Grape Jelly from my Garden!
Summer is a time of exploration. I always look forward to some extra design and quilting time to create new patterns and finish some of my many waiting projects.
Sometimes I get overrun by other events such as things growing in my garden.
A few years ago I received a concord grapevine from my dear friend, Louise. I planted it along my fence and waited patiently for something more than leaves to grow. Nothing happened the first year and I heard that concord vines don't grow well in North Carolina, the land of the scupper-not grapes. I added another concord grape vine to move things along.
Finally, this spring - much to my surprise - I saw tiny little flowers emerging from below the dense leaves. The flowers turned into small grapes and finally turned a luscious purple color. Since I only have two grapevines and the grapes took their time ripening, I collected as many purple grapes as possible in a colander each day and stored them in my fridge for up to a week until I had enough to make grape juice. I repeated this twice and felt like a lucky lady to get two "cookings" from my rich, beautiful grape juice.
I have to say I do love my garden. In busy times it can get a bit neglected and wild and on rare occasions I just go there to relax, but it always provides me with inspiration and lots of quilting ideas.
The frogs below "happened" when a whole clan of frogs moved into our pond. They were constantly on my mind because of all the noise they made. No wonder they are called a chorus. I had no choice but to make the Feeling Froggy quilt, just to give my mind a rest.