September 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

>> Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Welcome to September and to the Monthly Color Challenge!

I'm happy to be a featured blogger this month along with several others. If you take a quick look around my blog you'll see that I love color! 

What a great challenge this is - to use up fabrics in your stash (or not) and maybe even go outside your color comfort zone to create a block. I have to admit that I love more colors now than before I was a quilter. There are some colors that I use a LOT and others that sneak in sometimes only later to become a color that I rely on to add sparkle or contrast in my quilts.

I hope you have been enjoying the monthly challenges so far. If this is your first month, feel free to go back to Jen's blog and find all of the previous monthly challenges.

September Color

This month's color is Cinnamon representing the Cinnamon Teal.You can read more about this bird in Jen's post.

traditional fabrics cinnamon fabric

I used some fabrics that were from a deconstructed kit for a Christmas quilt. These fabrics remind me of cinnamon buns! It's amazing where you can find just the right fabrics when you go looking for them in your stash - maybe you have a kit that you'll probably never make now that's keeping some just right fabrics for you.

The contrast is subtle and I find that the scale of the different prints helps to enhance the contrast. This color definitely gets me in the mood for fall!

Trimming Tip

trimming flying geese unit 45 degree line on ruler

If I have a tip to offer for making this block, it would be about trimming the geese triangles; I learned a long time ago to start trimming on the open side of the geese unit - NOT the point! This way you can work at getting to the right size unit for piecing without trimming off the point. You want to have at least the 1/4" seam allowance on the outside of the point to make sure the point stays on your quilt top. This is pretty easy to achieve with the large units in this block, but it's good practice to trim from the wide side first so it's a habit when trimming any sized geese unit. 

You can also see in the photo above how on my first trim, the 45 degree line on my ruler is lined up with the inner goose triangle - this helps to keep the point in the center of the block. I trim the open side of the goose unit and the top edge at the same time, then rotate the block to do the last two sides.

September block 2020 monthly color challenge

Visit Patterns by Jen to download this month's block pattern.

Prizes and Sponsors

This year the prizes will be given out quarterly.  To enter, you must link up a color challenge block each month - one block link up per month, per quilter. If you link up each month during the quarter you will have three chances to win.

Prizes for this quarter will be randomly selected on October 1.

The Link up takes place on Patterns by Jen's blog.

This quarter's sponsors are:

PDF Pattern from Quilter Chic

pattern and grunge bundle from Carole Lyles Shaw

Superior Thread S-Fine 50 and Magic Wand from Patterns by Jen

PDF Pattern from For the Love of Geese

Dream 80/20 - 60" x 60" from Quilters Dream Batting

Fabric Bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop

6 month subscription from Make Modern magazine

Warm 80/20 - 55" x 60" and
1 yard Insul-Bright from the Warm Company

Remember to link up at Jen's blog at the end of the month for your chance to win!

Go check out the other September Monthly Color Challenge bloggers: (Textile Time Travels)

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Unknown September 2, 2020 at 12:21 AM  

Great thought to look at kits and such in your stash! Somehow I just collect fat quarters, then think they are too precious to cut into. What a tragedy: all that lovely fabric just locked up because I forget it's there for the sewing!
Thanks for sharing your cinnamon block.

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