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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A Day with My Tangled Friends

Once a month, I meet with my Tangled Threads bee and we sit and sew and chat and otherwise have fun. We meet in a room at the quilt shop where I work. So I should add that sometimes we sit, sew, chat, and buy!

Me, I worked on quilting my Mini Love challenge for Island Batik. Sorry, it's not ready to show you just yet! But here's a peek.

By the way, if you've got a quilt project that's red, pink, romantic or otherwise Valentine's, please share it on my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Sometimes at bee we have spontaneous show and tells as members finish a quilt top or other project. Elizabeth showed us her crazy quilt first. Love the quilting on this one!

Elizabeth also shared this beautiful quilt top that features Laurel Burch fabric. I love those fussy cuts!

Mary shared her quilt top, Farfalle with Pesto Sauce (the block is called Farfalle--a kind of pasta). Looks good enough to eat! <wink>

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Sometimes bee is just the right place to ask an opinion for a project that's giving us trouble. Here, Paula is discussing options for bordering her quilt.

Sometimes, bee is the perfect place for sharing a new technique. Mary shared her method for adding a magic two-color binding to a quilt. Mary shared a close-up photo of he binding in my Wednesday Wait Loss post.

Remember the mug rugs I made for Galentine's Day? I gave Susie hers (didn't get a photo of her with it though <sigh>).

Turns out I was right! She loved the colors I chose, and the butterfly backing.

From the mug rugs I made last year, I let Mary and Suzie take their pick. Funny, they chose exactly the ones I thought they would!

All in all it was a good day!

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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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Bee Inspired August Block and Giveaway Winner!

I wrote about this block a while ago, and until now, couldn’t find the time to post about it. Regular readers know that I’m in an online bee, Bee Inspired. Each month, one of us gets to be Queen of our hive and choose a block for the other members to make for her. In August, Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting very fittingly chose a dog block.

The pattern is by Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts, and you can find the start of her Dog Gone Cute quilt along here. As you see, we had several different dog patterns we could choose from to make our block for Ann. You’ll find links to all the dog block patterns there.

Ann asked that we choose a block that looked like a dog we’d had as a pet. I have only owned cats as an adult, but when I was little, our family had two dogs—Shamrock and Sandy. Sham was a great dog, a mutt, who was mostly German Shepherd. She was gentle, smart, and the most wonderful dog ever. Dad used to tell us he’d see her every day in the pet store window as he walked home from work, and one day he just couldn’t resist her and he brought her home. Lucky us!

Shamrock in her younger days. Me too, on the left.

Sandy was our adopted dog. Someone let her out of a car right in front of my two brothers, and we took her in. Sandy was a bit untamed, but she quickly responded to our loving care. She came along just in time for Shamrock who in her old age wasn't eating well and who would often wander too close to the street when we let her out to relieve herself. Sandy would protect her from the dangers Sham could no longer see, and by her simple presence, also encouraged her to eat more. Sandy probably gave Shamrock a few more years of life and I'm forever grateful for that.

Sandy (a stray we adopted), Heather (the first of my Aunt Betty's three Scottie dogs, and Shamrock, the Grand Queen

Ann asked us to use solids for our blocks, and I chose greens because Shamrock was Irish <grin>. I modified the pattern to match her sweet floppy ears. Ann, I hope you like your block! It’s in the mail to you.

Although I made Ann’s block early, I’m behind again as usual. Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch was the September queen, and she wants a Lemoyne Star, any size, in tertiary colors plus grey. Time to whip out that color wheel!

Janice @ Passion for Perfume is the October queen, and she’s looking for this block, 8” finished, but in bright and modern prints with high contrast. Guess I’ve got some work to do!

Before I get working on those blocks though, I have an important announcement to make, and that’s the winner of my Island Batik giveaway! As you know, the Island Batik Ambassadors had an awesome blog hop in September, featuring all the new batik fabric collections. My collection was Vineyard, and here are just some of the things I made with it. Even though the hop is over, you can still visit the blogs and oogle at all those wonderful Island Batiks already in quilt stores!

For the blog hop, I decided to host a giveaway of a charm pack of lovely Vineyard batiks.

I assigned a number to each commenter on my blog, and let choose the winner. And the winner is…

Joyce Carter! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered. Joyce, I’ve sent you an email and as soon as I receive your address your charm pack will be on its way!

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