Februray Monthly Color Challenge

>> Friday, February 21, 2020

The month isn't quite over yet! There's still time to join Jen.



You can read Jen's introduction post here.

2020 Monthly Color Challenge

The color challenge for February is aqua. I never used to have this color in my stash. When I started gathering fabric for my On Ringo Lake quilt I started to buy turquoise, which in my mind is closely related to aqua. 

Here's my February block:

February monthly color challenge 2020


I used a batik and a cotton. I like how the dots in each of them contrast with the angular and twisting motion of the block. I was surprised to find a light and dark fabric to play with in this block. It's fun to look at your stash for specific colors - you might just see a fabric in a different light!

You can find February's block pattern for FREE at Jen's blog until the end of the month.

Visit this post for the February pattern.

You'll also find other participating bloggers to visit and see the block done in their fabrics.

Remember there are quarterly prizes too from some great sponsors
Jen will host a linkup soon for this month's block.

Enjoy this happy blue for February. 

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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Inventory Quilt Project - Liberated Churn Dash Quilt

>> Saturday, February 15, 2020

I'm making another one!

inventory quilt project designer


This year I'm a participating designer in the Just Wanna Quilt Inventory Quilt Project. What's an inventory quilt? Well, it can be anything you want! The idea is to use fabrics that you have - your stash - and make a quilt using them. It can be made with pieces from all of your fabrics or just your red fabrics. Or just fabrics from a favourite designer or all one theme. 

The idea was inspired by Jessica Quilter and has become a project through Just Wanna Quilt.

You can hear the first podcast episode to discuss the project here - Just Wanna Quilt Inventory Project is beginning! (this is a link to open and listen in Google) You can find the podcasts from the main site here too - Just Wanna Quilt podcast

Since then the project has become larger and is now including designers who are participating by making an inventory quilt using one of their patterns.

Liberated Churn Dash quilt by Sarah Vanderburgh


For me it had to be my Liberated Churn Dash quilt. In fact it's been hard for me to think about all of the other quilt projects I have in the works and not just work on this!

I am close to deciding if I am going to purchase a background fabric or not. I am thinking about trying to use what I have which might mean a mix of solid and print backgrounds.

You will be able to hear me talk about this project on the
 Just Wanna Quilt podcast on February 29
Yep! My first podcast appearance :)
 I can't think of a better way to use my extra day this year
 than focusing on a new quilting project!

You can join the JWQ Inventory Quilt sew along facebook group to find out more and meet more of the designers. Check out their patterns too as I have a feeling it's going to be hard to make just one inventory quilt.

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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End of January wrap up

>> Friday, January 31, 2020


The end of January is finally here! It has been a perfectly long month for sewing though :)



2020 monthly color challenge patterns by jen

I'm pretty happy with my yellow block for January's 2020 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen. There will be a new block and new color for February any day! You can make one block and enter it each month to win fabulous prizes each quarter.


patterns by jen 2020 monthly color challenge


I've been keeping up with the scrappy bear paw blocks that Darlene has us making for a 52 week quilt block challenge.

52 week quilt block challenge january

 These blocks make me happy! It's also been really fun going back through my scraps and finding pieces big enough to use. You can find out more at Darlene's facebook page.

january bear paw blocks 52 quilt block challenge


I have a finish too! My word of the year mini quilt is complete. I used Pat Sloan's free letter templates (scroll to the bottom to find them)  and more scraps to make it. 

word of the year mini quilt


I wanted to share one more thing with you -

sew joy creations online store

I'm having a PATTERN SALE this weekend - Jan. 31 to Feb.3 - in my online pattern store for my *newsletter subscribers only!* A happy perk for sure. Not a subscriber?
Subscribe now and get in on the sale - click here or the button below to subscribe and take part in the sale.

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How was your January? Looking forward to a fun February of quilting too!

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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January Monthly Color Challenge

>> Saturday, January 11, 2020

Are you ready for some color?! While a winter storm is starting outside today, I thought I would share my January block.

2020 monthly color challenge button

Patterns by Jen designed and put together a fabulous way to use up stash and create with color all year long. 

Visit this post to find out how it works - 2020 Monthly Color Challenge announcement

To start the year off bright, January's color is yellow!


january monthly color challenge block 2020 patterns by jen


As you can see, I used a dark yellow and light yellow. This year Jen is giving cutting directions to make all of the block backgrounds white or black. If you join her Facebook group, you will see that several quilters are also doing variations on the theme! 

Quilt and Learn with Patterns by Jen Facebook group

I am going to do my blocks in her original format of using the color of the month for both the feature fabric and the background.

You can find the block instructions on Jen's blog - Patterns by Jen - the pattern link is at the bottom of the post

January 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

Each month's block is FREE until the end of that month, then it will be available to purchase.

There are also several bloggers each month sharing tips - the main January post will take you to their blogs. Please visit and see all of the bloggers who are working together to bring this challenge to you.

There will be a link up post near the end of the month. Link up with your block to win prizes from the sponsors that Jen has put together. The prizes are quarterly, so you will have 3 chances this quarter to enter to win. I'll remind you ;)

With Joy,

Sarah V.




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Starting 2020 with some stash projects

>> Friday, January 10, 2020

I have been busy quilting my way through the weird wintery weather here in Northern Ontario. My first guild sew day of the year brought one project forward.


on ringo lake bonnie hunter mystery quilt


My On Ringo Lake quilt now has blocks! I was so excited, and surprised by the rush of joy I experienced when I finally sewed together a block for this quilt. This was Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt in 2017. I am only working on this right now at my guild sew days. I got 7 blocks sewed together with only 43 to go! LOL! 

On Ringo Lake pattern is now available in Bonnie's store - see more versions in this post.

There's always next month, but next month I may want to keep working on the stash project I'm going to start at my guild Fun Day. 


We are going to be making Pat Sloan's O My Stars quilts. I have been busy cutting 5" squares from my stash and was surprised to find that I could cut from 147 undesignated (AKA stash) fabrics! Who knew!


oh my stars fabric


I did buy a fabric for the stars as they will touch the other fabrics and I wanted to make sure to use a fabric I didn't already have; I will be using some other yardage for borders that I had in my stash. I still have some more precutting to do for this before next month, but I'm happy with where I'm at. I have all my squares cut, pattern bought and printed and all of the yardage put together in one labelled container.

I'm slowly coming to realize that 2020 is going to be a year of using up my stash. Partly because I want to start buying more fabric and want to use up some fabric before I do. And also because so many of these fabrics have been loved for years and waiting patiently to be used! It's time!



scrappy bear paw block

So in honor of using up scraps, I found another project and jumped right in! Darlene is making several blocks over the course of the year, but is starting with 10" scrappy bear paw blocks. I couldn't resist!

Here's a link to her facebook page with the instructions

I had some leftove 2 1/2" squares already tucked away together so I started with them. I am looking forward to making one of these blocks each week. (Guess I better get started on THIS week's!)

Time flies when you're planning quilting projects! I have another in progress scrap quilt that I'll share as soon as I take another progress photo.

Is this a year of stash busting for you too? Or maybe just using up scraps?

Tell me what your quilting goals are for 2020 in the comments - maybe we can keep each other on track :)

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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