On This Day in History Quilt for May 1.

On this day some time during pre-Christian times, the summer festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers began. In modern times May Day is celebrated with the tradition of dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of the May.  (I myself have fond memories of being crowned the May Queen of Miss Gray’s kindergarten class on this day in 1973.) : )


Therese May made this small house-shaped quilt, titled “True is True” in 2006 for the first Quilt Alliance contest, “Put a Roof Over Our Head.” May wrote this about her quilt: “House shaped quilts create a feeling most all of us can share. As children, in kindergarten, we each draw the house that we call home. Sometimes we use the house as a metaphor for our bodies. It is truly a “True” symbol! The butterfly within is a symbol of who we really are.”

Several of May’s quilts are documented in the Quilt Index. On the advanced search page enter her name under the quiltmaker field to find May’s quilts documented by the Kentucky Quilt Project, the National Quilt Museum, the New England Quilt Museum and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance