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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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Nancy and the Merry Berry Table Runner

Recently, Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting shared her version of my Merry Berry table runner with me.

This lovely Merry Berry Table Runner was created by Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting!

Isn't it wonderful? I love, love that striped binding. It's sheer perfection!

Read her post here to view additional photos and to see how she quilted her runner.

As a reminder, here's my original version. You'll find my free tutorial here.

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If you've made a Merry Berry table runner or another project from an Inquiring Quilter pattern, I'd love to feature you in a post! Please let me know via email.

Thanks again Nancy! Beautiful work. Your holiday table is going to look so festive!

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Adding Long Floppy Ears to a Dog Gone Cute Block

In my online hive, Bee Inspired, a bee mate asked us to make her a block that looked like a former pet. I have cats now, but when I was young I had a wonderful dog named Shamrock.

The block we were to make for our bee mate is called Dog Gone Cute and man it sure is! The block patterns were designed by Lorna @So Fresh Quilts, and there are eight different doggie blocks. You'll find them by clicking here

Lorna's Block Five

My Shamrock block

I studied Lorna's Dog Gone Cute blocks, searching for one that looked like my Shamrock. I finally decided on Block 5 because it had Sham's coloring.

To make my block, I used green fabrics because Shamrock was Irish <grin>. I also modified Lorna’s pattern to give my dog long floppy ears just like my Sham. In my original post about the block, I linked back to Lorna's patterns. Lorna liked my version of the block so much she asked if I could supply the details of my modifications to her readers, in case one of them wanted to make a Shamrock block too. So here goes.

I started with the instructions for Dog Five. When cutting, I made these changes:

To make the floppy ears, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of two of the A squares, place them right sides together on the corners of the C rectangle, and sew on the line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and press back towards the corner. Repeat to add the second A square.

Sew the C2 rectangle to the bottom of this unit. Repeat these steps to make a second ear.

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Assemble the dog block as described in the pattern, sewing the floppy ears to either side of dog’s face.

That's it! I hope you enjoy my Shamrock variation. Thanks again to Lorna for providing the original patterns. Making this block for my bee mate was so much fun! Making a whole quilt of them would be awesome!

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My Turn at Hive Queen

As many of you know, I’m a member of an online bee known as Bee Inspired. I met my bee mates through the New Quilt Bloggers group, and I couldn’t ask for a better set of quilters to be associated with. Recently, I got far behind in my work and also in my commitments to the bee—three months behind, in fact! Luckily I’ve caught up early in June. I can’t tell you what a relief that was!

This month is my turn at hive queen, which means I get to choose a block for the other members to make for me. I had a tough time choosing, but in the end I designed a block I’m calling Irish Eyes.

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I’m Irish and I’ve always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt but I could never decide if I liked single Irish Chain or Triple Irish Chain quilts better. Lately, I’ve been wanting to make something that looks like an Irish Chain but with a modern twist. I’ve been trying to design my take on a modern Irish Chain block for some time now, and becoming Hive Queen this month was the push I needed to finally decide on something.

The block finishes at 12” and uses the No Waste Method Flying Geese method. Here’s what you’ll need to make one block:

White
               (4) 4-1/2” squares
               (8) 2-7/8” squares
               (2) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles
               (2) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

Dark Green
               (1) 2-1/2” square

Medium Green
               (1) 5-1/4” square

Light Green
               (1) 5-1/4” square

Use (1) 5-1/4” Medium Green square and (4) 2-7/8” squares to make (4) Flying Geese using the No Waste Method. If you need help with that, click here to view my tutorial.

Repeat, using (1) 5-1/4” Light Green square and (4) 2-7/8” squares to make (4) more Flying Geese. Sew (1) 1 Medium Green and (1) Light Green Flying Geese together as shown. Repeat with remaining Flying Geese.

To make the Center, sew (1) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles to either side of (1) Dark Green 2-1/2” square.

Sew (1) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom of the unit.

Layout the Center, (4) Flying Geese units, and (4) White 4-1/2” squares as shown. Sew the block together in rows, then sew the rows together. Trim to 12-1/2”.

Here’s what I might make with my blocks. I just love this, and all the quilting possibilities it presents. But mostly I’m psyched by the idea that I’ll have a quilt that reminds me of my Bee Inspired bee mates. Woot!

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