My sewing machine and I finally reacquainted ourselves after many months of being apart. I found myself with a bit of free time yesterday, so I set to work on a quilt, a simple design with five inch squares made from scraps of cloth I had been saving from other projects. I sewed three quilts for my eldest children last Christmas, and I am hoping to get a few more done this year. My hope is to eventually give each of the Littles there own mama-made quilt. Little #7 specifically asked for his "own blanket," and I hope that he will be happy to find this quilt under the tree on Christmas morning. It felt so good to sew again, and I'm looking forward to carving out a bit more time this week to continue working on the first of many sewing projects of the season.
I want to take a minute to thank sustainablemum for the tip she left in the comments on Pressing Cider. It makes complete sense, and we are definitely going to give it a try next time.
"We were given a good tip from a local Apple expert. She suggested freezing the apples before pressing them, you get even more juice out of them. We tried it and it works. We pressed them from frozen although it is probably easier to slightly defrost them first." ~sustainablemum