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. 


  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.