Saturday, March 1, 2014

Across The Pond Sew Along ... March Project

March's Across The Pond Sew Along Project

March's Project :  Shamrocks
I have  a dose of "spring fever"  for sure...outside, we have still have snow  on the ground... it's been there  since the beginning of February.   I need something to remind me that spring is "just around the corner..."

How about a making a  new project with the Across The Pond Sew Along group?!  

March's Theme:   Shamrocks

We must have the" Luck of the Irish"  with us this month, because we have  "sew many" beautiful projects , that are available for free!  I found some great things... a little bit of everything, from basic blocks to finished project ideas!  Amanda, The Patchsmith, has some beautiful project suggestions, too.  And a free pattern for you!!

photo  by  Kim's Big Quilting Adventure

pattern by Quilting

St Patrick Shamrock patten design by Jennifer Ofenstein

Luck of the Irish Table Topper  pattern by

Shamrock Coaster  designed for the Across The Pond Sew Along ...for free!
Isn't this coaster stunning and cute!  Bonus: Amanda 's pattern teaches how to make Flying Geese by 2 different methods. 

  • Shamrock Applique Block:  @ WeeFolkArt     see her blog for pictures and pattern
I wish I had time to make every one of these cute projects... but I decided to make the table topper first , because I don't have one for March and St. Patrick's Day.  

The "Luck of the Irish" Table Topper

Pattern:  A Moda Bakeshop pattern design by  Ribbon Candy Quilt Company  (free)
Pattern design by Ribbon Candy Quilt Company and Moda Bakeshop

Fabrics:   Several  St. Patrick Day fabrics from Jo Ann Fabric
                  Kona   lime green
              Garden Pindot  white by Michael Miller

Dimensions:  30 inches x 30 inches

My Adaptations:

  •      the pattern called for additional border of scrappy fabrics, but I liked this Lime Green so well that I used  it. 
  • finished size:  24 inches by 24 inches
  •       I used the back as the binding  ( by adding an inch to the back fabric  on all four sides, and folding and pressing it to the front.   Then I sewed the binding by machine , with my walking foot.

The Luck of the Irish Table Topper     by Susie's Sunroom

The stems of the Shamrocks are appliqued on, and then sewn with the Blanket Stitch on my machine

The back fabric.... with little gold flecks and mini shamrocks.... it continues to the front to become the binding

I quilted in the white sashes , in 1/4 inch straight lines

The directions are well written, and this project was very fun to make!  I love the bright spring colors!

You can see what other quilters have made in our Across The Pond Sew Along Flickr group, too.  Add your projects and share them with us!! 

I hope to make The Patchsmith's  Shamrock Coaster this month, too.  So stop by and see what else I make during March.

One last note, if you view my blog with Bloglovin', and haven't seen any new posts for months...  please feel free to sign up to follow my blog by email .  I am having troubles with my RSS feed, I guess.   

Linking up at :   Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                       Sew Darn Crafty       @ Sew Many Ways
I'm off to my sewing room!

                                  "Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.  "


  1. What a nice table topper you made! With the green and sun outside I feel the spring already.

  2. I have 2 shamrock projects finished on my blog. Love all the green! You do nice things!

    1. We'd love to have you share your shamrocks in our Flickr group! I saw your table topper and it is so pretty and spring-ish!

    2. Fabulous table topper!!! Love the straight quilting and love the green and white!!! Thanks for the motivation-- I think I'll work on this today instead of the other quilt alongs since I have all month to do those but it's time to put out the "green"!

  3. I love your shamrock ideas - thanks for all of the links! Your table topper turned out adorable. Green is one of my favorite colors and it shows off so well in your shamrocks! That binding is perfect, too! I feel "lucky" to follow you!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  4. Oh, this is just gorgeous, and the fabrics are perfect! Lots of great shamrock ideas here!

  5. What a stunning table topper. I love it - so crisp and fresh and springlike. Nice work Susie.

  6. I need to make a St. Patty's day table topper too, and I am so going to make this! Thanks for sharing your beautiful project and telling us about it!

  7. Love your Table topper! The colours are so fresh. Great theme for kicking off Spring!


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