Hi friends! It’s time for the January color challenge hosted by Jen of Patterns by Jen or PBJ!! If you are new to the challenge, as I am, this is how it goes. Each month Jen gives a color and provides a pattern. This month’s pattern and instructions can be found by clicking on the link above. Scroll down the page to find it. Many bloggers are participating, but each month a few will be featured. Those can also be found at the link above. You can then click through to see the other bloggers’ blocks! Some are even providing recipes as this year’s color inspiration is coming from fruits and veggies!
Since I was invited to a virtual retreat last week with some of my blogger friends, I used the day before as my prep day. Jen provides excellent cutting and stitching instructions in the pattern, but since I am addicted to my AccuQuilt GO!Big electric cutter and dies, I decided to try to do as many of my blocks as possible with my toys!
For the January block we are using the color purple (as some of you may know that IS my favorite color!!) and this month’s inspiration is the yummy eggplant! For my fabric I worked with Lauren at Bold Notion Quilting and she came up with a wonderful grunge fat quarter bundle for me! I also purchased the silver grunge for all my backgrounds. You can get this same bundle from her. Also, she gave a discount code for any of my readers to get 10% off your entire order from her shop (except for mystery boxes and thread of the month clubs) by using the code SongBird10. This is good until January 31st! So please check her out. She has all kinds of wonderful fabric, quilting rulers, even classes at Bold Notion Quilting. She also offers longarm quilting services.
Jen offers this pattern in 12 inch and 6 inch sizes. I am making the 12 inch size and used die #3 for the half-square triangles and die #5 for the quarter-square triangles in cutting this block. They are from my 12 inch Qube set. I purchased my cutter, a 2-1/2 inch strip die, and this 12″ Qube, many years ago when I taught a couple of classes at the American Embroidery Conference in West Palm Beach, FL. I have to say this is one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I use it a lot and have added to my die collection through the years. I pieced with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread. So without further ado, here is my January block.
This block was fun to make and with the help of my retreat friends and the internet, I learned to spin that center seam so it is really flat!
So hop on over to PBJ and get your free pattern and visit some of the other bloggers on the list. There are some gifts offered each quarter by some amazing sponsors as prizes for linking up your blocks.