100 Blocks Vol. 2: May Flowers

I design on paper. I doodle, not really knowing where it’s going to take me, and sometimes I come up with something I like. That’s how I designed May Flowers.

QMMS 100054 BEAM 100 Blocks Vol. 2: May Flowers

May Flowers

I’m intrigued by blocks with partial seams—they’re easy to sew and leave room for a little design creativity. I also like to design blocks that form secondary designs when blocks are sewn together. The green triangles in the corners of this block form a Pinwheel when sewn block to block. Once I have a design, I draw it in Electric Quilt and start playing with layouts and colors.

MayFlowers layout1 300 100 Blocks Vol. 2: May Flowers

Mayflowers quilt #1

This layout, with every other block rotated, is nice, but it’s a little plain to me with all the blocks being the same. Different shades of pink and red would add some interest to this quilt. I also think it would make a great scrappy quilt with lots of different colored flowers.

MayFlowers layout2 3001 100 Blocks Vol. 2: May Flowers

May Flowers quilt #2

This variation also has a border, completing the Pinwheels. This design is a lot more interesting to me and one I think would be fun to make.

Which one do you like best? Leave me a comment by 10am Thursday, November 11th, and I’ll draw a random winner for a copy of 100 Blocks.

About Carolyn

I'm the Creative Editor for Quiltmaker magazine. I've been quilting for almost 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy scrapbooking, knitting, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
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149 Responses to 100 Blocks Vol. 2: May Flowers

  1. Karen McMahon says:

    My favorite is the 3rd version. I love the flowers in color groupings and I like having the pin wheels finished!

  2. Lisa says:

    Love the second one . it is so pretty with all those cute pink arranged like that.

  3. WYO Di says:

    QUILTMAKER is my guilty er quilty pleasure!

  4. Linda Towers says:

    Love the May flowers. Just opened your e-mail; guess my comment is too late for a prize

  5. Mary Malone says:

    Love this blog! Only problem is all the great blogs out there take away from my actual “quilting time”. I just love the pictures!

  6. Jan MacDonald says:

    I think the second quilt would be stunning byt I would add another border to pull all the colors together.

  7. Jan MacDonald says:

    I think the second one would be stunning but I would add a colorful outer border to put all the colors together.

  8. Melanie says:

    I love the first quilt. I’ve always been partial to pink and greens. Those two color combinations are hard for me to resist.

  9. MoeWest says:

    I like #2. It’s colorful, like my garden.

  10. Lillian says:

    I like the second one with mixed color flowers and pinwheels…so pretty!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    I <3 number 1. LOVE the pinks you chose for your block!!

  12. Diann Smith says:

    quilt #2…the colors POP

  13. SuzK says:

    I like May #2 – it reminds me of fields of wildflowers in the Spring.

  14. I love the colored version with the pinwheel border.


  15. kathy h says:

    I like the one with all the different color flowers. It looks like a wonderful garden.

  16. Amy says:

    Oh, I love both of these quilt layouts from your lovely block! The pink one reminds me of climbing roses, and the multicolor one of a wildflower meadow! Thanks!

  17. Marj says:

    I like the colorful one best, because I could use up some leftover fabric.

  18. Cathy says:

    The scrappy version is my favorite. I will have to give this pattern a try.

  19. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I like #2 the best also.

  20. Kris S says:

    Definitely No. 1. There can’t be enough pink in the world.

  21. Sandy Askill says:

    Here in Australia it is springtime with gardens exploding with colour. Your second version would keep that image alive all year round.

  22. Angela Brady says:

    I like the scrappy.

  23. QuitSue says:

    I love quilts where the centre continues out into the borders, so definitely #2 for me.

  24. I like the scrappy one! Would make pinwheels that stand out in places as well :)

  25. Nancy says:

    Oh I love the one with all the wonderful bright colors…it looks like a beautiful field of wildflowers in the spring.

  26. Debbie says:

    I am loving the second one. Bright and cheery.

  27. Sandra says:

    My favourite is #2. I like scrappy quilts!

  28. Debby Iwasenko says:

    Wow! What a wonderful design. I like the second one because I see stars between the flowers. I love stars and flowers.


  29. angela d. says:

    I love #2. Love the different colors and the border. Perfect!

  30. SheilaC says:

    Just love #1!!

    So pretty!


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  32. Jen says:

    I lean toward the 3rd one and see it with scraps and possibly one more border.

  33. Kerry says:

    Love the multi-coloured one!

  34. laura says:

    I love the pink version of May flowers. Congratulations and thank you.

  35. Patricia S says:

    I like bright and cheery, so I’ll go with Quilt #2. Thanks for the chance to win an issue of 100 Blocks!!

  36. Lisa E says:

    I like the 2nd variation.

  37. julie w says:

    I like mayflowers 2 best. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  38. Patty says:

    I like the second one with the pinwheels in the border. It adds a little special touch to the quilt.

  39. Ariane says:

    I love the scrappy version!!! This is gorgeous!!

  40. Marcia W. says:

    May flowers #2 – I like a lot of different colors for flowers.

  41. Melba says:

    I like May Flowers quilt #2, it’s lovely colored!!!

  42. kim Z says:

    Mey Flower #2 is my favorite. Thanks………………..

  43. Bec Clarke says:

    that is such a pretty block. I love it.

  44. May Flowers is really striking! Love the pattern!

  45. Regina says:

    Love #2 -but both are beautiful

  46. Donna says:

    Mayflowers # 2 is the best.

  47. Lina says:

    I like #1 the best (I prefer ‘calm’ quilts), but I would make it with the border from #2. Thank you for the giveaway.

  48. Susan Guzman says:

    Hi Carolyn: First off, I LOVE your block! Secondly, the quilt examples you show us are so beautiful! Truly a marvelous block to work into many different settings.

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