February Color Challenge Block and Squirrels!

by | Feb 21, 2021 | 5 comments

Hello everyone! I hope you are all thawing out that were in the cold winter storm areas. What little snow we had went quickly and we are to have nice warm up this week. So happy about that!!

First, I wanted to present to you all my February 2021 Color Challenge Block of the Month. The color this month is lemon. Jen is using food for inspiration for colors this year! Lemon is the food of the month! LOL You can find the pattern for this block at Patterns by Jen. It is free for the month of February, so you still have a few days to grab it and stitch away. It will be available for a small charge thereafter. There are some great prizes being given away for those who enter their block. I have chosen grunge in lemon and silver/gray for my block. I purchased my grunge fat quarter pack from Lauren at Bold Notion Quilting! Lauren is a military wife who runs her shop from her home, and does some beautiful long arm quilting as well! I decided to use the lemon as the background for the spools instead of for the spools! It’s been interesting to see everyone’s interpretation of this block! So here is mine! I’ll be linking up with Jen also.

Our grand loves spent the night with us Friday night…and most of the day yesterday!! We had a great time. After breakfast I asked Madelyn if she wanted to learn to use my “big” machine (she has a small Janome I gave her a few years back to learn on and it is now inoperable, and I don’t want her to lose the “want to” for sewing/quilting!! I told her we could do a crazy quilt block. She was all in!! I started out showing her how I was making my RSC crazy quilt blocks while she picked out the fabrics she wanted to use. I then showed her how to use the machine and guided her through stitching the first few fabrics together, telling her a little about crazy quilts as we went along. We had a blast and I think she’s hooked!! She looked through most of the fancy stitches on my Solaris and chose the ones she wanted to stitch on her seams. We made a block that was 12-1/2 inches square. I decided to do the trimming for her as I didn’t want her to get cut with the rotary blade her first time using it. Her mama was already a little panicked that she was using the big machine. I sent her this pic and she messaged back: “Watch those fingers!! ???!!” I assured her she was being very careful!

And here we are in the process of making the finished product! We took the crazy quilt block and made it into a pillow cover. Now I just need to get her a pillow form for it! This is the first squirrel that ran across my path this weekend!!

This afternoon we celebrated her birthday with a theater party. The local AmStar is renting out theater rooms with a movie, popcorn and soda (along with the cupcakes my daughter made) for birthday parties, so we had some of her friends and family there. This girl is on both a competition dance team and the Y swim team and she really into mermaids. She’s also very artistic so we got her some oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic paints. And I made her this card. This is squirrel #2 for me this weekend!!

I hope you have all had a great weekend. I’m looking forward to a week of warmer weather coming up!!

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  1. Vicki in MN

    Aww that is so sweet she loves to hang out with you and sew! She did a great job on the pillow, tell her to keep on quilting:)

  2. stitchinggrandma

    What a fun time sewing with your granddaughter! Time to send her Janome in for service, no doubt it is something simple. I’ve become a creature of online ordering when there is something simple that I need, like pillow forms. No doubt it is easier to order them online, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or Walmart make it so easy, and if all else fails Amazon. The birthday party sounds amazing. I’d love more details on your card. Did you stitch the mermaid on Mylar or vinyl before attaching to the card base???

  3. Barbara Kniss

    What a wonderful thing to get your granddaughter doing a sample on your machine. She does look very interested in what she was doing. She will always remember her grandmother for this. God Bless you for taking the time to spend with her.
    I have the Babylock Elisimo Gold and love it. Have to get back to my projects.
    Your inspiring. Barbara

  4. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! Your granddaughter has perfect sewing posture. It sounds like the two of you had a fabulous time sewing, and a wonderful weekend overall. I love your lemon-inspired fabrics and block! I am woefully behind – I just got January’s block finish and a post written. Oh well! Happy Happy Monday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Gail Beam

    Your granddaughter looks like she is really into sewing her quilt block. It sounds like she is going to be using your new machine a lot in the near future. I love the the thread holder that you have on the back of your new machine!
    The spool block that you finished is lovely. I will look forward to seeing the new blocks that you will be making.


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