Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

Just like that it's March and time for block 3 in the Color Challenge! This month we have my favorite HST and my next favorite unit, Flying Geese.

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 March is the Oriole.

Photo Credit: Ryan Schain

Some fun facts about the Baltimore Oriole from All About Birds.

"Smaller and more slender than an American Robin, Baltimore Orioles are medium-sized, sturdy-bodied songbirds with thick necks and long legs. Look for their long, thick-based, pointed bills, a hallmark of the blackbird family they belong to.

Baltimore Orioles are more often heard than seen as they feed high in trees, searching leaves and small branches for insects, flowers, and fruit. Watch for the male’s slow, fluttering flights between tree tops and listen for their characteristic wink or chatter calls."

If you are like me, waiting almost breathlessly for spring, you will want to click on the link above to listen to their chatter.

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

This block is a little more traditional than last months. The pinwheel is featured in the center of this block and it shines.

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.

February Color Challenge Bloggers

Catherine of Ali & CC
Kathryn of Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
Pamela of Pamela Quilts
Carolyn of Sweet Boater Chick
Anja of Anja Quilts

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.

Helpful links and tips

New this month are the Flying Geese units.  In the video I am unsure if  the angle works for showing the sewing the second seam on the other side of the drawn line. This picture shows the second seam being sewn.

If you prefer step by step instructions, instead of video, follow these links:

You can find more helpful links in the Beginners Unite post.

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 March 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. Thank you for the monthly patterns and color inspirations!! I also appreciate you donating prizes as well!!!

  2. Oh, orange! I thought it might be something else about the oriole. =) What fun the block is, and flying geese are about my favorites, though I never make them that way. It's a nicely balanced block, thanks for sharing it!

  3. Hi there Jen! I am struggling with trimming the flying geese. I will seek help from my quilting neighbour. I do not have either of the rules you demonstrated. It would have been nice to have seen the trimming with the basic ruler that you started with before you switched to the 45 degree angle ruler and the wing clipper. I am enjoying the learning process and thank you for offering this challenge as an opportunity to learn. Christine


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