Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

Month two of the Monthly Color Challenge is here already. This time it brings my favorite Half Square Triangle unit(HST), and of course a beautiful bird.

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 inspiration for February is the Indigo Bunting and we are focusing on the more teal-blue version

Some fun facts about the Indigo Bunting bird from

"Indigo Buntings migrate at night, using the stars for guidance."
"The birds possess an internal clock that enables them to continually adjust their angle of orientation to a star—even as that star moves through the night sky."

"Indigo Buntings learn their songs as youngsters, from nearby males but not from their fathers."
"You can attract Indigo Buntings to your yard with feeders, particularly with small seeds such as thistle or nyjer. Indigo Buntings also eat many insects, so live mealworms may attract them as well.
**I don't know about you, but I'm not adding live mealworms to my backyard for any bird.**

Conservation statusLeast Concern (Population decreasing) - Wikipedia

Ready for the second block in the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge?

This funky and fun block looks more challenging than it really is. Turning the HST units gives the block more movement and is interesting to the eye.

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.

February Color Challenge Bloggers

Quarter 1 Sponsors

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 month's. 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 jen(at)patternsbyjen(dot)com 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 February 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. Teal is my favorite color, I love this block. Thank you, Jen.

  2. Gorgeous block in my favorite color!! Thank you!!

  3. We've put out mealworms before, and the birds love them. They sure don't last long! Those teal fabrics are very pretty!

  4. No mealworms.....I totally agree. Love the teal block and your 3 variations.

  5. I have both blocks done and on my Instagram. Where do I put them for you?

  6. Hi Jen! Umm, no I am not willing to add mealworms to attract that sweet pretty bird. Love your block and thank you to all the sponsors. They are fabulous! The offerings are mind-blowing. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Jen, are we supposed to link up our monthly finishes?? I don't see anywhere to do that.

    1. At the end of the month the link up will open. Look for it February 23!!


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