2021 Monthly Color Challenge ~ Patterns by Jen
Let’s start the new year with some quilting fun! Did you hear the news?! We are blog hosts for the 4th annual MONTHLY COLOR CHALLENGE hosted by Jen Shaffer ~ Patterns by Jen. Each month Jen will release a FREE PATTERN for a new MYSTERY BLOCK in 6″ and 12″ sizes. Throughout 2021, twenty-seven blog hosts will be featuring their favorite fabrics to inspire your quilting journey. Checkout the intro post (here). We will be sharing our blocks and helpful tips throughout the year.
The first step with any project is to gather your supplies. Keeping in mind healthy eating and garden fresh, we pulled deep rich fabrics to highlight the vegetables. While it is always fun to go fabric shopping when starting a new project, we are working thru a bit of the fabric stash.
This year’s theme is “fruits and vegetables” and a healthy start to a new year. So, this month we are focusing on EGGPLANT (purple).
Then it’s time to gather the basic supplies. Event though quilting has been a mainstay in my life for years, the seam ripper is always nearby just in case. I adore a magnetic pincushion, seam gauge, sharp thread scissors and rotary cutter, rulers – and most definitely a rotating cutting mat.
Don’t have a rotating cutting mat? Consider using a 12″ x 18″ or 18″ x 24″ mat and simply rotate it when needed. The smaller size is great for travel and storage. Why use a rotating mat? Less moving of your fabrics when cutting or trimming; therefore, more time to sew.
Other favorite tools I always have nearby are my Project Wool pressing mat. The 14″ square mat is great for sewing events and travel. The larger mat, measuring 20″ x 50″ is forever on my ironing board. The crisp, flat seams sew together much more smoothly.
Besides a dependable sewing machine, a basic quality sewing tool is an iron. The Oliso mini iron is excellent for assembling blocks. The compact size is very portable.
Now that we have covered the first block, let’s talk about the event details …
First, be sure to checkout Patterns by Jen to download the pattern. It is FREE for the featured month, then it will be available for purchase for $1.
BONUS ~ Jen has coordinated with fantastic sponsors to provide you with an opportunity to WIN PRIZES! The first quarter prizes will be awarded 2021 April 1. How do you enter for a chance to win a prize? Go to Patterns by Jen, then enter a picture of your completed block into the Link Up party that will be hosted on her blog the last week of each month.
Did you see all the incredible sponsors for the quilt along? Check it out! LINK
Now, let’s surf the net and be inspired by other quilters’ January blocks.
- Patterns by Jen
- Anja Quilts
- Pieceful Thoughts
- Everyone Deserves a Quilt
- Faith and Fabric
- Quilt 2 End ALZ, Inc.
- Kathy’s Kwilts and more
- Sunflowers Stitcheries and Quilting
- True Blue Quilts
Mark your calendars! Let’s meet back here on Monday, February 1st for the second block! The featured color is … Lemon (bright yellow).
Happy Sewing! Crystal Drummond