Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mexican Star Quilt Block and What Is Green?

Mexican Star Quilt Block Pattern Information

What Is Green?
Green is the grass
And the leaves of trees
Green is the smell
Of a country breeze.

Green is lettuce
And sometimes the sea.
When green is a feeling
You pronounce it N.V.

Green is a coolness
You get in the shade
Of the tall old woods
Where the moss is made.

Green is a flutter
That comes in Spring
When frost melts out
Of everything.

Green is a grasshopper
Green is jade
Green is hiding
In the shade -

Green is olive 
And a pickle
The sound of green
Is a water-trickle.

Green is the world
After the rain
Bathed and beautiful

April is green
Peppermint, too.
Every elf has
One green shoe.

Under a grape arbor
Air is green
With sprinkles of sunlight
In between.

Green is the meadow,
Green is the fuzz
That covers up
Where winter was.

Green is ivy and
Honeysuckle vine
Green is yours
Green is mine.

by Mary O'Neill from her Hailstones and Halibut Bones

What is your favorite green item?  Inquiring minds want to know!  By commenting, you'll be entering to win a copy of A Time for Peace (Quilts of Lancaster County) by Barbara Cameron. If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others. The winner will be announced on April 1.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Weathervane Quilt Block and Missing the Smells of Spring.


  1. My favorite green is grass. I love the look of a lush green lawn. I love the feel of grass on bare feet. I love the smell of freshness.

  2. My favorite green thing is any green plant. I have to have some in my home at all times!

  3. My favorite green is the first tiny buds of life showing up in spring. After a long hard winter it is a blessing to see that no matter what life goes on.

  4. The green of the meadow grass under the hooves of new Spring lambs.

  5. The faint green of the willows in the spring. That signals to me no more frost and warmer times are just around the corner. Time to work in the garden!

  6. When my son was still a boy, he collected all kinds of moss from his hikes and scout trips and planted a wonderful moss garden in our shady yard. It was such a lovely place all year around, an amazing variety of textures and shades of green.

  7. My favorite green is the bright green of the moss on the rocks in the stream behind our cabin!

  8. My favorite green is the jade ring my husband gave me. Makes me smile every time I look at it.

  9. Right now it is seeing the crocus leaves, the naked lady leaves, and hyacinth's poking through the ground. I know that spring is on its way.

  10. My favorite green is a pasture full of horses grazing and enjoying the shade of a tree.

  11. I saw this Mexican Star done in green and thought of my daughter Heather! She is a St Patrick's day birthday girl. Her big brother told her when she was 8 years old that she was 1/2 Mexican; it was why she was so "dark" skinned. She believed it, because she had cousins who had a Mexican Daddy; and she never questioned her brother, assuming he was telling her the truth. Never asked mommy or daddy either. Funny family story, because we are English, German and Russian background. Now that she is past 30 years old, she still laughs about her Mexican roots, and we celebrate CINCO DE MAYO on her behalf too! I need to make a table runner for her from this pattern !!

  12. Great photos & block-Thanks for sharing!


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