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 ShopMartingale.com.

Comments are closed for this post.

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!


476 Comments

  • Daffodil because in my yard I have a very early variety that starts to pop out of the ground at the end of January or early February – when that happens I know spring is just around the corner

    Karen on February 14, 2018
  • Love this!
    Been wanting to try will appliqué for awhile.

    —Pam on February 14, 2018
  • crocuses, and they are already here, lol!

    Martina on February 14, 2018
  • When the daffodils bloom, I know that winter is really over.

    —DebrafromMD on February 14, 2018
  • All spring flowers are welcome as it means winter is over. Even the first few dandelions catch my eye.

    —Judy Anderson on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils! They remind me of Spring!

    —Erin Earl on February 14, 2018
  • I love yellow crocus! There is a book called Yellow Crocus that is also very
    good! But I love flowers of all kinds.

    —Nancy Gerdes on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils

    —Lin on February 14, 2018
  • CROCUSES ARE THE FIRST FLOWER OF SPRING, LOVE THE PURPLE AND YELLOWS.

    —Mindy Wolfe on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips because there are so many shapes and colors and make me happy with all the colors that make me think of spring and that summer is on the way. Love the flowers in the book

    —Barbara lotthammer on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils!

    —Sharon on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils: yellow is my signature color.

    —Kaye Walker on February 14, 2018
  • Lilacs!! They are beautiful and their smell is simply breathtaking.

    —Mary B on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus bloom in January here sometimes, so they herald the end of our Brown winter to me and gladden my heart.

    —Betty nelson on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips! We used all different colors at our wedding reception and they always make me smile! What a beautiful book and amazing garden!

    —Alice on February 14, 2018
  • Spring Beauties, a beautiful wildflower announces spring every year.

    —Carol Garner on February 14, 2018
  • I grew up in Saskatchewan. Every spring we would drive out to the lake a look for the first crocus. Best memories!

    —Nyla-Jean on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are my favorite spring flower. I have lovely memories of my father’s garden with all the tulip colors of the rainbow. Beautiful!

    —Stephanie L. on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses are my early spring favorite.

    —Carol W on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips!

    —Rachel on February 14, 2018
  • I always loved it when the crocuses would peek through the snow in NH. Now I’m living in the south and the daffodils are blooming.

    —Diana DeWitt on February 14, 2018
  • I love when the daffodils appear. So cheery and uplifting.

    —Cyndi on February 14, 2018
  • My childhood memory is of colorful tulips. Still love them.

    —Barbara D on February 14, 2018
  • Flowers make me smile, especially after winter.

    —Angelia Ulrich on February 14, 2018
  • Fields of daffodils are so pretty.

    —kathy on February 14, 2018
  • For me, it’s the crocuses hands-down. Around here they are almost the first to pop up in between the remaining patches of snow, usually in late March!

    —Kathryn in Ontario on February 14, 2018
  • Love all the spring flowers.

    —Debbie on February 14, 2018
  • With the winter we are having, just looking at these pictures raised my spirits! Love to hand work so the quilt will be on my list.

    —ADKKATE on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are the ones in the back yard that signal spring to me! We have a variety of colors that come out and brighten everything.

    —Mary Gonzales on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips usually come up first!!

    —Sunnie on February 14, 2018
  • Snowdrops are my herald of spring. They’re not flashy, but the color white reminds me of the snow that’s on it’s way out until next winter, and the green reminds me that spring is opening it’s eyes.

    —Pamela Neal on February 14, 2018
  • Oh…tulips! I am from upstate NY and always had a spring bulb garden and just love tulips. I now live in the desert and find them to use only as an inside decoration…never outside. Just love flowers and thank you for the chance to win!

    —Patti Levine on February 14, 2018
  • When the Dogwood trees bloom the world looks magical.

    —Katie Falch on February 14, 2018
  • i love spring time!
    All the beautiful flowers and greenery.

    —Patricia Williams on February 14, 2018
  • What could be better than combining one’s love of gardens with beautiful hand work? Here’s to spring!

    —sharon butera on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils! They return year after year here in the valley. But it is the spring greens of new growth that really signals spring to me. Then so many blooms arrive seemingly at once. Hoping and praying for water to sustain them. The drought in California is scary to all here.

    —Cathy Cavagnaro on February 14, 2018
  • I love the happy faces of the daffodils.

    —Sue on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils !!!!!

    —Lanetta Oxford on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses! they appear even in the Montana snow!

    Nancy Jo on February 14, 2018
  • I 💘 all the spring flowers, but tulips are the most colorful.

    —Judy Thompson on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils because I know spring is around the corner and it will be time for gardening soon.

    —Barb S on February 14, 2018
  • When you think spring will never come – up pop the daffodils to bring sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

    —Cheryl on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips, because nothing says spring like a splash of color.

    —Tammy on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils…the bloom that the deer do not eat. Hence, it is the one I get to enjoy for about three weeks.

    —Marlene on February 14, 2018
  • Love them all; however, crocuses are the optimists in the garden as they are generally the first to peak out!

    —Marilyn Fite on February 14, 2018
  • I live in a cold climate and crocuses are usually the first up in the spring. So they get my vote because it’s a celebration that says, "hey, we made it!!!"

    Susan Mulvihill on February 14, 2018
  • Spring flowers remind me that summer is coming real soon but I love tulips and the array of color they come in now

    —Barb Dwyer on February 14, 2018
  • Love the first little crocuses!

    —Sharon Morton on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips….I love them! I even pot some up and put them in my garage to have earlier than the outdoor ones. What wonderful patterns in this book….I would love to make some of them.

    —Judi Rizzo on February 14, 2018
  • I love the flowers that show up on their own–the weeds that are pretty even if everyone fusses about them–clover, dandelions, buttercups, henbit–when those show up I know winter is over.

    —Kerri on February 14, 2018
  • My favorite spring flower would be daffodils. This book looks as lovely as daffodils in springtime.

    —Judy on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses are the first flowers in my yard and say "spring is here" to me!

    —Linda B on February 14, 2018
  • All of them – I love all the colors of spring flowers!!

    —Sandy Ralston on February 14, 2018
  • I love seeing the early iris open their faces to the sun!

    —Eileen on February 14, 2018
  • There is such joy when the lime green tips of the primrose appear knowing they soon will be joined by their flowers of bright banded colors!

    —Barbara on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils, although where I live, they are a late winter flower,the early ones start to bloom the end of January, beginning of February. The patterns look like fun.

    —Tamara Isaacs-Smith on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils. They are rays of sunshine on the rainy days of spring

    —Freda on February 14, 2018
  • My Favorite Spring flower is the daffodil. I anxiously wait and watch as they bravely poke their heads through the the ground into the often nippy and sometimes snowy air. Yet, they continue to march forward until they open into that bright yellow flower which proudly proclaims that Spring has arrived.

    —Roxann on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are already popping up in my daughters yard. They were already planted there when she bought the home three years ago. This year they have a special meaning for our family. My young daughter was diagnosed on December 7, 2017 with IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer), Seeing this new growth and the promise of spring reminds us that a God is in control and we place our hope and trust in Him for he created each and every beautiful bud that rises from the earth.

    —Cindy Waugh on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my spring icon flower, but dandelions and storksbill are popping up already around my western mountain home.

    —Terry on February 14, 2018
  • My favorite are tulips, nothing says spring like the bright pretty colors!

    —Debbie Clayton on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite; my house exterior is yellow & white.

    —Marty on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus – they’re first and so very welcome.

    —Mona on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils let me know Spring is here! Brightly colored like the sun they warm my heart.

    Eileen on February 14, 2018
  • While I love all flowers, tulips are definitely my favorites. Although you can’t tell it by my married name, I am part Dutch & grew up in a part of Michigan that has lots of tulip farms so I fell in love with them when I was a little bitty girl.

    —Janet Espeleta on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils say spring to me. This book has some gorgeous projects.

    —Kathy h on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips say spring to me. I get so excited when they start popping through the soil.

    —Melissa Storms on February 14, 2018
  • Forsythia in bloom always signals spring for me.

    —Jo Schlanker on February 14, 2018
  • My favorite Spring folwers are The Tulips: what a welcome splash of color!

    —Rommy on February 14, 2018
  • • Crocuses: they cheer me up at a time when I most need it.

    —Barbara Anderson on February 14, 2018
  • The crocus definitely announces spring is coming but TULIPS announce SPRING IS HERE especially with the PNW Tulip Festival near Mt Vernon/LaConner area fields of splendid beauty. This book looks so amazing and full of beautiful creativity!

    —Betty paschal on February 14, 2018
  • I love yellow, it reminds me of Spring and sunshine after a long winter. Daffodils for sure!

    —Cynthia Fedak on February 14, 2018
  • I love any and all flowers as they begin to wake up and come out of their winter sleep!

    —Beth Freeman on February 14, 2018
  • I always look forward to the sight of daffodils in my garden—and everywhere!

    —Nell on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils: yellow is my signature color. But honestly all the answers apply.

    —Marti Morgan on February 14, 2018
  • Surprisingly, my answer would be "none of the above". The first flower to bloom in my perennial garden in central British Columbia is the Iceland Poppy. Yellows and oranges and soft green leaves – they come back year after year and bloom all summer if I can keep up with dead-heading. I love the looks of this book.

    —Carol Johnson on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus, daffodils, and tulips in that order – I love them all!

    Gail on February 14, 2018
  • here in the south the azaleas are are one of the early spring flowers.

    —carolyn montgomery on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips. I love the different colors and varieties. I love to applique them as well so I can enjoy them, even in the winter.

    —Joanne O'Neal on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips! I love tulips. When they start popping up I know spring is here.

    —Karen mulkey on February 14, 2018
  • I love it when Spring is right around the corner and you can always tell when the redbud trees start blooming. Color after a dreary winter brightens the day. I love Kathy’s designs from the garden…looking forward to exploring her book.

    —Kathy Wray on February 14, 2018
  • So sweet!! I love the English daisies, but in truth I love every flower in the book.

    —Margie on February 14, 2018
  • Love daffodils! The vibrant yellow is always cheerful after a dull winter and a sure sign spring is coming!

    —Nancy on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils say to me “It’s Spring!!”. I just saw one in a neighbors yard yesterday when I was out for my walk. Spring must be just around the corner!

    —Jackie on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips! A memory from my childhood in the Midwest. They were always the first to pop up!

    —Mary Kastner on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite early spring flower. It usually means warmer weather is just around the corner!

    —Jeanette on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus when I lived in Ohio. Here in the desert it is when the succulents and cactus put forth their blooms.There are a few trees flowering here already.

    —Rita Long on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus always brings Spring for me. I would love to win the book.I love Kathy’s designs.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses-they are a strong childhood memory of my g-ma and her magical flowers that just ‘appeared ‘ in the spring!

    —Diana on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils scream spring to me. Love to try a few in wool.

    —Linda B on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips say spring to me! I have an uncle that plants hundred of bulbs… just beautiful in the spring!

    —Vicky on February 14, 2018
  • I like my daffodils!!

    —Sharon on February 14, 2018
  • When I see Snowdrops blooming, no matter what the groundhog says, Spring is on the way.

    —Sue Poe on February 14, 2018
  • Love the tulips.

    —Tammy on February 14, 2018
  • I love to see the daffodils blooming in my yard. They tell me that spring is just around the corner.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils, they remind me of my childhood. I also like dogwood trees when they are blooming.

    —Jeri Sorensen on February 14, 2018
  • I love all the spring flowers and am so ready for spring this year!!!!!!!!!! my love for all flowers,but 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.

    —Louise on February 14, 2018
  • I love all flowers! So intricate. Truly Mother Nature’s art. Would love to own this book…so beautiful.

    barb h on February 14, 2018
  • That first crocus always brightens my day!

    —Cathy on February 14, 2018
  • The beautiful yellow daffodils popping up after a long Winter always tells me that Sring is here.

    —Marilyn Robertson on February 14, 2018
  • Love those flowers but up here I usually see dandelions first on patches where the snow has gone!

    —Gloria on February 14, 2018
  • LILACS! Our yard is filled with them… when they bloom in the spring the scent is amazing!

    Gina K on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips! Tulips! Tulips! Oh how I wish they could last through the summer. I have just started doing wool applique. I love this book!

    —Janey on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils!

    —Sandy Trachsel on February 14, 2018
  • I love all spring flowers.

    —Cindy on February 14, 2018
  • Love the daffodils, until the critters come. Beautiful book.

    Thanks

    —Marilyn on February 14, 2018
  • When I look into a wooded area and see the dogwood trees in bloom, I know spring has finally arrived.

    —Roberta Johnson on February 14, 2018
  • I love seeing the crocuses coming up. They give me a sense of starting anew and being able to work outside in the gardens again.

    —Judy Magner on February 14, 2018
  • We have tiny purple crocuses that naturalize over a larger and larger area each spring. Always fun to see just where they’ll poke up next…in between the flagstones, amongst the garden beds and even in the ravine.

    —Liz F on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my choice for favorite spring flowers – when they finally bloom, spring is really here!

    —Mary Ann Haak on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus! so brave coming up through the snow. And I look for freesia in the stores, rarer than the other spring bulbs, but so fragrant.

    Love her wool applique and embroidery.

    —Sharon Schipper on February 14, 2018
  • My favorite has to be a lilac bush. They are only in bloom for a short, but fragrant, time. they bring back wonderful childhood memories of visiting my Auntie and playing in her lilac filled yard.

    —Mary Jensen on February 14, 2018
  • It would be daffodils–they hold such promise.

    —susan on February 14, 2018
  • It’s daffodils for me.

    —Cassy L. on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils. They will be the first to bloom in my yard. They are behind schedule as we have had an exceptionally cold winter here in SW North Carolina. This book is on my wish list as I too love to garden and started doing wool applique about 6 months ago.

    —Liz Dyer on February 14, 2018
  • Sweet Peas mean spring for me. I love their delicate smell and often cut a bunch to put on the bathroom counter.
    Small flowers that bring big joy.

    Judy Swytak on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils

    —Barbara on February 14, 2018
  • Nothing says "spring is around the corner" like the burst of color from the various bulbs. I love seeing tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. It lifts my spirits.

    —Paula Neuer on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils! I love when I see them poking their buds out of the ground.

    —SUE GOODIN on February 14, 2018
  • What a lovely way to bring spring on! Here on the coast of Maine winter is too long this year and when we get a breath of spring 40 degrees its like receiving a bunch of flowers. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this delightful book.

    —Diane Baldwin on February 14, 2018
  • For me crocuses herald Spring with their vibrant colours. Later in Spring, the wild crocuses appear, when it’s warmer.

    —Pat on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus and Daffodils are usually the first to show color.Today they are blooming in an inch of snow which is unusual for this time of year in SW Washington.

    —Kathleen McQuiggin on February 14, 2018
  • I love them all but the tulips really fill up the spring show!

    —Jane Prestidge on February 14, 2018
  • All three make me think spring is here, their all so gorgeous after the winter months it’s difficult to pick just one.

    —Wendy on February 14, 2018
  • My favourite flowers are crocuses as they were always in bloom for my birthday in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. They were the first flowers to brave the spring weather, sometimes poking their little faces out through the snow. The purple fuzzy petals were such a welcome sight after a long winter of cold grey weather.

    —Susan Burney on February 14, 2018
  • Although daffodils are not the first flowers to bloom in the spring, they more than any other flower say Spring to me. They are just so bright & cheerful!

    —Carol Gearey on February 14, 2018
  • Hyacinths are the flowers that say Spring is Here to me because of their color and especially their strong, sweet, spring is here fragrance.

    —Barbara Barnett on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips — especially the purple ones!

    —Susan on February 14, 2018
  • Would have to be daffodils!! I have enough of them!

    —Jody on February 14, 2018
  • Love all tulips, but white is my favorite. This book is a MUST!!!

    —Jeannette on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips always say "Spring is here" because they are so colorful.

    —Karen Johnston on February 14, 2018
  • TULIPS are my favorite spring flower. Planned over 100 bulbs one year and when they bloomed it was a gorgeous sight. It doesn’t matter what color they are, I love them all. Can’t wait for spring to arrive.

    —LeahK on February 14, 2018
  • I have wanted to do wool applique for a long time and this book would be a perfect place to learn how. I love all the flowers and would love to win this book. Thanks

    Julia Wright on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses tell me spring is coming but my first love is tulips.

    —Billie on February 14, 2018
  • The little purple crocuses just lift my spirits in the spring!

    —Lori S. on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are so bright and welcoming in the spring. Love them, especially in quantity.

    —Rose on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses! I love to see them poking through the snow. I’m not much good at growing things, so things that come back on their own are perfect for me!

    —Lisa Marie on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are soo pretty. I love the splash of color.

    —Kay Menefee on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my first hint that spring is on the way!

    —Deborah K on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite spring flower, but crocuses are a close second.

    —Suzanne on February 14, 2018
  • Those sunny daffodils.

    —Dixie on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils: yellow is my signature color… it looks like a smile in sun;…

    —Cristina M T Scarfon on February 14, 2018
  • I love Tulips..they are a welcome splash of Spring color!!! A wonderful book!

    —Lin H on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils

    —AS on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are a sure sign of Spring here in northwest Iowa!

    —Deanna Akeson on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils remind the most of Spring, but tulips in all their colors are a close second. Love Kathy’s new book!

    —Bette on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils for sure!!! Not so much because they are yellow but because they last so long. I love all the variations in the petal and inner colors! My favorite flower!

    —Janice on February 14, 2018
  • Wild violets are my favorite flower! The blue/purple and yellow center are so happy! I have a patch in my yard that I won’t let my husband mow until all the blooms are gone.

    —Gretchen on February 14, 2018
  • Tulipanes: ¡qué agradable bienvenida de color! El libro "A cottage garden" es tan bonito como un jardín en plena floración. Mi jardín que tiene muchas flores no iguala a las magníficas flores de lana. Me encanta. Saludos.

    Translation: Tulips: what a nice welcome of color! The book "A cottage garden" is as beautiful as a garden in full bloom. My garden that has many flowers does not equal the magnificent wool flowers. I love. Greetings.

    —Margarita on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils and their sunshiny yellow color. This book has the perfect patterns to make while we are waiting for spring!

    —Susan Griffith on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils! My hubby always buys daffies for me for Mother’s Day from the kids! Love them!

    —Katie Shanahan-Jones on February 14, 2018
  • daffodils for sure then the tulips. They are a welcome sight after a long winter.

    —Natalie on February 14, 2018
  • Spring is here when the tulips bloom. Thanks for sharing The Cottage Garden. Wonderful projects.

    —Audrey on February 14, 2018
  • My crocuse are up so I have patches of color here and there, but the daffodils are just about the show their beautiful yellow on both sides of my house. So pretty.

    —Vickie Keith on February 14, 2018
  • The first crocus to appear says spring is really on its way.

    —Jane Hallingstad on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are so cheerful.

    —Andrea on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips

    —Judith Martinez on February 14, 2018
  • I like the forget-me-nots, it is our State flower and the notebook would make a great gift for visitors to take home their memories in.

    —Louise on February 14, 2018
  • TULIPS!! I live in an area of the Paific Northwest where the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is famous worldwide. Fields of tulips in every color – row after row after row! People arrive by boat, bus, train, foot – any way they can to view them! I love the book. It is an inspiration for quilt as well as flower bed! Can’t wait to try several of the designs!

    —Marta on February 14, 2018
  • I have a stash of wool fabric and scraps. Some of my fabric is from skirts and suits I made in 4-H. I know u have some wonderful ideas in your book.

    —Marty Webster on February 14, 2018
  • I love the color purple, so grape hyacinths are one of my spring favorites.

    —Madeline on February 14, 2018
  • Lilacs tell me it is spring!!

    —Karen on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite sign that spring g is here. Love this book

    —Beth Caldwell on February 14, 2018
  • all of them, but daffodils in particular

    —Sandi Kelly on February 14, 2018
  • I love all the spring flowers. The crocus, daffodil and the tulip for sure. I agree with the lady who said she even welcomes dandelions.

    —Barb W on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips for sure. Once they come up I know Spring has arrived!:o)

    —Cheryl on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips love parrot tulips! Love flowers they make me happy in all their colors.

    —Connie on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodil’s are a sure sign of spring for me. Ours are just peeping their heads up out of the earth but I was down in North Carolina this past weekend (it was extra warm) and I saw a gorgeous patch outside of a church yard. It was inspiring and so are the photos of the projects from " A Cottage Garden"!

    —Elizabeth Snead on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses blooming through a spring snow brings hope for spring arriving soon.

    —Diane P. on February 14, 2018
  • Love lilacs!

    —Kalen on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus – the first flower in the spring, sometimes when the snow is still on the ground!

    —Cynthia Brown on February 14, 2018
  • They all say spring to me, but the crocus is the first blossom to peek through the snow, telling me spring is on the way!

    —Sally Atkinson on February 14, 2018
  • I love flowers and stitched ones even more so. I would love to stitch the projects in this book!

    —Laura Bosma on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips and daffodils are my favorites.

    —Sherry on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips – love to see them

    —Kathy Luehrs on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils always say spring to me. The lady who owned our home before us had planted hundreds of daffodils. So many varieties. I love them and look forward to them every year.

    —Rilla Burnham on February 14, 2018
  • daffodils, definately. they are always so lovely and perky and wake me up!!!

    —Cheryl on February 14, 2018
  • I love the Crocus! I only have one but that little beauty comes up through the stubborn snow every spring and always brings a smile to my face.

    —Janelle N. on February 14, 2018
  • Love daffodils, they are such a beautiful reminder of all the beautiful flowers yet to bloom this season!

    —Susan Houseknecht on February 14, 2018
  • Love, love, love tulips! They are so elegant. Even here in Texas we are having a cold winter, so am looking forward to those spring flowers!

    —Paula Saunders on February 14, 2018
  • crocus, because they give you hope, when they push their way up thru the snow.

    —Joanne on February 14, 2018
  • Winter Daphne! The most divine fragrance and ahead of the daffodils in my yard. The hummingbirds love it. Often appears when there is still snow and ice in the forecast. The scent of hope!

    —Tracy Hickey on February 14, 2018
  • The crocus peeking through the snow are a promise that spring is just around the corner. But the vibrantly colored tulip says spring is truly here!

    —Barbara Colvin on February 14, 2018
  • I love seeing the tulips and daffodils sneaking up through the dry hard ground, and the pop of color when they bloom is so refreshing.

    —Shantel Schow on February 14, 2018
  • Love all the flowers, but crocus peak their little faces out so beautifully. And I saw robins yesterday, my first hint of spring.

    —Judy Purcell on February 14, 2018
  • Saw some beautiful violets today with the sun shinining on them.Perfect.

    —Lynn Fogwill on February 14, 2018
  • I love all the spring flowers.
    Such a welcome sight after winter.

    Joyce on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips: What a wonderful splash of color–then if the wind would stay calm about the time the blossoms open up.

    —B J Kinney on February 14, 2018
  • Flowers make me smile, especially after winter.

    —Maria Emilia on February 14, 2018
  • Definitely tulips! They’re so bright and pretty!

    —Karen N on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils. I thought they were always yellow, but now they come in different colors.

    I love this book. There are so many wool projects.

    —Judy Maggio on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses are my favorites❤️

    —Helle S on February 14, 2018
  • I love amy and all spring flowers, but tulips are my favorites, especially the pink ones 🌷🌷🌷

    —Renee Welton on February 14, 2018
  • I love crocus and daffodils. The deer love my tulips, so I don’t plant them!

    —Janet G on February 14, 2018
  • Freesias come first in my yard, followed by daffodils. Kathy’s projects would be a wonderful way to pass the rest of the winter.

    —Sandy May on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are my favorite Spring flower! I love all the beautiful colors that are available. I am excited just thinking perhaps Spring isn’t too far away.

    —Nancy Bui on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips, I love tulips!!!

    —Janice Kohnke on February 14, 2018
  • I love gardening too. You projects in the new book are awesome.
    I love daffodils – here northeast of Dallas they usually bloom by Valentine’s Day. We’ve had some really cold weather lately and no blooms yet. I just today pulled back some dead leaves and saw the green shoots a few inches tall. Can’t wait for that beautiful splash of color to come soon!

    —Ruth Hurst on February 14, 2018
  • It’s daffodils!!!!They are a hardy bunch mine are already trying to come up I just keep shoveling snow on top of them.

    —Barb Jenson on February 14, 2018
  • Snowdrops because they are always the very first blooms to herald a new year in the garden.

    —Gale W. S. on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils!! When they start poking through the ground you know that spring and warmer weather can’t be far off!!

    —Donna on February 14, 2018
  • Can’t grow any of those three where I live in Qld but I do love the freesias which pop up, especially their perfume.

    —Trish P. on February 14, 2018
  • I love flowers all flowers! but Daffodils really sing spring to me, they are usually the first flowers that caught my attention. love "the Cottage Garden" would love to win,

    —Debra Ingle on February 14, 2018
  • I love tulips. The pops of vibant color bring me out of that winter funk and say spring us here!

    —Tami on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils do it for me. I would plant the bulbs under my trees, so that in the spring, there would be flowers. Loved it until the squirrels found the bulbs the next time I planted them, and I only had one or two flowers after planting many bulbs. Little stinkers!

    —Janet T on February 14, 2018
  • We both love tulips. My friend planted 100 bulbs, the moose ate 99

    —Rosemary A Slisz on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses definitely say Spring is here to me!

    —Susan L. on February 14, 2018
  • Irises!

    —Lisa Garrett on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus ‘s most definitely as they are our Provincial flower!
    Thanks for the chance to win Kathy’s beautiful book!

    Kerry

    —Kerry Linklater on February 14, 2018
  • what a wonderful looking book

    —Flo Dew on February 14, 2018
  • Sure would like this wonderful looking book

    —Flo Dew on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils say spring to me! So anxious for it to get here.

    —Susan Green on February 14, 2018
  • Pink tulips are like a breath of fresh air.

    —Jenniffer Howling on February 14, 2018
  • I enjoy seeing the daffodils come into bloom. Sunshine in a flower. Great book!

    —Eileen Heinze on February 14, 2018
  • Hooray for Hellebores…. blooming now along with snowdrops in actual snow in Vancouver. Love their bobbing heads.

    —Linda on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils show up first, then the freesias-both orange and purple. Love the colors when they’re all blooming. Perfect after winter.

    —Kim Brownell on February 14, 2018
  • Hi Kathy, (also my late mother’s name),

    I really love your new book as I too have a real passion for gardening. But, now living in a small apartment, with no gardening space, I need to sew and quilt my garden views.

    I loved the first crocus’ that would pop up outside my prior home. I would be so happy to see them, and then the tulips would shoot up and say, "Look at me, look at me"!

    —JENNIE STORCH on February 14, 2018
  • Lily of the Valley, I love their little bells and the scent is heavenly! Linda S Pewaukee, WI

    —Linda S on February 14, 2018
  • Always daffodils. When they give the nod, Spring is here!

    —Dorothy A. Davis on February 14, 2018
  • Looks like a great book.

    —Judy Sanders on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips and of course the pussy willow.

    —Georgina on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips. I live in Minnesota and they are the first flowers to bloom after our long winters. I love to see the many colors and shapes. It’s so fun to watch them bloom!

    —Jody Smith on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are my favourite flowers. When I see them coming up "sping is here"!

    —Linda Webster on February 14, 2018
  • Dandelions! Then Lilacs, and then I see my tulips pushing up through the snow—and don’t forget the longer days! 🙂

    —MS Barb on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my first real sign of spring. I have many different varieties planted in my yard. Their cheery color always warms me!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips – what a wonderfully coloured display they make en masse and what cheer they bring scattered throughout the garden

    —Kerry Grose on February 14, 2018
  • The sight of the first crocus is always a delightful surprise. Spring!

    —Mary Lou on February 14, 2018
  • What a wonderful book, I love to applique! Crocuses- they always cheer me up! Crocuses remind me of my Mother, who always had them in her garden. She told me they were first to bloom, and they were the first sign of Spring!

    —Susan Spiers on February 14, 2018
  • The crocus are the first to stick their sprouts out! Yeah!!! Tulips are probably my favorite!

    —Janie on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils! I love the color and the varieties. And the deer don’t bother them! Lovely giveaway – thanks.

    —Sharon Vail on February 14, 2018
  • I LOVE tulips. In my garden, on my quilts, on my table. My absolute favorite!

    —Kris on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses are the first flowers to bloom here, sometimes in bloom with a late snowfall blanket around them!

    —MoeWest on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses cheer me up at a time when I most need it…way up here in Canada! Some years they don’t come fast enough!! But, spring does return every year thankfully.

    —Marg on February 14, 2018
  • I love them all but, the crocuses are the first flowers I see. I also love to see the primroses with their colorful flowers and lush green leaves. Can’t wait!

    —Wendy on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips: what a welcome splash of color!

    —Debbie Holley on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses! We had a neighbor who planted his side yard in crocus bulbs. In summer and fall the yard was ordinary–green grass. But in spring! Full of blooming crocuses. A sure sign of warmer days to come.

    —Diana O on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses … I’m so ready for spring…. Long winter in upstate NY

    —Marsha on February 14, 2018
  • Spring is Forsythia, redbuds and dogwood! When we were little, my mom would bring a few budding branches indoors to enjoy. Others, she carefully wrapped the cut ends in wet paper towel and aluminum foil for my sisters and me to carry to our teachers at school.

    50+ springtimes later, Mom still lives in Iowa City (she’ll be 91 on March 31!) and I’ve long since moved three growing zones warmer to Chattanooga. I gladly travel the 700 miles to see her as often as I can.

    —jill on February 14, 2018
  • Love all these flowers on projects as they are everlasting and so pretty it’s a way of bringing the garden inside

    Barbara harvey on February 14, 2018
  • A charming book for sure. I will have to own this one. Just beautiful.

    —sue on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils

    —Denise Campbell on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils always seem so cheerful and bright, I think they would be my favourite. And their scent is wonderful!

    —Margaret Hynes on February 14, 2018
  • Love to see my daffodils. They usually come up under the snow. If I’m lucky they’ll bloom the middle of April. But still worry about snow burring them. Love the flowers in Kathy’s new book. Thanks

    —Sandie G on February 14, 2018
  • I’m always surprised by which flowers bloom the earliest as each year seems to be different. This year I think the tulips and daffodils are racing each other for the honor of first in show! My money is on the daffodils for this year.

    —Ann on February 14, 2018
  • love love love tulips.

    —Emily on February 14, 2018
  • As soon as I see Daffodils, I know that Spring is close behind! I don’t use a lot of yellow in my quilting even though I love the color, but a little cheddar sure sparks up a reproduction quilt!

    —Susan K. on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are our first sign of Spring. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Ann Brassell on February 14, 2018
  • All of them!. I patiently watch as the little green sprouts push out of the snow to bring their colorful blooms. And don’t forget snowdrops, and the blue of Scilia or the bluish Grape Hyacinth. Spring gardens are the best!

    —Nancy on February 14, 2018
  • These photos on your website an book are beautiful. Any signs of Spring are welcome especially unexpected wildflowers that weren’t planted!

    Donna Hendricks on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are my new fav, especially after being in Amsterdam last April!

    —Cathy on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils. They just are so fresh and let you know that the best is yet to come!

    —Robin on February 14, 2018
  • African Daisies growing wild say "spring" to me.

    —Margaret Dalmer on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses usher in spring, but I love daffodils best. I look for them. The others I let surprize me when they appear.

    —Debbie Wallace on February 14, 2018
  • This was an extremely difficult choice. Crocuses are first, so that’s a big plus in their favor, but they’re close to the ground, so less impact. The daffodils have a very lovely, fresh look, but the tulips beat them for their vast variety of shape, size and color. That’s why I have to go with the tulips. Tulips are best.

    —Suzie on February 14, 2018
  • Such a beautiful idea…living in Australia we have lots of options for our gardens. I am just like our author…gardens, dogs, and quilting/applique….perfect world! 😚😚☺☺

    —Jilly on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips- for some reason I always see them first- that means Warm weather!!!

    —Leigh Ann Prange on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are my favorite for " spring is here." I love the smell of daffodils to bring the spring inside. The book looks very exciting for a wool enthusisate like me.

    —Cheryl Harrod on February 14, 2018
  • Nothing says Spring to me like the daffodils shock have taken over my front garden!

    —Erika b. on February 14, 2018
  • Love all flowers but seeing the tulips pop up gladden my heart and let me know that spring is just around the corner.

    Diane Parham on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips!

    —Gale Clement on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are my #1

    —jeannie on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses. They are the first up and the bravest of all. The snow pounds them down, but they just stand up straight again and declare that spring has sprung.

    —Diana Hess on February 14, 2018
  • I love tulips – they come in so many spring colors! But daffodils grow much better for me so I love them too!

    —Marlene Thomas on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils. The yellow is such a cheerful and happy color.

    —Rita Schultz on February 14, 2018
  • Beautiful red tulips!

    —Janice Kohnke on February 14, 2018
  • The Crocus are already starting to come up in my southern PA back yard. It says spring will break out with just a little more coaxing of sun. That is the first sign.

    —Jean H on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus are the first sign of spring for me. Usually they come up through the snow. The book looks inspiring

    Darla Black on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips, I always remember a large patch of tulips that my grandfather had, and have always had them in his honor.

    —Karen Schultz on February 14, 2018
  • Love all of them, the daffodils always seem like spring is here. Tulips are another favorite.
    The book looks amazing.

    —Sheila Bales on February 14, 2018
  • The first sign of spring, to me, is when I start planting indoor garden items for my vegetable garden.

    —Karen on February 14, 2018
  • daffodils

    —Chris Zofkie on February 14, 2018
  • I love waiting for the tulips! I love all the different colors! Thanks

    —Tabitha Keener on February 14, 2018
  • Definitely crocuses. They are usually trying to pop up this time of year, but are currently buried under about 8 " of snow. Lovely Book. Thanks for the draw.

    —Edith Gorzo on February 14, 2018
  • Oh this book is at the top of my wishlist! Gardening is my second favorite hobby after stitching! Daffodils say Spring is Here to me, but they don’t appear in my garden until April, so I begin picking them up at the flower shop this time of year to help me hold on until April 🙂
    Blessings, Patti

    Patti Gagliardi on February 14, 2018
  • The sight of crocus was indeed a reminder that Spring had arrived.

    —Marlene on February 14, 2018
  • I wouldn’t say yellow is my signature color, but I love the splash of "sunshine" that daffodils bring.

    —Stephanie on February 14, 2018
  • Pansies are the faces of the coming spring.

    —Nancy on February 14, 2018
  • Petunias with all their colors

    —sue smith on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips, for me. When we lived in our house, we were on the sunny side of the street. We had a small garden and a larger one. I guess the sun was stronger on the small one as my tulips would come up in February as the snow had melted away from this area. By the time my neighbors’ gardens started to bloom, mine was long gone.

    —Roz Agulnik on February 14, 2018
  • Crocus…last year I found some in the middle of my yard. What a pretty surprise!

    —Merritt on February 14, 2018
  • I love tulips and also first signs of daffodils which says spring has sprung. Love your work with wool appliqué.

    —Karen on February 14, 2018
  • Definitely tulips!

    —Jane Larke on February 14, 2018
  • Dainty yellow daffodils say ‘Spring is here!’ in my yard.
    These wooly projects are just the ticket-love them!

    —Jane on February 14, 2018
  • I love it when my tulips finally bloom , but I have to say the first dandelions get me excited!! Our winters are so long, snow covered and cold that any flower is a sign that glorious summer is on its way!

    —Rebecca Casey on February 14, 2018
  • I love Violets. We had them growing wild in the woods next to my house growing up and when I see a violet, it brings me back to my childhood. I loved when spring arrived in the Hudson Valley, NY.

    —Barbara Theriault on February 14, 2018
  • More than just a flower… the color YELLOW welcomes Spring for me… cheerful, bright, sunny daffodils, primrose, crocus, etc. The author, Kathy Cardiff, did a *beautiful* job. I look forward to the publishing of this book!

    —Gina Milano on February 14, 2018
  • I love daffodils! They are super Springy!

    Kim on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses, because they pop out of the ground in late winter! What a wonderful book to read.

    —Susan Stanton on February 14, 2018
  • I love tulips! They are beautiful, and I get excited when they poke their heads out of the ground.

    —Peggy on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips! Love them!

    —Janice Mc Laren on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils say spring to me! I sure could use a bouquet about now…

    —Donna Merrifield on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses: they cheer me up at a time when I most need it.

    —JaniceCarole on February 14, 2018
  • In central California my daffodils bloom by the end of January. They are the first sign spring is coming.

    —Barbara on February 14, 2018
  • Spring is heralded by the thought of flowers poking through the ground and when the flowers come out their perfume is adorable. It is so hard to pick a favourite but daffodils remind me of Spring the most.xx

    —Ness on February 14, 2018
  • Hydrangea!! …. from the white, pink, magenta, blue,
    purple and deep dark purple with the glorious green
    leaves makes me know it’s spring time! Aaahhhhh!

    —Lynne on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses are the 1st thing in my garden, but they are hidden so it’s the tulips that add the colour and as I have moved into an house with an established garden always full of surprises.

    —ELIZAJANE on February 14, 2018
  • I love the tulips. i planted tons of them when i first moved here

    —Nancy on February 14, 2018
  • I too look for crocuses in late Feb, which to me is a promise that Spring is on the way. I like to see the swollen tree buds in all the varied colors as well.

    —Linda Heckathorn on February 14, 2018
  • I love when the crocus first show their colors.

    —Joanne L Wilson on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils remind me of spring the most- but I love all kinds of flowers!!

    —Karen H on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite, all colors, sizes … when I see them pushing up, I know spring is near!

    —Dawn Barach on February 14, 2018
  • Daylillies are the first to bloom here. They say spring to me.

    —Linda Cartwright on February 14, 2018
  • Snowdrops: Their tenacity and determination to overcome mountains of snow making them one of the first delights of spring. February 14, 2018

    —Marilynne Bealey on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils – before we moved we had about 20 different types of them. Moved several with us and planted in the woods. Can’t wait to see them this spring.

    —Linda Ahn on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils: yellow is my signature color!!!

    —Kim Marie Quade on February 14, 2018
  • I love to see crocuses poking out of the ground. You know that spring is around the corner. Beautiful book!

    —pat kato on February 14, 2018
  • Cute. Tulips and hyacinth.

    —Maryellen on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils are definitely the first sign of spring here and I have loads budding with their first blossoms already! Either they’re early and may get their little heads snowed or iced on, or they know something I don’t!

    —Debbie on February 14, 2018
  • Lilacs make my heart jump for joy! I’ve loved them since I was a little child and at age 72, I still get a giddy feeling when I see them and smell them. I love to combine white and purple in my flower arrangements and have made two quilts from purples, greens and whites!

    Linda Nicholas on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses because I too can’t wait for Spring and need some cheering up!

    —Rynetta Coetzee on February 14, 2018
  • Daffodils. As a child there were acres of daffodils under the trees on our walk down the long drive to catch the school bus. They announced the coming of the warmer months and good bye to the snow and the cold weather. Love tulips for their intensity of color, and crosses as they are so sweet, peeking up through the ground. Love all flowers, however, my favourite being a carnation.

    —Christine Jasper on February 14, 2018
  • So many beautiful projects! It would be hard to decide what to make first!

    —Kathy on February 14, 2018
  • Here in southern Australia spring brings all the beautiful northern hemisphere bulbs into flower. The camellias and wattle have already finished flowering, the roses are pushing out red tipped leaves and the irises are sending flower stems up through the other plants in their garden. For years I loved to garden but now I am limited as to what I can do. The aggressive autoimmune diseases and their complication have left me reliant on others to do the heavy work. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting plants that will give me colour all year round ( we don’t get snow but get icy blasts from Antarctic waters to our south west.).
    My garden is my joy each day. Spring heralds the end of intense cold that seeps into my joints and the chance to wander freely around all the flowering bulbs and recovering perennials. It is the nexis between winter and scorching summer heat that drains even the hardiest if plants.
    I can have flower in vases but prefer to have pots of spring flowers that I can put inside and not have to cut the flowers from their source. The flowers last longer in pots and once finished can go outside in a sheltered position until next spring.)

    Jeanette on February 14, 2018
  • oh yes daffy and forsythia , sturdy, bright and hopeful; thanks for the chance to win!

    —carol d on February 14, 2018
  • Tulips are so cute!

    —Melody Lutz on February 14, 2018
  • I’ll said crocuses, I love crocuses…
    Thanks for the giveaway

    —Anne on February 14, 2018
  • Crocuses are always the harbinger of spring for me. I grew up in Boise, ID where they were the first flowers to appear, with daffodils not far behind. I miss their cheerful color in the snow. It was so beautiful.

    —Jackie Cauthron-Schafer on February 14, 2018
  • Snowdrops say Spring is on its way, but daffodils say Spring is here!

    —Janet on February 14, 2018
  • I just love snow drops and tulips and crocus and narcissus, just all spring bulbs.

    A. Bouwman on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips. For that glorious splash of color!

    —Diane on February 15, 2018
  • Spring is beautiful always. I love tulips very much specially the dark pink ones. Flowers no matter variety cheer me up and give a lot of happiness every single time. So tulips it is for now.

    —wilma serrao on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils, they bring out the color of sunshine.

    —Perri Ann Kaufman on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips! The colors they come in scream SPRING!

    —Rosemarie on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips definitely mean spring.

    —JoAnne on February 15, 2018
  • Crocuses for sure – after snowdrops, they peek out of the ground to let us know for sure Spring is on the way. No stopping us now! The flowers in this book are beautiful, and perfect to keep the creative juices flowing after plowing – and sewing – through the winter.

    —Rose D. on February 15, 2018
  • Here in chilly Michigan I am a crocus for sure! This book looks awesome! thank you!

    —Lee on February 15, 2018
  • The tulip magnolia fills the bill here on the Gulf Coast!

    —Jetta on February 15, 2018
  • crocus: are the first flowers to bloom so beautiful!

    —Kris on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils – they are so pretty 🙂

    —brook on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips!!

    —Kimberlee on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips: The colors are so bright and crisp. They look lovely in a vase on my table, too.

    —MaryAnn on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils, daffodils…I am so happy when they bloom. I know it is spring when I see that wonderful yellow flower. Thanks for the opportunity to win A Cottage Garden.

    —Barb on February 15, 2018
  • The first color that I see in the Spring takes my breath away. It’s usually the daffodils. My yard always has something blooming from Spring to late fall. That first burst of color is my favorite.

    —Marsha Nelson on February 15, 2018
  • Absolutely love this book looking forward to working with wool and my favorite hobby gardening, perfect combination!! thank you Brenda

    —Brenda Harvey on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils-the chipmunks eat the crocus bulbs and the deer eat the tulip buds!

    —Arlyn Parker on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils- my sweet husband brought me some when we first started dating over 47 yrs ago.

    —Deborah on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips! They come in an array of colors and the colors are so crisp.

    —Vicki on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils are our plentiful perennial sign of early Spring! Our crocus disappeared, Hmmm, and it’s not cold enough here in Middle Tennessee to get tulips to come back for a second season, so we buy them potted like a spring bouquet.

    —Marianne from TN on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils with their cheery yellow cups tell me Spring is in the air!!

    —Linda Taylor on February 15, 2018
  • I look forward to the daffodils. They are trouble free and multiply freely, so I have an abundance of blooms to welcome spring here in Chicagoland.

    —Lisa Zook on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils mean Spring is on the way! When are Magnolia in back blooms I know that Spring is getting closer. We planted a cherry tree last year and I can’t wait to see if it blooms this Spring — fingers crossed!

    —Melissa Gerber on February 15, 2018
  • Tulips mean spring to me. I just love all of the colors. thank you for the chance to win.

    —Deb F on February 15, 2018
  • I remember as a young child, we always went to pick crocuses in my grandparents pasture as soon as spring was in the air. Fun memories!

    —Terri on February 15, 2018
  • I like the crocuses best. They are my color!

    —Karen on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils are usually the first flowers I see in the spring.

    —Bonnie on February 15, 2018
  • Crocuses are ‘way earlier here than either daffodils or tulips. They peak thru the snow and give you hope that spring will soon be here.

    —JanG on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils, they are starting to come up already.

    —Virginia Over on February 15, 2018
  • Crocuses are so hardy & fragile appearing at the same time. The bright color surrounded & at times almost covered by snow. Their bloom continues straight and tall.

    —Donna on February 15, 2018
  • Daffodils, as yellow is my favorite color and it just brightens up everything else around it.

    —Sheila on February 16, 2018
  • Crocuses for sure!

    —Sharon on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips: what a welcome splash of color! Love the projects in this book. The neutral backgrounds are perfect for the colorful blossoms.

    —Sam on February 16, 2018
  • the white paper white bloom that spring up year after year

    Lorie McAnelly on February 16, 2018
  • I love daffodils but Crocuses pop up first, so I know Spring is just a little ways away. This is a beautiful book and would be most welcome on my book shelf.

    —debby on February 16, 2018
  • That is a hard choice because I love all those spring flowers, but if I had to choose, it would be daffodils. I love to see clusters of them in a natural setting. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book.

    —Barbara Reifsnider on February 16, 2018
  • forsythia always tells me spring is on the way, but dog wood flowers are a close second!!!

    —shoshana vogel on February 16, 2018
  • I love the color of daffodils and use yellow ferquently in my quilts. Before my daffodils bloom my Snow Bells are up and out.

    —Shirlee Gotterbarn on February 16, 2018
  • I have Snowdrops blooming now and the Daffodils and Tulips and Crocuses are poking up out of the ground here in Delaware. Daffodils are my favorite Spring flower. A little early but the temperatures are in 60’s this week.
    Next week it will be cold again. Probably will have one more snow storm before Spring gets here.

    —Terri on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils: yellow is my signature color.

    My daffodils are trying to bloom now.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips – pink. My heritage is Dutch, and for that reason I’ve always been fond of tulips in All their colors and varieties!

    —Elizabeth Birch on February 16, 2018
  • For me it is all three flowers. I am an avid gardener and love digging in the dirt. I love seeing the daffodils just starting to come out of the ground and each day getting a little taller. There’s nothing like seeing crocuses with a little bit of frost around them. Very uplifting after a long winter. Thank you so much for this giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on February 16, 2018
  • I love the bright and soft yellows of the daffodils, always happy to see them come up.

    Joyce Jensen on February 16, 2018
  • I appreciate late spring flowers! So marigolds, zinnia’s, and carnations, and sunflowers. They are big blooms, and they light up my flower beds.

    —Wronda Lamando on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils – I have them in my yard and I’m excited to see them at the first hint of spring.

    —Donna Adams on February 16, 2018
  • I so look forward to Crocuses: they cheer me up at a time when I most need it.

    —Regina Harris on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils are my birth flower and have always been a favorite.

    —Kathleen T on February 16, 2018
  • I love to see all the spring flowers, but since crocuses are first around here, I’m most glad to see them!

    —Kris B on February 16, 2018
  • Crocus and Lillies. I especially love the fragrant Stargazer lily with its awesome light to dark pink center, so beautiful !!😃

    —Annette on February 16, 2018
  • Crocuses speak Spring to me! They are small but beautiful, and often it is the smallest of plants that can make the biggest impact on us, especially when we are trying to shake off Winter.

    —JJ on February 16, 2018
  • Snow drops! Love the way they poke their little heads out of the snow.

    —Ginny on February 16, 2018
  • I think I may have to make every project in this book. Truly beautiful in every respect. I, too, am an avid gardener and these projects make my heart so happy. I think my tulips are my garden signal that spring has arrived. Thanks for such an inspirational book.

    —Janice on February 16, 2018
  • I would have to say Tulips, Tulips, Tulips. The only problem I have is the deer also love them. Would love to win this book.

    —Carol on February 16, 2018
  • Iris! I love iris and have quite a few (and more every year)! The smell just oes it for me!!

    —Nancy Eriksen on February 16, 2018
  • Crocuses say spring is on the way but daffodils say spring is here! I love them both! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Gloria Cotten on February 16, 2018
  • My favorite spring flower is the flowering quince. Not only do the gorgeous bright pink blossoms give my garden a cheery corner, but by bringing into the house the starting buds I have wonderful color indoors.

    —Helen Stillwell on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils for sure. I have them blooming in my yard right now and love to look out their cheerful faces. I pick a few, but mostly enjoy seeing them bloom right where they are.

    —Sue on February 16, 2018
  • Just the little peep at the projects you have given us of the book look fabulous. Bluebells are my wonder of Spring. This is a small flower that I adore when they start coming out all over the place. There would be so many along the railroad banks in England and under the trees it was an amazing sight.

    —Anne Shelbaer on February 16, 2018
  • Definitely daffodils!

    —Janna Lee on February 16, 2018
  • daffodils are my favorite spring bulbs, but the lovely snow drop blooms first

    —Susan MacLeod on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips for me, I love all the different varieties and colors!

    —Mary on February 16, 2018
  • I love the daffodils blooming in my backyard right now under my apricot tree which is also popping into bloom.

    Lorene Soderstroom on February 16, 2018
  • Crocuses are the first to arrive in our area and I love the purple/blue! Thx for a chance to win this lovely book!

    —Cathy Cameron on February 16, 2018
  • Has to be tulips! They have such a range of colors and make for a great display on the table or in a quilt!

    —Louise on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils in bloom just make me smile. This book looks fantastic.

    —Donna W on February 16, 2018
  • I like tulips the most. I like their unique shape.

    —Carla C on February 16, 2018
  • Many deer in the area where I live and they love tulips as much as
    I do. Daffodils are wonderful and I love yellow and the deer will
    leave them alone — so I have many in my garden.
    The book is so appealing — I love the flowers.

    —Dorothy M on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils and forsythia (yellow bells) are the first signs of spring around here, along with red buds.

    —Joye on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips! My Mother always had some planted next to the house. I admit I am intimidated by appliqué, but the smaller projects look like a lot of fun for me.

    —Alexia Jandourek on February 16, 2018
  • None as I love in Yuma, AZ and I only see those in the store. Snowbirds going back North means warmer weather.

    —Vicki Allen on February 16, 2018
  • Jonquils and tulips!

    —Mary Jo on February 16, 2018
  • The crocus is my favorite early flower and the catkins on my weeping pussy willow shares a close second.

    Cindy Morgan on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils were always my favorites and I still love them. But lately spring comes to me in a bouquet of white tulips, fanning out in an old cut glass vase in the middle of the dining room table. Lovely!

    —Janet on February 16, 2018
  • While pretty much any bulb says "spring" to me, I always remember my mom saying that when she was growing up in frozen Iowa winters, seeing a crocus meant spring was on its way.

    —Beth T. on February 16, 2018
  • For me it is daffodils. The deer don’t eat them and the color is perfect on a grey day.

    —Judy Wilson on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils – they’re so cheerful!

    —Elaine on February 16, 2018
  • I love all 3, but the crocus and daffodils usually get snowed under. Tulips usually arrive when the snow is gone, so they are the sign that winter might be over 🙂 = = =. Spring!

    —Carina Z on February 16, 2018
  • Hi there,
    It’s always the tulips!
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs

    —Jacqueline on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite Spring flower. Happy early Spring!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

    —Angela J Short on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils would have to be my answer…they are scattered all around our part of the woods…seeing them on our horseback trail rides around the neighborhood always makes me happy because I know spring isn’t far away!

    —Tiffanee Noack on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips: what a welcome splash of color!

    Susan E Lester on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips – I love all the bright and cheery colors!

    —Kari on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips. Love the colors

    —Lois Capper on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips, the colors cheer everyting up.

    —Teri on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips! So many colors, and they look so beautiful!

    Daisy on February 16, 2018
  • For me it’s daffodils! They are always first with their cheery yellow!

    —Gina snyder on February 16, 2018
  • Jonquils.

    —Sandy on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips. so many gorgeous colors.

    —Kim M. on February 16, 2018
  • Irises, because they remind me of the Easter season.

    —Kathryn Smotryski on February 16, 2018
  • When we lived in IL, all three signaled spring to me. 4 and 1/2 years ago we moved to AL, and I don’t see those flowers. Here the Camellia followed by the Azalea signal spring.

    —Nancy A on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils are my fave…Love the bright yellow.

    Deb on February 16, 2018
  • I have little white flowers that pop up through the spring snow. Not sure what they are called, but to me they mean that spring and warmer weather and the bright yellow, pink and lavender blooms are soon to be blooming.

    —Karla A Bannerman on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils are the first sign of spring here, since the deer think tulips are desert and they usually let me enjoy the daffodils. Thanks you for this drawing, the book and gardens are beautiful.

    —Glenna D. on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips are a sure sign in my yard that spring is here

    —Carol on February 16, 2018
  • I love Lily-of-the-Valley. At the base of my grandmother’s lilac bush there was a bed of these darling flowers that increased every year. My sister and I would pick bouquets of both for grandma.

    —Dell Martinez on February 16, 2018
  • This looks like a wonderful book. I love tulips.

    —Sandi on February 16, 2018
  • I love all spring flowers, but daffodils are my favourite.

    —Maureen Rawson on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils are the harbinger of spring on my farm! Would love this book!!!

    —Sherry Jagels on February 16, 2018
  • Crocuses

    —Pat on February 16, 2018
  • Looking for brightness around the corner, I look for crocuses as they cheer me up at a time when I most need it.

    —Laura M on February 16, 2018
  • I live in Texas so for me, it’s bluebonnets, dogwoods, and redbuds!

    —Cathy Wilson on February 16, 2018
  • Primrose!

    —vicki on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils and Iris. We even named a dog after daffodils.

    —Ann on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips!!

    —Karen Bergt on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils say spring is here to me

    —Sylvia on February 16, 2018
  • Crocuses definitely say "spring is here" as well as daffodils! I love the white daffodils with the yellow centers particularly. Would love to have this book so I’d have a year round garden!

    —Karen on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips are my favorites!

    —Janet L. on February 16, 2018
  • In Florida, we get spring early starting in February. The camillas just popped on our bush, so cold weather is done now!

    —S Brewer on February 16, 2018
  • Oh, when will it be spring? I love the crocuses the best although along one of the old routes is a home where the owners have planted many daffodils among sparse old trees and they are so beautiful in the spring sunshine. I love the authors honesty about capturing the photos.!

    —Alfreda R. on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils, yellow with orange ones too!

    —Lisa Timmer on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips!! I love them and I always think spring when I see them. Love this book and thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips are my favourite spring flowers!!! The book looks awesome!

    —Fireside Quilter on February 16, 2018
  • It’s always a big deal for me when I see my crocus flowers peeking up from the snow in the spring!! Nature is amazing!

    —Michele T on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodills

    —Ola Norman on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips for sure!

    —Bridget on February 16, 2018
  • Crocus! They even stick their little noses up through snow.

    —Betty Jansen on February 16, 2018
  • I think the tulips bring out my brightest smiles.

    —Rosemary on February 16, 2018
  • The daffodil tells me "spring is here". It is my favorite, and I have them popping up in different colors here in Maine after the long winter. Also, yellow represents happiness and sunshine to me. I am living with an incurable form of leukemia also, and the local hospital has daffodils to give oncology patients during the spring visits. They are the flower of HOPE…a new beginning. It is only Feb. and I have already enjoyed a small pot of Tete a Tetes that I purchased at the local grocery store. I cut them back and will plant the bulbs in the ground in the fall to enjoy next year. This is a wonderful book with some great patterns.

    —Nancy on February 16, 2018
  • I like them all, but the crocus are the first to appear in this neck of the woods.

    shirley marvin on February 16, 2018
  • Tulips for me as that what Trader Joe’s always seems to bring out at spring time.

    —Alicia on February 16, 2018
  • Daffodils are always the first flowers to bloom each spring and they’ve been blooming for almost two weeks here at my home in beautiful South Carolina! Not to mention yellow is a very favorite color of mine.

    —Gail on February 16, 2018
  • I love when the spring bulbs come up. Out of the above options tulips would be my pick but also love my freesia in the garden.

    —Jo on February 17, 2018
  • It is hard to pick just one because they are all amazing! However I think I get the most excited for my tulips when they bloom…

    —Sandy Kimmes on February 17, 2018
  • I love all the spring flowers especially the daffodils with their lovely scent. Yellow is good for the soul and quilts!

    —Diana on February 17, 2018
  • Crocuses, when they poke their little heads out of the snow!

    CHERYL ENGLAND on February 17, 2018
  • Daffodils are my favorite. I have planted over 200 in the last couple years. Can’t wait to see them this year!

    —Janice on February 17, 2018
  • Tulips are a welcome splash of color and Spring.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on February 17, 2018
  • My heart sings when I see crocuses! My mother loved tulips and our front yard was filled with them every year. She tucked a few crocuses behind the tulips and I loved seeing them poke out.

    —Rachel on February 17, 2018
  • Crocuses! The are the first colors of Spring. Tough little guys sometimes coming up and blooming through the snow.

    —Caryn Goulden on February 17, 2018
  • Daffodils t.ell me Spring is on it way. Love the projects

    —Linda Christianson on February 17, 2018
  • Tulips: what a welcome splash of color!

    —Jayne P on February 17, 2018
  • Daffodils are my confirmation that spring has arrived and it is almost always near my middle daughter’s birthday.

    —Lorrie on February 17, 2018
  • I love Asiatic Lilies and Shasta Daisies. They both have special meanings to me.

    —Cynthia on February 17, 2018
  • Tulips: what a welcome splash of color!

    —Gwendolyn Clark on February 17, 2018
  • crocuses – when I lived in the north they cheered me up because they said that Spring was on the way! but I also love snowdrops – for the same reason

    —pat cooper on February 17, 2018
  • While yellow is not my signature color, Daffodils signal spring to me.

    —Ginger on February 17, 2018
  • Crocuses: they cheer me up at a time when I most need it. They come up all over my yard. Spring is here

    —nancy on February 17, 2018
  • I like the crocuses. But when I see the daffodils, it’s really spring time for me.

    —Anna on February 18, 2018
  • Pussy willows are my favourite… love them with daffodils!
    This book looks awesome 💕

    —Donna on February 18, 2018
  • Tulips and Lilacs I love and know our summer is on its way!

    —Helen Bowie on February 18, 2018
  • Daffodils say spring to me.

    —Annette F. on February 18, 2018
  • Tulips — When I was a kid, we’d go to the Holland MI tulip festival in the spring and the colors were glorious!

    —Brooke on February 18, 2018
  • Tulips and daffodils!

    —Deb on February 18, 2018
  • I love the lilacs right outside my front door.

    —Mary Nell Maule on February 19, 2018
  • Daffodils, yellow is my signature color. I love yellow in all it’s hues.

    —stephanie woodward on February 19, 2018
  • I love the crocus because I know spring is on the way

    —irene indelicato on February 19, 2018
  • It is a toss up between tulips and daffodils.

    Laureen M on February 19, 2018
  • Snowdrops are the first flowers in my yard followed quickly by yellow and purple crocuses. But I LOVE them all. Thanks.

    —Louise Mease on February 19, 2018
  • tulips and daffodils always say spring

    —Karen on February 19, 2018
  • These are gorgeous! I love gardening and sewing and am looking for a handwork project–this may be my "thing."

    —Nancy Anderson on February 19, 2018
  • Tulips! They are always the first to bloom in my garden 🙂

    —amber Kolb on February 19, 2018
  • I love hyacinths in pinks and purples. So gorgeous especially among the tulips and daffodils. I purchased A Cottage Garden last week while shopping out of state and I love it! I have learned a lot of tips and the patterns are great! I would love another book as a gift to a friend.

    —Carol on February 20, 2018
  • The flowers that say “spring is here!” to me are Daffodils: however yellow is NOT my signature color. My signature color is BLUE. dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net

    —Darrell H on February 20, 2018
  • Crocuses: they cheer me up at a time when I most need it. I love that they are the first to appear. They’re small but mighty pretty

    —Carmen on February 20, 2018
  • Any flower that survives and pops up first, usually the daffodils.

    —Melanie D on February 20, 2018
  • Tulips are so colorful, Daffodils however are my favorite. I love yellow!

    —Elaine Chamberlain on February 21, 2018
  • Crocuses are always welcome as they are usually the first sign that warmer, sunnier weather is on the way.

    —Deborah B. on February 21, 2018
  • Crocuses are always the first to bloom in my flower bed

    —Cindy K on February 21, 2018

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