Sweet Potatoes!!!

I have been participating in the “Monthly Color Challenge” Quilt-A-Long series being hosted by Patterns by Jen.

So far we have pieced blocks inspired by Eggplant and Lemons…..

For March, we moved on to the amazing Sweet Potato….although there has been a lot of questions about whether we should be calling it a Yam!!

I headed upstairs with my inspiration….soon to be my lunch…..

…and once again marveled in the wonderful colors!!

Picking fabrics was fun….

….and before I knew it the pieces were cut……

….and piecing could begin…..

Since I am making the 6-inch blocks, it was important to keep a correct seam allowance. If you remember, I learned this lesson the hard way when I was making my Lemon block. You can read about it HERE.

I love the resulting block…..

We are supposed to share our favorite recipe each month and mine is super simple…..

Bake the sweet potato until it is nice and squishy and caramelized….

….add butter, mash it well and salt and pepper liberally!!!


Lemon Block….very pretty!!

Today I get to share my February 2021 Monthly Color Challenge block. This is the second block in the Quilt-A-Long series being hosted by Patterns By Jen. If you are interested in joining us, please check it out on Jen’s blog.

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On a personal note, I have been quilting for over 35 years and love every aspect of the art. My greatest joy is in providing inspiration and techniques that help others to make the quilts that they want to make.

This is the first year that I have participated in Jen’s Monthly Color Challenge and I am super excited about the prospect. In addition to a wonderful challenge, Jen has also put together amazing sponsors for the first three months. Be sure to check them out…..

NOW….on to the block!!!

I have a friend who has a lemon tree in his yard and one of his greatest joys is to present a freshly picked lemon to anyone needing a bit of a boost. So, when I started thinking about this block I immediately started smiling, and as the fragrance of the cut lemon infiltrated my studio, my mood lifted even more…..

I stroked my yellow fabrics and quickly found two that said “Lemon” to me…..

I am making the 6-inch version of the blocks and ran into a problem when I finished sewing the FORTY-EIGHT seams in this block…..it was WAY too small!! I spent a fair amount of time figuring out what I needed to change to get my seam allowances exactly right (come back on Thursday for that saga), but in the end, I was SO pleased with this block.

Interestingly, even though I made this block TWICE, I didn’t see the lemon slices until I put it out to photograph!!

Didn’t my husband do a great job in picking out a photogenic lemon!!!

Now, when I think about eating lemons, I immediately think of a dish that my husband, Michael, loves to cook. It is from Giada DeLaurentis and is a magnificent mixture of Penne pasta with chicken and a lemon cream sauce…..SO yummy!! You can find the recipe here…..

Also, be sure to check out the other bloggers presenting this fun Lemon block…..

Patterns by Jen

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Penny For My Thoughts

Sunflower Stitcheries

True Blue Quilts

DayBrook Designs

Quilt To End ALZ

Next month we tackle Sweet Potatoes……yum!!!

Eat your Eggplant

The title statement, “eat your eggplant”, was not one that I ever heard as a kid!! Growing up in the heart of West Texas, eggplant wasn’t all that popular!!

I first learned about it when, as a young couple, Michael and I were living in Australia and bought a cookbook with a recipe for Ratatouille and, of course, the main ingredient was Eggplant!!

I have always been intrigued with the color of an eggplant, never really knowing if it was black or purple, or maybe even dark blue.

So, when the January block for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge showed up, I was excited to see that it was going to give me the opportunity to explore the Eggplant!!

I spent a bit of time looking closely at a live example….

….but still had a hard time deciding on the color.

Then I added it to a few fabrics and I started seeing a pattern…..

It is Purple but also has some traces of red in the rind.

Since I only needed two colors, I decided that these best exemplified the stately Eggplant….

I had to “fussy cut” the dark hand-dyed fabric to make the best use of the darker color but soon had my pieces cut…..

After a few, short minutes of sewing….

……trimming and even a bit of ripping, the block was ready to sew together….

I had never “spun” an intersection before but in Jen’s instructional video she shows how to do it so I jumped in and tried it. It made the cutest, tiniest pinwheel on the back….

….and the front was picture perfect and OH SO FLAT……

Now, if I am going to be perfectly honest, Eggplant has never been a favorite food!! I am not happy with the texture of it and the only flavor that I get is from the surrounding juices!! Having said that, I did cook it one night for a vegetarian friend, and loved using it in the place of meat. I sliced the eggplant in thick slabs and breaded it using a recipe from Giada DeLaurentis for “Pork Milanese”….just leaving out the Pork. We dipped the eggplant in flour and then beaten eggs and finally crusted it with a bread crumb mixture containing grated Parmesan cheese, dried basil, and dried thyme. We then fried it in a bit of Olive Oil and Butter…..it was YUMMY!!!

If you haven’t already joined the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge, why don’t you jump over the “Patterns By Jen” and check out this and future clues!!!

So for now, it is Goodbye Eggplant……hello Lemon!!!

The 2021 Color Challenge is underway!!

If you are interested in a simple block challenge for 2021 that is food AND color based, check out Patterns By Jen.

During the year, we will be feasting on Eggplant, Lemons, Yams, Cherries, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Limes Mushrooms, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Blueberries and Green Olives. Is your mouth watering??

3 Reasons to Look at the Colors of Fruits and Vegetables
courtesy of deannaminich.com

Along the way, bloggers will not only share their colors and ideas but also their favorite recipes using these fruits and veggies.

You can find the overview here, and the first block (Eggplant) is presented here…..

And….if the challenge itself isn’t enough incentive, each quarter various sponsors will offer prizes to participants….

Won’t you join me in this fun way to fill out that 4th line of the healthy food pyramid!!!

Free Vector | Healthy food pyramid chart

Stay tuned for my version of the January block……