Corduroy Quilt

I finished a lap quilt made from up-cycled corduroy for our friends Sarah & Nathan who were married last weekend. It’s tied because that’s what life and time allows right now.


Sarah loves Jersey cows, so I found a fabric for the back with brown cows. Even better the binding fabric says “moo moo.”

We hope it will keep them warm and cozy in our New England winters.

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I started harvesting my amaranth today. It’s an experimental crop this year. This photo dates to early August.

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First Harvest

Spinach & Kale from the cold frame last week, and a few volunteer garlic shoots. Thank goodness for overwintered greens!

See other harvests at Daphne’s.

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First Blooms

Winter Aconite
winter aconite

This year is the latest date we’ve had for the first blooms. We look forward to many more to come!
First bloom 2013: March 31
First bloom 2012: March 19
First bloom 2011: April 4

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Outside there is over a foot of snow blanketing the garden.

Inside, spring has begun with seeds sown in hope of green things to come. I started seeds today, weeks later than I usually start. I put some sweet potatoes in soil to sprout. I also planted sweet & hot peppers, leeks & shallots, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts & swiss chard.

We also welcomed a new life into our house in early February when we welcomed baby girl A home from the hospital. She won’t be featured here on the blog, but she will be my gardening & crafting companion for many years to come.

The weather is supposed to turn colder again the next few days, but hopefully toward the end of the week the thawing will begin and we’ll see the beginnings of spring outside as well.

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