September Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

September Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

It’s all about the color lilac for the September entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge. That is such a pretty color and, since I have a fair amount of it in my stash, I didn’t need to go out and buy any new fabric.

Depending on who you talk to, that could be considered a good or a bad thing. It’s not a problem though, I’ll still find an excuse to go to the fabric store.

This month’s block was fairly simple to put together, but I definitely had to work on my points for the pinwheel center.

I find that it’s easier to get sharp points when I work with batik fabric, but that might be because I love working with it so much. Because it is a little bit stiffer, I think my points come out sharper.

Picking out the fabrics for this month was fun, especially the lighter lilac. The darker purple was a different story. With a fair amount of fabric to choose from, I couldn’t decide if it was too dark or not.

Ultimately, I’m really happy with the results. The block fits in well with the others.

I just can’t believe that there are only three months left for this challenge. It’s gone by so quickly.

I keep pulling out all of my blocks and trying to come up with a layout I like. One option in particular draws me in, but I have to wait until the last blocks are done before I make my final decision.

If you want to join in the fun, head over to the Pattern by Jen blog and check out all of the details.

So far it’s been a lovely challenge, with every color of the rainbow represented.

September Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

Here’s what I’ve done so far. Three more blocks to go, and I’m ready for them!

Everyday Household Items For Quilting

50 Everyday Household Items for Quilting

There are plenty of reasons people want to use everyday household items for quilting.

Let’s be honest, quilting can be pricey. When you are first starting out you may not want to buy all of those fancy notions until you are convinced that quilting is the hobby for you. Even if you are not a beginner, you might be looking for budget-friendly alternatives for some supplies.

Not only that, but quilters sometimes need something quickly, and just don’t feel like running out to the store.

Whichever category you fall in, here are 50 everyday household items for quilting.

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Unboxing Charm Squares

Unboxing Charm Squares - Create with Claudia

Can you guess what I got in the mail a couple of months ago? Well, if you check out this video of me unboxing charm squares you will see.

The Backstory

A couple of months ago I subscribed to a quilt magazine. Along with the fact that the magazine looked gorgeous, the allure was that a special offer of fabric was included. That clinched it and I subscribed. After a brief wait, I got a package containing all of the goodies. How exciting!

The Fabrics

Charm squares unboxed

The charm pack I got was from Hoffman fabrics, and wow, are they awesome. I just need to figure what I want to do with them.

The pack was made up of fabrics from three different collections, Paint Impressions, Dragonfly Dream, and LUXE.

As you can see in the video, while I can’t pick a favorite, some of the charms that really popped for me were the Pink Silver and Magenta Gold from the LUXE collection. In addition to those two, the Crocus, Caterpillar, Cobalt and Zinnia from the Paint Impressions collection were other standouts.

One of the things I really liked about the LUXE charms was that there were so many color options, and all of them had little touches of bling in silver or gold. I can see them being wonderful companion fabrics to all sorts of projects.

The Unboxing Charm Squares Video

This was my first unboxing video, so I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to do it. I’ve seen a number of them on YouTube and they looked like fun to make, so I thought this would be the ideal one to start with.

I felt like a kid in a candy store when I opened up the package. Not only was the magazine lovely, the fabric was a hit.

I’m glad I made the video of unboxing Hoffman charm squares, even though there are some glitches in it and I had to do a fair amount of editing. As a result, I’ve been inspired to do some more like it, so stay tuned!

Scrap Busting Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ultimate Scrap Busting Quilt Block #quiltblock #quilting

If you are a quilter, and you have lots of scraps, then you ought to give this ultimate scrap busting quilt block a try. It’s easy, fast to sew together, and a gorgeous way to make your fabric bin a little bit lighter.

If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve never met a scrap I didn’t like, and after 30 plus years of quilting, I have collected a bunch of them. This block was a great way to show them off, and they made a nice looking quilt.

About 12 years ago I made a king size quilt using it, and it is almost always on display in our guest bedroom. When I made it, I gave myself the following challenges.

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August Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

August Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

August is here and so is my August entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Quilt Challenge. If I do say so myself, I love the way this one turned out.

I wasn’t too sure about this month’s red-orange color prompt for a couple of reasons. First of all, orange isn’t a color I work with a lot. Second of all, because I don’t work with it much, I don’t have a lot of fabric to choose from. Because I challenged myself to using only batiks, it was a stretch finding fabric that was suited.

Luckily, it didn’t turn out to be a problem, and I have added this beauty to my ever-growing stack of the other months’ blocks. Only four more to go, and I’m already playing with some quilt layout ideas in my head.

What fun this challenge has been so far. Not only have we made some terrific blocks, but the prompts we’ve gotten from Jen have been inspiring in the garden as well.

Each month’s color choice is based on a different flower, and this month’s selection hit the nail on the head. My block definitely reminds me of the orange and red marigolds that are blooming in my garden as I type this.

Challenge Progress

Here’s a look at what I’ve done so far. If you are inspired to give it a shot, check out the Patterns by Jen website for all of the challenge information.

Next month, the color prompt is lavender, and that is definitely a color I have plenty of batiks in. Depending on the design, I’ll just have to decide if I want to use lighter or darker lavenders. I can’t wait!

If you would like see more about my blocks other than my August entry for the Patterns by Jen color challenge, you can find them here.

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