Sunday, 1 August 2010

Ice Cream Colours

I'm feeling so pleased to have my bento box quilt finished and bound! This quilt started as a swap here when the ladies at PP exchanged strips of ice cream coloured fabric. Can you spot the flavours? Strawberry, mint, tuti-fruiti, blackcurrant sorbet, chocolate, vanilla, orange . . .

I've backed it with a lovely turquoise batik, so I'm thinking it will make a lovely picnic mat.

My lovely friend Jane has the most glorious garden which yields the most fantastic fruit and vegetables. She invited me to come over and pick some berries. These giant fruits are Jostaberries, a cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant which grow on a tree (with no thorns!!).

And these are red gooseberries (which do have enormous thorns!) but are delicious.

Jane's receipe for these two fruits is to cook equal quantities together in a large pan, puree and sieve out the pips. Add a little sugar and whipped creme freche and you have a wonderful summer pudding.

Hope you're enjoying the weekend!


  1. Yummy quilt and fruit!! Love the summery colors.

  2. What a beautiful quilt! It is stunning!

  3. Such a beautiful quilt! So glad you stopped by for a visit today. I honestly have never heard of a Jostaberry before. That's what I love about blogging, you learn something new all the time! Have a great Sunday!

  4. The quilt is great Ros. Does your friend do mail order for the soft fruit!!!

  5. Beautiful quilt! Those fruits look delishy!

  6. Love your ice cream colors bento box quilt, Rosa! That pattern is such a great way to use lots of different fabrics.

  7. what a great Quilt. I always wanted to try one of those. But the Ice Creame Fabric is awesome for this pattern.


  8. I really love your bento box. I bought a pattern about 4 years ago, but haven't made one yet, yours makes me want to get to mine soon. The colors are so yummy, and so are the pictures of fruit.

  9. Jostaberry? Thats a new one, I thought I knew most fruits!

    Bet they taste lovely and no thorns!!

    I was cutting back a big shrub in my garden yesterday which has really nasty thorns, I feel like ive been punctured all over!!haha

    But we just love gardening:)
    Michelle x

  10. ahh gooseberries.... long time since I tasted those. Just to let you know your parcel in the NeedleCase swap has been mailed, so should be with you sometime next week. Meanwhile.... Happy Quilting.

  11. What a gorgeous yummy idea to swap ice cream colours, the picnic quilt is so much fun. Well done! Hope you get some weather to use it!

  12. After you explained why the quilt's called ice cream, my mouth started watering somehow. Love your quilt. And the berriess look fresh and delicious, too!

  13. Lovely quilts and wonderful fruit pics. I am looking at blogs for inspiration for my new site so thank you for allowing me to visit you.