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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Magic Fairy Door Pillowcase

Fairy Door Quilt Pattern

 

A few weeks ago I made a 10″ magic fairy door and I used the block to make a 14″ pillowcase. The quilting process started having a mind of its own and I was happy to oblige.

 

My original idea was to hand quilt everything.  There was one problem –  my stitches are still in the medium size range and the leaves looked horrible and clunky instead of small and delicate.  I have done free motion quilting only once and that was probably a couple of years ago.  So I took a deep breath, removed the little hand quilting I had done and started free motion quilting the vines and the leaves.  As usual, my fear proved unjustified.  Since I can adjust the speed of the pedal of my machine, it went rather smoothly.  I am happy with the way the quilting turned out, even with the smattering of imperfections here and there.

 

 

Fairy Door Quilted

 

 

Once the machine quilting was done, I started hand quilting the door.  I think the hand quilting makes the door stand out from the surrounding vines and leaves.  Toward the end, I started stitching along the border with my walking foot.  Then another idea came to my head – alternate the border with machine and hand quilting and alternate the thread colour as well.

 

 

Fairy Door Quilted Pillow

 

 

This is the first time I also decided to bind my pillowcase.  It’s a woodland fairy door, so what else would I use but a brown binding to go with the light mossy green border.  The finished pillow now resides in my husband’s room.  Hopefully he will not be subject to naughty fairy shenanigans!

 

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

 

 

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