Monday, December 3, 2018

Introducing the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge!




If you are joining again after the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge: Welcome back and thank you for sticking around! If you're new, this is the post for you!

We have some changes this year that I will go over, but some things will remain them same, like you get the color list now, but the blocks are a secret.




2019 Monthly Colors

January - Bells of Ireland (green)
February - Carnation (pink)
March - Love in a Mist (Navy Blue)
April - Glory of the Snow (Blue)
May - Spider Mum (Lime)
June - Sundaze Blaze Starflower (Orange)
July - Jade Vine (Aqua)
August - Marigold (Red orange)
September - Lilac (Lavender)
October - Rose (Red)
November - Black Eyed Susan (Yellow)
December - Crocus (Purple)


Uh oh! You may have to do a little digging to figure out those colors, though some are very common. I look forward to hearing which flowers you know on the list and which ones you have to look up. Let me know in the comments!




The goal of the challenge is to use your stash.  You may have to dig, but if you can't find something you shouldn't need more than a FQ. The only exception is December where you need a few longer strips, although going scrappy takes care of that problem. Needed squares go from 3" up to 7 5/8" and their are some strips that are over 10."

This year there is only one block size offered: 12" finished. The blocks will be available free for the month, then will be available for a small fee after that month has passed. A setting will be shared (also free for a month) in December and there will be a last post in January to share your finished quilts.




I am not doing monthly prizes this time, but will continue to have the link up at the end of the month for those who want to share their blocks.

We have bloggers joining us throughout the year to help encourage you. Each post will have a link to the bloggers joining that month. I hope you take a little extra time to visit each one and let them know they are awesome! Bloggers! If you would like to be a part of the Monthly Color Challenge Blog Hop send me an email! patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com

Supplies

What do you need for the Monthly Color Challenge?

Pretty fabrics in a rainbow of colors, scraps are awesome! All the usual sewing supplies; cutting mat, rotary cutter, thread, sewing machine and rulers.

There are a few specialty rulers that I use that I highly recommend, but are not required.

Tucker Trimmer - this is great for trimming Half Square Triangles, Hourglass units and the pieced squares we will be making.

Wing Clipper - this is the ruler I use for all of the Flying Geese units I make. I love it!

Square Squared - this makes trim Square in a Square blocks easy peasy!

Find all of these rulers HERE.




I'm a beginner, should I join?

Yes, yes and yes!! These blocks are designed to be beginner friendly and are the perfect starting point. If you are worried about being able to make the blocks there are a few links I recommend. The first is Beginners Unite! You will find multiple posts all for beginners. The posts that will be most helpful for the blocks we are making are:

That crazy scant 1/4" seam allowance

HST

Flying Geese

Strip Piecing


If you haven't yet make sure you join Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen on Facebook. It's a great place to ask questions and receive help.



When do we start?

The Monthly Color challenge begins January 1st and continues throughout the year on the 1st of each month. The link up for your finished blocks will be the last 7 days of the month. That's a whole month to make one block! Come back here on the first of each month to see the block and get the instructions and then visit the bloggers who have joined the blog hop to see their versions.

What do we get?

This year I decided not to do prizes. There are a few reasons why, and I know it can be disappointing. So. What do you get for finishing each block each month? Well, a quilt for starters. Encouragement and cheering from your fellow quilters at the end of the month. You get to use up some of those scraps you may or may not be hiding.




So who's ready to start the new year and a new Color Challenge?! I know I am, and I hope you will join us. I really enjoyed putting these blocks together and prepping for another year of color.

Happy Stitching!
Jen


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5 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to it! Thanks. Love the flower theme. MelvaLovesScraps at NolanQualityCustoms dot com

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  2. I am so in! I'll send the email. Had a blast with the 2018 color challenge.
    Is that first image the January color? If so, it is GORGEOUS!
    No biggie on prizes, I am sure it can get to be a hassle working with vendors.
    Now if I hold my feet to the fire and do all the blocks you showcase, I will have a flimsy nearly done by the end of next year.

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  3. Love the flower color clues. Looking forward to joining in on the fun. Thank you for hosting it!

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  4. I am totally in! I had such fun looking up the flowers on pinterest and creating an inspiration board! Lots of room for interpretation and you can't go wrong with any color choices!!!

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  5. I'm new to your site and look forward to this! I have been watching the 2018 challenge among bloggers for a few months and am ready to start this in 2019!

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