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40.6 Gearing up for March-A-Long 2017

February 26, 2017

It’s that time again – time to consider March – A – Long for the year 2017.

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For the past several years I have “hosted” March – A – Long for the month of March.

This is an encouragement to sew/quilt/design/dream/read/shop …. about quilting for 15 minutes a day for the month of March!

Last year I made myself for the month of March focus specifically on Free Motion Quilting. I would like to replicate that this year if I can.

Feel free to join a long, which is why I call it an “-A-Long”, so we can all work together on furthering our quilting goals.

I always offer a chance for others to participate. Either here as a comment, or on the Scientific Quilter page on FaceBook. I can also be found on Twitter or Instagram. I haven’t been super active anywhere but the Twilters! group on FB, but I promise to check in these other places for the month of March during the March A Long.

You can either find me as scientificquilt (twitter), or scientificquilter (instagram). I make a pledge to post weekly during March A Long. Most years I am pretty close to “on the nose” on this.

I may do short audio like last year. That was sorta fun. At the current moment, I can’t remember where my audio ants are stored, but we might see if we can find it sometime before the end of the month. Maybe sooner than that, even.

I know for at least for a while, if I don’t have anything else to do, I can always remove the paper from this quilt.

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I think there are 99 blocks here, with several seams in each. I used regular paper too, which while I was sewing them together, wasn’t a bad idea. It’s cheaper, easier to access than the “made for paper piecing” paper that I have purchased in the past. But, the ripping out stage isn’t really quite as much fun.

Actually, neither was the “sewing all the lines together” part.

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My goals are three fold this month:

  1. Finish up this quilt top to see if I need borders. I wish I had more of the blue background to float some borders, I have just the idea for those. But, alas I do not, so this quilt may go with or without borders.
  2. Get as many small quilts free motion quilted as possible. I still have a small stack of quilts, some of which are basted and ready to go.
  3. Create adequate backing for other quilts I have been working on that have tops but not bottoms.

Anyway, I always enjoy hearing about others’ March-A-Long progress. State goals and successes here or other places you can find me!

Ready, Set, Quilt …. March along you little quilters! Drop & give me 20 …. stitches!

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6 comments

  1. […] forget that it’s time to March-A-Long with Darla, the Scientific Quilter.  Sew or prep or do something quilty for a few minutes every day in March!  I will while […]


  2. I have two SATURDAY SEW INs this month so my goal is to cut fabric for my quilt and get my projects ready.

    1. SKYWARD 9 PATCH …. all cut out ready to sew … been working on this for awhile.

    2. Half Sq Triangle Quilt …. gifted two quilts and plan to add fabric from my stash to make more HsqTri-s.

    3. Angela Walter MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW … VARIANT STAR #1 video ….. I am timing myself on this quilt since Angela said it could be made in one night…. NOT … I am so much slower then her. So far I have spent 4 hours cutting fabrics and still have another 1-2 hours to go. Part of my problem is i sew during the day and sleep at night …. SO I HAVE TO COOK, answer the phone, talk to my hubby, and do other disruptive tasks.
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  3. Are we reporting on Saturdays this year?


  4. […] it’s really only half a week, but here are my March-A-Long stats (completely […]


  5. I love your quilt (above) and agree that ripping out the paper is a PITA. I had to do it on my Spiderweb and could barely look at the thing once it was finished. Still, I gave it as a gift and the friends who received it love it. I like it better now that the pain of the ripping is gone. It is a good task for TV watching. Still, copy paper is a good deal less expensive and more readily available than paper piecing paper. Thanks again for doing the March-a-Long!


  6. […] you’re sewing every day this month for March-A-Long, and making lots of […]



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