• Sarah Marcina

2020 Monthly Color Challenge




Welcome to 2020!


Today begins Jen's new challenge! I finished up my 2019 Monthly Color Challenge in December, but it is yet to be quilted. Click here to see my flimsy.


This years inspirational theme is birds. I love learning new facts, so I'm excited to research birdies along the way. Speaking of... January is a Finch.






When I first saw the color was yellow I expected a canary. Yet in reading about finches, I found out canary is a type of a finch. Who knew?




For those who might question if you're talented enough for Jen's challenge, her in step-by-step instructions make it easy to follow. She also provides detailed diagrams for those who are visual learners.


When I made January's block I was in the middle of another project using gray thread. It was a mistake to not take extra time and change it out. Hopefully once I finish the quilt it won't be noticeable.


I was really happy with my scrap fabric finds. The yellow plaid squares were already cut. They are leftovers from a quilt my grandmother made. I think the four patches mimicked the plaid. If it wasn't for the thread, I would be really happy with my block!


Just a tip: Even if it will take an extra 10 minutes or so to make a project and the thread is a little dark, take the time to change it out. You'll be glad you did!


Several companies are sponsoring and doing a give away to a lucky 2020 Monthly Challenge participant. The first quarter prizes are from the following:

Click on the icon to be re-directed to the company pages.

Check out theses January blogs:

Kathy Bruckman @ Kathy Kwilts & More

Kathy Nester @ Penny for My Thoughts

Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Willow Olson @ Bear Paw Stitch & Design


Click on the icon below for Jen's website and the January pattern.


What's happening right now with The Quilted Diary? Clue One for this years mystery quilt called "Diary of a Patriot" is released! Designer and professional long arm quilter, Charisma Horton and I have designed a pattern you're sure to love. Best of all, it has been approved by the Quilt of Valor Foundation to donate for a veteran! Click on the picture to be directed to the Facebook page!

You can also find more information and blog links on my home page.




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