April

Sedona vista 1This month, I had the privilege of enjoying some time away. I saw the spectacular vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, climbed (half-way up) Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, hiked in the Red Rocks, and even managed to visit a great quilt shop in Sedona. It was a much needed time of rest and renewal after a busy few weeks. Time away in a beautiful setting is always good for the soul. It gets the creative juices flowing like April showers. There were no April showers in Arizona – and I appliquéd August flowers while I was there – but you know how the saying goes.

Wild DaisiesSpeaking of flowers, the birth flowers for April in my time quilt are the sweet pea and the daisy. One of the meanings of the sweet pea is blissful pleasure and I know many of us are experiencing the warmth of spring in this way. Its other meaning is “goodbye”, perhaps with regard to the end of the cold winter months.  Daisies have the petals people pluck to determine whether “he loves me, he loves me not”. The flowers open during the day and close when the sun goes down or there is bad weather. Hence it is called daisy – from “day’s eye”. They grow wild outside my cottage studio in the summer time.

I was initially nervous about how I would appliqué daisy petals, but they were really quite easy. I covered the daisy centers with embroidered french knots to mimic the tiny yellow flowers in the flower head.

Daisy 1

Daisy 1

Daisy 2

Daisy 2

The sweet pea flowers only have a few petals, so they weren’t too difficult. The challenge was the points of the calyx at the base of the petals. Once again, Apliquick came to the rescue! I hand embroidered the tendrils using a stem stitch and embroidery floss.

Sweet Pea 1

Sweet Pea 1

Sweet Pea 2

Sweet Pea 2

This is April, in my quilt.

April

The gemstone for April is the diamond (lucky ducks!). Most of us are familiar with its clear, sparkling quality, yet there are many colors including yellow, pink and blue. I opted for the traditional colorless – or white – version for my quilt, creating each facet using the grey shades found in an ombre fabric. It is positioned at four o’clock to represent the fourth month. Here is a mockup of my fabric diamond.

Diamond mockup

April is a month when we celebrate Easter and rejoice in our risen Savior. Families gather and we take time to pause and reflect. This spring month, may you open your eyes to the dazzling sunshine and the beauty of creation – whether home or away – and find blissful pleasure in each new day.

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. 


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