Thursday, March 19, 2020

March Monthly Color Challenge

The representative bird for the Monthly Color Challenge for March is the Baltimore Cardinal. Since my orange scraps are depleted from last month's RSC, I decided to go with the female Oriole, who has more muted gold/orange/yellow feathers than the brightly colored male. You can click on the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge button in my sidebar for more info. It isn't too late to catch up!

This block is formed with HSTs and with flying geese using the no-waste method. Am I the only one who forgets to press the seams after the first cut? I always have to rip stitches! Also I have a little difficulty trimming the geese using a regular ruler. Some day I shall purchase a ruler made for trimming flying geese, and my life will be perfect.

February's Indigo Bunting block enlarged from 8-1/2 to 12-1/2 inches

The block patterns produce a 12-1/2 inch block, and I had forgotten that last month I reduced the block size to 8-1/2 inches in order to accommodate my scraps. Sooooo, although I really liked the 8-1/2 inch blocks, I went ahead and added fabric to the borders of the January and February blocks. It's just asking too much of myself to remember to make that adjustment each month!

To enlarge January's Goldfinch block to 12-1/2 inches, I cut into some long
hoarded Michael Miller fabric called Summer Soiree by Paula Prass.

This month's RSC color is teal, and my overflowing scrap bin is ready. I'll be making a Scraptastic Star, string blocks, a Geese Migration block, and an Irish chain block. Hopefully that will help reduce the overflow somewhat. Before I start, I plan to use Preeti's suggestion of separating my scraps into greenish blue and bluish green! We are good to go on groceries for a few days, and with no visitors or activities scheduled for awhile I should have plenty of time to get going on scraps.

I'll be linking this post at the end of the month with Jen's 2020 Monthly Color Challenge for March.


  1. The bird is pretty but you captured its spirit beautifully in fabric. The indigo bunting block is lovely as well!!!
    Thank you for the shout-out. Wish you lots of sewing magic and stay safe wishes.

  2. Linda, that is pretty! I love those corner squares especially. I am low on orange, too - but I think I can pull off one block. I should get on that!

  3. I love the black background fabric on this month's block! Did you fussy cut the flowers, or did they just end up looking nicely centered?

  4. Oh nice!! Your March block is lovely.
    After I did the teal Dresden, I spent some time and cut some of the blue bin into squares - 2 1/2", 3" and 3 1/2". Not the whole bin but at least a stack of squares. I don't usually do this and think it will be nice to have the squares. So maybe I will do a few with each color as we go? Who knows - this might be the only month I am so inspired!!!

  5. The top one, matching the Oriole, is my absolute fave. Gorgeous!


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