Shades of Green

Every fall, those of us who are fortunate enough to live in climates with obvious seasonal changes are delighted with the changing colors of leaves. The explosion of gold, red, and burgundy captivates us, and turns our thoughts to cozy times ahead.

Green Leaves of Spring © by The Curious QuilterBut every spring, nature struts her stuff with an equally stunning show brought out in shades of green. The very trees that will scream with color come fall are now showcasing subtle variations, from pale greens to vibrant yellows. Even the evergreens suddenly refresh and darken their cloaks as spring rains feed them.

Weeping Willow in Spring © by The Curious QuilterI am particularly fond of this watercolor palette that spring brings. I love the pale yellow willow leaves—how they shine against the darker colors of their neighbors. I love knowing that those same leaves will create part of the welcome, green background of summer, then shine a brilliant gold before the wintry winds come.

Red_Oak_leaves_in spring by Rbbj, Wikimedia CommonsEverywhere I look, I see shades of green. Maple trees begin with bright green blooms, quickly replaced by elegant leaves. The birch tree teases with gold sprouts, just waiting for the sun’s warmth to bring out summer’s leaves. Aside from the lovely scattering of flowering apples, plums, and lilac bracts, nature brings other spring surprises. The gnarly oak trees of winter shed their dry, brown leaves, and emerge with tinges of reds and bronze before donning their summer green. I know that they will turn a ruddy brown in late fall, and their leaves will linger as shelter for squirrels and birds.

The cycle of the seasons gives us a sense of wonder and hope, dressed in countless colors. Let the tender greens of spring shine for a while! Soon enough they will give way to sturdy summer garments, and then blaze into fall color. The branches will be lacy against the winter sky for a long time, before the pale greens peek out at us again next year.
Spring Shades of Green © by The Curious QuilterAs quilters, we often try to capture the subtle shades that nature presents around us. From diverse floral gardens, scarlet shades of fall, to rippling blue water, we build these colorways into our creations. I have two autumnal quilts in my UFO/WIP pile, but keep collecting greens, knowing that spring has inspired me to make a Shades of Green quilt—one day. After all, spring warms us with hope and promises of things to come. How can I resist?Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comI spent my own time wandering on this Wednesday. With my apologies, two woodticks were harmed in the gathering of photos for this post.Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comSignature© 2012 by The Curious Quilter,, All rights reserved.


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7 Responses to Shades of Green

  1. J. Johnson says:

    Up here on the Minnesota-Canada border, spring is a bit slower than in your neighborhood. But the contrast of greens can be wonderful, bright pops of lime green aspens against the pines. Lovely thoughts, thanks for sharing.

  2. Cathy Kieser says:

    You diffinately deserved the walk after all you have been through with getting ready for this swap. I love to step out on our deck in the crisp morning light, cup of tea in hand, and then right when the sun comes up to watch the robins hopping around. Ah, God speaking to us through nature! His creation. Hope it all is going well with swap ready to be revealed. I am super excited!

  3. Ria says:

    I love this time of year, with all its shades of green bursting forth again. It always makes me feel so alive and appreciative of what I have.

  4. Allison says:

    I love to watch the hills change color throughout spring as the trees go from bare, to budded, to new leaves. Love the bit about the ticks 🙂

  5. rutigt says:

    I have also wanted to do a “springquilt”. I love it, when the nature turns green. First the soft, light green and then when it burst out in all kind of green. My sister asked for a wallhanging and she likes green, so maybe now is the time to sew in green!!!!
    Gun, Sweden

  6. Sharon Camp says:

    In Florida it is usually Spring and Summer year round. This scenery is beautiful and one I don’t often have the opportunity to observe. SEW beautiful.

  7. Malou says:

    Beautiful post! I love the changing of the seasons and fall to me is always spectacular. I love spring as well especially here in Holland when the tulip fields explodes in myriad of colors. 😉

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