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March has never been my favorite month. Having lived a good deal of my life in Minnesota, I have always found March a dreary time of year. As the warmer temperatures and promise of spring crept in, the melting snow revealed ripples of wind-blown dirt, piles of oily road residue and gravel, and worst of all, the trash previously buried under the snow. I found an early March landscape to be an ugly and dismal site to behold.

But it is also when I searched out the crocus blooms penetrating through the snow. I looked for the daffodils as they pushed their way to become leaves, stems, and blossoms. I delighted in the small delicate flowers of the forsythia bush bursting forth from barren brown branches. March is a time of transition, growth, and renewal.

What has this reflection to do with quilting? The accompanying photo is of my very first quilt made while taking a local quilt shop class.The piecing is not precise. Some of the stitches could well be classified as “toe catchers”. The binding is gathered around the square corners. One side is longer than the other side. I find this quilt, like the early days of March, “to be an ugly and dismal site to behold”.

But, this quilt also initiated my budding interest in quilting. I learned a lot making it; for example, rotary cutters, mats, and rulers (compared to using shears, a pencil, and a yardstick) quickly and more easily cut strips of fabric. In the next class, I learned more skills, and my quilt-making proficiency improved. With each quilt, I continue to learn and grow in my avocation.

Each month as I open the pages of The Quilt Pattern Magazine, new possibilities await me. This month I can expand my embellishment skills while making the current block in the Botanicals BOM & Embroidery Workshop. I can fine tune my piecing skills while making the miniature quilt Amish in Bloom, and I can play with color value while creating Squares Chasing Squares.


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Union Stars, by Bonny Peters and Joanne Maner, produces a stellar pattern using only five fabrics of at most one yard each. Maria Hrabovsky's, By the Seashore, is the perfect project for using a border print or fabric panel.

Create a deceptively simple diagonal illusion with four gradating color values in two colorways in Barbara Douglas' Squares Chasing Squares.

Joan Ballard's Amish in Bloom is sure to delight any miniature quilt enthusiast.

NEW! - Free Block Instructions

Enjoy piecing this versatile Decked Out Star block. It works well with other 12" blocks and looks great on its own in repeats too! I envisioned this as a Christmas block, but I think it would be happy in any theme.
Designed by Sarah Vanderburgh of Sew Joy.

Creamsicle is a beginner-friendly block that finishes at 12" square. Get a fun secondary pattern when you combine multiple blocks, or enjoy it on its own as a quick miniature.
Designed by Jen Shaffer of pbj.

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My Colorado Backyard

You'll love Valerie Franzese's My Colorado Backyard, our new 12-month appliqué BOM. Block 1 features the Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly.

We hope you join us on this BOM adventure! Join the My Colorado Backyard group on Pattern Pastiche,The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s private online quilters’ community. There, you can get answers to any questions you might have, share your progress, and see what others are doing. Don’t forget you can post pictures of in-progress and finished My Colorado Backyard blocks as well!

Gallery Update

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Squares Chasing Squares
Made by Meloney F

By the Seashore
Made by Veronica N

Squares Chasing Squares
Made by Trinda T

Xmas Stars of Love
(November 2017 issue)
Made by Kathryn E

Amish in Bloom
Made by Kathy J

Squares Chasing Squares
Made by Trinda T

(February 2018 issue)
Made by Kathy J

By the Seashore
Made by Trinda T


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International Quilting Day
March 17

Perfect as bed runners or long table runners, this three-for-one pattern holds a secret! How does that tickle your fancy?

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BOM Update

Add perle cotton free motion pebbles to give texture to the Belleymeyer's Caladium in Block 11 of Barbara Douglas' Botanicals BOM & Embroidery Workshop.

Project started in the May 2017 issue.

In Valerie Franzese's My Colorado Backyard, appliqué hummingbirds for Block 2.

Project started in the February 2018 issue

Create a row of ten Tulip blocks in month 8 of Linda M. Anthony's Scrap-It-Up, Row-a-Month Quilt.

Project started in the April 2017 issue.

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NEW! - Ostrich Round Robin

"Come One, Come All" to the new exciting project being offered by TQPM's private online quilt community, Pattern Pastiche.

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Pattern Pastiche Groups

Over the Rainbow Patchwo… My Colorado Backyard
Over the Rainbow Patchwo… Ostrich Round Robin
Over the Rainbow Patchwo… Favorite Things Adventure
Over the Rainbow Patchwo… Scrap-it-Up, ROM Quilt
Over the Rainbow Patchwo… Cat Den Mountain Sampler
Over the Rainbow Patchwo… Botanicals BOM

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