Thursday, April 10, 2008

It was an exciting day of firsts today. I had a few errands to run which included a quick stop into the grocery store. The big supermarket chain in my area is not a favorite for me, but sometimes it is the only place I can find what I need. Is anyone here surprised that I much prefer shopping in the smaller markets in my area?
So while walking across the parking lot, I steeled myself for uninspiring displays and fake-y customer service when suddenly I was over come with joy. There at the door was a lovely stack of produce flats filled to the brim with the first local strawberries of the year. Oh boy! I couldn't get a cart fast enough. The color! The aroma!
Here is my first purchase - 6 pint baskets in my sink for a little rinse, hulling and slicing up.A few too many to fit in the bowl. A wonderful justification to snitch a few while slicing. These will mostly be eaten on cereal in the morning or with a little yogurt for dessert at night. As the season progresses, I hope to make a trip to the U-Pick field and bring home enough berries for jam and freezing to get us through the months when fresh berries are not available.
Another first. A rose bouquet from the backyard. That yellow rose bush is a sneaky one. I can't quite see it from my kitchen window and when I went out to water, found that it had exploded in blooms. Quickly I went back in the house for scissors, removed the spent blooms and gathered a few to bring inside. My favorite is the other color - whatever it is. I call it 'Big Stick' because the colors remind me of the pineapple-cherry flavored Popsicles .
I finished the little rail fence top earlier this week. It finished at 52". I originally had an idea for a border treatment with applique. When I started auditioning fabrics, it suddenly seemed like a border wasn't necessary. I folded the top and hung it up over a plaid fabric I planned to use as the back. Boy did that look sweet on the edge of the quilt. So - what do you think? A border? A vine-y applique, a plain plaid? I'd love to hear what you think.
Oh yeah - the blueberry bread was a hit. Not all the ladies showed up, so there was plenty to bring home to Hubby for a little snack last evening and with coffee for breakfast this morning. It's a recipe that I will definitely make again and again.

42 comments:

Yvonne said...

Oh my I can almost taste those strawberries and the roses are gorgeous. I knew your bread would be a hit with the girls.
I'm thinking the vine-y applique. :)

Did you use your new camera to take all those wonderful photos?

Nancy said...

My favorite quilts are ones without borders....

I can't wait for the Farmers Market to open in the Midwest....

Dandelion Quilts said...

Woooow! That looks great.

Lissa Jane said...

I'd go with out a border, or maybe just a wedge of a float maybe the width of one of logs ??? then use the plaid as the binding..

those strawberries certainly look yummmy...


Lissa

Marcie said...

I just saw strawberries at Sam's the other day. Maybe I should jump on that too. Hey, ours are from CA too--not so local for us!
I love that quilt and so much variation in the way the blocks read. The middle stripe jumps out in some and not in others. So random looking. Neato!

Julia said...

I like the idea of some sort of applique border and then use the plaid as the binding.
Wow, those strawberries look good. I am going to try that blueberry bread. Maybe tomorrow.

May Britt said...

Ohhhh.....strawberries. We still have a couple of months before we got any. Still a lot of snow here.
I tink you should do some applique around your top.

kjquilts said...

I saw the strawberries in the grocery store yesterday. I might just go back tomorrow and get some!

I vote for a plaid border and a vine-y applique!

Your roses are beautiful. I used to have roses when we lived in Florida. I really need to plant some here in Texas. I just loved the smell when I brought them inside.

Stina said...

Ohhh..strawberries...wonderful...ENJOY!!!
You know Im envy of you...don`t you...;D
And for the quilt...tricky one...more or less...hmmm...beautiful as it is...but why don´t you celebrate the strawberries with some beautiful appliqued strawberries on the quilt...maybe at a corner of the quilt...and some prim writing...and no border at all just binding...just a thougt...;D
Love it anyway...

Karen said...

Strawberries and roses and a new quilt top; what a lush, pretty post! I also say, vine-y applique would look great.

Knot Garden said...

The colours of your roses give me a little lift on a grey day here.
I thought the rail fence looked great as it was, but when you mentioned a vine applique, I thought yes!

Chocolate Cat said...

Oh ! Those strawberries !! Yum !!

alda said...

oh, I would like to be in your kitchen now!!!! All those delicios strawberries!!! hmmmmm!!!
and the Quilt is wonderful..
...and I would make a border, and make applique too! I think , lots of people have different minds and it's not easy to make your own desicion.
So, I'm looking forward to your choice.

Bren said...

Anything you put around that quilt will be wonderful! I love applique, but a plais may be just the thing.
Your strawberry header is wonderful. I can't wait for fresh strawberries! (local of course)

Juliann in WA said...

Well I love a vine applique on just about any quilt - but it would also be lovely with just a plaid binding. How is that for no help?

Darlene said...

I love, love fresh strawberries - they look wonderful whole and sliced.

I'm not surprised your bread was a huge hit.

Personally, I'd leave your rail fence quilt alone - no borders!

If you notice that your rose bushes are missing all their blooms - relax - it was just me visiting in the middle of the night with my scissors. LOL They are beautiful.

Quilt Memories said...

What a beautiful post, I can smell those strawberries from here, and I am in OK. Love the quilt, personally I like it the way it is (no borders)but then I am sure whatever you do will be outstanding!!J

yellowfarmhouse said...

YUMMY - I just love those fresh strawberries. I've been buying them at the store and they really aren't very sweet-but on cereal there OK.

Now I like that quilt just the way it is. I'm sure you will get lots of opinions. Lovely flowers to brighten the inside of your home.

Have a great weekend :)

McIrish Annie said...

I can't wait for local strawberries to arrive but that is at least 8-10 weeks away *sigh*. I vote for a plaid border. and those ladies will be sorry they didn't show up for the blueberry bread!!

paula, the quilter said...

I swear, those strawberries made my mouth water they look so good. With or without a border I think the quilt will be beautiful.

Diane said...

I haven't had anything to eat yet today and between the blueberry braid and strawberries,my mouth won't stop watering!

lil said...

Libby, you just made my mouth watering, I love fresh strawberries, but I have to wait to get the really good ones, to early here
and your rail fence, think a plaid border would be great

Guðrún said...

You are way ahead of our spring/summer here we still have snow. I would put a narrow border.

Wendy said...

Yummo...fresh strawberries are the best. I think the plaid border would really show off the blocks. I love your version of this quilt, great job.

I've got months before I see any blooms on my rose bush but the camellia will be in full bloom any day, I'm keeping my eye on it.

Finn said...

The straswberries do look delish..one of the advantages of living in California I think *VBS* Local berries are a long way off for me *S*
The roses are beautiful, what a nice surprise, and the fence rail looks good. I think it needs containing..as in a simple plaid border...that's my vote! Hugs, Finn

Valerie said...

WOW look at those vivid red strawberries!

I love the idea of viney applique for your quilt, but I think your simple plaid border would look great too! What a dramatic difference in feel between the two ideas - can't wait to see what you go with! :)

Kathy Wagner said...

Yum Yum! These look divine! Enjoy!
For your rail fence border, what about more rail fence blocks on pointe with a dark background? it continues the theme into the border but gives it a bit of a "frame"???

julieQ said...

Those strawberries look fit to eat, as my old grannie would say! Maybe your quilt doesn't need a border, it really stands so well on it's own, if you don't need it bigger!

Valerie said...

Strawberries look wonderful. Your blueberry bread looks great too. I am like you, the simpler, the better. I enjoyed my visit and will be back soon.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Man, those strawberries looked yummy...were they digitally enhanced...mine never look that good!

Cheryl said...

Boy, now I have a hankerin for some strawberries----yummmy! Love your rail fence quilt!

Stephanie said...

Those are beautiful strawberries!
Maybe strawberry bread, too?

Love the color on those roses, too.

As for the little rail fence, well, I'm thinking narrow border, and not sure about the viney bit. I think it may take away from the sweet little fences. Maybe just the plaid?

Marilyn R said...

Mmmmmmmmmm Fresh Strawberries! I love them, but the local ones here aren't ready until June! Until then I buy them in the grocery store and of course many are from CA! The quilt top would look wonderful with an applique flower border, but if you don't want to devote the time to that then the plaid would look great too. Either way, this quilt will be wonderful!

Susie said...

We got some of those strawberries too and they are just delish! Love your roses and I remember Big Sticks from my Popsicle days
Your blueberry bread in the previous post looks yummy. Hope it tasted every bit as good as it looked!
xo

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Beautiful strawberries!
Beautiful quilt!
and Beautiful Roses...

What else can I say?

Our strawberries don't make this early but will be here next month!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The strawberries look lovely - it's good for me to see spring coming to your part of the world, because that means autumn is nearly here. Love your little quilt - I think a plaid binding.

Katie said...

Darn! Now I'm drooling for fresh picked strawberries. :-)

Dawn said...

Oh those strawberries look wonderful! Do I have a dessert for you for them! If only I could come share it with you! How do you feel about a little raw egg? If you don't mind, then I'll send you the recipe! And the roses are gorgeous! And lets not forget the quilt - very cute. I like the quilt the way it is!

Rose Marie said...

Am longing for fresh fruit that is local grown but not for quite a few months yet .... the snow has just melted and it is still very cold at night.
For your top, the plaid border sound yummy; but why not add a bit of applique just in the corners?

Em said...

Oh, those strawberries look lovely! I can't wait until they're ready here - maybe another week and we'll go picking!!!!

Julie said...

We had fresh strawberries on our Cheerios last weekend. I was surprised that they were so sweet & juicy so early in the season. I'm partial to the plain plaid border on your rail fence but I think that's 'cuz I shy away from applique. You would do a fabbo job. Me...not so much. Haven't baked the bread yet. Too busy sewing. Maybe today.

Carole said...

WOW! Do you live on another planet or something? LOL My daffodils are barely coming up never mind strawberries and roses! lol Lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing!