Thursday, January 10, 2013

Forest Paths Quilt Block

This 12" Forest Paths quilt block is the 16th block of my Starwood Sampler Quilt, made to tell the story of my home and community.  I made it as a block of the month with my quilting group.  We found the pattern free on-line at:  The pattern first appeared in the Farm Journal magazine.  Half of my blocks are set straight and half are set on point.  This block is set on point.   

My home backs up to the Pike National Forest.  This forest is primarily an evergreen forest of Ponderosa Pines and Douglas firs, along with Gambol (scrub) oak, Rocky Mountain maple, and chokecherry. 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My husband happened upon this snow angel in the middle of the forest.  Isn't it wonderful?

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep.

Hot Cranberry Cider
1 (12 ounce) can frozen apple juice
1 (12 ounce) can frozen cranberry juice
8 juice cans water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole allspice

1.  Place frozen apple juice and cranberry juice in a slow cooker.  Add 8 cans of water and brown sugar.  Stir until sugar dissolves. 
2.  Place cloves, cinnamon sticks, and allspice in a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up the corners of cloth and tie with a string to form a bag.  Add spice bag to slow cooker.
3.  Cover and cook on low for 2-5 hours.  Remove spice bag before serving.  Makes 1 gallon.

This drink is perfect after a hike in the woods! 

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  1. I love the choice of piney fabric for that block, the snow angel, the snow covered trees, and Robert Frost. The hot cocoa is a perfect finish to that post!

  2. cacn i come pitch a tent in your backyard? beautiful! quilt block is perfect for your post!

  3. Great quilt block but your pictures of the forest in the snow really grabbed me! The forest is beautiful in all her seasons...thank you for sharing with me!! And I love that Robert Frost poem!

  4. Ohhh... isn’t that snow angel your husband happened upon funny. Or maybe, ‘serendipitous’. I’m glad he had his camera! Whoever did it, is good at snow angels. Mine always looked more like a small buffalo wallow. :-D

    Here’s a story I’m sure I’ve told before (and will likely tell again):

    Once upon a time, my Lydia, age 2 (she’s 21 now), was watching out the front window as all the older children played in the snow on the front lawn. They were falling over backwards, flapping arms and legs, and then getting to their feet.

    "What are they doing?!!" she asked, somewhat amazed, and I explained, "They're making snow angels! Look at the print they leave behind in the snow... what's it look like?"

    She looked long and hard, then watched as Dorcas fell over backwards, flailed vigorously, and carefully stood up again, trying not to mess up her design.

    With that, Lydia jumped off the couch where she was standing, ran to the middle of the living room, and, before I could prevent it, fell flat on her back with a resounding ker-THUMP, arms and legs waving wildly. She then staggered to her feet, looking decidedly woozy. She blinked, then looked at me with wide blue-gray eyes.

    "Now I'm an angel," she announced solemnly (and dizzily).

    I tried valiantly to keep a straight face while I stroked her poor ker-THUMPED head and explained things, hopefully better than I had the first time.


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