Summon spring with scenes from A Cottage Garden (+ giveaway!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to introduce you to the new book by designer Kathy Cardiff. Why? Because it’s going to be love at first sight!

A Cottage Garden

When this avid gardener and seasoned designer combines her passions, magic sprouts. Using wool as her medium and flowers as her muse, Kathy brings her blossoming backyard garden to life in projects that blend elegant beauty with a touch of primitive charm.

Spring Charm Pillow
Spring Charm Pillow

Projects in A Cottage Garden range from pillows and sewing notions to table toppers and wall quilts, culminating in a stunning nine-block sampler quilt bursting with blooms:

My Cottage Garden quilt
Kathy’s My Cottage Garden Quilt includes anemones, black-eyed Susans, echinaceas, English daisies, forget-me-nots, marigolds, peonies, sweet peas, and zinnias.

Basic embroidery-stitch details will give each flower, leaf, and vine Kathy’s special brand of cottage style.

If you’re ready to cultivate the wonders of wool, Kathy is here to guide you to success! Complete wool-appliqué instructions, breathtaking projects to show off your skills, and pullout patterns are all included.

From A Cottage Garden

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Kathy’s here as a guest writer to share a behind-the-scenes story about the photo shoot for the book. Do we have any green thumbs out there? You are going to love this little tale about A Cottage Garden!

Kathy CardiffHi everyone! I am so excited to be on the Martingale blog today discussing my new book A Cottage Garden.

For those of you who know me through Facebook or Instagram or even a class, you know that one of my biggest passions aside from sewing is gardening. I love to be outside enjoying nature, getting my hands dirty and watching things grow. This book brings together both of my loves in beautiful garden-inspired sewing projects.

For the Bees Framed Picture
For the Bees Framed Picture

When Martingale found out about my love of gardening, they thought photographing my very own garden would be a great way to bring a special sort of personalization to the book. I was thrilled at the idea! My excitement grew and grew as the date approached. I started to eagerly anticipate the first signs of spring.

Pitcher Perfect Wall Hanging
Pitcher Perfect Wall Hanging

Well, we ended up having a record-setting cold and extra-looooong winter here in the Pacific Northwest, and those first crocuses were about six weeks behind schedule. We could only postpone the photo shoot for so long because of the publishing schedule, so my husband and I sprang into action. We replanted bushes that hadn’t survived the harsh cold and planted new color to make up for the late blooms. We visited Home Depot so often that they knew us on a first-name basis! We finished with three truckloads of mulch and prayed there wouldn’t be another freeze.

So while I would love to say my gardens always look perfect, now you know the real story behind all the breathtaking scenery in the new book!

Forget-Me-Not Memory Keeper
Forget-Me-Not Memory Keeper

I hope you enjoyed getting a little behind-the-scenes peek at what went into A Cottage Garden, and that you’ll get even more joy from creating projects for your own home.

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A Cottage GardenWhat a trooper you are, Kathy—when people see inside the book, they’ll appreciate your gorgeous gardens even more.

We have a copy of A Cottage Garden to give away to one lucky winner today! To be entered in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

What flower says “spring is here!” to you?

  • Crocuses: they cheer me up at a time when I most need it.
  • Daffodils: yellow is my signature color.
  • Tulips: what a welcome splash of color!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to stitch your own little welcome for spring, you can order your copy of A Cottage Garden right now at

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Louise, who says:

“I love all the spring flowers and am so ready for spring this year!!!!!!!!!! My love for all flowers, but I do love the iris for they bring back my childhood days in my mother’s gardens and seeing them there. Pansy too with their little smiling faces are another. Love to put flowers in my quilting projects for love to garden as well as needlework too!!!!!!!! Love the projects that are shown in this book.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Louise—congratulations!


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