I love diggin’ in the dirt this time of year. My morning walk has me counting the hostas that have raised their heads above the soil line, inspecting the buds on young trees, and even pulling a few weeds here and there. Dirt therapy has always been a good thing, but at our house we seem to be more immersed in the pleasure than some years. Perhaps because we were traveling last spring and didn’t get to enjoy newly emerging growth in our yard we are appreciating it more now. And the dogwoods and azaleas have never been prettier.
Primitive Garden is not the first time rakes have appeared on one of my quilts. This little wall piece pictured above (Off to the Garden, 22″ x 21″) is one I quickly assembled when I bought my Bernina. I was anxious to drop the feed dogs and quilt, so the appliqué is fused. You won’t read that often here, as I prefer needle turn appliqué. But on this occasion, fuse I did. I added a cotton ball for the tail and danced with my sewing machine. This wall hanging helps us welcome spring every year.