Monday, June 15, 2009

Black, White, and Red ALL OVER

This weekend was so busy. I woke up on Friday morning and decided it was time to make jam. My kids love strawberry jam so off I went to Neufeld Farms to buy 30 pounds of fresh picked berries. One of my girlfriends once told me she thinks strawberries are the most beautiful things in nature. There is something beautiful about the tone of red, with the green stem and crown that is very appealing, and they don't taste bad either. Strawberry red is one of my favorite colours, the other is apple green. I usually have one or both of these colours somewhere in every one of my quilts. Here is a picture of some of my strawberries ready for jam.

I had a very peaceful quiet day, washing, hulling and mixing freezer jam. At the end of the day, 30 containers of freezer jam later and 6 pints of ice cream sauce cooked, I wasn't thinking strawberries were quite as beautiful anymore but I still saved one to eat. See the one on the picture up there that still has the stem and crown, that's the one I saved for myself to eat.

I took a picture of the mess in my kitchen at the end of the day but I decided you probably wouldn't want to see that. My kids helped clean the mess up, so everything's good!

The rest of my weekend was spent working on a clients quilt in, guess which colour, RED. It is a beautifully pieced Vanity Square quilt in red, black, and white using mostly Mark Lipinsky fabric. My client chose Feathers with a Twist for the pantograph design. I'll show you the full version of the quilt later this week when the quilting is done. I thought you might like to see a sneak peak of the quilt, I'm sure liking it.


  1. Ahh, I'm jelous that your strawberries are ripe...mine are just about there but not quite. I ate two yesterday, but they weren't completely red all the way around.

    Love that red, black and white quilt...can't wait to see more!

  2. Yummy strawberries! Lots of work, but everyone will enjoy them all winter.

  3. Well done, my friend! The quilt is lovely, that panto is a great choice for the linear nature of the piecing. I can just smell your delicious strawberries... mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  4. Hi Marianne

    Just saw that you sent me an email through Old Red Barn and came over to check your blog and found this about strawberries!!! Thanks for contacting me. I will send you an email.