Winter showers bring wild flowers where I live in California, but the old saying about April came to mind while I was drawing this picture, which turned into a quilt pattern soon afterwards. I love spending time working in my little garden, tending to my flowering plants. It’s often a struggle to keep them healthy during the harsh summers here, but when rain arrives in late autumn, it brings hope of a good spring.
If the rain continues into April, then I know my plants are going to have a wonderful summer. After such an April shower few days ago, I had to go for a walk in our local park at the break of dawn. Rain drops were still clinging to the blades of grass and to the petals of the wild flowers.
I love the solitude I find in rain. I am not confident enough to be seen sporting a red umbrella or wearing a red coat, or even a red pair of boots. I am a jeans-and-black-T-shirt kind of girl. My boots are always mud-stained, and I carry a grey umbrella. However, I can never pass up the idea of a red umbrella in my artwork.
This 12″ April Shower quilt pattern is quite versatile. I used three shades of red to make mine. The umbrella can also be made into a multicolour one, or made with a person’s favourite colour. I used green grass, but I can easily imagine a flowering patch in that area instead.
The April Showers quilt pattern can be found in my shop.
My rain-loving gardener self is very happy with this block. It also makes me think of all the walks I went on with my husband while travelling, since those almost always require us to carry umbrellas. Instead of turning this into a wall hanging, I am thinking of making a bag with it. That would be me carrying a red umbrella for the first time my life.
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