Spring is in the air! It begins with the unseen metamorphosis of plants beneath the earth sending out shoots, buds and foliage. The snow melts as the earth thaws and softens. Spring rains prepare the ground for crops and birds begin to sing outside our windows, heralding the newness of the season. Spring extends into our very steps, as we emerge from our winter cocoons into the warmer air, energized and renewed.
In my quilt about time, the months of the year are represented by their birth flowers and their birthstones. If you missed any of the posts for the spring months, here is a quick recap. You can also click on the month to go back and read the original post.
Birth flowers: daisy and sweet pea
Birth flowers: hawthorn and lily of the valley
Birth flowers: rose and honeysuckle
Birthstone: smoky quartz
Spring is positioned in the bottom right corner of my quilt. The motif continues the repetition of swirls and overlapping branches from the winter corner, but in the spirit of spring, the leaves are turning green.
I had hoped to create this effect by using a beautiful Stonehenge Meadow fabric that blends gradually from cream to green.
While it was a good idea, the small size of the leaves didn’t provide enough room for the color transition to be apparent. Nevertheless, the leaves look pale green – a hue halfway between the white leaves in the winter corner and the bright green ones in the summer corner.
Spring has sprung! Things are coming to life. Our energy is revitalized and inspiration is everywhere, from birds to butterflies, flowers and bees, raindrops and rainbows!
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.