Spring in the pond – la primavera nello stagno

It’s my chance at the spring fling Soma has organized. I’m thrilled to be part of this talented group of ladies and the previous blocks were really special. My choice was super easy: I just had to do something pond related. I’m an herpetologist and a pond warden so I know it’s spring because frogs are hopping and toads are crossing the roads. I have spent most of my spring evenings in the last years counting egg clutches or saving toads from being trampled by cars.

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E’ il mio turno al blog hop di Soma finalmente! Sono emozionatissima di far parte di questo gruppo di ragazze piene di talento, i blocchi fino ad oggi erano davvero speciali. Non ho avuto alcun problema a scegliere che blocco fare: doveva aver a che fare con lo stagno. Sono un’erpetologa e so che sta arrivando la primavera quando le rane saltellano e i rospi rischiano di farsi investire. Ho passato la maggiro parte delle mie serate primaverili degli ultimi anni a contare ammassi di uova e a spostare rospi dalla strada prima che passassero le macchine!

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So my block had have a pond. I came up with a small pond with water lilies, some cattail and a dragonfly. The fun thing about dragonflies is that you can go crazy with the colors and you will always find one that really exists: metallic blue, acid green, blood red. They are all real dragonfly colors, believe it or not ;)

Quindi dovevo fare uno stagno, e ci ho messo tutto quello che lo caratterizza: ninfee, tif e e una libellula. La cosa divertente delle libellule è che puoi scegliere qualsiasi colore per cucirla e scoprirai che esiste davvero. Ci sono libellule rosso sangue, blu metallico, verde acido. Non mi credete? Fate una ricerca su google!

For the leaves go wild and use all the different scraps of green, brown or yellow that you have, they will look better that way. And the same for the waterlilies: I have used a single symbol but you can use all kinds of different hues, the scrappy look suits it.

Per le foglie ho usato un solo simbolo ma trovo che sia molto più bello se si usano tutti i ritagli di verde, marroncino o giallo bruciato, l’aspetto scrap mi piace di più. Lo stesso vale per i fiori: usate tutti i pezzetti di rosa o lilla che vi avanzano nella scatola dei ritagli.


And while the patterns is downloading (you will also find it on craftsy btw) if you are getting curious on ponds and pond wardens I have some links for you (unfortunately all in italian): my association, a very nice documentary we have made this year while saving frogs and toads, my interview on the local tv and a very cute video made by elementary kids after a visit we made at their school.

E mentre scaricate il modello (che si trova anche su craftsy se volete) se vi ho incuriosito sui rischi a cui vanno incontro gli anfibi in primavera vi invito ad andare a vedere il sito della mia associazione o a guardare un documentario che hanno girato quest’anno seguendo la nostra attività, un’intervista che ho fatto alla TV locale o ancora meglio un bellissimo video realizzato dai bimbi della scuola elementari dopo una lezione che ho tenuto l’anno scorso.

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29 Responses to Spring in the pond – la primavera nello stagno

  1. kathy h says:

    Thank you very much for the beautiful dragonfly pattern. I have always loved the quilts with this design and since I love paper piecing, this will be perfect.

  2. Margaret Andrews says:

    That is the most beautiful dragonfly block I have seen. I just had to say. Oh, Wow!” when I opened up your site. I will make it this morning. Beautiful work and the most beautiful colors. Thank you!

  3. carol says:


  4. Sandra/hohenbrunnerquilterin says:

    Thank you for this lovely pattern!
    Mi piace molto! :-)

  5. Yageol says:

    What a beautyful dragonfly. Thank you very much for sharing! I love it!

  6. pat says:

    Thank you. It is beautiful.

  7. Aalia says:

    Oh, Gaya! There is just so much to love about this block! A true work of art.

  8. Soma Acharya says:

    I love this pattern so much Gaya. It’s like a scene from a fairytale. Thank you so much for making this beautiful pattern for the blog hop :)

  9. This is just an a.w.e.s.o.m.e. pattern!!! Thanks for sharing it with us! I love it!!!

  10. What a GREAT block!!! Just love it!

  11. Gaya says:

    Thanks for having me, it so much FUN!!

  12. Gaya says:

    Aalia you are always so sweet, thanks!

  13. Gaya says:

    Oh Margaret please please send me picture if you do, I so look forward to see the other possible color choices!

  14. Gaya says:

    Thanks Kathy!!! If you get around to stitching it please send me a picture, I’d love to see it :)

  15. Kathy says:

    Love your pond block! It is also great that it is something you are passionate about. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Karen says:

    It’s gorgeous and whimsical. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  18. Margaret Schindler says:

    Beautiful is all I can say. thank you

  19. Zari says:

    I love the dragonfly so much and your pattern is perfect! I followed it to the letter and created a nice one for myself. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. It was expertly done. I especially like the legend.

  20. Zari says:

    Gaya how can I share my dragonfly photo with you?

  21. Marian Pena says:

    Love Love Love this block, thank you so much.

  22. davide says:

    Ciao! Vorrei solo dire un grazie enorme per le informazioni che avete condiviso in questo blog! Di sicurò diverrò un vostro fa accanito!

  23. Cathie Scanlon says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful pattern.

  24. Cathie Sveum says:

    Love insects. What a great pattern.

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  27. I’ve just found this pattern on Craftsy after renewing my interest in Paper-Piecing. Thank you! (I was checking to see if the larger picture of the pond was continued :)

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