Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 2021 Monthly Color Challenge

Here it is, the last month of the year which means the last month of the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge. I'm feeling a little bit verklempt. . .

I tried to keep this block simple as well as we put our heads down and dig in on those last gifts. Don't forget to come up for air and some family time, though. PS It's also my birthday this month, so keep an eye out for the annual birthday bash sale.

Olive is one of my all time favorite greens, so of course I had to have it for my birthday month. I have two greens in my little stash, lime and olive. They don't exactly go together, but they work well with others. 😉

**Though the block is "easy" there is a How To Video included in the instructions.**

December Bloggers

Kris - Scrap Dash

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts

Wendy - Pieceful Thoughts

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Crystal - Daybrook Designs

Ashli - Quilt 2 End Alz

This year two block sizes are offered, you can choose to make the 12" finished blocks or the 6" finished blocks, or both!

Quarter 4  Sponsors

There's a new group of sponsors! The Monthly Color Challenge has a great group of sponsors who have given generously to make this year an amazing year for you. Winners are chosen quarterly; April 1, July 1, Oct 1 and Jan 1, 2022. To enter you simply add your block to the Link Up at the end of each month. One entry per quilter and it needs to be the block from the current month. Finish each month and you will have 3 entries each quarter!

Bea Quilter - PDF pattern

Quilter Chic - PDF pattern

Make Modern Magazine - 6 month subscription

P&B Textiles - FQ bundle of "Fractured"*

Benartex - Fat Quarter Bundle*

Quilters Dream Batting - 60" square of 80/20 batting*

The Warm Co - 1 yard Insulbrite*

The Warm Co - 34 x 45 Warm and Natural Needled Cotton*

Appliques, Quilts and More - $10 store gift certificate

Daybrook Designs - 2 PDF patterns

Patterns By Jen - Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper®*


Here are a few tips for piecing accuracy.

My favorite marking tool for dark fabrics is the Bohin France White pencil.

Offset your ruler just a bit to make your marks more accurate.

When sewing the HST units together to make the hourglass units, pin the corners to keep the seam allowance nested.

Sew carefully so the seams don't get pushed over.

That's it! December is done! 

Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month of December!

To have the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge blocks sent directly to your email sign up HERE.

It's too late to have the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

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  1. I didn't realize we share the same birthday month! That's two things we have in common - no wait, three - we both quilt. Anyway - I enjoyed this block (and a few olives while I took photos!)

  2. Are you going to have a finished quilt pattern for us or do we get to decide how to finish it off? I love your BOMS this was my 3rd one. Keep them coming, can't wait for next yars.

    1. Hi Cyndy! I can't reply directly to your email. Did you see the finishing instructions went up a few days ago? You can find the post here:


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