2021 Monthly Color Challenge ~ Patterns by Jen
Yeah! It is month 3 the 4th annual MONTHLY COLOR CHALLENGE hosted by Jen Shaffer ~ Patterns by Jen. Each month Jen releases 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.
Now onto the block … When gathering fabrics for the year-long block of the month, we decided to focus on more natural or nature tones to represent the fruits and vegetable inspired blocks. We had the great fortune to find a tub of quality fabrics from Moda, Windham, Timeless Treasures, Benartex, and Henry Glass at a local thrift store. It is amazing just how much fabric can fit into a storage tub. We are working on our third quilt and have plenty left.
This year’s theme is “fruits and vegetables” and a healthy start to a new year. So, this month we are focusing on Yams. Jen has the free monthly pattern on her blog. While we have never eaten a yam, the BOM is inspiring us to try new vegetables. The obstacle is to figure out how to properly cook them.
Crazy fact … The “square in a square block” is a long known standard for quilts. For the life of me, I can not get the points to turn out just right. So, to ensure a proper design I utilize foundation paper piecing for this portion of the March block.
The overall finished March block measures 12″; therefore, we know each section of the block measures 4″ finished or 4-1/2″ unfinished. I drew a 4″ square. Then found the center of each side and drew a line diagonally. I marked a seam allowance and cut out my paper template. Using the foundation paper piecing method ensures my inner square and seam allowance will remain consistent.
With all the sections created, it’s time to sew the block together. The Yam Block is stunning. It would be a great design for a background fabric you want to equally feature in your design. Often times the background fabrics are merely placeholders to showcase the intended design. With the open space of the background in this block, one is able to appreciate the fabric design.
With the third block completed, 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’ March blocks.
- Jen Shaffer – Patterns by Jen
- Kathryn LeBlanc – Dragonfly’s Quilt Shop
- Claudia Porter – Create with Claudia
- Fawn Benzing – Quilty Creations by Fawn
- Lisa Ruble – Love to Color My World
- Joanne Hubbard – Everyone Deserves a Quilt
- Raylee Bielenberg –Sunflower Stitcheries
- Andi Stanfield – True Blue Quilts
- Ashli Montgomery – Quilts 2 End Alz
Mark your calendars! Let’s meet back here on Monday, April 1st for the third block!
Happy Sewing! Crystal Drummond