Sunday, January 1, 2023

2023 January Monthly Color Challenge

 Happy New Year! Let's welcome 2023 with a new Monthly Color Challenge.

I'm so excited to get the New Year and the new Color Challenge started!

January's color is pink.
For some reason when I think "classic cars," pink always comes to mind and it's this style that I think of.

I had a time trying to find a pink car for pictures for this month. The first car I found and ordered was about 2 times too big, but was it perfect or what?!

To know me is to know I have a heck of a time figuring out size when I order things. I'm wrong 99% of the time. True story.

The second car I ordered said delivered, but it was nowhere to be found. I asked my husband, I made a report and two days later I found it in the packages that had arrived for Christmas. Might as well have a hard time the first month of the Color Challenge and get it out of the way, right?

This year the fabric is sponsored by Benartex. I'm using one of their basics lines called Cotton Shot.

The dark is Cerise and the light is Peony.

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The peony is one of my absolute favorites. We had them years ago at our house in South Dakota, but we don't have any here. Unfortunately, I have a brown thumb and I don't dare plant any, I'm sure they would die and that would make me sad.

This year we are doing things differently with the bloggers. There will be just one quilter a month that will be featured. January's blogger is Raylee. I *adore* the pink fabric she chose as her main fabric. Definitely hop over there and give her some quilty love. I encourage you to grab your favorite warm (or cold if it's hot where you live) drink and stay awhile and check out ALL that she has to offer!

You can also find her at @sunflowerquilting on Instagram.

All of that to say "here's the block!" It's a different take on the Flying Geese units than we've had in the past, but as I do every year I include a "How To" video. You will definitely want to reference it for the trimming part of the instructions.

The rest of the block goes together simply. Make sure to join the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook group where you will get a lot of support and questions answered! If you aren't on Facebook you can also follow Patterns By Jen on Instagram. Use #2023MonthlyColorChallenge when sharing so I can be sure to see your block.

I hope you like this new take on the Flying Geese unit! I can't wait to see all of the pink flood my world this month!

Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month of January! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video.

It's too late for the January instructions, but you can still sign up to have the February - December blocks (and the layout!) sent directly to your email. Sign up HERE.

Let's make something Extraordinary!


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  1. Pink is my least favorite color, but I found a nice cotton shot Benartex, and I think it might be Peony. My other fabric will be a neutral for all the blocks, though This is such an interesting take on FG, thank you!

    1. I can't wait to see your block!

    2. I did it this morning, and I didn't do the placement of the quarters correctly, but I'm leaving it, because I like it anyway. You can see it on DesertSky Quilting

  2. Only 12” this year?

  3. I love pink! This is my very first quilting experience! Can’t wait to get started!

  4. I enjoyed stitching your flying geese variation - it was fun. Thank you for the video - it helped me put it together in a fun and different way.

  5. I got a bunch of different blocks made I'll show next week :)


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