Beets-At the Farmers’ market this week

I have had a taste for beets ever since I read here that the Hooley family was making pickled beets.  I had my first beet five years ago in a restaurant salad and ever since…I’ve been hooked!  I crave beets sometimes…I don’t know why…they must have something in them that my body needs?

The beet is a lowly root vegetable, but even the ancient Romans recognized them as a health food.  Beets can be pickled, served in a salad, steamed and served with butter.  In Eastern Europe, beets are made into borscht, a cold soup.  Beets are commercially important because of their high sugar content (oh, now I get it–my body needs sugar!?)  They are also known antioxidants and help to lower cholesterol.   With all of that going for them….have you had your beets today?

Sunshine in my Sewing Room

These two quilts were made in 2001 and were modified from a pattern by Valori Wells.  They are made of commercial batiks and a few hand dyes…

If you are interested in making this paper pieced pattern-beware-there are mistakes in the pattern!

Hope you are enjoying sunshine wherever you are on this beautiful Saturday morning!