Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Day Celebration

May Day goes back to  an ancient springtime fertility festival in the Northern Hemisphere. In Roman times, it was a  tribute to Flora, the goddess of flowers. Later, it was connected to  Walpurgis Night  in Germany and the Gaelic Beltane observance of the midway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Come celebrate May Day with this pretty quilt!

May Day Celebration, 26 x 28",  by Janet M. Bergman, Florida, U.S.A.

Janet explains, "My elementary school held a May Day Celebration that was...memorable!  The girls practiced weaving the ribbons round the pole for weeks, and one May Day we dressed in fancy white dresses and danced for the whole community......This original design used piecing and raw edge applique. This is the first piece I have quilted and thread painted on my brand new Baby Lock Tiara II machine."

Janet continues, "The children represented my grandchildren; Isabella with the cray spirit and fiery red hair, and Eloise, with the free loving soul and blonde hair. Their dresses and bows are scraps for a memory quilt made from a wedding dress." Janet's delightful, flower-filled  depiction of May Day was one of the Quilters Treasure Challenge quilts, exhibited at the 2015 World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.


  1. The high school girls at the school where I have taught do a May pole dance every year but in October rather than May.
    That quilt certainly brings back memories of my childhood.

  2. I like your quilt especially learning you thought about your grandgirls. I like the flowers at the bottom too. Didn't know about the 2015 Quilt show.

  3. Love it... so much detail with the thread work...

  4. This is such a beautiful quilt. It captures the spirit of May Day perfectly :)


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