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May – 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

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 May

Here’s my block for May, the colour for this month is Brown for Potatoes. I have tried to grow potatoes in my garden this year and I really should go dig them up, I may be too late though, oh well, more next year perhaps.

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. I don’t have a lot of brown as it’s not a favourite colour but this one reminded me of the leafy top part of the potato plant so I decided this was a good compromise.

I raided the cupboard to get the props…

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.

I would recommend using a non directional fabric for easy piecing of this block.

Recipe fun…

Potatoes, they are a fantastic and versatile veg. So many options, so many varieties as well.

My lads enjoy potatoes, roasted, steamed, mashed… oh mashed is always appreciated here. I have to admit though that mashing is not a strong suit. Apparently my mash used to be lumpy, I do try though, I add some butter and milk to the mash to make it lovely a creamy.

Any great tips for smooth mash, add them to the comments please

I do enjoy baby potatoes steamed with lashings of butter, that’s probably my favourite.

No longer do I buy unwashed potatoes, ain’t no-one got time for that. If possible I will not peel the potato, probably why I don’t make mash very often.

Want to join in? It’s not too late.

May Blogs

Visit the May Color Challenge bloggers for inspiration and maybe a yummy recipe!

Jen – Pattern by Jen

Bea – Bea Quilter

Sarah – Quilted Diary

Kathy – Kathys Kwilts and More

Sheila – So This Is Kentucky

Joanne – Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Andi – True Blue Quilts

Crystal – DayBrook Designs

Ashli – Quilt2EndAlz

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  1. Nice block! I didn’t know you could buy potatoes pre-washed? Interesting! As far as creamy mashed potatoes, you might try reserving some of the liquid you boil them in and adding a bit of that to them as you mash them, then add in the butter and milk. Sometimes I will add in a dollop of sour cream and that helps the creaminess too.

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