This September Apple Picking Basket block is part of my Wooly Basket Calendar Quilt. The pattern is from the Starry Pines Pattern Company: http://starrypinespatterncompany.com/spindex2.html
I used wool for the hand-appliqued basket, cotton flannel for the background fabric, and black perle cotton for the embroidery.
I recently hosted my book club and served this Wassail Punch. It was a foggy, rainy sort of day, so this hot cider was perfect!
2 quarts apple juice
4 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
12 whole cloves
4 (3-4") cinnamon sticks
1. Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch oven.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.
I put all the ingredients except the cloves and cinnamon sticks in my crockpot before I went to work. When I returned home four hours later, I added the cloves and cinnamon sticks and set it to high for a half hour before removing the spices. I wanted my home to smell wonderful when my guests arrived, and it did! If I had put the spices in at the beginning, they would overpower the punch.
The world's largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976 in Rochester, New York. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long. (She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.)
What is your favorite type of eating apple? Inquiring minds want to know!
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.