June Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

June Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

I’m so happy to be creating again after having to take a few weeks off. My first order of business was to do my June entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. I just made the deadline, and I’m glad I was able to.

This month’s color prompt was orange, a color I don’t have a lot of. I had to do a fair amount of searching through my stash to see if I had enough batiks to be able to make the block. Luckily I did, and here is the result. I think that orange will start making more appearances in my work. It’s so eye-catching!

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a pretty busy block, but I really like the way it turned out. This month definitely challenged me because I had limited fabric choices and didn’t have a chance to go fabric shopping. There is a lot going on, but the results work.

The block is a bit tricky to put together, but Jen’s instructions are clear and easy to follow, so that helps. Many years ago I made a baby quilt using this block, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is. Just imagine all of the different color combinations you could use.

I’m glad I was able to finish my June entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge in time. I wasn’t sure I would be able to, and since it’s June, that means we are half way there! Only six more blocks to go, and I can’t wait. The batiks I’ve been using really pop, and, just like the flower prompts in the challenge, my blocks are starting to look like a garden in full bloom.

Check out the this fun challenge for yourself over at the Patterns by Jen website.

Here are the other blocks that we’ve done so far. I wonder what July is going to bring? I’m looking forward to it.

The first 6 months of blocks for the the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

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May Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

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Wow! The color prompt for the May entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge was lime green, and boy was it a fun one. This is not a color I normally use, so I had to go out and hit the fabric stores. I can’t complain though, we quilters love finding an excuse to go fabric shopping.

Fabric Choices

I hit the jackpot with both of these batiks, the lighter one really pops and the darker green has accents with the lighter color in it. Both of the choices fit really well with my decision to go with batiks for this fun challenge. They also give a little bit of an update to the traditional broken dishes block pattern.

The flower prompt for May was the Spider Mum and, even though it’s a bit of a stretch, I think that the paisley print in the darker fabric mimics the flower.

What’s Next?

Every month I find myself getting more and more excited about seeing what the next block is going to be. I’m really enjoying this challenge and am already playing with block layout ideas in my head. That way, when the end of the year rolls around, I am ready to assemble my quilt.

This is the fifth block of the challenge, and they have been easy to assemble with the instructions provided. It’s not too late to join in if you are interested. Head over to Patterns by Jen to check out all of the details.

Progress

The month of May was the second use of green in the challenge, but the lime added a vibrant twist and a whole new look to the block. Here are all of the blocks so far. All I can say is bring on June and the orange color!

May Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge - createwithclaudia.com

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April Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

April Block for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge - createwithclaudia

I can’t believe it’s already April and I am working on my fourth quilt block for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge! Before I know it, December will be rolling around.

This month, the floral inspiration is Glory of the Snow, and what a glorious flower it is. It is an early bloomer that gives us all hope that Spring has arrived. It is also another blue flower, which there aren’t too many of in the garden. The white center of it makes it look like it’s glowing.

I tried to find batik fabrics that would mimic the color of the blossom, and I think I hit the mark. The color prompts for both March and April were navy and blue respectively, so I wanted to use fabrics that were blue, but not close to the navy from used in March. Using the white and light blue made all the difference.

As a result of creating this month’s entry, I’ve been inspired to design a blue and white quilt. The color combination is so a fresh and crisp, and the fabric I used gives a bit of a modern twist on the famous Blue Willow china pattern.

Unfortunately I don’t have too much of this fabric left. I’ll need to go shopping if I plan on making a larger quilt.

The Challenge So Far

So far this year the colors have been green, pink, navy and blue. Next up is lime green. I have a feeling that these blocks are going to be radiant once they are all finished and set together.

Here are the four blocks I have done so far. Every month I choose a new favorite, and this month is no exception. I just love that white and light blue print.

April Block for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge - createwithclaudia

If you would like to join in the fun, check out the information over at Patterns By Jen. You’ll find all of the instructions, and you can see entries from other quilters too. It’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with.

Happy Quilting!

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March Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

March 2019 Patterns by Jen Monthly Color Challenge entry from createwithclaudia.com

I love a good challenge, especially one that gets my creative juices flowing. So this year I decided to up my game a bit and participate in a couple of quilting ones. Here is my March entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Color Challenge.

This challenge appealed to me for a few reasons. First, it’s all about color, and I love color. Second, the inspiration comes from flowers and besides my quilting, I am an avid gardener, so it was a natural fit. Lastly, it isn’t that difficult. It’s only one block per month, with well written and easy-to-follow instructions.

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February Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

February Block from Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge - CreatewithClaudia.com

I finally got around to making my February block for the 2019 Monthly Block Challenge. This experience has really gotten me to check out my fabric stash and see what I have.

So far I’ve been able to avoid heading to the fabric store, but we’ll see if I can keep that up. Of course, I wouldn’t mind an excuse to go.

Continuing with the fabric I used in January, I’m sticking with batiks. The hope is that, by using the same fabric type each month, my blocks will come together nicely at the end of the year.

For some reason I had an issue with my pressing this time around, but it ended up coming together nicely, and I’m happy with the vivid pinks that I chose.

This month’s flower inspiration is the carnation, and it’s quite special to me. Growing up, my grandfather always brought my grandmother a bouquet of carnations. After he passed away I tried to keep up the tradition. These flowers will always be close to my heart.

If I give my husband a not-so-subtle hint, maybe I can get a bouquet too.

Last month’s block, which you can see here, was green. I can’t decide if I like the pink or green one better.

If you are interested in joining the challenge, head on over to Patterns by Jen and check it out.

I can’t wait to see what next month brings.

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