Block 5

How has the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge been going for you so far? We love seeing all the beautiful blocks you’ve created – what talented quilters! We’re already up to week 5: The Electra 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! You can also find a coloring sheet for this block here.

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

Click here for the monochromatic design


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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60 Responses to “Block 5”
  1. Wanda

    I’m not receiving these have not been able to receive any ! Went to staples and they couldn’t retrieve but a page or two showing the stars

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  2. Audrey MacKay

    I would like to know more about the quilt block challenge and to possibly sign up for it.

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      • Barbara Olson

        I have signed up twice. Didn’t think the first one went through. I have never received an email. Can you help me?

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    • Tracy

      Join the Facebook group. You will never get the emails with the blocks. Have not received one email yet.

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  3. Marilyn Smithenry

    I want to make all blocks in the same color combination, do you have a chart for how much fabric I need ? Thank You So Much, I love this! Marilyn

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  4. Sharon Jensen

    Thank you for the beautiful quilt challenge blocks am loving making everyone of them. The patterns are easy to understand and when finished love them all.

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  5. Jackie Grinker

    I’m using a charm pack, for color B…does it make any difference, if I make the HSTs separately…instead of with a 9 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ rectangle?

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    • Judith Abernathy

      If course you can, it will just leave you with an extra seam, where the goose block wouldn’t. I’m not a fan of flying geese, so I usually opt to use a HST instead.

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  6. Virginia Vincent

    Block 5, Electra star for the Pleiades quilt, downloads, but says it’s in a non-valid format. I want a pdf file, like I had gotten for the previous 4 squares that downloaded with no problems. Can you correct and send me apdf for the 5th square? Thank you.

    Virginia

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Virginia, we are sorry to hear you are having issues with this pattern, we were able to download this pattern successfully as a PDF. Please refresh your browser and try again. If you are still having issues, you can call our Customer Service team at 1-855-706-3538. Thank you, Hallie NQC Video Membership

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  7. Joanne

    I am intrigued by the style of quilting done on this quilt. Will we get to see the actual quilting of the quilt at the end?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Joanne, yes, there will be a recap at the end of the challenge that shows how to quilt all the blocks together. Thank you, Hallie NQC Video Membership

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  8. Maria Jose

    how can I get the blanc drawings of blocks, to color my blocks?. I have #1 but dont know how I Got it.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Maria,

      There is a link to each of the coloring pages in each post but block 2. I have emailed you the coloring page for block 2.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  9. Kathy F. Harvey

    Is there a complete picture of the entire quilt that is easy to access. It would be nice to have a close up picture of each block from the quilt, too. Do these things already exist and I just do not know how to find them?

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  10. Pamela

    Just joined and have limited time but would like the earlier patterns too. Is it possible.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Pamela,

      There are links to each block that has been sent out located at the bottom of this post.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  11. Pamela

    Just joined and have limited time but would like the earlier patterns too. Will try asap. Thank you looks fun

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  12. Rose

    Is there a video for block 5? I’m trying to figure out what the dimensions for the center block would be after I add the blue HST.

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  13. Linda Patrick

    I have signed up twice for this challenge and have only received one email for one block. I think I am not the only one not receiving your quilt block emails. I am just going onto the facebook page instead.

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  14. Pam Brown

    I have signed up before the first block. I have received one of five! I have not been able to download the 5th as of yet

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  15. Jane

    I am disappointed with the admin of this. I love doing the blocks, but only received emails for weeks 2 and 3. Had considered upgrading my membership but this ensures I won’t.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Jane,

      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.

      Please make sure you check your junk/spam folder. I would also suggest signing up for our Facebook page NQC Quilt Block Challenge, everything is posted on there as well.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  16. Dian Simpkins

    On Block 5, when pieces d and e are sewn to block c/f, what is the correct size of the finished unit? Mine appears to be too large.
    Thank you.

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  17. Pamela McDannold

    I signed up earlier but have not received any emails with the block instructions.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Pamela,

      The emails are sent out weekly on Thursday in our E-Newsletter. Make sure to check your junk/spam folder.

      You will also want to sign up for our Facebook page NQC Quilt Block Challenge. Everything is posted on there as well.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  18. Marybeth

    Problems with star #5 – are there any pattern changes that need to be made-or am I the only one with issues?

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    • Marie White

      Marybeth – did you figure out the problem – we are having issues with the size of the HST and wondered if the measurements are wrong. Our 5 1/4 inch blocks cut into 4 triangles are to small. Or the HST we made are to big – we are not sure which. We don’t want to trim down the HST if it changes the size of the block

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  19. Shirley McCormick

    I haven’t received my block 6 as of yet. Could you please send it to me so I can download it. Thank you in anticipation. Shirley

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  20. Jennifer Hayes

    I’m trying to do the block of the week. I am working on the star quilt. I’m missing 7,8,and 9 of these stars. If you put them in my email I never got them. How can I get the last 3 material requirements and pattern of these stars.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Jennifer,

      We post a new block each week and they are emailed out weekly in our E-Newsletter. Block 7 will be emailed out later today.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  21. Terry white

    I have not received any new blocks. #5 is the last one received. I’ve “re-signed up,” but still no new blocks coming in my email. What am I doing wrong?

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  22. Marie White

    To those who are just now doing pattern block 5 – or for those who had issues with it —- BE AWARE —- the HST that you sew with fabrics B & C are WAY TO BIG. Why they didn’t fix this discrepancy in the pattern I don’t know. The two rectangles or strips say to cut them at 4 1/2 by 9 inches. You will have to cut them way back to make them fit.

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  23. Angelica

    Hi! I have been making the first four stars without any trouble but now with the Electra star the measures don’t match at the moment I had to ensamble . The points disappear when I ensamble the edges with the center part. Would you help me?

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  24. joan

    I have downloaded all of the blocks for this challenge. I am finally getting them done. For some reason I cannot find Electra star. Is it posible to get this please?

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