January Monthly Color Challenge Entry for Patterns by Jen 2020 Event

It’s the new year so that means it’s the start of another quilt along hosted by Patterns by Jen. Like last year, a different color and block is introduced each month. What is different about this year is that the color choices are based on birds. How lovely! First up is the January monthly color challenge block which is yellow, and inspired by the goldfinch.

Another difference with this years’ challenge is that Jen is adding an option for making the block with black or with white. As a result, I decided to two versions of the block, and I have to admit, I’m really loving the yellow and white option.

January Monthly Color Challenge Block - Both Versions

As if the additional color options weren’t good enough, this year there are generous sponsors and, best of all, quarterly prizes. To join in the fun and get the patterns, visit the Patterns by Jen website.

My January Monthly Color Challenge Blocks

This months’ color choice and prompt are perfect. Bright and sunny, I love looking at goldfinches when they are at my bird feeders, and the males are particularly yellow in the summer. The happy color is a reminder of the warm months to come.

Whenever I do a quilt along, I like to add a little challenge for myself in some way. Last year I used only batiks. This year I am only allowing myself to use fabrics that I already have at home. This will help me continue my quest of using up some of my fabric stash (to make room for new stuff of course!)

January Monthly Color Challenge Block - Version with White Fabric

Featured Blogger

I am excited to let everyone know that, for a few months this year, I will be one of Jen’s featured bloggers. Because of this, I’ve been busy at work preparing the blocks so I can write about them.

Make sure to stay tuned so you can see my progress throughout the year.

You can see last year’s entire quilt here. I still need to quilt it, but I do love the bright colors that the batiks created.

Happy Quilting!


  1. Kimberly

    January 9, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    The light yellow calico is so sweet. I love your solution for indecision about background; just do both! Absolutely.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      January 10, 2020 at 6:33 AM

      Thanks. I don’t use a lot of solid white background in my pieces so this challenge has been fun and I’ll be using it more often.

  2. Jennifer Rhine

    February 2, 2020 at 4:09 AM

    That is really nice I would love to be able to do the quilt along. I need to have the pattern for January’s block. Thank You

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 2, 2020 at 5:38 AM

      Thank you. There is a link to Jen’s blog which has all of the information about this quilt along, as well as info on how to get the pattern. The link to her website is in the paragraph underneath the photo of the two blocks together.

  3. Shirley Tennant

    April 7, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    I didn’t have the 4″ squares cut for the April square not did I see it in the original cuts. Or did miss it.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      April 7, 2020 at 9:15 PM

      Sorry – I’m not sure what you are referring to here. This post is for the January block for a quilt along that I am participating in with Patterns by Jen. Not sure about April.

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