Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One of my Christmas gifts was The Old Farmer's Almanac for 2009. I am hoping to turn to it often for advice and wisdom with the garden for the coming year. Yesterday I was flipping through the pages to learn that January 13 is St. Hilary Day - the coldest day of the year. Either that memo was not received where I live or we are in BIG trouble for the rest of the year as our high yesterday was 83 f.
So I went with the 'If you can't beat 'em - join 'em' attitude, slathered on some sun screen and headed out to the garden. I picked the last of the peppers and then pulled up the plants. Looks like I'll have one more round of roasted peppers to add to the freezer.
I did a little digging and soil amending in a couple of beds in preparation for new planting. I was all ready to put in some seeds but a quick referral to the almanac told me I should wait until at least tomorrow when the moon phase will be favorable to a crop of peas. This is going to be fun. Last year I planted everything on a whim and enjoyed great success. I hope that following a plan will yield at least as much success if not more.
After I cleaned the dirt out from underneath my fingernails, I was able to put the finishing touches on the Square Dance top.
Today I hope to layer it and start quilting, a simple cross-hatch through the squares. Since I don't use a lot of traditional spring colors (pastels) in my home, the flower appliques and lighter background are as close to a spring quilt as I'm probably ever going to get. I think I have found my new spring tablecloth.

33 comments:

alda said...

your peppers look very delicious but your quilt top is so yummy!!! I love it!!

Catherine said...

It is so hard to think of someone outside by choice right now -- we're having wind chills of -30C!! I hope your garden this year is as successful as last!
I love that quilt!!

Stina said...

Square Dance... I thought it might be that quilt...but with you...one can never know...righ???.;o)
Love it...were "springish" a la Libby... if you dont tea or coffee dye it it will be very spring for you...lol..

Guðrún said...

Do you use cotton or wool for the flowers? The quilt is gorgeous.

Quilt Hollow said...

Gorgeous applique on your quilt....and I'm envious of your weather! I'm in NC and we are getting ready to be hit very hard with some severe cold weather these next few days. My feet are frozen!

Candace said...

Well I'm very envious of the dirt under your fingernails, Libby! I've been looking at my perennials and roses out front which went very late this year and by the time they were ready to cut back and clean up, we got the huge snowstorm, so I really need to get out and do some cleanup, but it will have to wait until we get a little warmer - above 50 this weekend, I hope!
Your Square Dance is really great - a happy quilt!
Cheers!

Beth said...

I love the little brighter blue squares scattered here and there! Very nice job Libby!

Karen said...

Did you hand applique or machine? You are one fast seamstress!
I think I will have to add that pattern to my list of purchases from Cheri for next time. Your quilt looks mighty good.

Patti said...

Especially love it now that the applique is done - what a perfect blending of piecing and applique. It'll make a great tablecloth.

I've not read the almanac but others around here say it predicts a snow storm at the end of January that makes our pre-Christmas storm look like a picnic. I guess I hope it's wrong for everyone else's sake - I personally would love having that much more snow!

Vicki W said...

What a pretty quilt!

~Bren~ said...

Your Square Dance quilt is beautiful!!
You put up my all time favorite header (in all of blogland) I just love it!!

Carol said...

Oh Libby that quilt is wonderful!!!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I hear it's warm out there. The poem now on my blog explains our weather.

Stephanie D. said...

I like the colors on this one--it just says spring!

I can't believe you are just now pulling up some plants and already looking at putting in some more!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh Libby! I love it!!

Dixie said...

Love your square dance quilt! It makes me smile and we all need this alright! Looking forward to your gardening success. I planted sweet peas last fall in a pot and may have some success also...

Kathy Wagner said...

Enjoy your weather there...
it was MINUS 20 here this morning!
Your new quilt top looks great!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Well it is freezing here. Tomorrow the high is suppose to be below zero. And today wasn't a whole lot better! Your quilt is gorgeous!

Juliann in WA said...

I am so envious. It was supposed to be 48 here today but never got above 40 degrees - brrrrr. Enjoy your garden.

dee said...

belated Happy Birthday Libby. Can't think of a nicer way to celebrate than spending time in a warm garden. Send some of that my way!
I just love the new tablecloth. So sweet.

Sew Unique Creations said...

OOOO - I love the quilt!

Screen Door said...

I just love this...I hope what I about to type comes out as a compliment because that is how it is intended... You have the talent of vision when choosing quilt patterns (I think that is why so many copy your work:)). I'd of never looked twice at that pattern in a store or even an on line catalog. But seeing you put it together and your tablecloth plans leaves me wishing... Great work! Enjoy your completed project!!!

Julia said...

I love it! I don't use or care for pastels all that much either. It looks very springy to me! :~)

LBP said...

Well we are plenty cold here in VA! BRRRRR!!! Send some of that sunshine and warm weather our way!

I love to grow peppers! They come in so many shapes and colors. Feeds the eyes as well as the belly!

Blessings
Linda

McIrish Annie said...

Ohh i wish I was with you! it was 13 degrees this a.m. and won't get any warmer!

Happy belated Bday! sorry i missed your special day. looks like it was a super one!

and way to get a quilt done! came out great!

Judy said...

Yep, I don;t think there's a pattern of Cheri's I don't love. Great job!

Wendy said...

It's done and what a fantastic quilt, I love the touch of brighter blue in the mix.

What! you are gardening, all the plants around here are not ready for spring...too cold.

Perry said...

This quilt top turned out super! From little acorns might oaks grow..lol...

Cara said...

Ooh! Your quilt is awesome! Love your colors and it is so spring-y! Good luck with your worms. You will have a lot of yummy compost for your beautiful garden this year I am sure!

Screen Door said...

Great finish on the quilt. With the northwoods cabin look going on at our house I don't use many pastels either. Jealous of the gardening...Great crops.

Sweet P said...

The quilt is awesome. The peppers look "hot". Enjoy both of them.

Rose Marie said...

Nine patches and applique .... can't get any better than that!!! Love your table topper.

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