Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Life is Just a Bowl of...

That's right, I said, "Strawberries", not cherries!
We live in Orange County, where you can't drive more than a mile or two without passing a farm stand selling freshly picked strawberries.
The fields are lush and bursting with bright red berries.

There are advertisements and signs on every corner.

Manassero  Farms has fields all over the county.
I'll often stop at this stand and buy three baskets for $10.
I remember when I was a child  and the cost went up to $1.50 for three baskets,
 my parents thought that was outrageous!
You can buy them by the flat or the half-flat, too.
Don't they look delicious? 
We are so lucky to be able to have fresh strawberries from the middle of January until well into August.
I am so spoiled, I won't eat a strawberry unless I know it has not been refrigerated
and it comes from a local field.
But this is a post about a quilt.
This is Strawberry Fields Picnic Quilt.
 It is made from Moda fabrics designed by Joanna Figueroa.
I think they have a vintage look to them because of the soft, feminine colors.

It is the first quilt I pieced and quilted completely on my new machine.
It went together really fast because it is made with charm squares 
and some yardage for the borders and binding.
It was a breeze to maneuver it through the longer arm of the Bernina 820.
I quilted the large center square section with diagonal lines that intersect
and then quilted wavy lines up and down the sides and across the top and bottom.
I just love how it looks now that it has been washed and has all the puckers and softness 
ready to be snuggled under.
The official first quilt finish of 2012!

For the backing I used a few of the remaining charm squares and a print from Bonnie and Camille's Ruby line. I added one of my custom labels in the row, too.
The colors matched perfectly.
This quilt is a generous lap sized quilt measuring 68 inches square.

And this is the recipient of the quilt, my friend, Mim.

It is a thank you gift for her many years of friendship.
I am in Gig Harbor, Washington,  right now, staying at her lovely home.
We are having a girl's scrapbook retreat, an annual event.
Thanks for stopping by,



Cindy Sharp said...

Beautiful quilt. Lovely looking berries.

Karen said...

The quilt is beautiful. I wish I was there to enjoy the strawberries. We won't have strawberries until June.and only for a couple of weeks.

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

What a lovely quilt and gift x
I worked many summers on our local strawberry farm, but a very short season in comparison to you lucky folks x

Annabella said...

It`s strawberry season here (about $1.50 a box) but it doesn`t last until August! Your quilt does have a vintagey feel to it doesn`t it and it must be great to have done it all so easily on your new machine. Well done Mr. R! And lucky Mim!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that looks fab, so glad the new baby made it so easy to quilt. It'll be a while before strawberry season in Scotland alas... still, by that point I'll be off the strict point of the diet :oD

Jill said...

Lucky you having all those gorgeous fresh strawberries for so many months of the year! I'm very envious!

Your quilt is fabulous - as is all of your work! I've just found you through your interview over at Mommy for Reals. - you have some fabulous fabrics that you've used for your clutch purses!
I'm following your blog now and looking forward to reading more!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Sara said...

We have a stand down the road too that sells fresh strawberries and my whole family eat a ton of them!!!! So delicious.

Your quilt is stunning!!

Cindy said...

Di.....your quilt is great. Hope you are having fun in Gig Harbor and getting lots of scrapbooking done. Also saw your interview today at Danny's blog. Good for you!

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

I'm so jealous of your endless berry supply! Grocery store berries are gross - not to mention the fact that I try not to buy out of season if I can help it. Which makes it hard in Michigan! You're a lucky duck. :)

And your quilt is beautiful as well! Well done - such pretty colors.

Danny Heyen said...

mmm. strawberries.

Leanne said...

The quilt is lovely, great work and a wonderful gift. Enjoy the strawberries, I can just smell them as I sit her thinking of them.

Canadian Abroad said...

How cruel! Fresh strawberry stands when it is below freezing here. The quilt is beautiful though, and I am sure will be much loved by the looks of things.

Susan Snooks said...

I can see that your friend, Mim, really loves her gift! A very pretty quilt! We are lucky enough to get strawberries year round, downunder!

Karen said...

What a lovely first quilt of the year!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

I'm in shock - I can't believe you have strawberries in January!!! Here we might get the first few in May and then by July they are all done - strawberries are very short and sweet in Switzerland!
I LOVE your quilt! It's just gorgeous!!

Ellie-Mae said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the way you quilted it. bravo.

Geri said...

Di, the quilting is beautiful. I bet Mim loved it.