Happy May Day!

Can you believe it?  It’s May already (not that I’m telling you anything that you don’t already know).

For May Day I made a little quilted bag for MeMum.  Just a little something to hang some pretty flowers from her doorknob this morning.

May Day

It’s hard to see from the picture, but there are grommets in the sides so that I could tie the ribbon to the bag.

May Day

And what better flower for May? Lilacs are a favorite of ours — I’ve often wondered if it’s because the name contains the name of MeMum’s mother — Lila. So pretty!  (And they smell soooo good!)

May Day

Anyway, that’s not the only reason I made this little bag. If you remember correctly, it’s May. And I’m Miss May in the Aurifil Block of the Month. I’ve created the little Maypole embroidery for the May block and I wanted to work it up in a different colorway just for fun. Here’s my block in the fabric and Aurifil colors that were provided to us for the Aurifil quilt.

May Day

You can read more about my block and get the pattern on the Aurifil blog.  (If the post isn’t up yet, it will be soon).   And don’t forget, if you’re making the Aurifil blocks, you can post your block (and see lots of other pretty blocks) on the Aurifil Flickr page.

May Day

And Scruff would like to say Thanks for your visit — but he’s busy trying to get a whiff of those flowers.  Have a good week!


47 Thoughts on “Happy May Day!

  1. This is such a pretty bag! You kitty wants one of her own, I think! :)

  2. Julie on May 1, 2012 at 8:58 am said:

    Love, love, love your block. I will definitely be making one. The quilted bag was a fabulous idea as well. I’m always looking for new ways to use my embroidery. Thanks for both :)

  3. Aww, it’s such a pretty little bag! I love lilacs, the way you could smell them from a distance. They go really well with the bag. The picture with the kitty is really special :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love the new thimbles. Super cute. I dreamed about the color purple last night and this shade is perfect. Your stitching is really perfect too. Lucky mum!

  5. Love love love the birds and the maypole! Lilacs are most definitely my favourite flower, they smell so good!

  6. Adorable! The kitty too!

  7. A verty pretty bag and an adorable embroidery! Well done Mrs Timbleanna!!

  8. Frannie Fimbres on May 1, 2012 at 11:48 am said:

    Very adorable and sweet for your Memum. Love the pattern Anna! Happy May Day!

  9. Your bag is so sweet and Lila is a beautiful name. Your lilacs are further on than ours. The ones that I’ve seen are just coming into bud but I’m sure I’ll be ‘ pinching’ a few branches from somewhere to bring into the house very soon xx

  10. This is really, really cute! I started with the blocks but didn’t get too far. Maybe someday I will catch up. But you did an awesome job with the design on this one!!! Congrats!

  11. Anna, what a sweet and thoughtful daughter you are! That was a beautiful May Day gift.

  12. What a pretty block! Very nice Anna! Happy May Day to you! It’s cold, rainy and just plain yucky over here for the 1st of May. Very nice gift for your Mum. :)

  13. my dadlovesmysisterbest on May 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm said:


  14. Denise on May 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm said:

    Love your block!! Am so gonna sew this one up!

  15. You are the nicest daughter. Love the block and the flower basket for the door.

  16. I knew it would be fabulous! Love, love, love it! And to make it into a bag for your mom makes it even better. :) You. So. Rock.
    Also, I am very jealous that you have lilacs.

  17. happy may day miss anna. i hope memum loved her gift, it’s darling and you are wonderful.
    your stitching, as always looks impeccable. and i love the maypole.

  18. OMG so cute!!!

  19. Your block is so cute, and the flower bag for your mum precious. Did she love it?

  20. Well now, that is a whole lot of stitchy goodness. Love it, Anna. Happy May Day!

  21. How sweet to have your “May Pole” springing up from a thimble, sew very clever! Your Momma must love it, I’m sure.
    We spoke of May Day at school, but this year I dropped the ball on delivering flowers to the other teachers…I’ll try again next year!

  22. Your little bag is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I would buy one if you sold them! Your MeMum is so lucky.

  23. What a gorgeous bag Anna. I really like the look of those May flowers, which I dont think we get here. Your kitty is a sweetie. Isnt it funny how they always have to check out anything new in the house.

  24. Cute as it can be! I’m with you…I’m looking for a “do over” on April…I think I missed it!

  25. Hi, I love this pattern and this little bag! Thanks for sharing it with us on the Aurifil website! Yesterday I did a post about May baskets, and several people said they were unfamiliar with the concept of May baskets. I wonder if I could have permission to share your photo on my blog and link back to you (giving you credit of course) as another idea for a May basket. We filled ours with candy, but filling it with flowers is the true way to do a May basket. I would be very grateful. I’ll link to you and to Aurifil for the pattern. Thanks in advance! I sure love what you did!

  26. May Day is a whole lot different around here. Not a waft of lilac and a lot of rugging up against the pending winter. I’m feeling a wee jealous!

  27. That is too cute Anna!

  28. Hey look at you getting featured! Well done… Loved the post and reading all about you…I liked what you said about the stem stitch…I prefer it too and wonder why the running stitch is more popular…perhaps we should start a new trend! :o)

  29. Oh Anna! Love your block! It’s adorable!

  30. Doni on May 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm said:

    I have been looking forward to seeing what you would come up with for the May block. And its even cuter than I imagined it would be! Great job and thank you for sharing it with us! :)

    Love the new shoes too! So cute!!

  31. ina on May 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm said:

    Oh, Miss Thimble Anna!! I love your maypole and it’s in a thimble! I’ll have to make this one for myself. ;p

  32. Adorable. I noticed the thimble right away, special touches are the best! What a great way to celebrate May Day.

  33. Mary ann on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm said:

    Gorgeous Anna, I am so sorry I didn’t start this BOM…but I may just have to make May since its so darn cute!

  34. Very, very cute!! As usual. Your awesome in my book. And so so talented. Love that bag and your design.

  35. Love your design Anna! It was fun reading about you on the Aurifil site! Next stop—Hollywood!

  36. Gurney on May 3, 2012 at 4:31 am said:

    So cute and you know me and birds! LOL! Great job – see you are a designer! Very cute!

  37. Jewels on May 3, 2012 at 7:42 am said:

    OMG! I love the pretty little bag and the idea you leave flower on your Mom’s door knob for May Day. xoxoxoxoxox

  38. I love the pattern and have already downloaded. I can’t wait to stitch it up. :)

  39. Oh Anna!!! You’ve outdone yourself. This is so sweet. Do you have any information on how you made the bag. It’s wonderful.

  40. I love the bag and the lilacs! What a wonderful idea.

  41. Dang woman you just keep coming up with keepers. That is just to sweet – great job and I think scruff is digging it to :). 2 more weeks till market – you ready :)

    Hugs – mrs. Farmhouse

  42. That is such a lovely little bag .. i can almost smell the lilacs. The block is gorgeous – well done you!

  43. beautiful bag! I love the birdies with the May pole. The lilacs look lovely and I know they smell just as good.
    What a sweet photo with your kittie!
    Happy May

  44. Hi Anna, that is so beautiful…I wish I was your mom :) I did not realize you had a kitty similar to my Tencents. Scruff looks so cute and Tencents would be doing exactly the same type of thing. I actually had time to do some blogging today and read some of my have blog corners…feels so good!

  45. Ruby on May 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm said:

    Hi Anna, I just read your article on the Aurifil May Designer. I too love the Maypole and your design is so very fitting.I grew up in Natchez, MS – each spring there is a presentation depicting scenes from the Civil War Era which is so very entertaining since all the participants are dressed in antebellum attire.There is a scene where the little children dance around the Maypole and then the older children actually dance and plat the long ribbon streamers

  46. Very, very pretty! Did you know that I am a May Day baby? Yup, and every year for my school birthday treat my mom would make little may day baskets filled with popcorn, m and ms, pixie six, etc? My friends still talk about them.

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