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 summertime pleasures I missed out on. What’s summer, 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, or home-grown tomatoes?

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

Summertime Preserves
  • Cut ripe strawberry reds and lemon yellows into bitesize squares.
  • Add equal parts garden-fresh gingham and crisp calico. 
  • Sweeten with a pinch of polka dots.
  • Embroider to taste.
  • Toss and sew. Let the juices flow!
  • Enjoy!

My friend Ruth quilted it with tiny stitches in sunny yellow perle cotton. I love the way they catch the light!

There's crosshatching through the 2" squares...

and cables in the daisy print border.

Look, more strawberry goodness on the back!

I'm so pleased with the way this turned out. It's the essence of summer in one little quilt! 

Strawberry Preserves
15"x 17"

*Read the original post here.


  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.