Mom loves to pick berries–especially wild strawberries! Ever had one? If not, it is a delicacy to behold!
These teeny, tiny little berries are packed with unrivaled flavor and sweetness.
Every Christmas, we each get a small jar of wild strawberry jam. It is such a treat! Wild strawberry jam is great on toast, let’s say mid-January when the snow is blowing and we get to stay inside all day. My husband likes it as a sauce over vanilla ice cream. This small jar doesn’t go very far and needless to say, it takes a whole lot of tiny berries to make even a small batch of jam!
Growing up on the farm, we always picked wild strawberries mid-June, right before the hay was ready to cut. When my son and my nephew were young, mom always took them on a wild strawberry picking bonanza, they loved this time with Gramma! In my quilt shop travels, I saw the Strawberry Fields fabric collection by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. and I decided that Gramma would be getting a quilt for Christmas from her grandsons.
The fabrics are so feminine and pretty with images of strawberry blossoms, tiny strawberries, leaves and spring flowers. I decided on a pattern called “Nest and Feathers” from Janie Lou’s book entitled Precut Quilts. It’s an easy pattern that uses fat quarters cut into 6 inch x 6 inch squares. The squares are sewn together in random order, re-cut and then sewn together to make larger blocks. The solid brown sashing helps to showcase these bright, fresh prints.
My quilter, Ms. KB, quilted a sweet leaf and vine pattern for me. You can see some of the quilting on the front and the back. I just finished adding the label and the binding this morning.
I know mom will love her quilt and cherish the memories behind it.