spicy finish 2022 Monthly Color Challenge
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Spicy finish! {2022 Monthly Color Challenge}

Here is my spicy finish for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen. The hardest part of a block-of-the-month project can be putting it all together once the blocks are done. But with such pretty blocks and a fun layout, I was anxious to see the final product.

2022 Monthly Color Challenge Spicy
Variety is the Spice of Life!

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Sashing and Cornerstones

This colorful quilt was the perfect place to use a rainbow-hued fabric that had been sitting in my stash for way too long. I paired it with a solid white to really let the colors sing. Even though the cornerstones have tiny one-inch pieces, the nine patch units come together easily when you start by strip-piecing your fabrics.

spicy border rainbow batik fabric                                                           cornerstones for a spicy finish

It’s amazing how just 12 blocks can require so many sashing strips! But, I called on my trusty AccuQuilt  for help. The 3-1/2″ die let me cut all those pieces in a flash.

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Block Parade

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and recall the 2022 Monthly Challenge blocks.

2022 monthly color challenge blocks

Can you match the monthly blocks based on the spicy theme?

January – Saffron                 February – Bay Leaf              March – Pink Peppercorn

April – Nigella Seeds            May – African Blue Basil      June – Mustard Seed

July – Sumac                         August – Cinnamon               September – Red Pepper Flakes

October – Sage                     November – Clove                   December – Garlic

A Spicy Finish

And my finished quilt top, ready for the longarm.

spicy finish 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

I think a spacious all-over design will let these fun blocks shine. But that is a decision for another day.

The Monthly Color Challenge continues and the 2023 theme is Classic Cars! I hope you enjoy another year of colorful quilting. I am focused on something a little bit different. Tell me what your plans are for the new year in the comments below.


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