7. Garden of Eden

In Genesis chapter two, God put Adam in the Garden of Eden “to work it and keep it”. When the world was still perfect, that was the job God gave Adam. It’s the perfect job. I know farmers today who agree. They choose their vocation because it keeps them closest to God’s creation.

I have a garden. I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a gardener; I dabble. Currently I have six raised beds newly planted in winter crops. Lettuce, peas, kale, chard, parsnips, onions and herbs. Summer stragglers fill in the rest: eggplant, tomatoes and peppers. I don’t have the heart to tear those out if they could produce a few more fruits of my labors. I live in a zone that gets little frost. So the chance that I could have a homegrown tomato in January keeps me from pulling out the scraggly vines.

My garden design is inspired by the kitchen potagers of France. I dream over Pinterest images and save them to my potager board. Then I go outside and play in my dirt.

My vision:

My reality:See? I dabble.

A major part of the fun of working through the Bible Sampler Quilt is the organization of the project. I print out all the paper piece patterns from the CD included with the book. I place them in clear sleeves and they go into a huge binder.

There’s room to tuck the fabric scraps into the sleeve for each block. My goal is to eat up my scraps of reproduction fabric. If I pull it and put it in the binder, then the bin is already showing destashing progress. But the best part of all is when I finish a block. After tucking it into its clear sleeve in my binder, I flip the page and see the “reveal” of the next block.

When I saw the Garden of Eden block, my first response was “It’s a potager!”

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