Saturday, December 4, 2021

2021 Monthly Color Challenge Finish!

We've reached the end. Of the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge that is!




This year I went with a very simple finish, I think we all deserve that.




Strip piecing (and following those pressing directions 😉😉) help the quilt come together quickly. I switched around the colors in the sashing for this quilt and I love how the dark shows off the blocks.




I love this version using Benartex Superior Solids. The colors just pop out of the background.

I had fun with the smaller version of the Monthly Color Challenge quilt and used up even more scraps in the sashing. The purple border really helped to settle this very colorful version down.




Ready to get your finishing instructions? You can find them (for free through January 31, 2022) in my Patterns By Jen Payhip shop. If you have signed up for email notifications you will find it in your inbox.

The layouts for the past Monthly Color Challenges can also be found in the Payhip shop if you are looking for a different finish. They all work for these blocks and are just $1.

Look for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge Announcement next week!
Thank you for stitching along with me this year.

Make something extraordinary!

Jen

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

Here it is, the last month of the year which means the last month of the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge. I'm feeling a little bit verklempt. . .



I tried to keep this block simple as well as we put our heads down and dig in on those last gifts. Don't forget to come up for air and some family time, though. PS It's also my birthday this month, so keep an eye out for the annual birthday bash sale.



Olive is one of my all time favorite greens, so of course I had to have it for my birthday month. I have two greens in my little stash, lime and olive. They don't exactly go together, but they work well with others. 😉



**Though the block is "easy" there is a How To Video included in the instructions.**


December Bloggers

Kris - Scrap Dash

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts

Wendy - Pieceful Thoughts

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Crystal - Daybrook Designs

Ashli - Quilt 2 End Alz




This year two block sizes are offered, you can choose to make the 12" finished blocks or the 6" finished blocks, or both!

Quarter 4  Sponsors

There's a new group of sponsors! The Monthly Color Challenge has a great group of sponsors who have given generously to make this year an amazing year for you. Winners are chosen quarterly; April 1, July 1, Oct 1 and Jan 1, 2022. To enter you simply add your block to the Link Up at the end of each month. One entry per quilter and it needs to be the block from the current month. Finish each month and you will have 3 entries each quarter!




Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Quilter Chic - PDF pattern

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

P&B Textiles - FQ bundle of "Fractured"*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square of 80/20 batting*

The Warm Co - 1 yard Insulbrite*

The Warm Co - 34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton*

Appliques, Quilts and More - $10 store gift certificate

Daybrook Designs - 2 PDF patterns

Patterns By Jen - Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper®*



Tips

Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.




My favorite marking tool for dark fabrics is the Bohin France White pencil.




Offset your ruler just a bit to make your marks more accurate.




When sewing the HST units together to make the hourglass units, pin the corners to keep the seam allowance nested.




Sew carefully so the seams don't get pushed over.

That's it! December is done! 

Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month of December!

To have the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge blocks sent directly to your email sign up HERE.

It's too late to have the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.




Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Don't forget to sign up for the Bites of PBJ newsletter while you are here for early releases and sales just for subscribers!




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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

November 2021 Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

 Don't be blue, the Link Up is here!



This simple block was quick to make, but I admit I was thinking more "snow/winter" than blueberries.



You can follow #2021monthlycolorchallenge and #monthlycolorchallenge on Instagram to see the blocks as well.


Quarter 4  Sponsors





Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Quilter Chic - PDF pattern

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

P&B Textiles - FQ bundle of "Fractured"*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square of 80/20 batting*

The Warm Co - 1 yard Insulbrite*

The Warm Co - 34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton*

Appliques, Quilts and More - $10 store gift certificate

Daybrook Designs - 2 PDF patterns

Patterns By Jen - Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper®*




The Link Up is open through November 30. If you have a problem linking up, please use the "question mark" button next to the log out button. If you are trying from your phone, try it from a laptop/tablet if you have one.


Good luck and thank you for stitching along with me!



Missed the block? Find it here!

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen


New to Patterns By Jen?

Don't forget to sign up for the Bites of PBJ newsletter while you are here!




Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.

Find fun PBJ merchandise at Teespring

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You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, November 1, 2021

November 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

 November is here and it's time to give thanks here in the US. I am so very thankful for all of you stitching and/or following along with me this year.



I admit it was a bit of a rough year for me, not for any particular reason, but mental health (or lack there of) took it's toll earlier this year. Something else I'm thankful for: family that continues to help me work through the struggle.



Blueberries are our inspiration this month, and I just can't say there is a month they don't fit in. I. Love. Blueberries. That is all.



This is another easy block, because I'm assuming that unlike me, many of you are in gift making mode.

**Don't forget the How To video included in the instructions!**


November Bloggers

Carolyn - Appliques, Quilts and More

Claudia - Quilt with Claudia

Roseanne - Home Sewn by Us

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Crystal - Daybrook Designs

Ashli - Quilt 2 End Alz

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts



This year two block sizes are offered, you can choose to make the 12" finished blocks or the 6" finished blocks, or both!


Quarter 4  Sponsors

There's a new group of sponsors! The Monthly Color Challenge has a great group of sponsors who have given generously to make this year an amazing year for you. Winners are chosen quarterly; April 1, July 1 (Please note that winners will be chosen July 12 when I return from the lake), Oct 1 and Jan 1, 2022. To enter you simply add your block to the Link Up at the end of each month. One entry per quilter and it needs to be the block from the current month. Finish each month and you will have 3 entries each quarter!




Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Quilter Chic - PDF pattern

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

P&B Textiles - FQ bundle of "Fractured"*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square of 80/20 batting*

The Warm Co - 1 yard Insulbrite*

The Warm Co - 34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton*

Appliques, Quilts and More - $10 store gift certificate

Daybrook Designs - 2 PDF patterns

Patterns By Jen - Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper®*



Tips

Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.




When pressing your strips set your seams first by going over them with a hot iron.




Finger press first to avoid stretching the fabric and causing it to warp.




After finger pressing come back with a hot iron and press straight down.




Before sub-cutting the units you need give yourself a straight edge to work with. This will make your sub-cut units straight and easy to work with. Line up the lines on your ruler on the sewn seams, not the outside edges.




Flip your strip, cut the units needed, continuing to line up the ruler marks on the sewn seams to keep your units straight.




For those stitching the 6" finsished size blocks I found NOT pinning the seams made it easier to sew them.




I did pin the center seam only when sewing the last seam.




That's it! November is done! 

Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month of November!

To have the block sent directly to your email sign up HERE.

It's too late to have the January through November blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip and get ready to have the rest of the year arrive in your email inbox.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Monday, October 25, 2021

October 2021 Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

 It's Link Up time!



I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I love this block. HST will always by my favorite.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


You can follow #2021monthlycolorchallenge and #monthlycolorchallenge on Instagram to see the blocks as well.


Quarter 4  Sponsors





Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Quilter Chic - PDF pattern

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

P&B Textiles - FQ bundle of "Fractured"*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square of 80/20 batting*

The Warm Co - 1 yard Insulbrite*

The Warm Co - 34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton*

Appliques, Quilts and More - $10 store gift certificate

Daybrook Designs - 2 PDF patterns

Patterns By Jen - Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper®*




The Link Up is open through October 31. If you have a problem linking up, please use the "question mark" button next to the log out button. If you are trying from your phone, try it from a laptop/tablet if you have one.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Good luck and thank you for stitching along with me!


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Missed the block? Find it here!

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen


New to Patterns By Jen?

Don't forget to sign up for the Bites of PBJ newsletter while you are here!




Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.

Find fun PBJ merchandise at Teespring

Join the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook page.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily sneak peeks and updates.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

It's one of my favorite months of the year here in the northern hemisphere, October.



Crunchy, colorful leaves, cooler weather, comfy sweatshirts (if the hot flashes stay away). There's just something about this month that speaks to my soul.



Why then did I pick grapefruit as our inspiration this month? Just to switch things up and keep it fresh. Plus, while I love the month, in the back of my mind I know we are about to enter dark times; snow, freeze your lungs cold and less daylight. So bright pink it is!


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Another simple block using simple HST units so I can get back outside to the crisp fall air.


*How To Videos are included in each set of instructions.**


October Bloggers

Jen - Faith and Fabric Design

Roseanne - Home Sewn by Us

Brenda - Songbird Designs

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Anne - Said with Love

Ashli - Quilt 2 End Alz


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


This year two block sizes are offered, you can choose to make the 12" finished blocks or the 6" finished blocks, or both!

 

Quarter 4  Sponsors

There's a new group of sponsors! The Monthly Color Challenge has a great group of sponsors who have given generously to make this year an amazing year for you. Winners are chosen quarterly; April 1, July 1 (Please note that winners will be chosen July 12 when I return from the lake), Oct 1 and Jan 1, 2022. To enter you simply add your block to the Link Up at the end of each month. One entry per quilter and it needs to be the block from the current month. Finish each month and you will have 3 entries each quarter!




Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Quilter Chic - PDF pattern

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

P&B Textiles - FQ bundle of "Fractured"*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square of 80/20 batting*

The Warm Co - 1 yard Insulbrite*

The Warm Co34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton*

Appliques, Quilts and More - $10 store gift certificate

Daybrook Designs - 2 PDF patterns

Patterns By Jen - Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper®*



Tips

Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Sew a "scant" inch, I sew with the quarter inch guide just along side the line, not right on it.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Chain stitch HST units.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Pin from right to left.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


Spin the seam on the center pinwheel.


2021 Monthly Color Challenge


That's it! October is done! 

Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month of October!

To have the block sent directly to your email sign up HERE.

It's too late to have the January through October blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip and get ready to have the rest of the year arrive in your email inbox.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

New to Patterns By Jen?

Don't forget to sign up for the Bites of PBJ newsletter while you are here for early releases and sales just for subscribers!




Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.

Find fun PBJ merchandise at Teespring

Join the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook page.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily sneak peeks and updates.