Pompions, pie, and the Sanderson Star Quilt

"For pottage, and puddings, and custards, and pies,
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies.
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon:
If it were not for pumpkins, we should be undoon."

Pumpkins or "pompions" were a standby of the early New England Settlements.

This is the quilt on the frames and it's putting me into a fall-like mood.  I'm really enjoying the hand quilting using black and orange 12 wt. thread and big stitches.  Although my big stitches should really be called big spaces because I haven't quite got the rhythm going yet.

Because I'm thinking about fall and the temps are in the 50's I decided to make a pie out of the sweet potatoes I bought.  I thought I was buying yams, which I love, but I ended up with 5 sweet potatoes and neither DH or I are fond of them.

So, I pulled out the 1940's cookbook and made Sweet Potato Pie.  The partial recipe is above.  Doesn't the Pumpkin Pie with cream and POOLS OF HONEY above the recipe sound tempting?

I already had a baked pie shell so I cooked the filling like pudding in a saucepan until thick and then poured it into the shell.  Waited for it to cool - not!  It was very satisfying.

I finished the blue and white crown of thorns quilt that I've been hand quilting for two years.  It turned out rather lovely I think~  I haven't washed it yet and am a bit hesitant.  I don't want to take the newness away.  But after two years of being dragged to Wisconsin and back, it needs a bath.

Just a reminder of the border quilting.
I did a knife edge binding.  It was rather tedious to do.  I don't have a picture of the completed binding.

The inspiration for this quilt is found in the book Quilts & Coverlets - The Beamish Collections by Rosemary E. Allan.  I tried to find a link but I can't find anywhere that this books is available for sale.

The book has wonderful pictures and histories of the quilts of Northern England and Wales.  It is a treasure trove.

This quilt is the Sanderson Star.  It was my inspiration.  I wanted to make a two color quilt with a fairly simple piecing design and then quilt it intensely like this quilt and others in the book.

This is the quilting design - gasp!

A red and white version of the Sanderson Star.

I quilted the pieced blocks both in the ditch and 1/4" inside each seam.  I came up with my own idea for the quilting in the white spaces.  It was truly a labor of love.

Off to enjoy another piece of pie.


Janet O. said…
Wow, Robin, that Crown of Thorns quilt is an heirloom! It would have taken me 4 or 5 years to hand quilt that. Good for you!
I've never tried a sweet potato pie, because I don't love sweet potatoes, either. Now you have me intrigued! : )
Heidee Lindsey said…
Your crown of thorns quilt is gorgeous! As Janet said above, truly an heirloom.

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