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Monthly Color Block 2020 – A Finished Quilt

2020 is nearly done and I have one more quilt to show you. Jen Shaffer from Patterns by Jen has run this block of the month for a few years; this is the second year I participated. Last year, I followed along month by month. This year, I was a host, so I had a little of a jumpstart. As a host you get the blocks in the beginning, so you can work ahead. Of course, I didn’t get that far ahead, but enough ahead so that I have a finished quilt before the end of the year.

Here are all 12 blocks as they appeared and the links to the corresponding blog posts. Remember, Jen is starting a new one in 2021 and this one has 2 block sizes…check it out it might strike your fancy! And there is some extra deliciousness too, but do check out her post linked above to find out about it.

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

I played around in Electric Quilt 8* with my blocks and above are two settings I liked. I like the first with juxtaposition of blocks on point and the white, gray and black background. I chose the second, as it fits my purposes better: 1) fits on my frame without having to do partial piecing of the entire quilt or using the clamping system, 2) I had the right fabric and 3)I think this has more general appeal. Someday, I would like to set a sampler the like the first option.

If you want the particulars for option 2, here they are:
Quilt Finishes at 48″ x 60″
1 1/2 yards of grey
16 – 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips. (need 6 – 3 1/2″ x WOF)
3 – 2 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ strips. (need 4 – 2 1/2″ x WOF)
2 – 3 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ strips (need 3 – 3 1/2″ x WOF)
5/8 yard binding Binding. (6 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF)

The sampler was quilted on Tabitha, my Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen with Prostitcher. I love this quilting pattern, Modernish 1 by Barbara Becker. I used Hobbs Poly Down* as I wanted to try something with a little loft. You might see some “pokies” coming through, but I plan to wash it and I think that it will be perfect.

The backing is a fabric I bought from Bernie at Needle and Foot. She is fabulous and the fabric was a dark blue color weave by PB Textiles. It is one of the extra wide backs, and I often buy remnants when I see them as they work perfectly for one or two benefit quilts!

2020 Monthly Color Block Sampler
47″ x 58.5″ (about 2% shrinking with quilting)
Block Patterns: Jen Shaffer
Quilting Pattern: Modernish 1 by Barbara Becker
Glide Warm Grey and Light Grey in bobbin


Coming Up on the Blog:

2020 Monthly Color Block Finish 
Punch Needle UFO 
My Stitching Resolution 12/30
Best of 2020
#2021PlanningParty

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Midweek Makers
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12 Comments

  1. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    December 24, 2020 / 8:33 am

    Beautiful job on your 2020 color inspiration quilt! I’ve decided to join in next year’s fun. I have been working with someone to make me a fat quarter bundle and it’s ready! I’m excited to get it here and get working on that quilt! LOL

  2. December 24, 2020 / 8:37 am

    Great finish, Kathleen! I realized, seeing your blocks, that I haven’t finished my top yet – yikes! Okay, not surprising, since I tend to put that step off. What a great way to end the year, with a finished quilt!

  3. Nancy Bekedam
    December 24, 2020 / 8:41 am

    Awesome having it done in 2020, Kathleen! Love the quilting! The whole quilt looks so soft and cuddly!

  4. thedarlingdogwood
    December 24, 2020 / 8:07 pm

    Lovely blocks, and I’m impressed that you finished it before the end of 2020!

  5. Cocoa Quilts
    December 25, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    Congratulations Kathleen on having that finish for 2020!

  6. December 26, 2020 / 7:28 am

    That is truly a gorgeous quilt. I love the quilting design also. Happy holidays wishes.

  7. December 26, 2020 / 11:32 am

    Congratulations on a fabulous finish!!! Way to wrap up the year, Kathleen. Wish you a very happy new year and continued creativity in the new year.

  8. December 26, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Your Color Block quilt is great. I like how the light grey makes the colors pop. Congrats on a great finish

  9. December 26, 2020 / 6:04 pm

    Hi Kathleen! I loved advancing through your retrospective of the 2020 color blocks for the year. I also adore the setting and background fabric you chose to get this to the finished stage for a wonderful quilt. And that quilting pattern!! It is so cool – and nice and loose so the quilt is quilty soft. Wonderful all around! You are inspiring me to get mine quilted if I ever finish my OMG project for this month. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. December 27, 2020 / 8:34 am

    Kathleen that is a lovely quilt, and I love that dark blue weave on the back. Your quilting is beautiful. I played with a Simply Sixteen a few months ago and it was so much fun! I told my husband we need to build an extension to my sewing room so I’ll have room for it. 😉

  11. inquiringquilter
    December 27, 2020 / 10:33 am

    That color challenge looks like fun! Congrats on a great finish. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  12. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    December 27, 2020 / 9:24 pm

    Looks great. I had planned to sew ahead LOL But it’s a pieced top…just need to get it quilted.

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