October Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

October Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

The prompt for the October entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge was red, like a red rose. I’ll be honest here. I was not sure I was going to love this block, and it is not because of the pattern, but because of the color.

I love reds, but I do not have a lot of them, especially in batik. Since I’m only using batiks, and I have been trying hard not to buy any new fabric for this project, I was skeptical.

However, I don’t think I needed to be. I paired these two fabrics and they work. In fact, they work really well. I’m not sure if it is because of the movement in the lighter red, or because of the black in the darker fabric, but this has ended up being one of my favorite blocks of this challenge.

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September Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

September Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

It’s all about the color lilac for the September entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge. That is such a pretty color and, since I have a fair amount of it in my stash, I didn’t need to go out and buy any new fabric.

Depending on who you talk to, that could be considered a good or a bad thing. It’s not a problem though, I’ll still find an excuse to go to the fabric store.

This month’s block was fairly simple to put together, but I definitely had to work on my points for the pinwheel center.

I find that it’s easier to get sharp points when I work with batik fabric, but that might be because I love working with it so much. Because it is a little bit stiffer, I think my points come out sharper.

Picking out the fabrics for this month was fun, especially the lighter lilac. The darker purple was a different story. With a fair amount of fabric to choose from, I couldn’t decide if it was too dark or not.

Ultimately, I’m really happy with the results. The block fits in well with the others.

I just can’t believe that there are only three months left for this challenge. It’s gone by so quickly.

I keep pulling out all of my blocks and trying to come up with a layout I like. One option in particular draws me in, but I have to wait until the last blocks are done before I make my final decision.

If you want to join in the fun, head over to the Pattern by Jen blog and check out all of the details.

So far it’s been a lovely challenge, with every color of the rainbow represented.

September Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

Here’s what I’ve done so far. Three more blocks to go, and I’m ready for them!

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Everyday Household Items For Quilting

50 Everyday Household Items for Quilting

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There are plenty of reasons people want to use everyday household items for quilting.

Let’s be honest, quilting can be pricey. When you are first starting out you may not want to buy all of those fancy notions until you are convinced that quilting is the hobby for you. Even if you are not a beginner, you might be looking for budget-friendly alternatives for some supplies.

Not only that, but quilters sometimes need something quickly, and just don’t feel like running out to the store.

Whichever category you fall in, here are 50 everyday household items for quilting.

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Unboxing Charm Squares

Unboxing Charm Squares - Create with Claudia

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Can you guess what I got in the mail a couple of months ago? Well, if you check out this video of me unboxing charm squares you will see.

The Backstory

A couple of months ago I subscribed to a quilt magazine. Along with the fact that the magazine looked gorgeous, the allure was that a special offer of fabric was included. That clinched it and I subscribed. After a brief wait, I got a package containing all of the goodies. How exciting!

The Fabrics

Charm squares unboxed

The charm pack I got was from Hoffman fabrics, and wow, are they awesome. I just need to figure what I want to do with them.

The pack was made up of fabrics from three different collections, Paint Impressions, Dragonfly Dream, and LUXE.

As you can see in the video, while I can’t pick a favorite, some of the charms that really popped for me were the Pink Silver and Magenta Gold from the LUXE collection. In addition to those two, the Crocus, Caterpillar, Cobalt and Zinnia from the Paint Impressions collection were other standouts.

One of the things I really liked about the LUXE charms was that there were so many color options, and all of them had little touches of bling in silver or gold. I can see them being wonderful companion fabrics to all sorts of projects.

The Unboxing Charm Squares Video

This was my first unboxing video, so I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to do it. I’ve seen a number of them on YouTube and they looked like fun to make, so I thought this would be the ideal one to start with.

I felt like a kid in a candy store when I opened up the package. Not only was the magazine lovely, the fabric was a hit.

I’m glad I made the video of unboxing Hoffman charm squares, even though there are some glitches in it and I had to do a fair amount of editing. As a result, I’ve been inspired to do some more like it, so stay tuned!

Scrap Busting Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ultimate Scrap Busting Quilt Block #quiltblock #quilting

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If you are a quilter, and you have lots of scraps, then you ought to give this ultimate scrap busting quilt block a try. It’s easy, fast to sew together, and a gorgeous way to make your fabric bin a little bit lighter.

If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve never met a scrap I didn’t like, and after 30 plus years of quilting, I have collected a bunch of them. This block was a great way to show them off, and they made a nice looking quilt.

About 12 years ago I made a king size quilt using it, and it is almost always on display in our guest bedroom. When I made it, I gave myself the following challenges.

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