Cardinal Red December Monthly Challenge Block

Cardinal red is the last monthly color chosen by Jen at Patterns By Jen and a fitting way to end 2020. Not to distract from this month’s fun but Jen did just announce the details and colors for 2021 (in the link shared) if you’d like to read all about it. I’ve always heard that cardinals represent our loved ones who have passed, and that belief often brings me great comfort. Now let’s get to this last spectacular block for 2020!

A Cardinal Red Color Block in the Making

First, you need to see the last of our selected fabrics for the year. A great representation of cardinal red, don’t you think? The collection of fabric we chose is called Crayola Kaleidoscope for Riley Blake.

Sue does all the prep work for me, which is a HUGE help and usually allows us to operate like a well-oiled machine. That is until we don’t! HAHA!

Don’t those individual pieces look quite a bit like wrapped candy? Taffy is specifically what it reminds me of. Before you know it, the block was laid out correctly for me to sew and I managed to do so without issue.

Cardinal Red December Block Finish

The black background fabric really has played nicely with all of this year’s colors but I think we are especially partial to this month’s red. The tone-on-tone red is just so yummy and perfect. It will be a pleasure to piece these blocks into a quilt top ready and waiting to be quilted!

Here are all 12 of our finished blocks. We need to determine the final layout but we have found a sashing fabric for it. With any luck, we’ll have a quilt top before the end of the year. We do plan on joining Jen for the 2021 monthly color block party.

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11 Responses

  1. Wow, those blocks look amazing all together! I, too, immediately thought of candy with this red block!

  2. Wow! This block is stunning! Roseanne these fabrics play so well together. It’s going to be one beautiful quilt when you get it finished.

  3. quiltinggail says:

    Love your block! I look forward to seeing your final layout! It’s going to be a lovely quilt!

  4. Dawn Tornes says:

    Nice red fabric to end the year! All the colors play so nice together! I can’t wait to see how you decide to finish it!

  5. Susan Salo says:

    I had already used my red Alison Glass so I opted for a Seagull and made a white/gray grunge for this one. I think I’ll add some 2021 blocks to this to get the finished look I want.

  6. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    What a great quilt!! Those colors really pop on the black fabric. Beautiful!! I’m looking forward to stitching along with Jen next year! I just have to find the right fabrics! Gotta hurry!!

  7. Wowie-Kazowie! This quilt top really packs a punch. A clear stand out especially during this drab-dismal 2020.
    Thanks for sharing the journey.

  8. I love this! I can’t wait to see how you set it! In some ways a fast year – all the markers of the year were missed so I find myself totally confused as to what is coming up next sometimes. Thank goodness for quilting. There are other times that this is the slowest year in the world….elections, corona virus, missing people….that I am even more lost. The good news is there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

  9. That’s a pretty grouping of blocks with the black backgrounds. I need to get cracking and get mine done (squirrels are visiting, though).

  10. You did have the perfect cardinal red for your block, Roseanne! I think your whole group turned out great! It’s time for me to go dig for some red and see what will work.

  11. Gretchen says:

    I checked out the link to Patterns by Jen, it does look like a fun sew along. Enjoy sewing along with her in 2021, happy stitching!

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