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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Crop Circles and more

In the middle of the braid and border dilemma, I decided it would be a good time to go in search of the wonderful sweet corn that is grown in our area. After a short drive south, I found a delightful little stand at the edge of a cornfield, with it's money box glued to the top, and the corn already picked, waiting to be bagged by the customer. Totally self-serve. So I brought 4 dozen ears home.

First there's this:

Then there's this:

And then there's this (times three more times):

Nothing is better in the dead of winter than sweet corn that has been frozen in the dog days of summer. I have a friend who has provided me with her frozen corn for the last two years. This year, I tried making my own. Whadda mess! At the end of MY mess, she called and offered me 40 pints of hers that she had just made. Did I take her up on them? You betcha! So now, we have enough corn to ration out one pint per week for the rest of the year. Ha! Think that will last? Read on for more on crop circles....

I put away the Block Exchange and those delightful borders. What to do, what to do? Well, as you know - I am totally addicted to circles these days, so I brought the few out that I had, and quickly made some more. I sure felt better afterwards, too!

Another friend on the web recently reminded me of something I used to do. She takes a digital photo, changes it to black and white to check her color values. I thought it would be fun to see what these flip circles look like without all their colors.

They sure look like the crop circles in western Kansas that show so well in aerial views. Oh gosh, my brain just has another idea! How quickly can I shift gears and go play with that? Stay tuned for the results!


Anonymous said...

I love your circles! are you machine piecing them? Or is hand appliqued and then cut in 1/2?
from a pattern?
I would love to try these.
Love fresh corn! and that color yellow against the green leaves ,hmmmm quilt combo for sure !

dot said...

I like what I see. Your crop circles are so cute. What a great idea.

Karen said...

Oh, those dratted crop circles :-). Love your b/w idea. Wish my kitchen table was loaded with that great sweet corn.

Anonymous said...

Sharon, loved your circles. I would sure love to do one like that someday. The corn looks yummy. My, I wish I had all your energy! There's nothing like fresh corn. It would especially a treat in the winter! No time to prepare that tho. I shop too much!!!Sherri

Anonymous said...

Do you can the corn, freeze on the cob, or cut it off cob and bag it? Do you parboil it? We tried it once and it was just awful. Don't know if I want to try again or not!

Circles are great, just great. Didn't I hear somewhere that the pattern wouldn't work with scrappy? Love that you proved that wrong! Smiles and hugs, Wendy

Judy said...

Corn is my most favorite veggie!! Could eat it every day! YUMMY!

The circles look fabulous! the design is very cool and makes the secondary design that you don't see at first!

Sonnja said...


The circles look beautiful, I like it!
Kind regards,

Sonnja from the Netherlands

Nancy said...

LOVE the Circles! You might consider posting a tutorial????

Lynn Dykstra said...

When we do corn, we blanch it on the ear, cool in a water bath in the sink, then cut it off the ear and freeze.
You made me miss the farm.
(I grew up in Iowa)