March 10 – PICKLE
I LOVE pickles. Not the sour ones. I can do dill and sweet, although I like the dill the best! Today’s Kona Cotton color of the day is Pickle. It’s a yellowy-green that reminds me of all the things I relish about Kona Cotton solids. I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist. I live with a pun-master and my sons and sons-in-law love to make plays on words. It’s rubbed off.
But let’s take a closer look at pickle. It seems almost as if its a dull color. Really, pickle doesn’t need to be the star of the show in quilts. It can quietly sit in the background and let all the other colors shine. See the quilt below as an example. Oh, and the pattern? It’s a traditional block called Pickle Dish based on the double wedding ring. Yeah. Like that.
Some interesting Pickle facts you may not know. The following facts have been gathered from Shanon Cothran of mentalfloss.com.
- In America, dill pickles are twice as popular as the sweet variety.
- The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 pounds of pickles per year.
- Berrien Springs, Michigan, has dubbed itself the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World. In early December, they host a parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister, who tosses out fresh pickles to parade watchers.
- During the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, H. J. Heinz used pick-shaped pins to lure customers to his out of the way booth. By the end of the fair, he’d given out lots of free food, and over 1,000,000 pickle pins.
- When the Philadelphia Eagles thrashed the Dallas Cowboys in sweltering heat in September 2000, many of the players attributed their win to one thing: guzzling down immense quantities of ice-cold pickle juice.
So basically, when you find yourself in a “pickle” as to what fabrics to grab and what pattern to use…. just remember the much loved and sometimes maligned PICKLE.