Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day

April just sped by and  May is here.  Last week, my son and I were playing a trivia game and one of the questions involved a May Pole.  I got it right but he'd never heard of a May Pole.  I'm not familiar with all the traditions and I'm sure you can find historical references online but I just told him I remember one year in elementary school our teacher created a maypole and we got to dance around it to commemorate spring.  What I really liked was the colorful streamers and the design created by weaving the streamers around the pole.
Not surprising the connection between what fascinated me back then with what motivates me to quilt now.

Anyway, I'm glad May is finally here.  Today (saturday) we said goodbye to April with a bright sunny afternoon. And although it was tempting to be outside, I spent most of my day at my cutting table and sewing machine. 

I've been busy planning my May swap blocks, working a bit on my Butterfly quilt and just started cutting for a baby quilt I need to finish by...what? next weekend?  I thought I had more time. 

See, in June, my neice (pretty sure she doesn't read my blog) is expecting her first baby. But the shower is next weekend. So I have some sewing to do! Anyway, she chose the name SOPHIE. Isn't that a beautiful name!  Unique...almost vintage.  So instead of traditional pastels I decided to go a bit vintage with this moda Fig Tree line of Fresh Cottons.  I'll be adding to these 1/2 yards I already purchased and will update as I go. The pattern I'm using features rows of flying geese blocks and a prairie point border.  Can't wait to start putting it all together.

In addition to the swaps I'm already a part of, I decided to add yet one more.  It's a Mug Rug Swap sponsored by Leona's Quilting Adventure and sign ups start today (Sunday, May 1st). So if you're interested, head over and check it out.

Oh, and one more thing...I received this little thank you card and a tiny charm pack (2 1/2 in. squares) for contributing to Just One Star.  What a nice gesture to receive something because I gave!  Anyway, I know the quilts are going to turn out fantastic and I believe  they will mean a lot to those who receive them.  I am just proud to have helped!
(I'm thinking these would be great for a holiday Mug Rug.  Maybe I'll finish it by Christmas!)

May is also the last month of school so we are on the downhill stretch...yippee!  Always a tough month as the year comes to a close but might be easier since the kids just had a week off for Spring Break!

Predicted temps here in California for May 1st,
a warm, slightly breezy 80 degrees!
Hope your May Day is sunny!


Naturally Carol said...

It sounds like May will be a busy and exciting month for you! That charm pack is so cute..I never knew little squares like that existed. Far from being our final month at school, our kids have just finished their first term! They've got three more terms to go before their big holidays.

Faith S. said...

Oooh, I LOVE what you chose for the baby quilt. I also LOVE the name she picked, that is just beautiful. Can't wait to see it all finished up....hope to see you too!


Karen said...

Happy May Day!!! We are starting the month with lots of rain. Nice fabric for the baby quilt and the Mug Rug Swap should be fun.

Christie describeHappy said...

Aww a May Pole, looks like fun! Enjoyed the peak into your current projects... that baby quilts looks/sounds really neat!