2019 Monthly Color Challenge BOM

Jen Shafer from Patterns by Jen ran this wonderful block of the month last year. I was an Island Batik Ambassador in 2019 for the second year and had plenty of scraps. So, I thought this would be a great way to make a benefit quilt.

When I last left you I had this plan.  The fun thing was I posted this right about my machine and assembled the blocks with this in front of me.  I don’t believe I took out one row of stitches.  How awesome is that.

Here’s a shot of the assembled top.  Honestly I wasn’t sure I was in love with it, but the magic happened!

I loaded the quilt on Tabitha, my Handiquilter Simply 16 with Prostitcher and worked on a couple of patterns.  In the end I picked Heatwave and I love it.  I was a little worried about the height of the design but it worked perfectly.   I really think it brings the quilt to another dimension.

Here’s a close up of two blocks. I think the purple is one of my favorites in the quilt. Not sure if it is the fabric or the block, but it is the one I love to look at.

And the back.  This is a piece of fabric I saved for many years (14 apparently) as it was a 2006 fabric designed by Alex Anderson.  I think it is time it is used. 

I am so pleased with it and pleased that is wil lbe a comfort quilt for someone.  As it was an Ambassador project, I am grateful to Island Batik, Aurifil 50 wt. in white for piecing and Hobbs Batting Premium Cotton Batting – all of which were used in the project.  I also used a Superior So Fine #408 Silver.

I am not sure where this is going but I know it will be well loved.   It is also my One Monthly Goal for the month and part of my PhD in 2020. Next blog entry will be tomorrow – my whale for Awesome Ocean along with a great co-host, Rose from Something Rose Made. 

Upcoming on the Blog:
Awesome Ocean #7 2/1, 2/15 & 2/29
Barn Quilt BOM 2/5
Swap Mob Bag
Tips/Tutorials on the 22nd – 2/22

Linking Up:
For the Love of Geese
Friday Foto Fun
One Monthly Goal
PhD in 2020
Tish’s UFO Busting #93
Clever Chameleon

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  1. January 31, 2020 / 6:54 AM

    Gorgeous glowing colours in the quilt, Kathleen! It’s stunning!

    • January 31, 2020 / 8:44 AM

      Thank you, Sandra. I enjoyed using the scraps and really am tickled with how it turned out!

  2. January 31, 2020 / 7:12 AM

    Hi Kathleen! This finish just r.o.c.k.s. I adore that quilting pattern! I wouldn’t have thought to try it but it really gives the whole piece some really nice texture. It makes me want to reach right through the screen and touch it. Hmm. I still have my top to quilt. I wonder if I could copy you – sort of, because it definitely wouldn’t be quite that consistent by a long mile. I have been racking my brain for a February OMG and Sue keep saying quilt the color blocks. Thank you my friend! You have, once again, inspired me. Boy, it was a lucky day when I met you. Happy Friday! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • January 31, 2020 / 8:40 AM

      I looked at a few other patterns but this one just spoke tome. Imitate away my friend!

  3. January 31, 2020 / 8:01 AM

    Your quilt really turned out so nice. How fun to be able to completely finish it, quilting and all!

    • January 31, 2020 / 8:39 AM

      I am very pleased with it. I try to be aggressive about finishing those tops, but having my friend Tabitha makes it so much more fun!

  4. January 31, 2020 / 10:46 AM

    Congrats on the finish! It’s a fun and bright quilt. Great quilting design also

    • kathleenquilts
      February 1, 2020 / 11:30 AM

      Thanks, Vicki, I do think it is a cheery quilt for a charity.

    • kathleenquilts
      February 1, 2020 / 11:29 AM

      When I was looking at designs I thought no….but then I really liked it much better than some others. Funny how that happens!

  5. patty
    February 1, 2020 / 2:18 PM

    Lovely! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  6. thedarlingdogwood
    February 2, 2020 / 6:16 PM

    Hooray for no ripping of stitches! Always a reason to celebrate! It looks great, and I like the heat wave quilting pattern. Congrats on being one step closer to your PhD in 2020!

    • kathleenquilts
      February 4, 2020 / 11:42 AM

      It was a miraculous day, I must admit. I really love heat wave on this quilt – I was not too sure but went for it!

  7. February 3, 2020 / 4:25 PM

    Congrats on a gorgeous finish. I love the quilting design too. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

    • kathleenquilts
      February 4, 2020 / 11:41 AM

      Thank you, Denise, for commenting and for hosting!

  8. February 6, 2020 / 7:32 PM

    Love that magic moment too…. the quilting makes everything belong together, even if you have misgivings beforehand. Great finish Kathleen.

    • kathleenquilts
      February 27, 2020 / 8:56 PM

      Thank you, Dione. It is a magic moment isn’t it when it is all done.

  9. February 7, 2020 / 1:28 PM

    Love your finish! And to think, you didn’t need to use your seam ripper??? That’s a miracle in my books!
    Thank you for linking to PHD in 2020, Feb 1 Report!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

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