Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms or people with moms!
This month our sweet elephant is celebrating Mother’s Day. What a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates, just for Mom! Since April showers bring May flowers, I chose a cute flowered fabric for the background for this block.
The origins of Mother’s Day dates back to before the Civil War. Ann Reeves Jarvis organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to teach women how to properly care for their children. Later, in an effort to calm down the hostility after the Civil War, Ms. Jarvis created “Mother’s Friendship Day.” On Mother’s Friendship Day, she would gather mothers with Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
In 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” which called out to mother’s to join together and promote world peace. Ms. Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” which would be celebrated every June 2, but that plan never came to fruition.
The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis had a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Congress rejected Ms. Jarvis’ proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday; however, by 1911 all of the states in the union were holding their own Mother’s Day celebrations. It wasn’t until 1914 that Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation which designated a national holiday, wherein Mother’s Day would be held on the second Sunday in May specifically to honor all mothers.
Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world at various times. Just to name a few countries, Norway celebrates their Mother’s day the 2nd Sunday in February, UK celebrates mothers on the Fourth Sunday in Lent and calls it “Mothering Sunday,” whereas Indonesia celebrates Mom on December 22.
Regardless of when you celebrate your Mom, wouldn’t this make the cutest little mug rug or table mat for her?
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If you love our elephants, but don’t want to wait for the monthly pattern release, you may purchase the quilt pattern here!
Elephants All Year Quilt Pattern
The pattern packet includes the applique layout templates and pattern pieces for all twelve elephants, along with instructions for the pretty pieced sashing. Finished Size: 28½ ” by 37¼ ”
If you’re just joining us, you can catch up with the elephant blocks by visiting our 2019 BOM page!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Mother’s Day! You should start making suggestions now about your perfect Mother’s Day gift, so they don’t forget! How about that beautiful fat quarter bundle that you’ve been drooling over?
Thank you for visiting our blog and happy quilting!
8 thoughts on “May Block of the Month”
Good Morning! HOW can it be MAY already?!! And Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, isn’t it. EEK. What a cute block – I love the flowers and candy. So fun! ~smile~ Roseanne
Hi Roseanne! I remember when I was 13 or 14, my mom told me that “the older you get the faster time goes.” I thought she was a crazy old lady and she was younger than I am now! I figure that if I make every day fun, life may go by quickly, but I am enjoying my time! Happy quilting, Susan
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Thank you for another cute pattern. Love all the little touches you add. And I’m with Roseanne, I can’t believe it’s May already!
Thank you Brenda! It’s hard to believe that next month we will be halfway through our little elephants! I had lots of fun with these guys and am really happy you like them! Happy quilting, Susan
Thank you for such a fun series…each month’s pattern is delightful.
You are very welcome! I can’t wait for you to see the next one and the next one! I love seeing what our quilting friends have to say! Happy quilting, Susan
I only wish I had a daughter (or one of my sons would think to do it!) to make this for me. I guess I’ll have to make my own. =) Thank you for another great block!
We love it when you come to visit! Hope you have lots of fun making him and happy quilting, Susan
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