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 Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, 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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