2020 Monthly Color Challenge – May

Once again Jen of Patterns by Jen has come up with a fabulous block for May. This month’s color is green (see in the picture above) and is in honor of the  Budgerigar. Now, I don’t know much about this bird except it looks like what I would call a parakeet.

© Owen Lishmund

It is in fact, upon further research it is a parakeet and maybe native to Australia. Seems we have been domesticating these birds for quite sometime. My grandmother had a parakeet, but I don’t remember its coloring much. It is a fun inspiration as it seems we all have encountered  budgerigars throughout our lives. They do have a following and some refer to them as “budgies” which seems rather sweet.

Anway, lets get back to this block. It is fun to put 2 half square triangles together in a different way and get a different kind of shape. I love the way the triangles move across this block. My only caution if you are still working on it is watch the direction of the HST when attaching the plain square (top of page 2). It would be so easy to put this together wrong. The link below will be live when the linkup at Jen’s is live. For now, the first picture will take you to her blog and the entry on May’s block.

Next month, I will blog on the 1st of the month along with a group of other bloggers. It is fun to be a bit ahead (if only by a week or so), but the good news is that one is ready, too! I love these blocks as they are fast and fun and a lovely way to do something a bit different from your other projects. AND, there are sponsors and quarterly prizes, so its not to late to get in on the fun!

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  1. May 24, 2020 / 8:56 AM

    Looking forward to seeing your block! I agree, watching the orientation of the HSTs is key.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 24, 2020 / 10:07 AM

      I forgot I set this to publish and never popped the block in ! So its there and you can see it…argh…the wonders of a forgetful mind and a queued up post!

  2. May 24, 2020 / 10:07 AM

    Oh, that’s a pretty block! Love those greens together!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 24, 2020 / 10:08 AM

      They are quite brilliant together – a bit of summer in my block!

  3. Cocoa Quilts
    May 24, 2020 / 4:41 PM

    I am loving this block. I may need to sew along next year!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 25, 2020 / 6:16 PM

      Well, there is still time to download this month’s. Its a lovely block! Last year I did IB scraps and this year I bought an inexpensive kit when on sale; totally fun!

  4. May 24, 2020 / 10:17 PM

    ‘Love your block. Green is my favorite color. Long ago, I had a green parakeet like the one in the photo. His name was Perry.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 25, 2020 / 7:17 PM

      I am trying like heck to remember the color and name of my grandmothers, but I just can’t. I found these greens particularly fun together.

  5. Nancy Bekedam
    May 25, 2020 / 12:01 AM

    That Budgie reminds me of Rose’s latest EH pattern!!! Nice job with your monthly color challenge, Kathleen!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 25, 2020 / 7:22 PM

      Too funny! I don’t mind birds on quilts but I don’t think I need that many!

  6. May 27, 2020 / 5:03 PM

    Love that minty green fabric. Looks like raindrops – water effect adds depth. Hope you are staying safe, Kathleen. Big Hugs to you!!!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 28, 2020 / 11:28 AM

      Thanks, Preeti. I am not a huge fan of some greens and thought it might be a bit much, but I wound up liking it much more than I thought I would.

  7. May 28, 2020 / 9:30 AM

    That’s a pretty block! I love your background fabric. I did make a few mistakes when sewing my HSTs together, until I realized she had really good directions for it and I should just follow them!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 28, 2020 / 11:28 AM

      It is funny how we assume we know what we are doing and don’t follow what is right in front of us!

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