April Showers

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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.



April Showers On Grass | Whims And Fancies



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.



Walking in Rain with Red Umbrella Painting | Whims And Fancies



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.



April Showers Spring Garden Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


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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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36 thoughts on “April Showers

  • Paula Budinger July 15, 2019 at 23:20

    What a coincidence. For An Endeavourers challenge of raindrops keep falling on my head, I did an upside down red umbrella just like yours. Great minds think alike!

  • Karen April 30, 2019 at 18:39

    This is a beautiful post. The pattern is darling and the photo of the raindrops inspiring. Happy spring!

  • NatureFootstep PhotoArt April 30, 2019 at 15:52

    a red umbrella makes you happy :) Having one iss a good idea

  • Sandra Nachlinger April 20, 2019 at 08:47

    LOVE your red umbrella quilt square. It would make the perfect quilt for my home in the Pacific Northwest.

  • betty - NZ April 18, 2019 at 16:52

    What a creative piece of artwork! I like the rain, too, knowing it’s making my garden green :) I’m so glad you joined me at My Corner of the World this week!

  • nessjibberjabberuk April 18, 2019 at 04:43

    I love a colourful umbrella. You should definitely get one! My children bought me a new umbrella for Mothering Sunday on 24th March. It has cats on it and I’ve been wanting to use it but it hasn’t rained since!

  • Sue April 17, 2019 at 15:43

    Love the red umbrella, I think you should get your self one!! We need rain here too, in Victoria, we were supposed to have some last night but it passed us by. Nothingnbetter than a walk in the rain.

  • Valerie, Australia April 16, 2019 at 21:35

    Love those little drops of water – we sure need an abundance of them here in parched South Australia !!

  • Emily April 16, 2019 at 12:27

    Your red umbrellas make me happy. Thanks for sharing with Moving it Forward!

  • Beth April 16, 2019 at 10:07

    What a talented, eclectic artist you are! My goodness–I especially loved your quilt design. Wonderful!

  • Denise April 16, 2019 at 08:26

    The different shades of red add so much dimension, nice job.

  • Susan Mann April 16, 2019 at 04:44

    What fantastic photos. I love the capture of the water droplets xx #sundaysnap

  • Junieper2 April 15, 2019 at 14:44

    The way describe yourself, it’s in art that you really show your identity, eh? I would love to see Soma with patterned rain boots, Red slicker (jacket) and a beautiful red or bright blue umbrella, like in your art work:):)
    Your interesting and true-to-life post is very much appreciated by All Seasons:) Have a great artsy week, Soma:) Junieper/Jesh

  • Susie April 15, 2019 at 13:55

    What a beautiful block… and I love the fabrics you used for your red umbrealla!!
    I also love your new logo… did you design it? :)

  • Sandra Walker April 15, 2019 at 06:15

    Another fabulous pattern, and terrific idea for a bag, Soma! I’m not a walk-in-the-rain kind of girl; I’m a stay in and read or sew in the rain girl! I do love the smell of rain though!

  • Kaja April 14, 2019 at 00:15

    What a fantastic photo! I love how green and clean it is – so evocative for me and also somehow uplifting.

  • Nicole/DVAtist April 13, 2019 at 08:09

    Love the umbrella patterns.

  • Tracey April 12, 2019 at 23:29

    What a fabulous quilt, you’ve really captured the month of April today where I always associate it with rain. Brings back memories of my childhood catching rain drops on my tongue and splashing in puddles. I hope one day you can reward yourself with that red umbrella.
    Happy PPF Tracey x

  • Robyn Vaughan April 12, 2019 at 20:32

    Another lover of the red umbrella. Over here the grass would be replaced by orange dust and gravel as the drought lingers on. There’s still a few persistent flowering native grasses or weeds though.

  • Rebecca Grace April 12, 2019 at 19:31

    I love your red umbrella block, Soma, but I think you need a REAL red umbrella, and red polka dot rain boots to go with them. And when you go out in the rain with your red umbrella and boots, you should splash in the puddles. Life is too short to waste a rainy day on black umbrellas and blue jeans.

  • gillena April 12, 2019 at 15:39

    Luv this umbrella quilt. Its so hot here in T&T we got a scant shower this April. Really not enought.
    Happy PPF


  • Carol April 12, 2019 at 15:07

    Very pretty!

  • Sirkkis April 12, 2019 at 09:41

    Such inspiring art

  • BrownPaperBunny April 12, 2019 at 09:02

    Your quilt pattern is adorable! I live in Seattle now, and it seems April showers are most definitely a thing here. We’re getting nothing but rain for the next week! (Better get some flowers at the end of it) ;) Happy PPF!

  • Leanne Parsons April 12, 2019 at 08:53

    That’s a beautiful umbrella block :)

  • Lady Fi April 12, 2019 at 08:05

    I love love that red umbrella!

  • Linda Kunsman April 12, 2019 at 05:32

    gorgeous umbrella art! Red is my favorite color so you can imagine all that I have in that color:):) Beautiful photo of the rain on the blades of grass. I always love a walk in the rain-when it’s warm of course. Happy PPF!

  • Christine April 12, 2019 at 05:25

    Gorgeous umbrella art!

  • Kim Sharman April 11, 2019 at 15:41

    I love rain! I am a splash-in-the-puddles-with-my-bright-pink-flower-gumboots, kinda girl. I also have a beautiful umbrella with Monet’s water lilies splashed all over it. =) I love your new pattern, Soma. It is so very clever. I look forward to seeing this lovely block fashioned into a bag. Me think a pair of fancy boots would be the perfect accessory to your fun bag.

  • Mary April 11, 2019 at 15:17

    That is such a cute pattern. I love the little puddle. I think a bag would be perfectly adorable. I think our puddles are done for the year here, but everything is growing beautifully here.

  • Susan April 11, 2019 at 09:22

    I like your umbrella block. I like walking in a “warm rain” but not so much a cold rain. I do have a red umbrella. I have a red and black winter coat. No red boots though.

  • Dixie April 11, 2019 at 07:47

    A lovely pattern, Soma.
    A walk in the rain definitely heightens the senses. The world seems so alive in the rain.
    Your going to look wonderful carrying your red umbrella bag! (Love thoses irises!)
    My umbrella is basic black, but I’d love to own and sport a Monet or Van Gogh print umbrella.
    Perhaps we should both take a colourful plunge? :)

  • Jayne April 11, 2019 at 05:49

    I love your umbrella! I might not sport a red umbrella either, but it sure makes for a high impact visual block! If we could get a bit of rain every few days for the lawn and plants…that would be ideal!

  • Fred Quiltingpatch April 10, 2019 at 22:47

    I love this pattern!!

  • Angie April 10, 2019 at 21:38

    Soma – I used to complain about rain, but after living in the UK for so many years, I learned to adapt. And now, in Montana, a very dry environment with a potentially dangerous fire season, we are thankful for every drop of precipitation. The red umbrella is a perfect symbol for all that rain delivers to us.

  • Ulrikessmaating April 10, 2019 at 21:34

    Cute pattern :-) love it… Best wishes from denmark, ulrike :-)

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