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.


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

Linking Up:
Midweek Makers
Wednesday Wait Loss
Patterns by Jen
Friday Finish or Not

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  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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