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