Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

School days are here, but so is a new block!



I'm not sure how I feel about September. It falls between the hottest month and one of my most favorite months. I appreciate the transition time from hot to cool, but transitions are hard. 🤣



Maybe that is why I chose the pineapple to be our inspiration. It's bright and fruity and that might be just what I need for this "in between" month.



This block has a little bit more to it than last month's block, but in the end comes together pretty quickly.


**There is a How-to Video for this block in the instructions.**


September Bloggers

Kathy - Kathy's Kwilts and More

Frances - Frances Quilts

Lisa - Love to Color My World

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Crystal - Daybrook Quilts

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 3 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

Faith and Fabric - $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric


Carole Lyle Shaw - $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop

Cherrywood Fabrics - Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square Dream Cotton*

The Warm Co - 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*

Appliques Quilts and More - $10 Gift certificate

Said with Love - PDF pattern

Daybrook Designs - 2 winners, PDF pattern to each

Patterns By Jen - PDF pattern


Those marked with * are for US residents only. Prize laws vary throughout different countries.





Tips

Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.




When marking the diagonal for the HST place your ruler to the side a bit, not directly point to point.



 
When you do that then your line marks are right on the point.




Chain piece whenever possible.




When sewing the strips sew with the same color strip on top.




I said this wrong in the how to video, when you are sewing the second set of strips together, you will want to sew with the same color strip on top again.




When sub-cutting your strip sets, line up the lines on the ruler with the sewn seams, not the outside top and bottom edges.




Pin seams left to right crossing under the seam that is intersecting.




Sew until you see the needle pass over the seam that you've pinned, then remove the needle.




Once past, remove the pin. You shouldn't go over the pin at all when sewing.



That's it! August is done! 

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

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

It's too late to have the January through September 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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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

August 2021 Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

 It's link up time! Is your block ready?



I felt that this was probably the easiest block of the year, do you agree?



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

Quarter 3 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

Faith and Fabric - $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric


Carole Lyle Shaw - $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop

Cherrywood Fabrics - Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square Dream Cotton*

The Warm Co - 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*

Appliques Quilts and More - $10 Gift certificate

Said with Love - PDF pattern

Daybrook Designs - 2 winners, PDF pattern to each

Patterns By Jen - PDF pattern


Those marked with * are for US residents only. Prize laws vary throughout different countries.




The Link Up is open through August 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.




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

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

Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

We've reached the "dog days" of summer, but here in SW Minnesota it's been the "dog day" since June. I don't remember a summer that has been so hot.



August has always been a hard month for me. I loved having my children home all summer and August means the end of that. This August I have only one "child" heading to school and it's his senior year in high school. August needs to go slow!



This month's food inspiration in the mushroom. Honestly I'm not a fan, but my husband would eat them for every meal. Blech. I love a good dark brown in a quilt, though.



The block for August is super, super easy. I'm not up for something difficult at this point in the year, so I was very conscious of which block I was choosing for this month.


**There is a How-To video in each pattern to help complete the block**


August Bloggers

Anja - Anja Quilts

Sandra - Textile Time Travels

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Crystal - Daybrook Designs

Patti - Patti's Patchwork

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 3 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

Faith and Fabric - $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric


Carole Lyle Shaw - $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop

Cherrywood Fabrics - Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square Dream Cotton*

The Warm Co - 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*

Appliques Quilts and More - $10 Gift certificate

Said with Love - PDF pattern

Daybrook Designs - 2 winners, PDF pattern to each

Patterns By Jen - PDF pattern


Those marked with * are for US residents only. Prize laws vary throughout different countries.




Tips

Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.




I use Frixion pens to mark my lines on the back of my fabric. I like to use the Quilters Magic Wand for marking double lines. You can also mark just once on the diagonal as shown in the How To Video included in the instructions.




Chain piece whenever possible. I do this for *everything* possible, including Flying Geese units.




Whenever possible sew with the point of your "goose" on top so you can watch where you are sewing and keep the point.




Instructions call for you to press a seam open. When doing so I recommend pressing that seam open with your fingers first and then following with a hot iron. I demonstrate this in the How To Video included in the instructions.

If you feel that your seam is weakened by pressing open, you can adjust your stitch length to a smaller stitch or simply press to one side.




That's it! August is done! 

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

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

It's too late to have the January through August 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. 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

July 2021 Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

 I don't know about you, but time needs to slow down a bit. Since it refuses to, though, we have now reached the July Link Up.



Did you enjoy this super easy, super quick block? I know I said it before, but I'll say it again, I love the Signature block unit so much. It is really a versatile unit.




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

It's a new quarter with new sponsors!

Quarter 3 Sponsors





Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Faith and Fabric - $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric


Carole Lyle Shaw - $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop

Cherrywood Fabrics - Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square Dream Cotton*

The Warm Co - 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*

Appliques Quilts and More - $10 Gift certificate

Said with Love - PDF pattern

Daybrook Designs - 2 winners, PDF pattern to each

Patterns By Jen - PDF pattern


Those marked with * are for US residents only. Prize laws vary throughout different countries.




The Link Up is open through July 31st. 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

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

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

July is here. I don't know about you, but it is coming in hot and steamy here. Whew.




So if I can't be cooling off at the lake sipping on something cold and made with lime, then I might as well be cooling off down in the studio. Thank goodness mine is located in the dark, dank dungeon.



Photo credit: Ask the Food Geek


This month our color is inspired by the lime. A little piece of fruit that I can't wait to see recipes for from our bloggers.




This block uses the timeless Signature block to create a simple, yet striking block.

**There is a How To video included in the instructions with tips on making the block.**


July Bloggers











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




Quarter 3 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

Faith and Fabric - $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric


Carole Lyle Shaw - $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop

Cherrywood Fabrics - Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square Dream Cotton*

The Warm Co - 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*

Appliques Quilts and More - $10 Gift certificate

Said with Love - PDF pattern

Daybrook Designs - 2 winners, PDF pattern to each

Patterns By Jen - PDF pattern


Those marked with * are for US residents only. Prize laws vary throughout different countries.





Tips

Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.




Sew directly on the line drawn as we are pressing these seams open. If you are worried about the seam being "weakend" from pressing them open, simply shorten your stitch length.




After you have added the first corner square to your signature blocks, sew the strips together for strip piecing. When that is stitched leave it under the needle, clip the signature blocks and begin chain piecing the second corner square. I share this in the How To Video for the month, too.




All of your units are pieced and ready to be clipped and sub-cut with minimal sewing stoppage.




If you are making the 6" finished block I still encourage you to trim those corners. They may not look like much, but that fabric gets thick.




When sub-cutting your strips line up a ruler marking on the sewn seam. Don't use your outside edges to measure, that is when things start to go wonky. I cover this in the How To video as well.




That's it! July is done! 

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

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

It's too late to have the January through July 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.