Monday, August 1, 2022

August 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

The "Dog Days of Summer" are coming and it just hppens that our cinnamon color is a pretty close match to our golden retriever.



 

While the color may remind me of retrievers, it's actually inspried by the wonderful smelling cinnamon spice.



Image from Taste of Home



When looking up information on cinnoman I came across article after article of the health benefits. I'm not a doctor or in the health/medical field in any way, so while I find them interesting, obviously check with your physcian.


Taste of Home article






You know I love a good Flying Goose unit, and since the geese will be headed south soon (I know, I can't believe I said that either), these are getting ready to do the same, or are they?


Bloggers

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts

Anja - Anja Quilts

Fawn - Quilty Creations By Fawn

Sandra - Textile Time Travels

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts


The Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers share their favorite quilts using the color of the month. Have you made a quilt where "cinnamon" was the stand out?





Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month August! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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

It's too late to have the January thru August blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen



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Friday, July 1, 2022

July 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

 Lets get started on the second half of the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge!




Sumac is the spice of the month. To know me is to know I love purple, so this will be my favorite month of the challenge. 😉




From the Spruce Eats: Sumac is a spice that is popular in the Middle East. It is related to the poisonous shrub by the same name, but the culinary variety is safe to use and easily identifiable by its vibrant red berries (poisonous sumac is white).

Sumac berries grow on the Rhus Coriaria shrub, which is typically found in high plateau areas of the Mediterranean like Sicily, due to its wild, rocky lands. Sumac also grows in Turkey and can be found in parts of Iran.

Sumac is also a good choice when looking to add a lemon flavor to a dish but don't want to add a liquid to the recipe. Before using sumac, be sure to read the ingredient label as some manufacturers include salt; if so, reduce the amount of salt called for in the recipe.





The only time consuming part of this block is sewing all the triangles for the square in a square units. It's a pretty easy, and quick block, so you can get on with your month.

July Bloggers






The Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers share their favorite quilts using the color of the month. Have you made a quilt where yellow was the stand out?




Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month July! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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

It's too late to have the January thru July blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Introducing Turning Wheels

 I am excited to introduce the next PBJ pattern. She's been sitting on my To Do list for a couple of years now, so it's about time she came to be.



I used the good ole fashioned Half-Square Triangle unit and the VBlock Trimmer® specialty rule to make this quilt. This gives it a circular feel, but there are no curves involved. The ruler is needed for this pattern.




The quilt is a one block quilt design with a simple change for the outside blocks. It really does come together easily.





The testers have some great quilts to share as well.





Anja's modern color choice makes this version pop! The turquoise and orange were great color choices.






Kathryn's patriotic color scheme has me all ready for July 4th!






Janice's soft pastel quilt is the perfect size for movie night!






While Sherry's quilt has me dreaming of warm firesie nights making s'mores.





I love how Beverly used a large print for her background and solids to really make those shapes stand out. Plus I'm always a fan of purple. 😉






Find Turning Wheels Here:



The pattern is currently available only as a PDF.

Add the required  V Block Trimmer® found in the Etsy shop and receive free shipping!






It will be hard to choose which side of this quilt to show off, the wide backing is soooo gorgeous!






I had some fun piecing a backing for the smaller version of Turning Wheels. Look for a "how to" next week!






The pattern comes with four size options: 42" square (shown), 66" square, 78" x 90" (shown), 90" x 102" so you can make the perfect size for you.






Details

Blue version:
Fabric - Frolic from Benartex
Backing - Frolic from Benartex
Quilted with all over large stipple using Glide thread; Nickle 15497

Sunflower version:

Fabric - A Wooly Autumn from Benartex
Backing - Pieced from A Wooly Autumn fabrics
Quilted with all over large stipple using Glide thread; Honey Gold 80125






Pattern:



Ruler:


Receive free shipping on the ruler when you purchase it with the pattern!




Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

Hello June!



This month's spice is the mustard seed. I love mustard. I love the mustard color. This might be *my* month. What I didn't know is that the mustard seed comes in more than one color. What?! I know, blew my mind, too.

Photo: Swapan Photography


If you want to know all about Mustard Seeds Nerdy Foodies is the place to go. They are the ones who told me yellow is not the only color the mustard seed comes in. Now, maybe you knew this, but remember *not a cook* so anything with food is probably going to wow me. 🤣

More from Nerdy Foodies:

What does the mustard seed taste like?

"Yellow seeds are mellow with a slight spice and sweetness while brown and black seeds are hot and sharp with bitter elements. The aroma is similar to curry leaves with a delicate spice."

What goes well with the mustard seed?

"This seasoning is extremely versatile and can pair with almost any ingredient including rice, potatoes, cabbage, cheese, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, coriander, garlic, chilli, honey, yoghurt, ginger, coconut, and pulses."

There are alos a few recipies you can check out. I'm going to have to try the Mustard Seed Potatoes. Yummy!




Continuing with the "I didn't plan this" theme, the center of this months block could pass for the little mustard seed, especially in the 6" finished size.

This block is super simple so I hope you enjoy it, and maybe even play around with other color options while you wait for July.

June Bloggers


Karen - Karen Bolan


The Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers share their favorite quilts using the color of the month. Have you made a quilt where yellow was the stand out?




Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month June! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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

It's too late to have the January thru June blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

May 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

May. I'm not sure how to feel about May.  I'm hopeful it will bring May flowers and green grass, but it also brings the last of our youngest child's high school days. I'm so glad I get to distract myself with quilting!



This month's spice is African Blue Basil. The blue on these leaves is so pretty and I can't wait to have a feed full of blue!

From Wikipedia:

All parts of the flower, leaves and stems are edible; although some might find the camphor scent too strong for use in the kitchen, the herb reportedly yields a tasty pesto with a "rich, mellow flavor" and can be used as a seasoning in soups and salads, particularly those featuring tomato, green beans, chicken, etc


While the color may fit my current feelings 😉 I am actually excited to let you know you have two choices for this month's block. You only NEED one, but feel free to download both. May Block A is a little more difficult because of the math, but I promise the How To Video included still makes it "new quilter" friendly. May Block B is a very simple block, but with a similar look.


May Block A 12" Finished

By putting the block on-point we add a little bit of movement to our piece.


May Block B 12" Finished

If the first option seems intimidating, I've added a second block for May.


May Bloggers

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Anja - Anja Quilts

Sandy - Sandy Star Designs

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Kathy - Kathy's Kwilts and More


May Block A 6" Finished


May Block B 6" Finished


Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now:

Block A

Block B

 The blocks are free for the month of May! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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

It's too late to have the January thru May blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Friday, April 1, 2022

April 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

Welcome April! Here's to warmer weather and slow steps out of dreary winter weather here in the upper midwest.



We're not getting very spring like with April's block though. This year I threw in "black" as one of our Monthly Color Challenge colors.

Photo cred: World Spice Merchants

However, I didn't choose the peppercorn, but something I've never heard of. Of course, I don't really cook so. . . However when I began looking into it more I found it is quite an interesting spice. You can read it all in this article from Food Republic, but here are a few facts:

"Native to the Mediterranean region. Cultivated and found wild mainly in Egypt and India, but also in other parts of North Africa, western and southern Asia, Southern Europe and the Middle East"

"However you choose to name this spice, what it lacks in aroma — it has just a hint of a savory scent — it makes up for in taste. Nigella seeds have an oregano-like quality with herbaceous notes, a slight bitterness and a warm, toasted-onion flavor."

"Nigella is an annual plant with delicate blue or white flowers that bloom in July. The fruit is a large seed capsule with up to seven follicles that contain small, pear-shaped white seeds — they only turn black when exposed to air."



I love a good pinwheel, and a spinning pinwheel "throwing out it's pinwheel seeds" was perfect for this month. Of course, once again, that is just luck on my part, I didn't plan this one either.


April Bloggers

Lissa - Lovingly Lissa

Karen - Karen Bolan

Gail - Quilting Gail

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

The Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers share their favorite quilts using the color of the month. Have you made a quilt where black was the stand out?




Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month April! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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

It's too late to have the January thru April blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Quilt Studio Set Up 2022

 This post is a long time in coming and it's already an update on the new quilting studio that I never shared with you. It's photo heavy with photos that are not professional. This is me.



August 2021 I started painting and moving into an empty bedroom to use as my quilting studio. 



The bedroom has wood paneling and I painted it white to brighten the room, especially because it has one of those fake little basement windows that just pretends to let in sunlight.



After using it for 7 months, and isolating in it for a week while I had COVID, I knew it just wasn't quite right. This weekend I decided it was time to change it up. I started with emptying everything but the big stuff. HOW does all of this fit in such a small space?



I decided to go with my original plan 7 months ago. It was a bit of a puzzle to move these big pieces around, but with a push there and a shove here I did it.



This wall is the perfect spot for the cutting table. I have wanted to set it up here all along. Can't you just picture a pretty peg board on the wall full of all those fun rulers?



That meant I had to put my sewing desk in this corner. I don't know about you, but I hate having my back to the door, which means really only one way to set up an L-shaped desk.



Unfortunately, that didn't really leave enough space for using Carl comfortably.



I had to say goodbye to my cutting station placement dream (for now) and I switched the cutting table and sewing desk.



You'll see in the finished phots I changed the cutting table one more time, for some reason this set up felt too "closed."



If you have cats, you know.




Carl has one wall to himself, with a little space around him. I thought it would be nice to have a corner to keep batting, but this put Carl closer to the sewing desk and again made the space feel closed.



 Instead I moved Carl over and brought in a comfy chair.




Final set up, and it makes my hubby so happy that he doesn't have to move the tv to a different corner. Ha.



Did you notice there is not an ironing board? That's because I moved it into the laundry room right next to the bedroom. After my husbands scare with clots in January I wanted to make sure that I'm not just getting up and taking two steps to press, I wanted to move. Don't forget to get up and move quilters. 💜


Still left to do:

1) Hang peg boards for rulers and thread

2) Get cords put up and out of the way

3) Hang corner shelf under TV for Blue Ray player, etc

4) Hang art

5) Set up coffee station


How so you take care of all the cords? So. Many. Cords.


Happy Stitching!
Jen


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