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Happy Block Swap Quilt Block Challenge: Week 1

Welcome to week one of the National Quilters Circle Happy Block Swap Quilt Block Challenge! Are you ready to make your first block? We sure are! Grab your buddy and get ready to quilt! Looking for the fabric requirements? Find them here! Over the course of six weeks we will be making the Happy Block…

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Ice Crystals Quilt Block Challenge

Welcome to the Ice Crystals Quilt Block Challenge! You will be creating the Ice Crystals quilt pattern, designed by the talented Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts & Stuff. This quilt can be either paper pieced or pieced with templates. Each block includes the paper pieced images and templates. To make the templates, print out the template page and cut each individual template out around the outside lines. There are nine blocks starting with simple ones and progressively get harder. The quilt is pieced “onpoint” which means that the blocks are at a 45 degree angle and pieced with half-square and quartersquare triangles, which are called setting triangles. The finished quilt size is 58” x 58”. Find the fabric instructions and the patterns for each block below.

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Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 8

It is the last of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels! Can you believe it! It’s time to make block 7 and get the finishing instructions below! Over the course of eight weeks we will be making the Windmills and Pinwheels pattern designed by Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts and Stuff.…

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Free Quilt Block Challenges

If you’re anything like us, quilting isn’t just a hobby… it’s a way of life! But sometimes life’s responsibilities can come knocking, leaving us with not as much time for quilting as we would like. When life gets hectic, it’s important to make time for a little fun and relaxation. What better way than at your sewing machine?! With the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenges, you can do just that. Our goal is to help you engage your passion and get you quilting alongside friends. It’s easy! Select any of the challenges below and sign up to get the pattern. You will receive the fabric requirements, and weekly materials to complete. Depending on your challenge, by the end of 6-8 weeks, you will have completed a quilt!

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Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 7

We may be nearing the end of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels, but we aren’t slowing down! It’s time to make block six! Over the course of eight weeks we will be making the Windmills and Pinwheels pattern designed by Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts and Stuff. The Windmills and…

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Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 5-6

How has the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels, been going for you so far? We love seeing all the beautiful blocks you’ve created! This week, we are providing the next two weeks of instructions: block five and the center/small quilt finishing instructions. The center instructions below will teach you how to…

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Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 4

Moving right along in the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels, we’re already up to week four! Can you believe it? It’s time to get started on our fourth block! Over the course of eight weeks we will be making the Windmills and Pinwheels pattern designed by Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts…

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Show Us Your Quilt

Whether it’s your first quilt, or your current work in progress, all are welcome. Show off your project and be featured on our website. Please share a few words about your project (fabrics used, reason you made it, name of pattern, etc.) When you submit your photo, you give us permission to post it on our site and our social media pages. Remember you are responsible for getting any necessary permissions you need in order to share the content you send. See the Use of Posting Services section of our Terms of Service. We will try to give you credit with your first name and last initial.

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Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 3

The Windmills and Pinwheels quilt is a fun blend of pieced points and curved applique. Made in a medallion style, you can either piece or applique a large center block and then build upon the center as you work your way through this eight- week challenge. For several of the blocks you will be given the choice of patterns- one a pieced block designed by Toby and one a slightly different pieced version designed by Ashley that incorporates applique. The applique design inspiration came from one of the main print fabrics, which features flowers. While we have provided applique templates for you to create the same designs, feel free to play around and create your own- we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Windmills and Pinwheels Quilt Block Challenge: Week 2

The first week of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge: Windmills and Pinwheels was a great success. We love seeing all the beautiful fabric combinations you are all choosing. Are you ready for the block two? Over the course of eight weeks we will be making the Windmills and Pinwheels pattern designed by Toby…

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