Every year, I intend to go out and pick strawberries. Something always comes up to stop me, even if it's the realization that picking berries with all of the kids in tow might be more of a challenge than I'm willing to deal with. A friend called with an offer of cheap strawberries, delivered straight to my door.
Doesn't that sound like a great plan?
While I was rinsing and hulling them for the freezer, I was hit by the idea that they really do look like green and red stars. I made up the pattern for Strawberry Stars in December, when real berries were a vague memory. I thought they looked like stars, but wasn't sure anyone else would agree with me.
Floating in the bowl of rinse water, they absolutely looked like stars! If I'd had real berries to look at when I was designing the quilt, I might've made those center squares green...but I like the way the original quilt came out. It shows off the red prints better.
Over the past couple of days, I've cut up something like fifteen pounds of berries for the freezer, and made seven pints of strawberry jam. I'm just in love with the color red right now, wondering if I've got enough scraps left over from other projects to experiment with a larger version of this block and make a baby quilt.
Of course now that I'm up to my ears in strawberries, I ran out to buy blueberries to make Jo's pie recipe.
You can find the free pattern for Strawberry Stars here on my blog. I'm linking up to Rednesday at Cottage Sweet Cottage, More the Merrier Monday, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, and Monday Funday.