#NGAQB – March

Y’all know if I go quiet, I’ve got something stewin’ in the background, right? Good, I thought so. Today, I am thrilled to bring you the latest showcase of the #NGAQB (No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee). I barely got this one done on time, and I swear I originally sewed the first one upside down, inside out, and every which way to wrong! Andrew had such a special request for his block design, read on for more!

“I’m Andrew Youngman, or Mr. March. I am originally from upstate New York, and went to art school concentrating in photography. I now work in healthcare, specifically as an aide in Intensive Care and Cardiac Services. I don’t know how I got from that to this either; I’m still confused!
Quilting was introduced to me by my mother a couple of years ago when I asked her to teach me, knowing she wanted to get back into it. I made one small table runner and one lap quilt then put my machine away, only to pick it up again six months or so ago. Thanks to Instagram, I started noticing more and more male crafters and quilters. I started to follow them and then began a conversation about an all-male quilt bee. And, well, here we are!

I asked for the color inspiration to come from a photograph I took on my last trip with my husband to Key West (#marriageequality). We’ve been there twice in the last year, and we love it. Asking for the guy’s help to commemorate this new favorite place of ours seemed appropriate. I chose the Inverted Star block (pattern available for free on Craftsy.com) because I hadn’t yet worked with half-square triangles and the design seemed to echo that of the photograph.

The blocks that I’ve already received or seen online are stunning. I’m glad to be a growing amateur in such an elite group of fun and talented craftsman! Follow me on Instagram at: TESTOSTERSEWN.”

12 Responses

  1. Looking gorgeous so far, great colours and I can see Key West for sure…..can't wait to see it all come together. Good on ya lads!

  2. Auntie Pami says:

    Beautiful. I loved Key West, I got to visit while I was in the Navy.

  3. Mr. Briggs says:

    You've chosen really great fabrics to fit the inspiration, and the fussy cuts are perfect. I am so glad to have met so many other male quilters via FB group Menwhoquilt. Thank you for the kick start in this arena!

  4. Vera says:

    I'm not usually fan of blue but this look gorgeous.

  5. Fran says:

    These are really beautiful blocks! Love the combination of solids and prints. I'm not ready to do a completely solids quilt, but this would really work for me!

  6. Beautiful blocks and colors! I'm so glad you've choosen quilting so you can inspire us all. So when will you have your own blog??

    • Hi Sharon, you're a no-reply blogger so I couldn't email you. Thanks for your kind words on my block contributions! Andrew gave some fantastic inspiration with that photo. I'll pass your message along to him about him needing a blog, haha!

  7. Katy Cameron says:

    Glad you finally conquered it for him!

  8. Paula says:

    Great blocks. Those fussy cut squares are fabulous

  9. One Wee Bird says:

    Well done with the perserverance Sparkle Boy it looks gorg! I loved Andrew's reason behind the block….sigh 🙂

  10. Wendy says:

    Nice blocks, great colours and oh so masculine

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