April Showers

April Showers Spring Garden Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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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.

 

-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – Thistles

Scottish Thistle Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.

Thistles are not what one would necessarily call very pretty flowers.  They are a wild sort that grows on invasive thorny plants.  Yet the fuchsia colour is undeniably vibrant and beautiful enough for me to seek out and photograph them, and paint them afterwards as well. 

A few months ago, on our third road trip in Scotland, I was looking forward to spotting and photographing them on walking trails.  I found quite a few variations of the flower in different areas. 

 

I hope you enjoy this set of my photos of wild thistles.

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is the only one that I photographed in a garden.

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I took this photo by the mountainside, bracing myself against 40 – 50 mph wind gusts.  Considering the effort it took me to take this photo, I feel I brought a bit of the Scottish spirit back with me!

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

Thistles are not grand, but definitely tough, wild, and have a strong aptitude for survival.  This little prickly weed has not only got the status of being the national flower of Scotland, it has also placed itself in different varieties of stylised art. 

I too have succumbed to the magic of thistle.  Hope you enjoyed the photos!

 

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