My “March Madness”

Having completed my UFOs for the First Quarter Challenge, and being caught up with my quilt submission deadlines for magazine publication, I am in a quilting danger zone. It’s dangerous because I am tempted to start all sorts of new projects. For example(s), take a look at my design wall.

In the upper left corner are four 16″ “Saw Tooth Star Variation” blocks which are begging to become the center of a bed-size medallion quilt all made with the beautiful “Flower Mill” fabric designed by Corey Yoder for Moda.

Below the stars are seven appliqued “Shamrock” blocks that I won in a Block of the Month drawing on Sunday at Tarheel Quilters Guild. I have two setting ideas in mind. The simplest is alternating them with green and white Single Irish Chain blocks. The more elaborate idea is a modern, alternate grid setting with white and green patchwork blocks of various designs and sizes as well as fillers such as “Checkerboard” and “Flying Geese.”

The lower right corner showcases nine 9″ blocks I’ll use as a teaching sample for a class at Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC. Last summer I made a queen size quilt of this design, hand appliqueing the “Orange Peel” blocks. Conversely, I machine appliqued the “Orange Peel” blocks for this 40″ wall quilt. I just need to add borders and quilt it!

And running diagonally through the design wall is my current Leader/Ender project of “Roman Stripe” blocks. Normally when assembling diagonally set blocks, I begin at the upper left corner, increasing each row by two blocks. But by the time I reach the diagonal center of the quilt, creating the long rows seems so tedious. I hope by beginning in the center and working outward, my enthusiasm will increase as the number of blocks needed in each row decreases.

These represent my current projects with open-ended goals. And some, to be sure, will be side-lined and end up on next quarter’s UFO Challenge list because I often think of something else I want to make.

And now I’m tossing the ball in your court. What projects are you “mad” about making this March?


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