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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November Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

November Entry for the Patterns by Jen Monthly Color Challenge

Here is my November entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge. That means that there is only one month to go! I can’t believe it. I also can’t wait for December to get here so I can see the final block.

This challenge has been a joy, and the emphasis on colors has really made me think about my fabric choices and placement.

When I started this project way back in January, I decided to use batik fabrics, and this month was no exception. Yellow was the color prompt, and it was a bit of stretch for me fabric-wise. I don’t have a lot of yellow batiks on hand, so I had to use two different ones for the darker parts of the block.

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