Sunday, September 2, 2018

September Color Challenge Block - Red-Violet

I must say I really, really enjoyed making this month's block for the Monthly Color Challenge.
If you haven't followed along this year, you can check out the full list at Patterns by Jen. She has done an amazing job coming up with fun patterns to share and a link-up each month for blocks made in the chosen color.  

For September, the color is Red-Violet.  I am just in love with this block.  To be honest with you, it is not one I would have initially picked.  Blocks like this have just never caught my eye in the past.  But after making this 6" version and ooo-ing and ahhhh-ing over the corners and points, I am kind of planning an entire quilt with this block in a rainbow of colors.  What do you think?  Rainbow, with each block being a color?  Or totally scrappy?

Maybe you could make one too.  Jen has the pattern over on her site and she is sharing it with everyone!! Thank you Jen!

There must have been magic involved when I made this block because I am so happy with it.  Just looking at these photos now is enough to get me super excited about the quilting weekend I am going to spend with friends starting today.

Do you know what is also great about trying out this block pattern (or another of your choosing) in these gorgeous colors?  Prizes.
Yup, if you link up at the end of September (again at Patterns by Jen) you are eligible to win a fabric bundle from Phat Quarters Fabric!!

And as always, don't forget to visit the other blogs that have made this block or maybe another one (with a free pattern?) 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Color Challenge Block - Yellow Orange

My creative mojo has not only left the building, it seems to have left the country.  
I really want to be quilting and blogging and doing other crafty things, but as soon as I sit down to do it – WHEN I manage to block out a little time for it, I am just blank.  Even my skills are in the toilet. The tension on my machine is off just a teeny bit and I am scared to mess with it. Not to mention there is something wrong with my hands. (trigger finger maybe?)
Has anyone else ever been in a funk like this?  How do you break out of it? Do you work on projects that don’t require thinking?  Or do you just play without a goal in mind?
I am tempted to pull out yards of older fabric that no longer inspire me and just chop them all up into 5 ½” squares and 2 ½” strips and make a bunch of scrap car quilts just to rejuvenate my stash.  My amazing aunt calls them car quilts and I love the idea. It is a quilt that is just tossed in the back of your car when you go on a road trip or need a picnic blanket or whatever. It is usable in any situation.  Usually made of scraps and they are fun to give away. What are your favorite “no thinking” patterns for something like this? I was thinking maybe disappearing nine-patches or log cabins. Or just squares.
And on the other hand, as you know, I have been participating in the Monthly Color Challenge with Patterns by Jen.  She has some super fun and simple patterns each month that go with a specific color. Some of these would be just amazing if done all scrappy or repeated to make a full quilt.  Choices, choices, choices.
This month the color is Yellow-Orange (ok, my block leans more towards Red-Orange and I didn't realize until it was almost done and I loved it too much to undo it) and both are some of my favorite colors, but again -and this is becoming a trend isn’t it – I barely have any of that color in my stash.  Oh dear, that leads to wanting to buy more fabric. 😊
The pattern that Jen shared was fun to make (all of them are actually).

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the hop and see some other renditions of this block and get some other free patterns too.

Once you make one of your own, you can link up to Jen’s Linky Party at the end of the month for a chance to win.  This month is sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

July Color Challenge Block - Yellow Green

This month has gone by so fast.  I can hardly believe it is July already.  
I have had a whirlwind of activities in my life and unfortunately, haven't had much time to quilt over the last month.  
Amidst vacation, finding a new job and place to live, and the moving itself I did manage to get the Yellow-Green block done for this month.
So, I apologize for the lack of a fun post (and it's a shame because this is one of my favorite block designs so far), but I will be back at it as soon as I get settled into my new place.  :)

And don't forget to stop by the other blogs:

Sewing with D