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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Men’s Shirts Memory Ornaments

Men's Shirts Memory Ornaments Tutorial

This year has been full of challenges for me. Both my father and my father-in-law passed away within a short time of one another, and our family is dealing with the losses in the best way we know how to. In my case that includes creating things from some of their belongings. These easy men’s shirts memory ornaments are one of those creations.

With the shirts I had left from my father, I was able to make some nice throw pillows, but I still had plenty of fabric left after they were done. I thought it would be nice to make some small keepsakes for the grandchildren, which led to these ornaments.

Follow these easy instructions, and you will have your own memory ornaments in no time.

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Men’s Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial

Men's Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial - Free Pattern

A little while ago, after a very long illness, my father passed away. He was a creative man who appreciated, and made, all kinds of art. I was lucky enough to inherit his artistic gene, and I always knew that I would make something from some of his things after he died. So, even though writing this men’s handkerchief memory quilt tutorial was difficult for me, it was also been a big step in my healing process.

My father was never without a handkerchief in his pocket. Even when he was bedridden, he would have a clean one by the side of his bed. My brother and I still chuckle, remembering how we would roll our eyes when Dad would pull out is handkerchief to wipe our messy faces. It’s one of things I will always remember about him.

He was a down-to-earth guy, so whenever we bought him new ones, we would get the simple plaid patterns because those were his favorites.

To me, those plaid handkerchiefs just screamed out to be turned into a quilt. At first I thought I’d make a larger quilt, but then realized that other family members would appreciate a quilt as well. That’s how the idea of this wall hanging came to be, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Loved turning my dad's handkerchiefs into a quilt

It’s a relatively easy quilt to make, but because the handkerchiefs are so lightweight, an extra step is needed to stabilize them.

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Patchwork Infinity Scarf Pattern

Double-Sided Patchwork Infinity Scarf Pattern

I have to admit that I am a little addicted to infinity scarves. They are so versatile and can really dress up an outfit. They are also surprisingly easy to make. Solid ones are nice, but they can be a bit limiting, depending on what color it is. So I decided to step up my infinity scarf game and make a double-sided one. To jazz it up, I made the one side a patchwork to show off some of my fabrics. The result is this gorgeous double-sided patchwork infinity scarf pattern.

For years I had the golden batik fabric that I used for the back side of this scarf, as well as for the focal fabric on the patchwork side. I could never decide what to do with it until I came up with this pattern, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s a stunning scarf that I will wear for years to come.

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July Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

My July Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge - createwithclaudia.com - #quilting

I had a feeling that the July entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge was going to be a tough one for me. Aqua was the color prompt and I knew that I didn’t have a lot of that color on hand. Also, the block has flying geese in it, and to be honest, that is not my favorite pattern.

While I absolutely love that way flying geese look in quilts, I have always had a problem sewing them. I don’t know why. I think it might be because I overthink it a bit. Whatever the reason, going into the July challenge, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

When I started this process back in January, I decided to go with batiks. I love working with them and, fortunately, I have a nice collection of them to choose from. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include many aquas. In fact, I could only find one aqua and one cream colored fabric with aqua in it.

Lo and behold, the block turned out great, and with Jen’s instructions, I easily assembled my nemesis block unit, the flying geese! Now I have all kinds of ideas for a quilt incorporating the pattern.

I have been delighted with this challenge so far. I’ve learned some new quilting methods, and I’ve been pushed to use colors I don’t normally work with. In fact, with the exception of the May block, I’ve been able to use batiks from my fabric stash. Because the colors are inspired by flowers, I’ve also learned a little bit about gardening too.

What’s Next

Now that my July entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge is finished, I’m ready for August, but I’m just going to have to be patient.

The color prompt for next month is red orange that is inspired by the marigold flower. It’s going to be another bright one and I can’t wait. If you like challenges, and like the blocks we’ve done so far, check out the Patterns by Jen website for more information. You’ll love it!

Here’s What I’ve Done So Far

My January through April blocks
The May lime green block really popped!