right beside the pecans were baskets of peaches – golden nuggets of Georgia sunshine. They lured me. The young guy manning the stand knew how to sell. “Would you like a taste of one?” he asked, and handed me a wedge of deliciousness. It tasted just like the ones I picked when I was a kid. “They’ll be ripe in 3 days or so,” he said. Our journey is a 3-day trip. “Sold!” I said. The basket of peaches went into the back seat, and the heavenly fragrance filled the car for 3 days. We enjoyed them when we stopped to stretch our legs, and there are just enough left to make a peach pie for Mother’s Day this weekend.
Mom and I shared lots of laughs, good times and great meals over the past week. It was a rare treat to spend an entire week with her, and I have much to celebrate on Mother’s Day. After I dropped Mom off, I arrived home to a spotlessly clean house (even the windows were clean!) and dinner on the table. I guess I’ll be making a pecan pie too.
What about you? What have you celebrated recently, or will be celebrating in the coming weeks? Post a comment on my blog by noon on Tuesday May 5th for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11 and a packet of Stonehenge Celebration 2 fabrics. Enjoy the blog tour (http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures), and see you again on Thursday!