Late-March Garden

Our garden is still snow covered, but we have green sprouts inside. I took advantage of the 30 degree temperatures and sun yesterday to work on pruning some of our fruit trees. This is where the 1-2 feet of compacted snow on the ground comes in handy, as I can just walk on the snow to do the pruning and it gives me a better angle. I hope to finish pruning the other trees today.

March Garden

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The Start of the Garden

Today my garden helper and I mixed seed-starting mix and water and filled three flats full of cells.  We started peppers, basil, leeks, shallots, lettuce & greens, brussels sprouts, cabbage & broccoli.
mixing dirt
Outside the snow is a deep blanket on the garden, yet spring is on it’s way. For the first time in months we have temperatures above freezing.  When we’re outside to check on the chickens, we hear the drip, drip, drip of the melting snow coming off the roof. When the garden thaws we’ll have some plants to put in!
seed starting

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A First-Birthday Quilt

HST Baby Quilt

This quilt is for the daughter of a friend. I made a quilt for her son when he was born. This little girl was born only a month after our daughter and since it took me almost a year to finish the our baby quilt, I hadn’t made one for her.

A first birthday seemed like a good time to make her a quilt. I had the main fabric from a charm pack I won a few years ago that was waiting for just the right project. I had off-white solid left over from my sister’s quilt.  And thankfully I was able to find some border & backing fabric with a similar enough color scheme.  It measures 39 x 55.

HST Baby Quilt detail

I machine-quilted diagonal lines through the whole quilt. It’s not perfect, but it works. I still prefer hand-quilting but sometimes there aren’t enough hours or weeks.


It’s nice and soft after a trip through the wash.
after the wash
I think she’ll have fun finding all the different pictures in these prints. Hopefully it will be a favorite!

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A Quilt for my Sister

My sister got married at the end of last year.  In the early summer, I asked her and her fiance what colors and styles they’d like in a quilt. We looked through some I’d done before for ideas.  Sarah wanted greens and William wanted deep red, but Sarah didn’t want it to look like a Christmas Quilt.  So we added some oranges and browns to make it more of a fall color scheme.

s-w-quilt I finished the queen sized quilt top in time for the wedding and was able to show it to them.  Then I brought it back home to work on the hand-quilting.  It’s hard to find the hours to quilt right now, but with the cold weather we’re having, it is nice to work on such a heavy warm quilt when I get a chance.

I made the string blocks by sewing together strips of the fabric in large sections and then cutting out the blocks on the diagonal.  I’d then piece some of the left over parts together from one side and the other to make the block.  Somehow I managed to cut out just the right amount of strips of fabric.  I hardly had any left over.


Hopefully I can get it done by their first anniversary.

(P.S.  We took these photos in January before I basted the quilt.  Now the snow piles would get in the way of taking a photo.)

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Recent Projects

A few of the finishes in the last few months.

A Turtle Vest.
Turtle Vest

Flannel Geranium Dresses (and another in pink, and two more as a gift)


Milo VestIMG_2059Leather Shoes (multiple pairs because making them the right size is difficult.  These were cute, but on the small side).


A Christmas Dress (based off the 5 & 10 Volume 1 Dress Patterns)

christmas dress

and a Corduroy Dress based off another variation of the pattern, made first as a test of the sizing.cord dress

A baby quilt for a college friend which turned out to just exactly the colors of her nursery.

baby quilt 1

baby quilt 2

And I finally finished hand quilting and binding the baby quilt for our little girl.  She’s been posing on it for a photo each month and at least it will finally be finished for her photo at one-year old.
IMG_4786 quilt

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