Apples are ripe!
These are "Fuji" apples coming to Tokyo from Aomori.
Note each one has a bar code pasted on it. Yep,those apples are being sold one-by-one at 158 yen (with tax).
They are beautiful un-bruised tasty apples but....
When I was growing up, my uncle down the road had an apple orchard. There were many varieties of apples ... green ... yellow ... red ... for pies and canning and applesauce or for making into cider. Us kids picked up the wind-falls and bit around the bug holes, but those apples were yummy. (and free)
Japanese apples are good and pretty to look at. The skins are tough though and not every brand is suitable for pies or apple cake. I guess that is not unusual in a country where many homes have only a small grill and no oven other than a microwave.
These tiny flowers are tight on the branches and hidden among the leaves so one is more likely to smell them before seeing them.
When I say "tiny", I really mean it!
Here are a few lying on top of the wall.
Amazing how something so small can give off such a powerful perfume.
Someone had seen Leia's last batch (maybe made last Christmas) and hired us to make cookies for a wedding.
Norie did the rolling and cutting and Leia and I did the painting and decorating.
Tuesday afternoon and most of last Wednesday we worked on several hundred cookies. Norie managed the oven and kept the supply going.
She also managed the camera so escaped the documentation.
Here is a batch cooling. A little bit of this and that from several collections of cutters.
This is what is done so far, laid out on the double bed in the loft.
Well, it is a bit hard to see on top of the tree quilt but you get the idea. I have 9 blocks width laid out here.
I was planning ten blocks wide, That would make the quilt 60 inches wide but I think it will need to have borders to make it look finished.
The quilt I am using now on my futon is 68 x 96 inches and rather too wide (the futon is only three feet across) . Now, before I make more blocks beyond what I have waiting for sashing, I am wondering what is a practical size for a single bed cover.
The "I Spy" quilt I made for my daughter's kids was 69 x 77 inches and I have slept under it many times on a bunk bed when I visit. Is there a standard size for a single bed cover? What would you advise? I think whatever border I might add would only be three or four inches but I won't buy anything until I have the top together.
Another typhoon is coming our way so I may get some more indoor sewing time. I am hoping I won't have leftover blocks to deal with so I am trying to plan ahead and I found the last bits of advice very helpful. Thanks in advance for sharing any advice you may have.