Monday, September 2, 2019

Summertime Preserves


Summer has turned to fall overnight, but I'm not quite ready for the change of seasons. There are too many quintessential summer pleasures I missed out on! What’s summertime, after all, if you haven’t felt the sun on your face, quenched a thirst with ice-cold lemonade, or eaten your fill of watermelon, sweet corn, and home-grown tomatoes?


I tried to preserve a bit of summer in this little quilt. Here's my recipe:

Summertime Preserves
  • Cut strawberry reds and lemon yellows into bitesize squares.
  • Add equal parts garden-fresh gingham and calico. 
  • Add a pinch of polka dots.
  • Embroider to taste.
  • Toss and sew.
  • Macerate (Mine steeped in its juices for a good 10 years).
  • Border with picnic plaid and a field of daisies.
  • Quilt in sunny stitches.
  • Enjoy!




















My friend, Ruth, finished the project with "BigStitch" quilting. She crosshatched through the squares and did a cable design in the daisy print border. I love how her sunny yellow stitches catch the light!



There's more strawberry goodness on the back!


I'm so pleased with the way this turned out. Now, I can enjoy the essence of summer whenever I want! 

Strawberry Preserves
15"x 17"

*Read the original post here.
*Google "Big stitch Jo Glover" for details and "how-to" videos. 

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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