Tuesday, December 31, 2019

January 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

The 2020 Color Challenge is here! Are you ready?

This year our Color Challenge has gone to the birds! Inspired by their gracious flight, unique and sometimes vibrant color, I chose birds to guide us in our challenge this year. To see the full year in preview read the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge Announcement.

Our bird for January is....

the American Golden Finch.

A little background on the Golden Finch:

The male is, as always, the colorful version of the species.

They grow only up to 5."

They enjoy any type of seed from bird feeders.

The Finch is classified as a song bird due to it's distinct chirp.

During this time of year, when it's cold and snowy the Golden Finch will burrow in the snow, or roost with others in a coniferous tree.

For more fun facts visit Bird Eden.

One thing I love about the American Golden Finch is that it literally shows every color that is laid out in the January block. Let's take a look at the original version first.

This block is super simple. While there is still a little trimming/sub-cutting, there are no triangles. Enjoy this fact, because it won't last long. Bwaaahaahaaahaa (That's my evil, half square triangle loving laugh.)

This year I am offering instructions for making the background the same throughout with a neutral. You can download the yardage amount and instructions HERE.

See the short video for a "how to" on cutting the yardage.

This year we have an amazing group of bloggers; over 30 of them throughout the year! You can meet all of them in THIS POST.

January bloggers:

Kathy - Kathy's Kwilts and More

Kathy - Penny For My Thoughts

Joanne - Everyone Deserves A Quilt

Sarah - The Quilted Diary

Willow - Bear Paw Stitch and Design

Enjoy their posts and make sure to leave a note letting them know you were there. We all appreciate it when we know people are viewing our work. You can find them on Instagram, too. If you find the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge button on my Instagram page it will have these bloggers tags. Follow them for more quilty inspiration!

Have you heard?! We have sponsors for the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge! Meet all of them in THIS POST! 

Prizes will be given quarterly: April 1, July 1, Oct 1 and January 1 2021. To enter you must link up your block at the end of the month. Each month you enter gives you a chance to win. If you miss one month, don't despair, you can still enter the other months for a chance.


Quarter 1 Sponsors

Sponsors for January through March are:

Quilters Chic - PDF Pattern

3rd Story Workshop: Andrea Jackson - Book: Gemology

For the Love of Geese - PDF Pattern

Quilters Dream Batting - Dream Fusible 80/20 - 60" x 60"

Andover Fabrics - Fabric Bundle -  Giucy Giuce's DECLASSIFIED

Warm Company - Warm and Natural - Needled Cotton Batting 45" x 60"

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

Patterns By Jen - Superior Thread S-Fine 50

Patterns By Jen - Tucker Trimmer

I would truly appreciate if you would let these amazing sponsors know our appreciation in the comments below and/or on their social media pages.

Are you ready to get your block instructions? Remember if you want to get the block sent directly to your email you need to sign up HERE. This will NOT give you past blocks, including this months. You will have to go to the Payhip shop to get past blocks. You need to sign up even if you received the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge in your email.  On the first of each month you will receive the block instructions in your email. Please make sure to add Patterns By Jen to your email address book. If you don't see it in your email sometime during the 1st/2nd, make sure you check your spam and promo files.

Now it's time! Follow the Payhip Link to the January block and get stitching!

Thank you so much for sewing along with me and the amazing 2020 Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers!

Happy Stitching!

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  1. First block looks easy peasy - I love patchwork and always love a break from HST's. Woohoo!!

  2. Just downloaded this first month...let the 2020 challenge begin... xox

  3. Do the blocks have to be solid colors for the color of the month or can it have a pattern? Also, can the background color have a pattern or does it need to be all one color?

  4. Pattern will not download. Not a good start.

  5. American Goldfinch, not Golden!

  6. I can't get the pattern to download. I have tried several times. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong or e-mail me the pattern. I signed up for the e-mails dfquilter8@gmail.com.
    Thank you!

  7. OK pattern downloaded. Pattern stitched out. And here I thought this was going to be an easy block. Crazy me cut one of the blocks too short -- how do you cut a strip block too short? Who knows, but if it can be done I did it. So my pieced block is extra pieced just to be able to finish the block (as I am using scrap and fabric I already have and didn't have anymore of that yellow. UGH! Now where is it that we do the linky thing? I'm never very good at that, but we'll see if I can get it there.

  8. why cant I download the block? I have tried several timeas

  9. How big will the finished quilt be?

  10. I am looking forward to this, the extra info on the monthly birds is lovely - it all adds to a lovely quilting story. Thank you.


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