Monochromatic Challenge

Don’t feel like you have to do everything but here at Patchwork Times, in 2011, we’re going to be hosting:

  • Stashbusting Reports
  • Design Wall Monday Reports
  • UFO Challenge
  • Monochromatic Challenge

For the Monochromatic Challenge, it will be similar to the UFO Challenge in that I will draw a number on the last day of each month.  The corresponding color will be the quilt you work for the next month.  That post will also have a link box for you to share your monochromatic piece for the previous month.  Your piece can be a quilt of any size, a wall hanging, a pillow case, a pillow .. whatever you want to do.  The whole point of this challenge is to get us out of our comfort zone and try something new and hopefully use the stash.

Monochromatic Challenge

I am going to put up a clickable button on my sidebar so participants can easily find the info/projects but don’t feel like you have to copy it.  I don’t want to take up your whole sidebar with my projects but I do intend to stay real busy in 2011 and am hoping some of you will play along with me.

We’re going to do this January – September, have a couple of “special” colors for October and November and take off in December.  Add a background (white, ecru . . whatever background fabric you’d like) if you want to, or add black.  Really, do what you want just so it’s kinda monochromatic.

Here are the colors we’ll be using:

  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Indigo
  7. Violet
  8. Pink
  9. Brown

October will be a two color quilt.  This is NOT a two fabric quilt.  Say your colors are red and green.  You can use as many reds and greens as you’d like, along with a background or black fabric.

November will be black and white with one color added.  Use as many blacks, as many whites (or ecru) and as many fabrics of ONE color as you’d like.  Examples:  black, white and red or black, white and green or whatever third color you’d like.


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    Me too! I’ve been wanting to do a black & white & one color quilt, and this will be such a fun way to do it. I’ll be in on three out of four — I’m not doing stash busting again this year, but I really enjoyed the year I did it. It was interesting (to me anyway) to see how much fabric I actually used, how much I bought, and I ended the year pretty much even. Thanks for hosting all these fun ideas! There is truly something for everyone.

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    Joanne H says

    After reading this post I am now positive you never sleep. What a great challenge. Some of those colours would require a trip to the fabric shop, others as they say, not so much. Another great idea. Thanks for keeping us on our toes. Joanne H

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    Oooh! I like this one! I also much appreciate you telling us that any sized project will do! It’s much easier for me to try new things on a small scale. 🙂

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    Toni says

    I’m in! I couldn’t commit to your UFO Challenge as I already said I would do another but Monochromatic? That will be fun and truly a challenge! I’m sure some months I will be doing small projects as I really do want to use stash and there are some colors I’m short on. Thanks for the fun ideas!

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    Ever since you posted you were thinking about this – i started wanting to join in. And I have lots of the colors you have mentioned….. This would be very fun!

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    shirley bruner says

    WOW…another challenge. i think i could do this also. i have lots of hand dyed fabrics that i could use here to enhance the store boughts. Go, Judy…..go judy….LOL

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    Just got a late bday gift of charm stacks from Connecting Threads. One is dark blue batiks, another a batch of margarita greens… Im set for a couple of these !

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    Debbie says

    My goodness, Judy! You’ve got me all excited here! I thought the UFO challenge was great and now this! This is going to be fun.

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    Judy C in NC says

    I certainly intend to do what I can – as I need to deplete stash. If I do not have it – no orange for sure- then that is the month I sit out and play catch up on the kits and projects waiting for attention. Way to go Judy L.

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    What a fun challenge, but with a full time job, no way I could play every month. I’ll be chekcing out how everyone else does.

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    I want to play, but honestly, Judy, I seem to be a bit dense about this. How can a monochromatic have other colors and not be a two color quilt? Do you have any examples of a monochromatic? I sure would like to see some. Maybe I’ll go try google images and see what I find. I think I’m in, I think I”m in….

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    Linda in MI says

    I new there was a reason this is the best blog around….Judy thankyou and Yipppee! 2011 sounds like patchwork times year!

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    Scrappy Monochromatic quilts are a favorite of mine and I love making them. I won’t join in every month but I think I’ll do a couple of them along with you in addition to the UFO Challenge.

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    Oops looks like my comment didn’t post so excuse me if it shows up twice!

    Scrappy Monochromatic quilts are a favorite of mine and I’ll plan to join in your challenge at least a couple months in addition to the UFO challenge.