May

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
~ Edwin Way Teale

Lily of the ValleyMay brings out the poets and blossoms alike, and is filled with themes of hope and gratitude. It is a month to celebrate mothers by giving them a day to be honored and cherished and by giving us a chance to thank them for caring for us and helping us through life’s challenges. The art of quilting or sewing has often been passed down from mothers or grandmothers to daughters and granddaughters and for that we are grateful. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!

May flowers have arrived! The two symbolic flowers for the month are the delicate lily of the valley, in contrast to the hearty hawthorn. The lily of the valley signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. It has white bell-shaped blossoms and a beautiful scent. The hawthorn represents hope and “supreme happiness”. It is a tree with beautiful blossoms which are protected by sharp thorns. What a great month for flowers! Here they are in my quilt about time.

I used needle-turn appliqué for the hawthorn leaves and petals and Apliquick for the flower centers. Hand embroidered stamens really brought these flowers to life.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

The lily of the valley flowers were a real challenge, especially because each bloom measures less than half an inch! If it weren’t for the precision and accuracy of the Apliquick rods, I’m not sure I could have managed it.

Lily of the Valley 1

Lily of the Valley 1

Lily of the Valley 2

Lily of the Valley 2

This is May, in my quilt.

May

The birthstone for the month of May is the emerald. A high quality emerald is among the rarest gems on earth. While it may come in shades varying from light to dark green, it is most commonly known as the rich, dark green color of Spring and is symbolic of rebirth. I had to audition a number of green fabrics to find a combination that would work with the surrounding green foliage. Here it is on my quilt, placed at the five position on the clock for the fifth hour, the fifth month.

Emerald mockup

“Who first beholds the light of day
In Spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life,
Shall be a loved and happy wife.”

(Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: May, in “Notes and Queries”, May 11, 1889, p. 371)

The hope of spring awakening is much like the creative process. We hope that we can be faithful stewards of each germinating idea and bring it to fruition. We hope that our designs will come to life as we envision and fill us with happiness in their beauty. Even now, as I struggle with the border design for this clock-like medallion, I hope that all the pieces will come together in a cohesive whole and finish the story I set out to tell.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope…


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Comments

  1. I love lily of the valley. And your teeny tiny precision applique is amazing!!

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