2020 Monthly Color Block Quilt Top Finish

We have been following along with Jen at Patterns By Jen and her Monthly Color Block Challenge. While we’ve had the quilt top finished last year in early December, I completely forgot about sharing a post about it. We will be joining Jen and the gang in 2021, sewing a monthly challenge block as each color is announced.

Monthly Blocks Form Quilt Top

We had fun sewing a new color each month that have formed our quilt top. Here are our blocks in a little slideshow from January to December.

I’m sure you’ve noticed there is a wee bit of a similarity within each of these blocks and that is the black background we chose to use. This is the first time in recent memory that we used black, and it really allows the feature fabrics to shine.

Monthly Blocks Need Sashing

As we neared the end of the year-long challenge, we knew we were going to need a sashing to put these blocks together. Sticking with our usual modus operandi, we knew the sashing had to contain bright colors. Here’s all 12 blocks on the design wall, pre-sashing.

Hmm. How are we going to sash these blocks and let them shine individually at the same time? It’s called Dot Delight . . . which is also fitting because who doesn’t like a good polka dot?!!

A Monthly Layering

It wasn’t long before we had all the blocks sashed and together into a quilt top. We used some of the nearly-solid fabrics as cornerstone pieces.

Of course, we needed a spectacular backing for this special quilt top, don’t you think?! We were able to use one from our stash called Paint Splatter.

This shows a nice closeup of both the front of the quilt with its sashing along with the paint-splattered backing on black. Yowza! This might not be everyone’s cuppa but we like it. Up next is to quilt it and I’m going to take inspiration from our 2019 Color Block quilt. A combination of Heatwave and Aqua Flame was used successfully so I’ll do something similar on this version.

I wonder what color thread to use?!! We want to thank Jen for the fun sew-along and the inspiration for our second quilt! The 2021 Monthly Color Block challenge starts on January 1st if you’d like to play along.

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23 Responses

  1. The sashing is so cute, Roseanne. You had this all planned out from the start – with a common background and a perfect sashing!

  2. thedarlingdogwood says:

    I love that polka dot sashing!! Perfect choice! I just bought new rain boots that are basically the same as that fabric! 🙂

  3. Susan Nixon says:

    It looks fabulous! Congratulations on lots of good decisions. =)

  4. What a great quilt, and the sashing is just perfect!

  5. Roseanne I’m a bit short on words today so let me just say this is a “Wow!”

  6. plstockwell says:

    It looks fantastic! I still have to put mine together.

  7. quiltinggail says:

    The sashing id PERFECT!!! It’ll be great when you get it done, done, done!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  8. Connie says:

    Love the choices! The complete quilt is beautiful…well done!!!

  9. Your colorful quilt reminds me of a block swap I did on a quilt retreat in Amish country. Yours is much prettier. I still need to finish that one. LOL.

  10. chrisknits says:

    Wow! That is a perfect trio of blocks, sashing and backing!! Now, what are you using for binding? LOL

  11. Rochelle Summers says:

    Beautiful. I love the way the colors pop. Wasn’t too sure about the sashing fabric until I saw the completed top. Wonderful job. Look forward to seeing the quilting next. Congratulations on an almost finish!

  12. Nanette Chopin says:

    Agree the dashing has made the quilt!!!! Such a beauty.

  13. Yessss! Perfetto!
    Sashing/backing choices couldn’t be better!
    Like I’ve mentioned before: Amish with an “English’ (what that community names non-Amish) 21st century twist…Only: ***better***.
    Can you tell I’m loving this?!

  14. I love this! The dots are fun and work so well with this. It is not everyone’s cuppa, but it sure works for me!

  15. karenfae says:

    kind of an Amish look isn’t it with the black – makes the colors really stand out

  16. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    That dot sashing really makes your blocks pop! And I love the cornerstones in the monthly colors! I got my first 4 blocks finished yesterday in a virtual retreat with a few other bloggers. We had a great time and got a lot accomplished! I’m looking forward to seeing your quilt all finished. I personally LOVE that backing!!

  17. That is really gorgeous, Roseanne! You picked the perfect sashing and backing fabric for the color challenge blocks. I think your quilting plans will just tie everything all together!

  18. Sharon says:

    Wow wOw WoW! What a fantastic quilt is every way! How about a variegated thread in brights? Are you keeping of gifting this quilt?

  19. Barbara Esposito says:

    Um…rainbow variegated thread, of course! This quilt is absolutely fantastic!

  20. Oh, I like that sashing fabric, as well as the backing! My blocks are still sitting in a bin, ignored for now. Typical – LOL. Yay for you and the finish!

  21. txquiltgal says:

    Wowza is right – that is one gorgeous quilt. I love the black and the sashing and backing really make the blocks shine.
    Since I didn’t finish last year’s challenge, I’m looking forward to being able to finish the 2021 challenge.

  22. I love everything about your quilt! I love using black as a background it really makes all other colors stand out — I have some of the same polka dot sashing fabric you used very cute and solid cornerstones was the perfect complement. I can’t remember are you planning to gift this quilt?

  23. Laura says:

    Dots give movement, and cheer everything up; love them! 🙂

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