Block 8

We’re eight weeks in to the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge, and we’re getting excited to see everyone’s finished quilts soon! But before then, it’s time to work on our eighth block: The Alicyone 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!

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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98 Responses to “Block 8”
  1. Kellie A Misner

    I just downloaded this onto my home computer and i got a virus and now my computer doesn’t work!! Not a happy girl today! Have downloaded all your other files and never had a problem!!!!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Kellie,

      I am sorry to hear this. We have tested our post and can ensure you that our website and completely safe and secure.

      Thanks,
      Becky
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    • Customer Service

      Hello Primrose.

      The coloring page has now been posted and the monochromatic pattern will be posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky
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      • PRIMROSE

        No monochromatic pattern yet? Please ask Gina to add them. Much appreciated. Our Guild in Germany is going to use this as a challenge later this year.

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  2. Barbara Hall

    Loving the designs, ut it might be helpful to have a rough estimate of the amounts of fabric needed? Regards, Barbara .

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  3. Laurie Ogden

    I’m sorry! I DO NOT SEE the monochrome pattern, NOR the ‘coloring page’ … cccn you repost or email these additions? THANKS SO MUCH

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Laurie,

      The coloring page has now been posted and the monochromatic pattern will be posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky
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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barb,

      The coloring page for this block has now been posted.

      Thanks,
      Becky
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    • Customer Service

      Hello Sharon,

      Block 8 has been posted. Please try accessing again.

      Thanks,
      Becky National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  4. Chyerl

    I think there’s a problem with block 8. The cuts for B & F don’t match up with the first HST piecing instructions.

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  5. Holly Carrillo

    Thank you for doing this Challenge! This is the first time I have done one, and am enjoying it! Sharing with a friend in Florida! We work on them together, and share our thoughts and progress via text messages, and photos. It has been a fun way to keep connected after my move to Arizona. The quilts are turning out so beautifully!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Beth,

      The Monochromatic pattern will be added soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

      Reply
  6. Joyce

    Is anyone else having trouble with the cutting instructions and measurements?!?

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  7. Susan Collingbourne

    I’m trying to do block 8 and when I cut 2 pieces 4 7/8 by 93/4 for HST sew them and cut them on the line open them up I am getting a lozenge shape that is impossible to trim to 3 3/8. Are the measurements correct please i don’t want to waste any more fabric

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    • Lorraine Salas

      Having problems with block 8. Where it says to use 2 of the 4 7/8 by 9 3/4 to make 8 Hst. So what are the measurements for each square prior to cutting into HST?

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    • Jennifer

      I had this problem too. The directions didn’t make sense. Don’t look at the picture on the directions. It is misleading. Instead, use the given measurements, but divide the large rectangle into halves, not fourths like the picture. I did waste some material trimming it to size, but it worked. Your other option is to look online for half square triangle calculations and make your own cuts based on the finished size given (3 and 3/8). Good luck!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Mim,

      There is not currently a monochromatic pattern posted for this block. We hope to have it posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barb,

      There is not currently a monochromatic pattern posted for this block. We hope to have it posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply
  8. DeLores Woods

    Site doesn’t recognize mail address when I try to sign in. I do get mail from you.Trying to go to files for updates.

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  9. Stephanie Proctor

    Is the monochromatic up? I would love to start my block. Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Stephanie,

      We do apologize, at this time there is not a monochromatic download but it should be posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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  10. Karyn Breakspear-Purdy

    Hello. Did not receive Block 9 as others did as well as block 8. Will block 9 be sent next week?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Karyn,

      Block 9 will be sent out this week in our E-Newsletter on Thursday.

      Sincerely,

      Becky
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  11. Karyn Breakspear-Purdy

    Hello. I am having trouble with piecing together fabrics B and F 4 7/8 x 9 3/4 fabric cuts. These sizes do not make a square to cut down to 3 3/8.

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  12. Leslie

    Can’t get the pattern for block 8, everytime I try to download it what appears in my screen is block 7, I have been trying several times with same result, is there a way I could get a PDF or Word document please? My email is lesliezohemia2000@hotmail.com

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Leslie,

      We are sorry that you are not able to access Block 8. We would suggest closing out all our browser windows and trying to access the download again. If you are still not able to access the download, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-706-3538, and they can help troubleshoot the problem with you over the phone.

      Thanks,
      Becky
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  13. Jeanne Price

    I cannot locate the “add page” under the Quilt Block Challenge Picture. I think I must be the only one to not post completed blocks. Please help.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Jeanne,

      You will want to go to the NQC Quilt Block Challenge Facebook Page. Under the Quilt Block Challenge picture on the Facebook page is the option to create a post and add a picture. If you are still experiencing issues, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-706-3538 and they will help walk you through the process.

      Thanks,
      Becky
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  14. Linda Tucker

    Block 8–I think measurements for B/F (4 7/8 x 9 3/4) is wrong. No way can it make HST required. I think it is probably the 4 7/8 that is wrong. Please recheck and send out new measurement. Thx.

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  15. Louise Davenport

    I see completed tops on FaceBook. How do I access the last block pattern? Thank you!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Louise,

      Block 9 will come out on Thursday in our E-Newsletter.

      Thanks,
      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  16. Marie

    I’m a Johnny come lately but I can hardly wait to start work on these blocks.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Melchert,

      We do apologize, at this time there is not a monochromatic download but it should be posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Phyllis,

      We do apologize, at this time there is not a monochromatic download but it should be posted soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky NQC Video Membership

      Reply
  17. Arlene

    would somebody approve me to the FB group for this. Name is Arlene Marie. I’ve had friends add me, but no approval yet. Thanks.

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  18. Anne Saffer

    Actually I’m looking for Block 9 – your email said it is ready but it doesn’t show up when I click on ‘View Now’ or do a search for it from your website.

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  19. Barbara Carpenter

    I am still looking for the monochromatic pattern for block 8 and also block 9. I printed block 9 today and it did not have the monochromatic version either. Please advise as to where to find these.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Barbara,

      The monochromatic pattern and coloring sheet for this block 9 will be available soon. The monochromatic pattern for block 8 should also be available soon.

      Thanks,
      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  20. Lise Berger Mercier

    Is block 9 posted yet ? I see the other blocks but not that one. .thank you

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  21. J

    block 9 is not available for download…when I clink on the link, and error number appears with the phrase “page not found”

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      • Sandy G

        Looks like I need a Google Authenticator code with my email address and password. Have not got this before when trying to download the patterns.Any answer?

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        • Customer Service

          Hello Sandy,

          You should not need either of those to access Block 8. Please try refreshing your browser. If you are still not able to access the download, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-706-3538 and they will troubleshoot the problem with you over the phone.

          Thanks,
          Becky
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  22. Janice Sopko-Ellingson

    Are there monochromatic versions of Blocks 1, 2 and 8 as well as a colouring page for Block 2. Thank you.

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  23. BPCook

    Has Block 9 been posted? The link in my email did not work and now I can not find it.

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  24. Chris Carlsen

    Thsee patterns are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for putting this together and in two different color ways!

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  25. Karen Leong

    Could you please email the monochromatic page for blocks 1,2 & 8? Thank you.

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  26. Margaret Gloag

    I managed to get flu and am trailing far behind! Is there a cutoff date?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Margaret,

      I hope you are feeling better. There is no cutoff date.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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  27. Norma Fennelly

    Could you please tell me when Block 9 will be available. Thank you.

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  28. Amy Plastow

    My friend just told me about this challenge and I want to do it too (better late than never)! But I can’t find the pattern for block 9. Is it not available yet? I really want to catch up!

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  29. Heather

    I was just getting ready to make this quilt and found I do not have block #9. I cannot bring up the block. Help

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  30. Pam Danielson

    I cannot find a link to print block “9” of the Pleiades block challenge. I was hospitalized for a heart attack the month of March and did not get the printed pattern at that time. I am anxious to get back to my sewing. Can you provide me with the link or pattern for the last one?
    Pam Danielson

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  31. Pamela Danielson

    Can you please send me Block 9 pattern for the Pleiades Star? I was hospitalized with a heart the month of March. So I am missing the final block and cannot find it. I would appreciate if you would send me the link. Thank you
    Pamela

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