Thursday, December 16, 2021

Announcing the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge!

 The 2022 Monthly Color Challenge is here!!!




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This year the theme is "Spicy." I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of colors found in spices and I am looking forward to sharing the blocks inspired by their colors with you. This is the 5th year for the Monthly Color Challenge and it just keeps getting better. Read on to get all the details!




2022 Monthly Color Challenge Colors


February - Bay Leaf (Green)

March - Pink Peppercorn (Pink)

April - Nigella Seeds (Black)

May - Blue Spice Basil (Blue)

June - Yellow Mustard Seed (Mustard)

July - Sumac (Purple)

August - Cinnamon (Cinnamon)

September - Red Pepper Flakes (Red)

October - Sage (Sage)

November - Clove (Brown)

December - Garlic (Cream)

Quilts of Color

This year the Color Challenge Bloggers will be sharing quilts they have made using the color of the month. Get ready to be INSPIRED!




How much fabric do I need?

The general rule is a fat quarter of light and a fat quarter of dark will be enough. This year there will be two sizes to choose from again, 12" finished block size and a 6" finished block size. You choose the one you want to do, or do both! This year, for those who might be interested in the 6" finished size blocks, but are wondering if they will be too hard, I'm dong a separate How-To video for each of the 6" blocks!


There is also the option to have all of the same background, instead of using the color for that month. If you are using the same background throughout the year you can download the cutting instructions for the background fabric HERE.

Blocks are available for free during the month. After the month has passed blocks are available for $1.




Do I *have* to use my stash?

No. If you want to go purchase some new fabrics to play with you are more than welcome to. *I* do, because I don't keep a stash. There may be colors you really don't have, maybe they aren't your favorite to work with, maybe they ARE your favorite, so they get used all the time and your stash is low on the color.

Here are a few bundles that I think would work for the Color Challenge.




The Garden Gatherings Coordinates fat quarter bundle needs a few added colors, but most of them are included here.



This Lower the Volume bundle of AGF Studios fabric has plenty of low volume fabrics if you would like a low volume background for your blocks.



Another low volume, but with a little color is the Christopher Thompson White Blossom fat quarter bundle.




The Lori Holt Bee Cross Stitch Bundle has most of the colors (need to add black and purple) and enough low volume fabrics for the year.




This Folktale bundle of Leila Boutique fabrics would make a fabulous quilt, you would just need to play around with the colors a bit.

Will there be a quilt layout?

Yes!  Early December the layout instructions are given to you and are free until the end of January. A bonus is that the layouts from the previous years work for the current year, so if you don't like the layout, you can find instructions for different versions in the Payhip Shop for only $1.


Here are the fabric requirements for the layouts coming in December.



I'm a total beginner, should I even try?

Definitely! This is the perfect time to join! Each block is beginner friendly AND comes with a "how-to" video linked right in the instructions.  The Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook group is full of helpful quilters, too, so make sure you join and ask any questions you may have.

To get started I recommend you check out the link  Beginners Unite. A post that has great information and "how-tos" for beginners.



What supplies do I need?

You will need all the pretty fabric colors listed above, a cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers, fabric marking tool, pins, and an iron.

We will be making half-square triangles (HST), Flying Geese (FG), Square in a Square (SIS) blocks as well as some traditional four patch units. I like these specialty rulers for trimming these blocks. They are NOT required, but they definitely make trimming a little faster/easier.

Tucker Trimmer for HST
Wing Clipper for FG
Square Squared2 for SIS

You can find these in my Etsy shop HERE.

***Now through December 31, 2020***
Receive FREE SHIPPING on any ruler with code 22MCC

***Free shipping good for US residents only, International orders will receive $5 off their order once it's placed.***

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

NOTE: If you signed up for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge Emails you do NOT have to sign up again.




Start looking through your stash then come back for:

Meet the bloggers! December 27th


Happy Stitching!
Jen


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