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

How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at: qsos@quiltalliance.org

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


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