February Monthly Color Challenge Entry for Patterns by Jen 2020 Event

February Monthly Color Challenge Quilt Block

This month I have the honor of being one of Pattern by Jen’s featured bloggers for her quilt along. The February monthly color challenge is teal and is inspired by the Indigo bunting.

I don’t see these birds very often, but when I do I can’t miss them. Their vibrant teal blue color shines through the trees.

Surprisingly, while I love teal blue, I don’t have a lot of it in my fabric stash. As a result, since I’m limiting myself to only fabrics I have on hand for this challenge, I had to dig a bit to come up with these choices. I like the way they turned out.

My February Monthly Color Challenge Blocks

February Monthly Color Challenge Quilt Block - Both Versions

This year Jen added options using the monthly color and black or white, so I decided to go with two versions of the block, the one with the colors and the one with the color and white.

While I love them both, I have to say I am loving the block with the white. It really makes the design pop. It looked great with my yellow January block last month too.

While I was assembling the block, I did notice that I had to be extra careful because of all of the points. I pinned quite a bit when I was piecing it. I also had to stay pretty organized because it was easy to sew them together in the wrong direction.

February Monthly Color Challenge Quilt Block in white

Check Out the Other Bloggers and Their Beautiful Blocks for This Month

Sponsor and Prizes

An exciting addition to this years’ challenge is that there will be quarterly prizes awards.

Make sure to go to the Patterns by Jen website to find out everything you need to know about this fun challenge.

Not only that, but there are some generous sponsors this year. A big thank you goes out to all of them!

Sponsors for the First Three Months

Don’t Forget!

If you are joining in the fun, use the hashtag #2020MonthlyColorChallenge to show off your work!

Happy Quilting!

January Monthly Color Challenge Entry for Patterns by Jen 2020 Event

January Monthly Color Challenge Block

It’s the new year so that means it’s the start of another quilt along hosted by Patterns by Jen. Like last year, a different color and block is introduced each month. What is different about this year is that the color choices are based on birds. How lovely! First up is the January monthly color challenge block which is yellow, and inspired by the goldfinch.

Another difference with this years’ challenge is that Jen is adding an option for making the block with black or with white. As a result, I decided to two versions of the block, and I have to admit, I’m really loving the yellow and white option.

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Finished Quilt Top for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Quilt Along

Finished quilt top for the patterns by jen 2019 monthly quilt along

After twelve long months, here is the grand unveiling of my finished quilt top for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge. I am delighted with the way it turned out.

I stuck to my personal challenge of using only batiks for this project. Luckily I had plenty in my fabric stash. As a result, I only ended up buying 2 fabrics, one for one of the blocks, and the grey for the sashing.

There is just something about batiks that I love. Because of the dyeing process used, they have a deep color saturation that makes them a joy to work with. Now I just need to pick out some fabric for the backing. Since it’s almost Christmas, maybe I’ll get a quilt store gift card from Santa and I can go shopping.

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Gingerbread Cookie Cutter Cutout Block

Gingerbread Cookie Cutter Cutout Quilt Block Tutorial

I am not sure exactly what it is about the gingerbread man, but around Christmas it is one of my favorite motifs. This adorable gingerbread cookie cutter cutout quilt block is a festive way to incorporate that look into your decor.

I think these little guys appeal to my sentimental side. They take me back to my childhood where they would be found in the Christmas books and movies that I was so fond of. These days they seem to be everywhere. I figured that I would join in the fun and make my own version.

Remember Making Snowflakes?

Remember making paper snowflakes when you were a kid? This technique for turning it into a quilt block, which is based on Anita Shackleford’s folded cutwork method, is a lot like that process.

Cookie Cutter Cutout Quilt
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December Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

December entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

Woohoo! I was in purple heaven when I made my December entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge. Finishing this block also meant that I did it…I finished all 12 blocks of the event.

Throughout the year, I had a couple of personal set backs, but I made sure to get the blocks done and I am so pleased with how they all turned out.

I stuck to my own challenge of only using batiks. As a result, every block has that deep saturated color that those fabrics offer.

An additional bonus was that, with the exception of one choice, I had enough fabric on hand so I did not have to make a lot of trips to the quilt store. That is my kind of quilt top.

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