Monday, September 2, 2019

Quintessential Summer


Summer is turning to fall overnight, but I'm far from ready for the change of seasons. There are just too many quintessential summer pleasures I missed out on. I never felt the sun on my skin or the tickle of grass on my toes. I didn't get to quench a parching thirst with glass after icy glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, or eat my fill of watermelon, sweet corn, and home-grown tomatoes! 

I wish I could preserve the essence of summer to savor year-round. That's what I tried to do with this little quilt. You may remember it from here.


The recipe is simple: 
-Cut strawberry reds and sunshine yellows into 2 1/2" squares. 
-Add equal parts garden fresh ginghams and calicoes. 
-Sprinkle with polka dots and a dash of embroidery. 
-Toss and sew.
-Border with picnic plaid and a field of daisies.
-Keeps well!

My friend, Ruth, did me the honor of seeing the project to completion. She used "BigStitch" quilting, with #8 perle cotton in a buttery yellow color. I love how her stitches catch the light!


She also stitched a cable design in the daisy print border.


What else would there be on the back but more strawberries!



All in all, it's a yummy little quilt that will always feel like summer to me. Do you preserve the essence of summer somehow? I'd love to hear about it!

Strawberry Patch
15"x 17"

*For more information on the "BigStitch" technique, including videos, Google "big stitch jo glover."  

4 comments:

  1. I love that recipe and feel lucky to have one of the four quilts.
    xo

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  2. Terrific recipe for capturing the essence of summertime. I really need to make more little quilts instead of always making lap size versions.

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  3. That quilt is so sweet! And perfectly captures the essence of summer...which seems to be slowly slipping from our grasp.

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