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, spread in 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."  


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

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

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