Welcome to the 2022 SPICY Monthly Color Challenge. In March, we are exploring Pink Peppercorns. Find all the details and pattern instructions on Jen’s website.
Pink Peppercorn Quilt Blocks
When you are working with scraps, the challenge is finding pieces large enough in the colors you need. I ran short of the light pink for my 12″ block, so it ended up with three colors, while the smaller block has two fabrics.
Once the fabric selections are made, it’s time to sew! Chain piecing speeds up the process. The instructions generally say to draw a daigonal line on one square when you add corner triangles, but I don’t play by the rules, LOL.
I took a permanent marker and drew some guidelines on my sewing machine. The center line is the needle position and I added another line 1/4″ away so I can position my fabrics without other marks. To learn more about this strategy, read this blog post: No Markings – Know Your Sewing Machine.
Isn’t it fun to see the signature blocks come together to form an infinity symbol? You could also think of them as Eights or chain links. They could even be eyes if you played with the colors a bit more! What comes to mind when you see this block?
Spice it up with Peppercorns!
Food is fascinating. This ecxcerpt from a Cooking Light article highlights the history of peppercorns:
“Having pepper signaled riches and power; it was status. Pharaoh Ramses II was mummified with peppercorns in his nose. For the Goths to lift their siege, Romans paid a ransom that included 3,000 pounds of pepper. In the 1400s, Columbus sailed westward from Spain looking for gold and pepper but returned from the Americas with chiles, suggesting that their spicy heat was a great sub for that of pricey peppercorns. As chiles spread, the similarity stuck. People began using “pepper” to mean both peppercorns and chiles, though they’re not botanical kin.”
I love the flavor of peppered steak and shrimp. Time to fire up the grill!
More pink quilts
Thanks to the historical pairing of the color pink with girls, I followed suit when a friend asked for a baby shower gift. The beautiful owl print was sourced from Spoonflower, and I paired it with several pink and white prints from local shops.
Find more color inspiration in the pattern book: Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety.
Signed copies available in my shop.
Pink Peppercorn Monthly Color Challenge Blog Hop
Be sure to visit these quilt bloggers who are participating in the Monthly Color Challenge:
Jen from Patterns By Jen
Kathy from Penny for My Thoughts
Bea from Bea Quilter
Jen from Faith and Fabric
Raylee from Sunflower Stitcheries