Big Potato Quilt Block
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Hash Browns are my favorite

The Keto diet would be hard for me…I love carbs, and hash browns are my favorite! What a treat to make brown  quilt blocks inspired by potatoes for the May edition of the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge, hosted by Patterns by Jen.

Find block instructions here.

Potato Brown Quilt Blocks

Big Potato Brown Quilt Block Brown is an unusual color to work with. It has such depth, but we tend to overlook it as one of the plain, uninspiring background colors. For my 12 inch block, I use the darker brown as the pattern, and paired it with a creamy tan background shade.

In the 6 inch versions, I chose a golden brown as the complement to a darker shade and made a pair of blocks with fabric placement reversed.

small april potato borwn quilt block

So many shades of brown to play with! Do you like the tan or golden brown as a complement to the dark brown fabric?

Find the other 2021 Color Challenge posts here: January, February, March and April.

All these brown fabrics remind me of a survey I saw on Facebook…

potato meme

Very hard to choose a favorite since I love them all. I will generally choose tots over fries if given the choice, and scalloped or au gratin potatoes are at the bottom of the list. Which would you choose?

For this month’s recipe suggestion, I will share basic instructions for twice-baked potatoes. When I was a child, this was a side dish that I considered very fancy. Now I make it almost every time we have baked potatoes, since my daughter will actually eat them this way!

Twice-Baked Potatoes

How I make Twice Baked Potatoes:

Step 1 – Fully bake the potatoes

Step 2 – Slice the cooked potato in half and scoop out the meat. Place the shell in a baking dish.

Step 3 – Mash the meat of all potatoes with some milk and about a cup of sour cream.

Step 4 – Fill each shell with a generous amount of mashed potato and cover with shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Inspired to Make Brown Quilt Blocks

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Jen  – Patterns by Jen

Bea – BeaQuilter

Sheila – So this is Kentucky

Joanne – Everyone Deserves A Quilt

Kathy – Kathy’s Quilts and More

Raylee – Sunflower Stitcheries

Crystal – Daybrook Designs

Sarah – Quilted Diary

Ashli – Quilt 2 End ALZ


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