Canning and Quilting

As a new gardener, I found that laboring in the garden brings forth a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and weeds! 

I am a big tomato lover, however, after eating and sharing tomatoes, my tomato creativity began to wane and I was at a loss of what to do with all my tomatoes. A friend insisted canning and making salsa was a great way to enjoy the garden throughout the year. What? Canning…jars…lids…hot water…I wasn’t sure if canning was the right choice. Do people still can? Isn’t that something that was done before grocery stores sold salsa by the case? Well, I decided to dive into the canning experience, and I am here to tell you that canning is a great way to preserve your harvest! With the help of a patient friend, I was taken step by step through the canning process and created beautiful (and tasty) jars of salsa.

I often have people ask me, “Why should I make a quilt for my bed when I can just go to the store and buy something new?”  This question relates well to the task of canning. Quilting, like canning requires time, instruction, and in the beginning it helps to have a good friend guide you through the process. Sure we can go to the store and purchase salsa or a quilt, but there is something magical that occurs when we partake in something that has been passed down through the generations. If you can teach someone a new skill…teach. If you have the opportunity to learn a new skill, dive in head first…past, present, and future generations will be happy you did!

Mandy C., Editorial Assistant

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6 thoughts on “Canning and Quilting

  1. I’m thinking some nice juicy peaches in the middle of winter would be a hit this year! Recently, I started a Quilts for Charity group in my home consisting mostly of non-quilters and even non-sewers. While we meet once a week there are no time limits placed on the students to get a quilt done. I would prefer they take their time and learn and have fun doing it….no pressure. It’s also a great way to use up some of my stash to make room for some beautiful new fabric patterns coming on the market! We should have our first quilts done soon (baby size), will pray over them and then ship off to Joplin, Mo. to police & firement group. Next set will probably be sent to a local pregnancy center.

  2. There’s such a feeling of satisfaction when you step back and look at those jars, isn’t there? Oh, and hearing the lids pop! You need to try your hand at genealogy next! One thing about canning is it’s a seasonal thing, whereas quilting, reading, x-stitching and genealogy can be enjoyed year round. I do find that I don’t enjoy the extra heat given off by the sewing machine and fabric in the summer, so maybe it’s more of a winter sport for me.

  3. I love quilting and canning and your take on this is so true. Why go buy it when you can make it and your family or friends can enjoy the results of your love in providing either quilts or canned goods. It is wonderful.

  4. I have been sewing so long , I can’t remember “learning” it .. I canned 25 years ago ,,, 5 kids and 4 were growing boys . I canned anything that crossed my path . It is hard work . BUT to get to see all of it sitting on the shelves and knowing how much you saved ,, It is worth it . You go to the store and buy a quilt and you have the same “quilt” as million other people ! You make a quilt and there are no others like it !May come close if someone try’s to copy you . Canning and Quilting gets a big YES from me ; )

  5. Awe, there is nothing more gratifying then hearing those little jar tops ping. Except the purr of the sewing machine in creating something beautiful for the home or gifts for loved ones. The best is giving a jar of something from the kitchen wrapped in a mini quilt from the heart.

  6. I taught all my children to sew, and all my children to can. Of course, our daughter was “pressed into service” as a child, just as I was. But our sons, aged 33 and 34, have taken up canning this year; both hot water bath and pressure canning. Our oldest son is a chef by trade, so he is developing some interesting canning recipes. Our daughter and our oldest son are both quilters, too. I am having quite a time finding the jar rubbers for the old canning jars, though. I did find some at a Mennonite store earlier this year. Hope they aren’t all sold out………….