red pepper quilt blocks
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Red Pepper Quilt Blocks

September gets spicy with red pepper as the inspiration for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge. Patterns By Jen has a fun red pepper quilt block for our colorful sampler.

2022 Monthly Color Challenge Spicy
Variety is the Spice of L:ife!

Hot, Hot, Hot!

I’ve lived in the Southwestern United States for most of my life and I’ve lived Phoenix, Arizona for more than half of that. Red peppers are a dietary staple, but I have a pretty low tolerance for the heat they bring to a dish. In other parts of the country, the shaker of red pepper flakes is only found at the pizza place, but we keep siracha sauce on hand at home.  This article from Bon Apetit highlights the varieties of red peppers.

Google imge of ristras made from red peppers

Red Pepper Quilt Blocks

For the September block, we are combining flying geese units and signature blocks to make an on-point square. Getting those reds to play nicely together was a bit of a challenge! I talk more about using red as the focus of a monochromatic palette in this video.

Here are the fabrics I pulled from my stash:

fabric selections for red pepper quilt blocks

And here are my completed red pepper quilt blocks:

red pepper quilt blocks

Jen includes instructions for both 12-inch and 6-inch blocks, so of course I have to make both sizes! Then to challenge myself even more, and hopefully use up my extensive fabric stash, I make two versions of the small blocks. I like to see how different the pattern looks when you change the color placement.

As I was working on the small blocks, I realized that I actually used the lighter red fabric of each pairing in the same place, so these blocks aren’t really opposite of each other. But, I did choose a print and a more solid fabric, and I switched that placement. And since I was working with stash, I ran out of one fabric so the corners of the big block introduce a third shade of red.

Other Monthly Color Bloggers

It has been so fun sewing along with Jen and the other bloggers who are participating in the Monthly Color Challenge this year. Be sure to visit their blogs and say hello!

Jen at Patterns By Jen

Raylee at Sunflower Stitcheries

Frances at Frances Quilts

Anya at Anya Quilts

Tell me, have you ever made an entirely red quilt?

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