Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Blessings

~ At this time of year we wish you all the blessings of Easter. ~
The flowering crocus can be regarded as an essential symbol of the awakening of nature, resurrection, and the renewal of life.*  We've long admired the beautiful Spring Crocus quilt by Jan Krentz, shown below.

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Spring Crocuses by Jan P. Krentz (California) 

The colors of spring crocus are white, light violet,and dark violet. The flowers, buds, and leaves are mainly machine pieced with some applique. Jan Krentz says the inspiration for this quilt was a photo she saw in a Smith & Hawken gardening catalog of a misty, grassy slope scattered with naturalized crocuses in bloom. The design was created in a five-day workshop conducted by Ruth B. McDowell in 1990.

Spring Crocuses was juried into the 2016 Art Quilt Invitational show at the Brigham City Museum (Utah). Jan Krentz is the author of Lone Star Quilts and Beyond and other bestselling quilting books. Ruth B. McDowell pioneered paper pieced techniques as taught in Ruth B. McDowell's Design Workshop and other books.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Brigham City Museum quilt show. *For information on the symbolism of the crocus, see: Kandeler R, Ullrich WR. Symbolism of Plants: Examples of European-Mediterranean Culture Presented With Biology and History of Art: JANUARY: Crocus. Journal of Experimental Botany 2009;60(1):6–8.

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