Photo by Karlyn Sieg
It’s late spring and time to start thinking about picking berries in North Carolina. Strawberries will soon be followed by blueberries and raspberries. Yummy! There are several pick-your-own produce farms in my area that are now advertising ripe strawberries. The thought of fresh berries and vanilla ice cream or strawberry jam on buttered toast is almost enough to entice me out of the sewing room and into a berry patch.
Photo by Karlyn Sieg – who actually picked the strawberries!
The August/September 2013 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter published my “Berry Patch” quilt. This is a Layer, Cut, Swap and Sew quilt made from a Layer Cake, 40 10″ squares all from one fabric line. My quilt is made the “Shelburne Falls” collection designed by Denyse Schmidt.
My friend, Cindy, saw the magazine article and purchased a Layer Cake. She recently completed her “Berry Patch” and sent it to me for machine quilting. Isn’t it lovely?
Cindy selected Jan Patek’s “Crossroads” line of fabric from Moda. From the striped circular vine and wine berries to the scrappy “Buckeye Beauty” patchwork to the elegant Jacobean style border print, the quilt is simply stunning!
I quilted a stylized leaf overall in wine thread except for some custom work in the central applique square.
It’s a wonderful quilt, Cindy, so warm and inviting! I know you will enjoy decorating with it and snuggling under it.
What are your berry picking plans this spring? Do you have a favorite berry pie or cobbler recipe to share?