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March Color Challenge Red-Orange Pinwheels

The March Color Challenge, hosted by Patterns by Jen, starts with an important question. Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing??? Actually no, they are different vegetables. Since the March color challenge has us sewing  red-orange pinwheels, I think we are closer to the shade of a sweet potato!

Red-Orange Pinwheels in March

In either case, let’s get to the fun stuff. The pattern for March is a modern pinwheel design. Orange is the smallest section of my stash, so my fabric choices were a bit limited. I used some bold (blinding?) prints for the 12″ block.

red oranage pinwheels

I love the deconstructed feel created by the split triangles. This block shows how color placement really changes things. Did you realize it is the same as the twin star?

twin star in blue

The six inch blocks have a calmer feel. I love changing the placement of dark and light fabrics to see how it affects the block design. Which version do you prefer?

small march pinwheels

If you want to stick to traditional pinwheels made from half-square triangles, find my tips in this blog post.

Red-orange recipes

Sweet potatoes are a fun way to add more color to the dinner plate. There are too many nights where we have a beige menu and I’d like to incorporate more vegan options in our meal plan. This sweet potato and black bean casserole sounds yummy! What is your favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes or yams?

Red-orange Pinwheels from other quilters

Visit the other quilt bloggers who are participating in the March Color Challenge:

Patterns by Jen 
Kathryn – Dragonflys Quilt Shop
Create with Claudia
Quilty Creations by Fawn
Lisa – Love to Color My World
Joanne – Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Raylee – Sunflower Stitcheries
Crystal – Daybrook Designs
Ashli – Quilt2EndALZ

Remember to link your blocks each month to Jen’s post so that you qualify for the quarterly prizes! Many thanks to the first quarter sponsors:

monthly color challenge prize sponsors

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