Saturday, July 6, 2024

New Quilt Pattern: Fresh Strawberries

Summer and fresh-picked strawberries go hand-in-hand. Can't have one without the other, in my opinion : ) We have been taking our children to pick fresh berries for jam and eating for about 21 years. 

To commemorate the years of memories, the Fresh Strawberries quilt pattern is finally ready to share with quilters everywhere. Although way behind schedule, after bouncing around in my head for 2-3 years, it is so good to have it out and "on paper".  

The hardest challenge with Fresh Strawberries was settling on a block setting. At first I was thinking of a star setting block, but in the end simplicity won out with this simple patchwork style block setting. 

Sh! Don't tell the others, but this is my favorite berry of the entire bunch.
That red check has my heart! Just darling!
While the berries are the most tedious piecing I have ever done with a quilt, they turn out so darling and once they are done the blocks finish up rather quickly.

Piecing this quilt revealed to me how imperfect my piecing skills really are (lots of seam ripper with this one). While I shall strive to become a better piecer, imperfections are ok, and I'm not going to let them stop me from enjoying quilting. I will only unpick a seam maybe a couple times before moving on. It's not worth becoming stressed. As one of my sons informed me, strawberries aren't even "perfect". He picked one once with seven butts : )

The color palette of Jelly & Jam by Fig Tree Quilts & Co for Moda Fabrics is just lovely. So summery and cheerful. And the name? Don't you think it is just the right match for the Fresh Strawberries quilt pattern?

The Fresh Strawberries quilt pattern is traditionally pieced. You can work with scraps or charm packs or layer cake or even fat quarters. Very versatile quilt pattern.
You can make a wall hanging/table topper or a runner or both : ) 

It took a while to quilt up in 1/2" straight-line crosshatch quilting, but SO worth it.

Love the quilting! It looks and feels awesome, especially in the border.
And doesn't that green check print make the perfect binding?!

Ask me how many times I checked the bottom of that strawberry container before placing in on this quilt for a quick photo : ) It had to be done!

Another close runner-up for favorite strawberry block.

Happy summer and happy quilting, everyone : ) 
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some fresh berries.

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