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Happy Easter! What a Dog Gone Cute Quilt!

Hi! Hope you had a lovely Easter!

Last year, I made a cute little doggie block for my friend Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting who was Queen that month in my online bee, Bee Inspired. The block was the creation of Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts. You'll find Lorna's dog blocks here.

Ann's sample block--Lorna's design

Well, Ann said we needed to make the block look like a dog in our life, so I modified the block to add long floppy ears like my childhood dog, Shamrock.

Here's my floppy eared dog block. You'll find the directions for my modifications here.

Well, after I made my block for Ann and blogged about it, one thing led to another then Lorna heard about the modifications I'd made and endorsed them on her blog! Well, other people heard about the modifications of course and started making my version of the dog block in addition to Lorna's. The other day, I got a wonderful email from Karen Graham, who shared her floppy eared dog quilt with Lorna and me.

Isn't it cute? The only modification Karen did to my block was to fussy cut the eyes so the dots in the fabric formed perfect pupils. Isn't that a great idea? Karen told us that she used the layout from "Toy Trucks" @ Virginia Quilter for her quilt.

Thanks Karen for sharing your quilt with us!

Remember: if you make a quilt from any of my patterns I'd love to see it and to share it here right on my blog! You can share it on my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss, or simply email me.

Oh! Before I go, I want to encourage you to share photos of your Easter and Spring quilts on my special Easter Wednesday Wait Loss!

Happy Easter to you! We had a sunny day for egg hunting, then we had a beautiful snow. What an April Fools! <grin>

Oh, oh! Almost forgot to tell you. My friend and fellow Island Batik Ambassador Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts is kicking off her new Blocked Rainbow Quilt Along today, and guess what! If you make the first block by Sunday and post it on social media, you might win her giveaway which this week is a free PDF pattern from yours truly. <grin> Be sure to click over and pay Alison a visit!

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I'm the Queen of March!

Not sure how I feel about that. March here is often cold, windy, rainy, muddy, and sometimes there are even tornadoes.

As the Queen of March, I suppose I should feel bad that the weather for my month isn't that great. Somehow though I don't seem to care because besides a variety of weather, March includes the Spring Equinox, the Oscars, Palm Sunday and most of Easter weekend, and among other things Peanut Butter Lover's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day, Popcorn Lover's Day, Ear Muffs Day, National Proofreaders Day, Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Girl Scouts Day, Something on a Stick Day, International Day of Happiness and World Water Day.

Isn't that a great month to be Queen? Well, that's not all!

Here in the U.S. quilting is celebrated on National Quilting Day, which is March 17th. Not to be outdone, Worldwide Quilting Day is also March 17th, and of course so is St. Patrick's Day! I'm Irish, so this year I'll be streaming my Irish music, indulging in corn beef, drinking green beer, and of course quilting my heart out on March 17th! <grin>

All in all, I'm glad to be the Queen of March!

In my online bee, Bee Inspired, being Queen means I get to choose a block for my bee mates to make for me. Last year, my bee mates made me an Irish Eyes block (my design).

After making a few more blocks, I sewed them together with a plan of adding borders like this.

Recently though, I got the notion to do something else in the borders. Something more Irish. Something like this.

So. Back to being Queen. It seems fitting (especially since it's March) that I ask my bee mates to help me finish the quilt we started together by making me Shamrock blocks for my border. The blocks finish at 4" (4-1/2" unfinished) so I'm hopeful that some of them will make more than one block as I need to make 34 of them!

If you'd like to try out my Shamrock block, you'll need:

  • (3) green 2-1/2" squares
  • (1) green 3/4" x 4" rectangle
  • (1) white 2-3/4" square, cut once diagonally
  • (9) white 1-1/4" squares

Start by drawing a diagonal line on the back of all those white 1-1/4" squares. Place one square, right sides together (RST), in the corner of one green 2-1/2" square. Sew on the line, press it back towards the corner, then trim the seam allowance to 1/4".

Repeat this on two other corners as shown.

Next, center one white 2-3/4" triangle on the green 3/4" x 4" rectangle, RST. Sew and press. I pressed towards the triangle.

Lay the other white triangle on top as shown, RST. Be sure to center the triangle as shown. Sew and press again, then trim the unit to 2-1/2".

Sew the block together in rows then sew the rows together.

Here's how I pressed the back. After pressing, I trimmed the block to 4-1/2".

With one block, you might make a cute mug rug. If you decide to use the block for the border of a quilt, I'd love to see it! Please link it to my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 49

Welcome to my Wednesday Wait Loss, where we skip the wait and get those long lost works in progress done!

I'm catching up on my Bee Inspired bee blocks, finishing December and January. For December, Emily @ The Darling Dogwood requested a book block. Emily is a librarian, so this block is so perfect for her.

The format was rather free-flowing (13" tall by 13 to 16-1/2" wide), which gave us a lot of options. Emily wanted us to use a theme for our fabric choices, and to add "something you might find on a shelf" to our block. I chose the Wizard of Oz because I had a lot of those fabrics and because they are a great series of books.

I added Dorothy's ruby slippers to the stack of books as my "shelf item." I hope Emily likes her block! I'll be mailing it off today. You can find Emily's tutorial for the block here.

For January, Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilts chose the Quatrefoil block. She's going to put her blocks together for a Project Linus charity quilt, and chose a pink, yellow, blue, green, turquoise, coral color scheme. You can find the tutorial for the block here.

On Monday I had the pleasure of kicking off a month-long blog hop for Island Batik! Each day in the Four Seasons Blog Hop, a new Island Batik collection is featured. My collection is called Blue Moon and it's wonderful!

There are fabulous giveaways at each Ambassador's blog, and an Island Batik giveaway so don't miss one day of this wonderful hop! You'll find the details of the daily postings and how to enter my giveaway to win a charm pack of Blue Moon here.

Have fun, and don't forget to leave me an email address if you want to enter!

Well, that's what I've been up to. Let's see what you've got going on. First though let's see who made the weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature the gorgeous quilting of Afton @ Quilting Mod. Her Arrowhead quilt is so awesome! Click here to read her post and get a closer look at this beauty.

Congratulations Afton! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blog.

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Time to link up! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Wednesday Wait Loss 45

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

This week I've been traveling back and forth, bringing my daughter home from college for a weekend at my cousin's cabin, taking her back for finals, and bringing her home again for Christmas break. I can say without hesitation that I'm tired of riding in the car!

But I can't get enough of the snow and wintery weather. It puts me in that Christmas mood!

With all the travel and working at the store, I didn't get a lot of sewing done, but I did applique a cat on my Wicked quilt and get it pin-basted and ready to go! Now to do the same with my I Wish You A Merry QAL quilt.

I'm looking for quilting suggestions for Wicked Envy. What do you all think?

Well, that's what I've been doing. Let's see what you're up to! First though let's see who made the weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature Anita @ Domestic Felicity who linked up three Christmasy projects. You'll be in the holiday mood too, after reading her blog posts! Click the images below to read more about each quilt project.

 Last Supper panel quilt

Last Supper panel quilt

 Christmas book panel quilt

Christmas book panel quilt

 Quick quilt for a December baby

Quick quilt for a December baby

Congratulations Anita! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blog.

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Now it's time to link up. As you know, I'm having another giveaway! This time, up for grabs is this cute little zippered pouch in Christmas reds and greens.

So, you know how this works. Link up a work in progress or recent finish for a chance to win. You can link up three times a week for up to three chances! If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

I'll collect everyone's entries and announce a winner on January 3rd. So you've got four weeks to link up to win!

Are you making anything special for Christmas, or anything wintery? I'd really love to see it! I'm in the mood for snow upon snow!

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Tell me..what would you store in your zippered pouch if you won?

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