I love a good challenge and when it involves fabric and color, you can count me in the game.
Jen, from Patterns by Jen, has hosted monthly color challenges for quite a few years now and I've participated in three of them. I took a break last year but am participating in a limited way this year. I couldn't resist joining again in 2023 because the colors are awesome, and how she introduces each color is so darn fun. This year she is using classic cars!
2023 Monthly Colors
February - Aqua
March - Red
April - Olive Green
May - Baby Blue
June - Grey
July - Purple
August - Brown
September - Mustard Yellow
October - Blue
November - Green
December - Orange
I chose to participate in February for a couple of reasons. I love pretty much any color that is related to blue, so aqua is perfect. I also fell in love with the block when I saw it. And finally, to be totally honest, I wanted to have a month early in the year so I didn't get bogged down with work and end up being rushed to make my block.
How much fabric do I need?
The general rule is that each month, a fat quarter of light and a fat quarter of dark of will be enough. This year we will be making just one size block. The finished size of each month's block will be 12" (12 1/2" unfinished).
There is also the option to have all of the same background, instead of using the color for that month. If you are using the same background throughout the year you can download the cutting instructions for the background on Jen's blog.
You do not have to use stash fabric for this challenge, unless you want to do so. Jen has some great information and wonderful links to help you choose just the right fabrics for this challenge.
Blocks are available for free during the month on Jen's blog. After the month has passed blocks are available for $1.
To make it even more wonderful, Jen will share a video each month to help you with the block construction. They are amazing!
I fell in love with this block as soon as I saw it!
I think it is so darn fun!
But first, let's discuss the color AQUA.
According to Wikipedia:
In Latin, the word aqua means water. Aqua is a variation of the color cyan, which is located between green and blue on the color wheel. Because the colors are regarded so closely, cyan and aqua are often used interchangeably in areas like web design.
Aqua is one of the three secondary colors of the RGB color model used on computer and television displays. In the HSV color wheel aqua is precisely halfway between blue and green.
So, what exactly does that mean to me? Honestly, it means that I often confuse the colors aqua, blue, teal, and turquoise. 😅
Here is an awesome site that will help you learn all about the various shades of aqua. It is worth taking a look just to see all the beautiful pictures.
So what are the meanings and symbolisms associate with Aqua?
Aqua evokes feelings of reinvigoration, youth, and dreaminess.
Because of it's water roots, aqua has an energy and striking tone that makes it a wonderful accent for many other colors.
When aqua is in your aura (An aura is a quality or feeling that seems to surround a person.), you are mostly calm and know how to chill. Because of that, your understanding and compassion is a gift to the people you meet. Basically, you live your life with a focus on joy and innocence. Gee, I want to be like that!
Let's take a closer look at the February/Aqua Block
This block is fun and easy to make and Jen's instructions are perfect. Don't you just love how the light fabric seems to peak out from the corners of the dark center? I think the somewhat wonky flying geese units are perfect and fit right in with the aqua aura explanation, don't you? Because there are no outside 1/4" points to worry about, it made me relax and be carefree when constructing the block, which is exactly what I wanted.
Speaking of being carefree and relaxed, I don't always find it easy to choose fabrics for my projects. I believe choosing fabric is like a journey. Sometimes you know the way by heart and everything is simple. Other times you hit road blocks and there is nothing easy or fun and the whole thing becomes a task. Here was my journey for this block/project.
(I looked for an aqua car, but this was as close as I could get.)
I really wanted to use that stripe, but it just wouldn't work. As you can tell, I included fabric that was more teal than aqua; but it looks good and as I said early, I often confuse aqua, blue, teal, and turquoise so I'm right on course.
In keeping with the carefree spirit, I played around and turned the block to see what it would look like if placed on point. Oh my goodness! How fun is this?!?
This looks like some kind of animal and I think it is really cute. I am feeling the desire to make more blocks and create a quilt from this layout.
Speaking of quilts, I made four of these blocks and put them into a darling little wall hanging. I love it!
I love looking at the back of a quilt, and this one was no different.
Do you want to make your own block? Take a few minutes and jump over to Jen's blog. I know you will love what she's doing!
Thanks Jen for this wonderful block and awesome challenge!
And yes, I do believe Everyone Deserves a Quilt!
Joanne you just open my eyes to a different look and feel for aqua and you are not alone with confusing the difference with teal and aqua love this months color and it's a pleasure finding you...
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