Monthly Colour Challenge 2021 – July

What is this year long plan?

The 2021 Monthly Color Challenge is in it’s fourth year, and I am excited to join in. This year we’re getting our inspiration from Fruits and Veggies.

Each month there is a change in colour and a new block. You can see all the colours to come this year at this post on Jen’s blog. Jen also shares all the info on what you need and you can choose to sign up to receive the block sent straight to your inbox.

My block for July

Here’s my block for July, the colour for this month is Green for Lime. I have been using a menu planner (made by someone else) recently and this has seen me use more fresh limes and such that I have ever done before.

I have planned a consistent background of the dark charcoal grey and will be adding the feature colour color. There are a plethora of scraps in my studio so I have vowed to sew from them if I possibly can. This gorgeous lime was leftover from a recent quilt project.

I have been trying to add in the fruit or veg in the pics with the blocks and happened to have a bunch of fresh limes in the kitchen, perfect.

So, if you are keen to sew along with us this year, there’s a layout design for you at the end of the year, head over to Jen’s blog and join in. The blocks are free for the release month, and you can have them sent to your inbox.

Oh and each block comes with a How To video right in the instructions. That’s pretty handy.

My Tip to you.

Don’t like wasting those corners? Sew a half inch from your sewing line and cut between them to makes use of those cut off corners. You do need to collect quilts few of these to make another project but if you hate wastage then you’ll probably already do this!

Recipe fun…

I have a plan for some lime essence. i have made some lemon essence and want to do the same with limes.

What do you need for lime essence? Lime rind, no pith, cut into fine strips and vodka. That’s it. About 4-5 limes and 250ml vodka. Put it in a glass jar and in a dark place. Shake daily for the first week or so, then leave it for another 5-6 weeks.

This is a basic recipe and it’s going to be a bit of an experiment, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

Here’s a basic process for lemon extract, I’m just going to use limes instead.


Want to join in? It’s not too late.

June Blogs for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

Visit the June Colour Challenge bloggers for inspiration and maybe a yummy recipe!

Jen – Pattern by Jen

Katie – Katie Mae Quilts

Brenda – Song Bird Designs

Lisa – Love to Color my World

Patty – Patti’s Patchwork

Andi – True Blue Quilts

Crystal – DayBrook Designs

Anne – Said With Love

Sponsors are listed below

There’s a new group of sponsors! The Monthly Color Challenge has a great group of sponsors who have given generously to make this year an amazing year for you. Winners are chosen quarterly.

To enter you simply add your block to the Link Up at the end of each month, on Jen’s blog. One entry per quilter

Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio – Goodie Bag*
Bea Quilter – PDF pattern
Faith and Fabric – $25 Gift Certificate to Faith and Fabric
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting – PDF pattern
Carole Lyle Shaw – $50 gift certificate to your choice of shop
Cherrywood Fabrics – Mini Monty (fabric bundle)*
Benartex – Fat Quarter Bundle*
Quilters Dream Batting – 60″ square Dream Cotton*
The Warm Co – 90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester*
Appliques Quilts and More – $10 Gift certificate
Said with Love – PDF pattern
Daybrook Designs – 2 winners, PDF pattern to each
Patterns By Jen – PDF pattern

Those marked with * are for US residents only. Prize laws vary throughout different countries.

Happy Sewing, and if you want to make the blocks head to Jen’s bog for the link to purchase the earlier months.


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  1. oooh…. lime essence sounds good to have one hand… can’t wait to hear how it goes in a couple of months! Anne from Said With Love

  2. Your lime block is very pretty, Raylee! Thanks for sharing.

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