Wednesday, April 17, 2019


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 themselves to match their own whims and desires.  

This makes guessing the name of the flower and their intentions even more difficult to tease out.

Honey Belle

I have to admit that I, too, have taken some liberties with many of my blocks concerning color as compared to the original sampler.  One is my favorite color.  True blue flowers are not as plentiful in nature.  

Turns out that I am making some whimsical choices as well!

Since I am still making blocks and choosing colors, final block placement will have to wait.

Here are the first three together!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


  1. wonderful yellow flowers and it is so nice to see you blogging again

  2. Oh my goodness, I just want to eat these! They are simply delicious! Just gorgeous!

  3. gorgeous....another your inspiration

  4. Impressive! glad you are back! Missed you!

  5. Thank you for sharing the wonderful history with the story of the quilt. This is going to be such a gorgeous quilt - you work astounds me.

  6. Loving the blocks. Your fabric choices are perfect. Glad you are back and stitching. Happy Easter.

  7. Just beautiful! The colors just pop.

  8. So many pretty yellows. You tend to work with brighter colors which I don't have a lot of in my stash.

  9. Your work is incredible as always... almost makes me wish I had the patience for applique! Beautiful - and good to hear your voice again.

  10. These are wonderful. I always felt sorry for Mary! So mistreated.

  11. Not heard from you in awhile - hope you are ok and just keeping busy :)

  12. Just checking in as not seen anything from you for a few months - hope you are well and busy doing what you love :)

    1. Once again checking in to see how you are. I miss seeing your posts - hope all is well:)

  13. Miss you and hope all is well. Can't wait to see your progress on this quilt.


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