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, spread in a field of daisies.
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!
*For more information on the "BigStitch" technique, including videos, Google "big stitch jo glover."