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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Thursday Threads

Fall has finally come to far north Texas, and you can see how the tree behind the shed is just now starting to give a hint of color. We received 3.20 inches rain yesterday, and by next Monday temperatures will be in the 30s at night - makes me so happy.

In the sewing room, my sister-in-law's butterfly quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt (after I get those pesky wrinkles smoothed out).

I had leftover triangles from the butterfly quilt, and I made some HSTs. Here is one potential design as I decide what to do with them.

Five minutes after I shot the HST photo, Toby decided it was his bathtub.

This squirrel-spiration was found on Jocelyn's post the other day in her link to Susie calls it the "Sixteen Across" quilt block, and it is a simple sixteen-patch block made with 2-1/2 inch light and dark squares that create a diagonal design. I decided to use up some Christmas scraps to make a few and see how it looks. I like it! If you squint you can see the diagonal in mine. My light and dark squares probably need to be more strongly valued (is that a thing?) but at this point I just want to use up those scraps. It's nice to just sew without reading a pattern or struggling with fabric selection.

At night I've been crocheting a scarf. Back in 2016 I bought 3 skeins of  I Love This Yarn in Painted Canyon. It was a time in my life when I was very unsure about the future, and the yarn and crochet offered me an odd comfort. I stitched a few nights, then put it away and forgot all about it until a few weeks ago when I was rearranging my yarn closet. I'm enjoying the Moss Stitch on this one - doesn't take too much attention away from TV!

Gus (aka Gussy, Gustopher and Baby) the sweet black kitty
This little guy has taken up a lot of my time, trying to help him feel comfortable and safe in his new environment. The other kitties are trying to make friends with him, but he still hisses a bit. I leave the door open to his space a little more each day, and he actually seems very happy. Can a cat be happy? If they can, I think this one is!

Our 54th anniversary was this week, so we celebrated early last Friday at the local Texas Roadhouse, then headed home for this dessert - brown sugar apple pie. I actually use both kinds of sugar in it, but I like the brown sugar name better - lol! Here is the recipe if you'd like to try it:

Brown Sugar Apple Pie
4-5 cups apples, sliced thin (Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, or any variety of your favorites)
1/2 cup salted butter*
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 9-inch double pie crust
*If you use unsalted butter, add 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425°. Prepare pie crust dough for 9-inch double crust.

Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and stir to form paste, cook a couple minutes over low heat. Add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water, whisk until smooth, and bring to boil. Add apples, lower heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. (Sometimes I add a half teaspoon maple flavoring too.)

Roll out and place bottom crust in pie pan. Add apple mixture. Roll out top crust and place on top of apples. Crimp edges and cut slits or shapes in several places.

Bake at 425° for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350°. I place mine on the lowest rack of the oven. It seems to cook the apples better and the crust edges don't brown as quickly. I also place foil on the crust edges about 30 minutes into the bake, to keep from browning too much. Bake until apples are tender and juices are bubbling through crust. Mine is in the oven about an hour total. Place on wire rack to cool.

I hope your week is is going well and that you are looking forward to a great weekend!


  1. It's always fun to see what fall looks like in different parts of the country! You're just getting started and our leaves are all falling now. Hooray for getting those layers basted - always my least favorite job! Do you baste it vertically, on the design wall? I've heard of people doing that, but not tried it myself. I was interested in those 16 Across blocks from that site, too. They look like they'll make a really neat design! Yummy apple pie, and Happy Anniversary!

  2. your apple pie sounds and look delicious! - you have me beat on the anniversary but we are close - we had 51 years this past June -- the rain is finally getting here and will be off and on for the next 5 days I guess - quilts are wonderful as is the crochet

  3. Great to see the butterfly quilt ready for next step. I hate the ironing process just before quilting, I never get it to my satisfaction. Yes I have all those extra triangles put aside for something else as well. Congrats on the 54th anniversary, the pie looks great, very yummy.

  4. The butterfly quilt is gorgeous, that teal really sets off the other colors so well. Glad to see you've been back to playing with needle and thread. I'm ready for some cooler weather, but I was hoping for 60's not 40's.

  5. Happy Belated Anniversary! Oh that pie looks delicious! I need to get my scraps out and just do random blocks like that. It seems so less daunting when you break it down into parts. Then I can just L/E them as I sew other things.

    1. Awww thanks! Yes I really enjoyed those easy peasy blocks. Now I want to do more instead of what I "need" to do. ;)

  6. Hi Linda, lovely post and with such a delicious ending. Thanks for sharing that recipe; apples and brown sugar together -so delicious. Meanwhile beautiful quilt and like how you are playing with the spare blocks. Yes, that Sixteen across arrangement is interesting. I'm hoping to give it a try too. Thanks for the mention too. Belated happy anniversary...that is quite an achievement.

  7. I hope Toby and Gus become best pals. It does take cats a while to acclimate to each other. The pie looks yummy. It would not last long round here!

  8. Fifty four years is quite impressive! Good for the both of you. I'm glad that you enjoyed your day. I am not a pie person, but I did copy that recipe.

  9. Introducing new animals is always a challenge, I am glad things are easing a bit. Congratulations on your anniversary! I do love your sister's quilt and fun that you have some nice leftovers to play with.

  10. A belated very Happy Anniversary, Linda. I hope you had a grand day. Your butterfly quilt for your dear SIL is gorgeous ; such beautiful fabrics you are using in it and the new project. LOL Toby taking a bath during piecing time. Oh well, I bet he keeps you entertained. Hee! Hee! Thank you so much for the brown sugar apple pie recipe; it looks so yummy . I will definitely have to give it a try ( we are pie people . LOL) . Have a blessed day. Hugs.

  11. Linda - thanks so much for your comment on my blog! And I LOVE your Christmas scrap quilt - so festive! I miss having kitties so much - your photos brought back so many memories of how they are always in the most awkward spots! And yes, they are often happy - they just don't let you see it!

  12. I love the top quilt, especially the fussy cut of the cats.


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