Thursday, October 1, 2020

October Color Challenge

 It's the first, which means that it's time for 

October's Color Challenge block!

This month's color is Olive,

and the bird is the Ruby - Crowned Kinglet

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Isn't this a pretty bird? 
As with many birds, it's the male who is brightly colored. 

Ruby-Crowned Kinglets are olive-green with a very prominent white eyering. They also have a white wingbars, which make them easy to distinguish from other birds. 
While the males have the red patch on their crown (thus the name Ruby-Crowned), it is not always visible. 

The birds are relatively small, with large heads, a very short neck, and thin tails. 
Their bills are small, thin and straight. The Ruby-Crowned Kinglets found in Alaska and British Columbia are slightly smaller and a darker color than those found in other parts of North America. 

The Ruby-Crowned Kinglet lives in tall, dense conifer forest, such as spruce, fir, and tamarack. They can also be found in shrubby habitats and parks during the winter.  

They are restless birds and move quickly through foliage at fairly low levels. Their wings are almost constantly flicking, which gives off a very energetic vibe.   

This little bird packs a big punch when it comes to singing. Listen and watch this YouTube video that not only lets you hear the beautiful song, but the narrator describes the complex parts of the song. This is quite interesting!

I have used very little olive in my quilts. As a matter of fact, I can't seem to find any pictures of quilts in which I've used any significant amount of olive. You know what that means don't you? I have to find more olive fabrics and use this color!

Here is the olive fabric I bought at Once Upon a Quilt.  
It is very pretty and I especially like the design. 

Here are my pieces, cut and ready to sew.

This sure is a beautiful block!

Check out other bloggers who made this block. 
It is always fun to see the different fabrics used.

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1 comment:

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Joanne! I agree with you wholeheartedly - we all need to embrace olive and use it more in our quilts! I love the fabric you chose for this block. It pairs so nicely with both black and white, and the pattern in the fabric gives the illusion of movement. Happy Thursday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne