2020 Monthly Color Challenge – July

Today is the premier of Block #7 for the Monthly Block Challenge by Patterns by Jen. As are all the blocks in Jen’s challenge, they are based on a bird. This month’s bird was the robin and the color is rust.

 Joseph Mahoney/Audubon Photography Awards

So many of us wait for robins as the first sign of spring (at list in the northern states). I have always loved that robin blue egg but was saddened and surprised to find that squirrels go after them. I guess I never knew squirrels went after eggs!

The block is easy and the directions are fabulous. I had a lack of choices in colors, so I am definitely on the redder side of rust with my colors, but that is the way it goes sometimes. I am looking forward to laying them all out.

I jumped over to Electric Quilt and put in photos of my blocks. The border is Aura by Mister Domestic. It’s rather fun with this fabric, although I will also look for a more juvenile or geometric print. This kind of quilt often is donated, so I like to keep that in mind. I did like the gray and red with the blocks last year, but maybe something else will cross my mind as we get closer.

For fun, I put it on the background fabric I used a few weeks ago. I love that the touch of coral in the fabric is perfect with this block. Jen has the instructions, so be sure to visit her site. There are other bloggers, too, blogging on the first, so check them out.

Patterns by Jen (Get the pattern here)
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Create with Claudia
Kathleen McMusing ==>you are here
Steph Jacobson Designs
Textile Time Travels
Quilty Creations by Fawn
Quilt’n Party

Once again, when the linkup opens, my photo above will take you to the blogpost with the link. Until then, happy sewing.

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Pattern Release (TBD)
Tips and Tutorials (7/22)

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  1. Danice G
    July 1, 2020 / 12:52 AM

    Pretty block. I could not find where to get the block pattern. Is it something we have to sign up for?

  2. July 1, 2020 / 7:02 AM

    Great idea using EQ to lay out the blocks so you can see them together! With that blue background, the block almost looks patriotic; perfect for July!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2020 / 10:11 PM

      It does look patriotic – even among the narwhals!

  3. Vicki in MN
    July 1, 2020 / 8:50 AM

    Some Robins are more ‘red’ than others. I think your block is really pretty.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2020 / 10:12 PM

      Yup, this is a racy red robin!

  4. Nancy Bekedam
    July 1, 2020 / 9:46 AM

    I love that coral-y print you used, Kathleen! Your quilt is coming together great!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2020 / 10:15 PM

      That coral-y print is fun and playing with options is so much fun.

  5. July 1, 2020 / 10:41 AM

    Hi Kathleen! You block is gorgeous and it looks especially fletching on that blue background fabric. It really does pull those tiny pops of coral out in it. Nice job! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2020 / 10:11 PM

      Those pops of coral happen to make me so happy! It is a fun block.

  6. July 1, 2020 / 12:26 PM

    Your block turned out great! I always enjoy seeing your design idea for the finished quilt, too.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2020 / 10:09 PM

      Thank you! I love doing it and playing with the designs is always great fun.

  7. July 1, 2020 / 6:38 PM

    I love that ability in EQ to pop in a photo of your block. Looks like a real quilt! Nice block.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2020 / 10:10 PM

      It is such a help and one of my favorite features.

  8. July 2, 2020 / 12:57 PM

    Love the block and your choice of fabrics. This looks like a fun quilt to make.

  9. July 2, 2020 / 1:16 PM

    I think your rust works beautifully!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 5, 2020 / 7:46 PM

      You are sweet!

  10. thedarlingdogwood
    July 3, 2020 / 9:14 PM

    Love your fabrics for this block! And I’m pleased to say that this post and the lighthouse one came through on blogloin, so the earlier problem was user error (me).

    • kathleenquilts
      July 5, 2020 / 7:45 PM

      I know I have dropped some blogs occasionally on Bloglovin and have them in folders. Reorganizing them is more of a chore than I’d like. I think they need a little updating on how its managed, but mostly it works.

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