purple pinwheels
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Purple Pinwheels

Welcome to the 2021 Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen! We are starting the year with Purple Pinwheels and our color inspiration is eggplant. You can sew along with us, making either 12″ or 6″ blocks. Jen has designed a beautiful layout that I will be using to make a lap-size quilt with the larger blocks. I am going ALL IN this year! I will be making the smaller blocks as well, but I’m not sure of the layout for those yet.

Jan 21 color quilt

The theme for 2021 is Fruits and Vegetables. Let’s get healthy by adding more color to our lives, both in our quilts and in the kitchen. Each month I will share a recipe along with my quilt blocks.

Purple Pinwheels Block

Hop over to Jen’s blog to find the pattern, then bookmark it, so it is easy to find each month! I am using my stash for this project, so each month it is an adventure to choose fabric.  Here is my collection of eggplant purples:

eggplant purple fabric

I narrowed the choices down to just three combinations of light and dark. The purple pinwheels shine in the 12″ version.

purple pinwheels

And they are even more fun in the smaller 6″ blocks! I am making a positive/negative style with the small blocks by reversing the placement of the dark and light fabrics.

small eggplant blocks
small eggplant blocks

Pinwheels are some of my favorite blocks! You can read about my methods for making a different style of pinwheel quilt block in this post.

One of my favorite purple quilts is this one. What color would you choose for the Purple Angles pattern?

Eggplant Recipe

The purple pinwheels block was inspired by Eggplant. Truthfully, I don’t eat eggplant very often. My husband does most of the cooking and he isn’t a fan, mainly because of the texture. Eggplant can get mushy! However, when I was a kid, my mom would make an eggplant dish called Moussaka (pronounced moo-sah-kah). I think she cubed the eggplant instead of slicing it. I may bring this recipe back to our meal rotation, because I love casseroles. Try this Moussaka recipe with eggplant that I found online.

Blog Hop Links

Looking for more color inspiration? Visit these bloggers who are participating in the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge.

Jen – Patterns By Jen
Anja – Anja Quilts
Wendy – Pieceful Thoughts
Joanne – Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jen – Faith and Fabric Design
Ashli – Quilt 2 End ALZ
Kathy – Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Crystal – Daybrook Designs
Raylee – Sunflower Stitcheries
Andi – True Blue Quilts (you are here)

For even more fun and motivation, Jen has lined up some awesome sponsors for quarterly prizes!  To enter, you need to link up on HER blog each month, with a photo of your finished block.

Prizes will be randomly selected on April 1, July 1, Oct 1 and Jan 1, 2022.

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  1. Your large block appeals to me very much. I’m not one for smaller than 9″ LOL. Paul made Moussaka and eggplant lasagna, and I love both. My mother made friend breaded eggplant slices and I love those. I guess I’m a fan of eggplant!

  2. Your blocks are beautiful. I like how you turned the 6″ block on point! I like the larger blocks but may make a few smaller ones as well. Thanks for sharing the blocks and the Moussaka recipe sounds great! I downloaded it to give it a try. I’m the only one who likes it here, but hey, I can make it and have left overs!!

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