14 June, 2009

Eat What You Can...

I spent the weekend canning, not with glass jars and a pressure cooker. No, not me, but with EQ6 and 100% cotton fabrics! I have designed this quilt to hang on the wall in the eating area of our kitchen. When I was a little girl my Dad always used this phrase at mealtime, it's part of me. I received a fat quarter bundle of assorted fruit and veggie fabrics for Christmas four or five years ago from my husband. I have had them stacked neatly on a shelf until this weekend when I finally figured out what they should become! I sewed a sample block (right) before I committed to the design at left, I realized quickly that the jars couldn't "float", but needed to be stacked to carry the load. This block will be taken apart and the jars will be refitted somewhere into the master plan now. My hope is that this wall quilt will make a fun and colorful summer addition to our kitchen as the color blobs of the design are replaced, one by one, with realistic fruit and vegetable prints. I'm excited, and eager to watch this one take shape. Stay tuned for installments.
Life is Good!
"Eat What You Can"~ 54" X 74"


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19 comments:

blushing rose said...

That is one clever design ... bright & bold. TTFN ~ Marydon

Gina said...

Love your design. Great fabrics, too.

Domestic Designer said...

Great design. I know this is going to turn out well!

Zlaty said...

Great design, Happy canning! :)

It's nice to honor your father's saying!

Happy summer!

Zlaty :)

SpinningStar said...

Great idea - I've seen a fat quarter stack of food fabric recently. I wondered what type of quilt could be made with those - now I know!

Liz

*karendianne. said...

What a brilliant quilt you've created from this little tidbit of your history. My compliments and respect to the inspiration of course. Dad's Rock!

Nane said...

I have only done bug jars...the food will be much better for the kitchen...Ha

Michelle said...

The design is amazing. I would have never about creating something like that.

CarlaH said...

Lovely design and a great idea. I've been thinking about getting EQ6,is it worth it for a beginner or am I better off sticking to published patterns for the time being?

Barb said...

I love this, and the tribute to your Dad with his favorite saying, is very special! I will be watching for the finished wall quilt! Have a wonderful week!

Teresa said...

That does look like a fun quilt to make, and very nutritional (for the soul) as well!

Pam said...

That is going to be a really cool quilt!! Great quote :))

Rhonda said...

Cute!! Can't wait to see the installments!

Marianne Penner Design said...

Very nice canning quilt, and I love the wording in the border.I can't wait to see it done up.

Nan said...

What a great design! It reminds me of my Aunt Hazel, who canned EVERYTHING. She had this little room at the back of her house that was floor to ceiling wooden shelves with canned goods on them. It was my lucky day when I got to take some of those yummy goodies home! I can't wait to see more of your 'canned goods'!

Kimberly Mason said...

Love the design. I have always thought that SURELY there must be a better way of putting together a jar block quilt, and, apparently, yes there is! Gorgeous!

paula, the quilter said...

What a clever use of that fabric. I have seen bug jars and fish bowls but canning jars is so great.

Rebag said...

the jar quilts are so fun! what a great way to bring a family memory into your home at the kitchen table (so to speak)
Looking forward to seeing how it turn out!

Justiann said...

Love,love, love the veggie fabric!