Here we go. the first block in our year long journey of Farmer's Market chatter!! I am sewing up blocks, giving encouragement and I'm MOST excited to see how YOUR quilt comes together.
Our First block is the Eggplant and Zucchini, summer bounty right? I used to come home from work and find random Zucchini left on my front porch by neighbors.. because they DO seem to multiple!
This is the fabric I'm starting out with as inspiration for the background, sashing and border. Thank you for all the feedback on the colors you would use! This may hang in my studio when it's done. And that Green and Aqua, I think you will sew a few blocks done with that during this journey
Here is my block for my 2nd version, Isn't that egglant WILD! Look in your fabrics for something super fun to use!
But I couldn't decide on the flower color. I fused this blue.. but.. it's kind of meh... not sure thread will help it.
I changed it to RED!! Love the Red. I think each block might need red, what do you think?
I also wanted to test a very wide 'bite' on my blanket stitch. I don't usually do my stitch this wide. It does make it harder to have nice corners and turns. I think I will go back to a shorter 'bite' for the next block.
And do you see i did a straight stitch to hold down the small pieces, works nicely!
So why do I have a love affair with the Farmer's Market? My grandmother worked at this one, The Broad Street Market in Harrisburg PA. The Broad Street Market was founded in 1860, and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operated market house in the United States.
Granny worked for Kessler meats. It was magical to go in-side. When my grandfather said it was time to pick her up from work I was so excited! She was standing behind that tall counter, I stood on my tip toes to get a treat. Then my grandfather and I would walk around until she was ready to go.
As I promised, there are going to be recipes, many of them this year! One of my favorite food writers is Pinch of Yum, this is their Baked Zucchini Parmesan. You cold easily make this with eggplant. I also salt the eggplant and let some of the water seep out, pat dry, then make in a single layer. I learned that one living in St. Louis!
And we can't forget Zucchini bread! this is from Smitten Kitchen, a blog I've faithfully followed for YEARS! Yes ..I read food blogs!
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Time to share your block!
click the blue 'add your link' down below after the last photo.
- Get out my book, You will need the book as that is where the pattern is.. I'll sign your copy from HERE
- if you prefer a Digital book, GO HERE AND my book is found at your favorite quilt shops!! Many are ALSO sewing along, so check out your shop and ask for my book
- The 2nd Wed of each month is the next block and encouragement post.
- Use the hashtag #PatSloanFarmersMarket on your photos you share!
If you have never done fusible applique, my book shows you everything. Here is a peek at part of the process. It is VERY EASY, so you can do this! You can do hand applique and I have this VISION of someone doing the quilt as redwork.. anyone planning that?