Block 2

Week 1 of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge! was a great success – we loved seeing all the beautiful color combinations you all have chosen! It’s now time for our second block: The Merope Star!

For this challenge, we are creating the beautiful Pleiades quilt pattern, designed by the talented Gina Perkes of The Copper Needle.

Looking for fabric requirements? Find them here!

The finished quilt size is 66 by 66 inches. Click the button below to download a PDF with instructions for your second block. And make sure to share your progress in the Quilt Block Challenge Facebook Group – we can’t wait to see everyone’s work!

If you haven’t signed up for the Quilt Block Challenge, there’s still time! You can sign up here to make sure you get the block assignments delivered to you inbox each week. And make sure to visit Gina at The Copper Needle to see more of her beautiful work!

Other blocks from this challenge:
Block 1: Celaeno Star
Block 2: Merope Star
Block 3: Maia Star
Block 4: The Atlas Star
Block 5: The Electra Star
Block 6: The Pleiones Star
Block 7: The Taygeta Star
Block 8: The Alicyone Star
Block 9

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255 Responses to “Block 2”
    • Customer Service

      Hello Teresa,

      We have tested the downloading of Block 2 successfully. We suggest you use Chrome or Firebox as your internet browser. You may want to also try clearing out your internet history/cache.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  1. Elaine Hemeon

    I appreciate this opportunity because I can use fabric I have already! Thank you.😄 I have a little problem – I take my picture but do not know how to get the photo onto the site. Cut and paste? What’s the address?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Elaine,

      I would suggest posting your picture on our Facebook site, NQC Quilt Block Challenge. The group is really good at giving advise.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  2. Kay Woodward

    What has happened that you are not sending out emails about the blocks. I have been on this site for a long time, attempted to join for the blocks but never got confirmation until the first of this week. Was it that you computer system was overloaded with the amount of people signing up or what? very curious

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  3. Bety Anne

    I do not see the total size of the quilt.. Also I would like to know what size each square needs to be “squared up ” to. Thank You. Looking forward to the challenge.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Bety,

      The finished blocks are 16″.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Alice,

      Block 2 was sent out with the E-Newsletter yesterday. Make sure you check your junk/spam folder to see if the email went in there.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  4. Kathryn

    I love the block for this week! Unfortunately, I have the flu and am very weak right now. However, I would like to download the pattern and watch as others complete their work. Hopefully, I can catch up later. Kathryn

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Val,

      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Janice,

      We have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  5. Linda-Ann Rose

    Thank you so much for all your work Gina! This is my second quilt since retiring. The first was made for a friend so I didn’t pick the colors. This time, with your color palette as my guide, I’m using my stash! That makes my husband very happy!

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  6. Primrose Bohne

    Is there a monochromatic version for Block 2, like there was for the first one?

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  7. Sandra

    Loved the first block and planned to only do 1 block in Christmas fabrics. Ha! Couldn’t help myself and made a second block in my favourite colour purple.
    I love the look of the new block and can’t wait to see how it looks in my 2 different colour ways.

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  8. Patricia

    I chose to do the monochromatic version because I already had the exact fabric requirements, but the instructions are for the full color version. Do we have a mono instruction version or am I just winging it? I did not get my email for the first block, so I am playing catch up and would like to get started asap. Help?!

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  9. Edie

    Unable to download Block 2. Is there a problem (too many trying to download) or is it on my end?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Edie,

      We have tested the download of Block 2 successfully. We suggest using Chrome or Firefox as your browser. You may also want to try clearing out your cache/internet history.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Diana,

      The finished blocks are 16″.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  10. Martha youstra

    Thank you. Block #1 taught me how to become more precise , and what I need to do to get the more perfect product.

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  11. Kathy Belski

    On page 5, final assembly, units D and B in top row flying geese are reversed. Colors are wrong in top star; lettering incorrect in all.

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  12. Sharon Joslin

    I just received Block 2 of the Quilt Challenge. However I did not receive Block 1 if the challenge. Could you please send me Block 1 please. Thank you

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  13. Terry Miller

    This block is just so cool looking! I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you so much!

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  14. Kathy from Prescott

    Are there directions for the monochromatic version. If so how do I get to them.

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  15. Rosalind Duckworth

    When the pattern shows double arrows, does that mean that the seam is pressed open or pressed to one side or the other? Thanks.

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  16. Delina Aberle

    I thought that we would receive an email with the notice of the post of the next block. Is that not correct? Do we have to go find it every time?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Delina,

      Block 2 was emailed out yesterday in our weekly E-Newsletter. Make sure to check your junk/spam folder to see if the email went in there.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  17. Charlene

    Im having trouble with the new block. The 5 1/4 square. Should it been cut so there is 4 or 2 triangles? Cant figure this out.

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  18. Dana Fadden

    I’ve been trying to download Block #2 and the message keeps popping up that says, “Cannot Connect – Sorry something went wrong.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Dana,

      We have tested the download of the Block successfully. We would suggest trying to clear out your cache and to use Chrome or Firefox as your browser.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  19. Barb

    I think the FB group page is poorly managed. I found a copyrighted book uploaded for all to access yesterday. When reported, it was quickly removed. I think there is so much negativity going on. This morning I was reading a chain and it was getting nasty. I really think the admin needs to keep up with things better. I quit following, just skimming to see blocks made and get new ones. Will quit membership and probably not do another challenge with this group. I have been if far better ones. Tis sad.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barb,

      We appreciate your feedback and it has been forwarded to the proper department. Your comments are important to us and help with the development of new programs and offers. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  20. Aliceanna Ward

    Looks like a fun challenge great for trying out new quilting stitches on my new machine.

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  21. Cheryl Hurdel

    What is the monochromatic cut out instructions and placement for this block? Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Vicki,

      We have tested the downloading of Block 2 successfully. We suggest you use Chrome or Firebox as your internet browser. You may want to also try clearing out your internet history/cache.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  22. Zuladawn

    Was there an email sent to us concerning the introduction and directions of the 2nd block of the 1018 quilting challenge? I didn’t get any newsletter or “flyer” yesterday. I do get sales pitches and other quilting news, so I’m assuming that there wasn’t an email regarding the block. Thanks for your help.

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  23. Vicky

    I am unable to find the specific page to post completed blocks? I’m making two of each block in Red, White, Blue to make a large quilt for a graduating grandson. I’d love to share my color theme but can’t find where to post them. I’ve completed both block 1 and 2. Help?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Vicky,

      You will want to post to our Facebook page, NQC Quilt Block Challenge.

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      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  24. Deborah

    I joined the challenge awhile ago. I have no received an email about block one or two. I just happened to see the post on Facebook. Can someone let me know why???

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  25. Karen Parson

    I did sign for QBC every week so I seem I do not get it… I will do sign again to make sure that I get email from you… have a nice weekend…

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  26. Linda

    I printed up the corrected copy of Page 5 for this block and now I can’t find it. Could you please post it again?

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  27. Susan

    It would be extremely helpful for each section sewn together to have the finished size. That way everything should fit together much easier.

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  28. Cyndy ward

    My friend talked this up so much that I wanted to come watch. Now that I am here I might as well play. Could I get the first block too please? Thank you very much.

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  29. Diana Kuehl

    I have decided to make the monochromatic color scheme version. I am having difficulty using your color chart to convert it to my colors. Do you have a monochromatic color scheme instruction sheet? Or any suggestions that might help me.

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  30. Deborah Johnston

    I really appreciate the opportunity to try my skills are creating a lovely quilt. Id like to thank the NQC for sharing and helping !! The designs patterns blocks are just gorgeous. Thank you again <3

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  31. Minda

    Help! The Merope Star block colors do not match up to the original pattern block. There should have been a green stripe. Also because you are not consistent with lettering in each block, my blues in printing are almost the same so is E on block 2 G or H on block 1.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Susan,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barb,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  32. Ivonne

    Muchas gracias yo descargue sin problemas el patrón como puedo ingresar al grupo.
    Les mando muchos saludos desde Bolivia

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  33. Monica

    You’ve created a coloring sheet for block 2 & 3, is there one for block 1? I didn’t see one so I thought I’d ask. Thanks

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  34. Meghan

    Does this block also have a coloring page? I’m not seeing one here, but I could be blind haha.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Meghan,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  35. Laurie Ogden

    there was not a ‘coloring’ page provided for this block – is it possible to add it into this now (later) or email everyone the coloring page for Merope Star

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Laurie,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  36. Deborah Johnston

    Hi there I was wondering is there a coloring sheet for the Merope Star ? Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Deborah,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  37. Jean Palionis

    Block 2 did not come with a page for the monochromatic version or a coloring page. Was there supposed to be those helps included or at least a link to get one or the other? That would be helpful. Thank you.

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  38. Jean Palionis

    I am sorry that was block 1 that did not include the extra helps. My mistake!☺Thank you again.

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  39. DIANE

    Only just received the email for block 3. Didn’t get any for blocks 1 & 2, but found them now so can try and catch up. I noticed that there’s not a colouring page for Block 2. It would be helpful if there was I if possible, please. Thanks for the opportunity to make this quilt, as it is a Stunning design and I am just loving rainbow patterns at the moment. xx

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Diane,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  40. Kathy Abdersib

    Is there a corrected version of block 2? I am unable to get it to come out right

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  41. Daniella

    Hello, girls! I didn´t find link about “Merope Star – Coloring”. Can you provide it, please!? Thanks.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Daniella,

      I have emailed the coloring page to you.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barb,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  42. Carrie Sims

    I am really enjoying the blocks! There was a mistake in Block 2 but it was easy to figure out so no problem 🙂 Would it be possible to receive a coloring page for Block 2…Thanks 🙂

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Carrie,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  43. Margaret

    Some of the blocks have coloring sheets. Is there a coloring sheet for Block 2? How about a coloring sheet for the entire quilt top?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Margaret,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Ronda,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  44. Sharon

    Where is the monochromatic version of block 2? I saw a few others asked the same question but never received an answer. Also when the monochromatic pattern is given there are only cutting instructions and no sewing instructions. Could those please be included. I know you can try and follow from the color version but it is very easy to get the colors mixed up especially when you are a beginner quilter. Having it all in one spot would be much easier and cause a lot less frustration.

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  45. Albie

    I would also like the “monochrommatic” link to Block #2. Currently doing the colored version but also interested in the monochromatic. ALSO, several people have posted regarding a cutting error in the block….I haven’t started it yet, so just curious as to if the situation has been addressed…very limited on the fabric I am using for this project.

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  46. Tammy

    Read through comments…….i just downloaded blocks 1-4…..Is this download of block corrected. Also please email me the monochromatic version and coloring page. Thanks

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  47. Suzanne

    Hi everyone, I’m loving this quilt, can you please email me the colouring page for Block 2 please, from Tasmania, Australia. thankyou

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Suzanne,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  48. Sandra

    For Merope Star couldn’t find the coloring page. Could you please email or let me know where to find? Thank you.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Sandra,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      I have emailed block 2 coloring page to you.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  49. Maura Hannon

    I can download the patterns, however I do not see where Block one and two have the monochromatic pattern which I am trying to do. Please advise at your earliest convenience where I can find them….and thank you very much love these blocks.

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  50. Diane R. Dempsey

    I’m unable to locate Block #2 in the monochromatic pattern can someone please direct me?

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  51. Lora

    I love the quilt and the blocks, just can’t find the coloring page for Block 2 Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lora,

      I have emailed Block 2 color sheet to you.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  52. Judy

    Sorry if this question was asked already, I did scan through comments and didn’t see it.
    I was looking for the Block 2 color sheet like Block 1 and 3 have. Where can I find it? It isn’t on the Block 2 page.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Judy,

      I have emailed block 2 coloring sheet to you.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  53. Colleen DeGrado

    Hi, Couldn’t find the download link for block 2 mono version or the coloring page. Are they available? Thank you.

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  54. carolyn Melchert

    I am looking for the coloring sheet for Block 2 Merope, along with the monochromatic directions for this same block. I am signed up but Ive never gotten any of the notices for new blocks. If I could get links to the two I mentioned above that would be great.

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  55. Alice Ivy

    I am one of the people who did not receive the emailed first block. If it is possible, would you please email me the first block so I can print it out. I can see it on my phone but that is very tiny. Thank you.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Karen,
      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.
      Thanks,
      Hallie NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Anna,
      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.
      Thanks,
      Hallie NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello PJH,
      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.
      Thanks,
      Hallie NQC Video Membership

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  56. Martha Knoll

    looking for a coloring page for block # 2 Also is there any instructions on how to downsize this challenge

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Martha,
      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2. Unfortunately we do not have any instructions on downsizing.
      Thanks,
      Hallie NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Beverly,
      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.
      Thanks,
      Hallie NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barbara,
      We have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.
      Thanks,
      Hallie NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Beverly,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lisa,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Linda,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Helen,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Betty,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

      Reply
  57. mary

    is there a coloring sheet for this block? I have found the coloring sheets for the other blocks, but don’t see one for this one – thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Mary,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  58. Maree

    Is there a colouring page and monochrome cutting guide for this block? I am just starting out and trying to get all instructions, etc. saved together to get started.

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  59. Pam Rickard

    Could I please get a copy of the coloring page for Block #2. I just found this challenge and looking forward working on it. Thank you in advance!!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Pam,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  60. Donna Clark

    For blocks 3-5, the fabric key gives the numbers from the original listing of the fabrics (for example in the Maia star fabric F is number 9, dark/orange). The color #’s are not given for the first two blocks. I’m not sure if color B in Merope star is #8 medium/orange or #4 light pink. I have other questions on the colors for blocks 1 and 2. Someone was to get back to me with that info, but hasn’t and I was wondering if you could help me.
    donna

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  61. Joyce Stuckless

    I think there is a mistake on page 5. At the top of page it is shows 4 1/2 corner block and then the middle piece with DAB, should it be BAD?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Suzanne,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  62. Tamela Ososky

    I’m a bit late in starting, I just downloaded all the blocks and coloring pages. I can’t wait to start, thank you! Is there a coloing page for block 2?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Tamela,

      Welcome to the challenge. I have emailed your the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  63. Pine Robins

    Loads of fabric to use. Thanks for the opportunity. This is a fantastic block. Thanks to the designer

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Kaye,

      I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Rhonda,

      I have emailed you the coloring sheet for Block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  64. Missy K

    Is there a monochromatic version for Block 2, like there is for the other ones? Also, is there a coloring page like the other blocks?
    Thanks. These stars are so pretty.

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  65. Jean Straub

    Would you please email the coloring page for block 2. I can’t seem to locate it. Thanks.

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  66. Gay Martel

    Could you please send me the monochrome page and the coloring sheet for block 2 as well as the coloring sheet for block 7. I dont see where to download them on each blocks page. Thank you, Gay By the way, I am enjoying this challenge, Im a little slow, but I will get there.

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  67. colette

    hello…this merope star does not have the number fabric codes… when i look at D it is yellow but on overall pic of quilt it is green. Which is correct. Thank you

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  68. colette

    please send me the color numbers for block 2 merope star and the celaneno star.
    thank you

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  69. Maureen

    Please provide the monochromatic patterns for blocks 1 & 2. I can’t find them on the website and all the subsequent blocks include both color and monochromatic pattern sheets. After I finish this lovely color version, I want to make a monochromatic. Thank you. This quilt is lovely and a great skill learning experience.

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  70. Bernadette

    Coloring page for block 2 please? Just getting started with this project!

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  71. Pat Dudley

    I also would like the coloring page for block 2. Wouldn’t it be easier to update the post with the coloring sheet?

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  72. Debbie Vensel

    Could you please email me the coloring page for block 2? I got all the others just fine but cannot find this one. Thanks!

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  73. Paula

    Can you please email me the coloring sheet for block 2? Greatly appreciated!

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  74. Nancy Maczko

    Sorry I am so late in signing up, I just found your site. Am excited to get started! I can’t seem to find the block 1 and block 2 monochromatic page and block 2 coloring page. Thank you, Nancy

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  75. Kathy Wasilewski

    I’m just starting this quilt and would love to get a copy of the Coloring Block for Block 2. Thank you.

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  76. Lynette Trainer

    Two questions. 1. Would you be so kind to email the color sheet. 2. Is there monochromatic version for pattern # 2? Thank you.

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  77. Linda

    Could you send me the coloring book page for block 2 (Merope Star). I just saw someone with an almost finished quilt yesterday and would love to do this quilt. Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Kate, you can find the coloring page on Page 4 of this download.
      Thank you,
      Hallie
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  78. Sandy

    Just trying to catch up on the blocks for this last challenge. Looking for coloring page for Merope Star and also Monochromatic pattern. Any chance I could get these emailed to me? Thanks in advance.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Kathy,

      Block 2 will be emailed out this Friday. We are only on Block 1 at this time.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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