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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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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Vinyl Batik Fabric Earrings Tutorial

If you follow my blog, you know that I love fabric. I also love earrings. They are such a versatile accessory. Let’s face it, a nice pair of earrings can make any outfit shine. So in an effort to combine these two great things, I came up with this easy vinyl batik fabric earrings tutorial.

If you have the right supplies, the possibilities with these earrings are endless. Even better, they only take a a little while to make, and you design them yourself. This how-to is ideal for using up those smaller pieces of scrap fabric you may have.

The earrings are as light as a feather and have plenty of movement to them. Because you choose the fabric and shape, they are an ideal way to show off your unique sense of style.

Here’s how to create your very own fun and flirty pair.

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