Sunday, May 18, 2014


Okay, it's better late than never, right?  I hope so.  I do apologize for the delay in posting this month's block and instructions.  Things are a bit hectic around here.  The baby graduates in 7 days, I'm a basket case, the Internet at my parent's house is intermittent most of the time, and my Aunt Doris passed away late Friday night after suffering with Parkinson's the last 5 years.

Here is the block for May.  If April showers from last month's umbrella blocks bring May Flowers; wonder what May Flowers will bring?  Why Pilgrims, of course.  Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

It's really a quite easy block and goes together quickly.  

Fabric #1 (Dark) - 4 - 10 1/2" x 3" rectangles
                            4 - 8" x 3" rectangles
Fabric #2 (Medium) - 4 - 8" x 3" rectangles
                                 4 0 5 1/2" x 3" rectangles
Fabric #3 (Light) - 4 - 3" x 3" squares
Fabric #4 (Background) - 20 - 3" x 3" squares
                                        4 - 3" x 5 1/2" rectangles

1.  Sew one 3"x3" background square to one light 3"x3" square.  Repeat for a total of four units.

2.  Sew the 5 1/2"x3" rectangle to the top of the unit assembled in step 1 above.  Notice placement of light color 3x3" square.

3.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the remaining background squares (a total of 16).  Place one background square on the end of each medium rectangle.  Using the stitch and flip method, sew on the diagonal line, trim to 1/4" and press.  Notice the placement of the angle of the background squares.  I pressed the short 5 1/2" x 3" rectangles to the background and I pressed the 8x3" rectangles to the rectangle so they will nest together in the final assembly of the blocks.

4.  Repeat the process in step 3 for the dark rectangles.

5.  Sew the 5 1/2 x 3" medium rectangle unit to the bottom of the unit made in step 2.  

6.  Sew the remaining 8x3" medium rectangle to the right side of this block.  Repeat for a total of 4 units.

7.  Sew the 8x3" dark rectangle to the bottom of the unit made in step 5 & 6.  Sew the 10 1/2x3" dark rectangle to the right side of this block.  Repeat for a total of 4 tulip blocks.

8.  Sew each of the tulip blocks together to make the large block as shown.  It should be 20 1/2" square unfinished.  Here is the block in the another color variation.

How are you doing on your Seasonal Mystery BOM?  Are you keeping up with us?  I know some of you are as you emailed me asking where this month's block was and that you were ready for it.  I'm glad you did.  You kept me on track and you shared with me your progress.  Thank you.


  1. Congratulations on the graduations - hard for mom, I know! Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Aunt Doris, always hard no matter what the circumstances. Prayers for strength for you for both!

  2. block is beautiful, so sorry about your loss. Congrats on the youngest baby "bird" graduated, Hate to ask you this here, are you the one that goes to B&B to pick up quilts to quilt? If so let me know> I have one-lol


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