A Berry Special Gift

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.

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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.

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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.

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I know mom will love her quilt and cherish the memories behind it.

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4 thoughts on “A Berry Special Gift

  1. sandradny says:

    Cindy — this is going to be such a great surprise. Because of freeze (last year) and drought (this year) it’s been two years since mom and I have been able to pick wild strawberries.

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  2. Texas Quilting says:

    I love wild strawberries! I hope the WordPress issue doesn’t happen to me when it’s time to renew; those annual fees are the ones I tend to forget about. I called my credit union before the quilt festival and told them to please figure out how not to deny charges on my debit card for that one day. Nothing worse than having a fun day planned and finding out my card has been denied because they suspect fraud.

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