When Mary Queen of Scots was born in Scotland in 1542, the country was predominantly Catholic. Being named the next in line to the Scottish throne at the age of 6 days made an already difficult political situation even more uncertain and confusing.
Scotland was trying to stay autonomous, England wanted to consolidate power, France was helpful to Scotland and was an enemy of England, and Spain was on the edges, threatening or supportive as it suited their needs.
Intrigues, alliances large and small, and regional differences in Scotland, England and France made strong, unified states difficult. The pro-Protestant movement was quietly growing in England and France and Scotland were mostly Catholic.
The flower of our third block is one of the many in this project that is ambiguous. While the newly-published Herbals of the time offered more accurate depictions of plants and trees, those drawing these on canvas for embroideries were influenced by whimsy and their own skills.
Canvas preparation only provided outlines. The stitcher would choose colors and the gradations of color themselves.
This makes guessing the name of the flower and their intentions even more difficult to tease out.
I have called these Yellow Bell Flowers for now.
I have to admit that I have taken some liberties with my block colors as compared to the original sampler. One problem...blue is my favorite color. True blue flowers are not as plentiful as other colors.
Since I am still making blocks and choosing colors, final block placement will have to wait.
Here are the first three!