Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

 It's hard to believe, but we have reached December and the last block in the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge!

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.

This month our color is inspired by the amazing Cardinal. The male cardinal is such a gorgeous bright red. We have a cardinal couple that hangs around our neighborhood and I love seeing the red flitting from one place to another.

Here are some more fun facts about the amazing Cardinal from All About Birds.

***Only a few female North American songbirds sing, but the female Northern Cardinal does, and often while sitting on the nest. 

***...perplexed each spring by the sight of a cardinal attacking its reflection in a window, car mirror, or shiny bumper. Both males and females do this, and most often in spring and early summer when they are obsessed with defending their territory against any intruders. Birds may spend hours fighting these intruders without giving up.

***A perennial favorite among people, the Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states.

The first two song examples in THIS LINK are what I hear all summer long. The second one I now refer to as the "Star Wars song" thanks to a friend who pointed out the "pew, pew, pew" sounds. 😉

It's time for the December block! It was so fun to make this block, knowing we are finishing up a tough year with a pretty color. The corner pieces make me thing of wrapped candy.

The instructions include a How To video, just for the Color Challenge participants.

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.

December Bloggers

Becca - Pretty Piney Quilts

Kathleen - Kathleen McMusing

Claudia - Create with Claudia

Fawn - Quilty Creations by Fawn

Kathy - Kathy's Kwilts and More

Joanne - Everyone Deserves A Quilt

Quarter 4 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.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.

Sponsors October thru December

Said With Love - PDF Pattern

For the Love of Geese - PDF Pattern

P & B Textiles - Fabric Bundle

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" x 60" Dream Blend

Warm Company - 45" x 60" Warm and Plush

Warm Company - Light Steam and Seam 2

Island Batik - 3 1/2 yards of assorted fabrics

Patterns By Jen - Superior Thread S-Fine 50

Patterns By Jen - PDF Pattern

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.

Now it's time! Follow the Payhip Link to the December 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. Your blocks are gorgeous, Jen! We had a young cardinal attacking our window - relentlessly - one season. We ended up putting paper on the lower part of the window until mating season was done and his territorial thing got over itself. Ha! Thanks for hosting another fun year of the color challenge!!

  2. What a fun project. Helped me get through a tough year. Always looked forward to the next block and searching through my stash for the perfect color for the month. When will we get the final directions to assemble the quilt?


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