Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cherry Jam and Sock Monkey Quilt

Two years ago, I sent my husband to buy two Yoshino cherry trees. They are widely used as an ornamental tree. They are the type you see in cities' cherry blossom festivals, such as Washington D.C. and Macon, GA.  But as you see I got two Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry trees instead. We happily planted them in the back yard and this year we had a few cherries. 

My Grandmother used to make cherry jellies and jams for me when I as a young child. I decided with these new cherries that I would give it a try.

I picked and washed the cherries and now wish that I had pitted them before cooking.

I boiled them and added sugar and sure-jell. This was more labor intensive than I remembered. Removing the pits and straining them was the worst part. The the sugar and sure-jell cost more than buying a jar of jam. I ended up with two jars of jam that my husband enjoys.

I won't be trying this again until next year.

I thought that since this post was so short that I could show you sock monkey quilt that I just completed.

This is an Anita Goodesign. These designs are an embroidery and applique.

This is my favorite block, I call it "monkey love."

There are nineteen different designs in this collection.

I am planning to put some on tee-shirts and on hooded towels for babies.

I originally bought this design thinking that my Granddaughter enjoyed this design. She liked this at the beginning of junior high but now she no longer likes it.

I was able to find sock monkey fabric which I have enjoyed working with.

Thank you for stopping in and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Jelly looks good JoAnn. Love the red color of it. Your sock monkey quilt is so cute. Beautiful work.

  2. Sock monkeys and cherry jam- a great combination. I can picture one monkey with his face all smeared with jam.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Your sock monkey quilt is looking fabulous and your jelly....well that looks positively delicious! Just visiting your little corner of the world via Jann's, Share you Cup; so happy I did.

  4. I love that sock monkey quilt. I made pickled watermelon rind jelly once. When finished I had three jars. It was fabulous! Sounds a lot like your cherry jam. It is worth all the work though if you have the time. Just don't think about the cost factor.
    JM, IL

  5. Two of my favorite things - homemade jelly and quilts. First time I ever saw a monkey quilt. I have many, old and new.

  6. There is nothing so lovely as homemade jam


  7. Wow what a great harvest! I love the monkey quilt. How sweet!

  8. I love your monkeys! Is that fabric a real knit or does it just look like one?